Saturday, October 4, 2014

On My Nightstand - Aug/Sept/Oct

So at the beginning of the year I set myself the challenge of reading 40 books in 2014.  During the past few months I hit a reading slump, switching reading with binge-watching comedy series.  You know what?  No regrets.

I had a number of books on my 'to read' list, many of which were YA (genuine love for this book category, and shorter book length totes helps with this challenge *smileyface*), and I've had some excellent recommendations along the way.  I've also switched out some of my original selection to make way for some newly acquired reads.  Basically, I still have a ton of reading to do before we hit the end of Dec, so I'll prob stick to YA, yeah?

And before I forget - the winner of 'Spark' has been drawn (yes, I did forget).  Congrats Alisa!  Please email me your address - thegoldenadventures(at)gmail(dot)com

'Is It Just Me?' - Miranda Hart

This was a fun, light read, and exactly what Miranda fans would expect to find.  Lots of silliness (the good kind), self-deprecation (my fave kind of comedy) and thoughts on life.  I enjoyed it, though I wouldn't say I loved it.  I think I love Miranda best onscreen, and many of the sequences in the book  were more like skits anyway, so I don't know that it offered anything fresh.  You know, the perfect book for reading in a hammock under the apple tree, but nothing you are likely to remember past closing the final page.

'Spark' - Rachael Craw

Reviewed here.

'The Jewel' - Amy Ewing

Reviewed here.

'The Graveyard Book' - Neil Gaiman

Ermagerd I LOVED this book!  Which was a bit of a surprise because the jacket description left me cold.  Who knew a graveyard would make such an appealing setting for a novel?  So, Bod (short for Nobody), is raised in a graveyard by a bunch of ghosts and so on.  Sound like a delightful read?  It actually is!  Gaiman manages to make sleeping in a coffin/tomb sound super cozy and safe, rather than supremely creepy (the actual truth). Each chapter is a self-contained story, and each contributes in it's own way to the grand finale.  Gaiman's writing is flawless and also brilliant.  I paused on a sentence every now and then, just to let the weight of it sink in.  And they may be few (and spliced between some truly horrifying sequences) but there are some sweetly comedic bits too.  Just perfect.

Plus, Silas.  #newfavouritecharacterever

I will say, I really don't know that I would recommend this to any child (even though Bod is himself a child for most of the novel), and with hesitance to many younger young adults.  I'm quite amazed by Gaiman's ability to turn some truly dark subject matter into a fun, adventurous, emotion stirring story, but eeek, the chapter bookends are super chilling.  And I'm a fan of CSI.

Stoked to have found this in an opshop for 50c (opshops ftw), and super looking forward to the film release.  Assuming it actually gets released at some point.  Fingers crossed.

More book reviews here.  xx

YA novels
Forest Born - Shannon Hale
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
If I Stay - Gayle Forman (read)
The Fault In Our Stars - John Green (read)
The Jewel - Amy Ewing (read)
The Selection Series - Kiera Cass
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (read)
Boy 21 - Matthew Quick

Contemporary/Adult lit
The Interestings - Meg Wolitzer (DNF)
Rules of Civility - Amor Towles

NZ fiction
(Middle Grade) The Volume of Possible Endings - Barbara Else (reading)
Spark - Rachel Craw (read)


Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart (read)
I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai

1 comment:

  1. gosh you're doing well! And I agree about the YA books, they're really rather a good read most of the time, and intelligently written to boot. Adding The Graveyard Book to my Goodreads, thanks for the recommend x