Since the last currently reading post, I’ve managed to finish three books an get halfway through a fourth. I finished our bookclub pick of Happiness for Humans by P.Z. Reizin which I enjoyed but didn’t love; I completed Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia which I LOVED so so so so much; and I got through A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro which was completely different to what I thought it would be and not really my cup of tea.I am currently almost halfway through Fall by Sean Williams. This is the third book in the Twinmaker trilogy which is about dimension travel in a futuristic world. I didn’t really like the first two books in this trilogy – they’re just average – but for awhile I had a bad habit of buying/reading all the books in a series even if I didn’t like the first one. I have owned this book since 2015, so there will be some great satisfaction once I have finally completed this series.
Once I finish Fall, I am planning on moving on to After You by Jojo Moyes. This is the second book in the Me Before You series, and I really need to read it so that I can then read my advanced copy of the upcoming third book in this series, Still Me. I’ve promised work that I’ll read and review Still Me for them, so I really need to stop procrastinating on these two books.
It’s been quite a slow reading week for me… BUT I MOVED! I read The Immortalists, which I adored. It’s the story of four siblings who visit a fortune teller; she gives them the exact dates of their deaths and they must grow up knowing that. It looks at how knowing the time you have can affect your decisions and how you choose to live. Is it more important to truly live or to survive? I would highly recommend this book, not least because of the gorgeous cover!
I then moved onto The Hazel Wood, a twisted fairytale. I wasn’t really sure of what I’d find going in but I loved the twists and the turns and the fantasy of it all! Alice Proserpine and her mother Ella have spent their lives on the road, running from the Hazel Wood, the spooky old estate where Alice’s grandmother lives. But then Ella is kidnapped and to find her mother, Alice must venture to the Hazel Wood, and discover the truth about her family, and her grandmother’s creepy book of fairytales. I really really loved the messed up fairytales this book mentions; they’re weird and wonderful and just made the story so COOL! I really really enjoyed this book and think it is one I will try to reread as I might have raced through the last action scene a teeny bit too fast…
I just started reading How to Stop Time by Matt Haig last night and I am already besotted. It is AMAZING! (I also have the edition illustrated by Chris Riddell which just makes everything 1000 times better.) Matt Hazard is old. Like, really, really old. He was born in 1581, but has a condition that means he ages incredibly slowly. So he looks 41, and is teaching history at a London high school. I’m only 100 pages in, but already the language has its hooks in me and I am gripped by the questions the book raises about immortality and what makes a good life. I will definitely be seeking out more of Matt’s work. This book is just delicious!
What have you been reading this week? What’s up next?