Reading Woes

It’s been a terrible 39 days, I know this as I keep a reading diary and that’s been how long it’s been since I actually opened a book.

Not bought a book, I’ve bought several in that period that’s not the problem, the problem is I haven’t read a line from any of them.

I haven’t opened any of the wonderful Net Galley books that I pined over and was given permission to read.

I’ve not gone back and reread those easy to read favourites that are generously placed all around the house for ease of access.

I’ve talked a lot about books, publishing, bookshops, and words over that period but just couldn’t bring myself to read.

So what I’ve decided to do is to set myself a TBR, which I haven’t done for a while. I’m going to pull six books off the shelves and give myself permission to ignore the rest of the shelves as though they don’t exist as to not distract me.

It’s going to be a good mix though to let me have a wide choice.

  • Harklights by Tim Tilley
  • Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley
  • A Perfect Cemetery by Federico Falco
  • The Craft of Poetry by Lucy Newlyn
  • Orange City by Lee Matthew Goldberg
  • What Willow Says by Lynn Buckle

Already started Harklights and enjoying it so far! Here’s hoping.


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Embassy of the Dead

Will Mabbitt. Hachette. (272p) ISBN 9781510104556

Embassy of the Dead

Embassy of the Dead

Embassy of the Dead is a story of a misunderstanding, but a misunderstanding that drags Jake Green into the Embassy of the Dead in a race against time and could cost him his life.

From the start this is a fast-paced adventure with a lot of humour and spookiness, with a great central character who seems constantly confused at the start but really shines by the end of the story.

Jake is assisted by a couple of great supporting, but ghostly, characters.

Will Mabbitt’s world beyond the veil is a well thought out and executed alternative and it gels together throughout, the bureaucracy of the afterlife is so British and harks back to things like Monty Python and other classic comedies.

I’m really looking forward to other books in this world, as things may have been defeated, but…


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Wed Wabbit

Lissa Evans. David Fickling Books. (250p) ISBN 9781910989449
Wed Wabbit

Wed Wabbit

Wed Wabbit had been kicking around my TBR pile for quite a while and kept getting put down until I decided to go for it as it was going to be the 8-12 book club book for the month.

I instantly regretted it, by it I mean not reading this book earlier.

This is a story of Fidge and Graham in the land of the Wimbley Woos which has been taken over by a wicked, angry dictator. Fast-paced and laugh out loud funny, the only time I put it down was to have my dinner and finished it in two big bites.

There are great characters throughout the book and the themes of friendship, bravery and growth are very strong but do not overwhelm the story.

A side-splitting take on children and their love of children’s books and toys, and the fickle nature of their love.


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American Gods

Neil Gaiman. Headline Publishing Group. (736p) ISBN 9780755322817
American Gods

American Gods

An American road trip with a difference, new gods meet old gods to fight it out for supremacy and Shadow is at the centre of it all.

From the first chapter I was entranced at Neil Gaiman’s imagination and writing. Together they developed a story that was at the same time both real and mythical, weaving mythology through the land of America.

Neil’s storytelling was at the fore once more, with me unsure of Shadow’s back story until the reveal, swinging from one theory to the next, and I really didn’t see that one coming.

Strong character’s throughout supported the story going forward and not one was used without thought and reference to something else in the story, again weaving complexity throughout but leaving nothing loose at the end.

I read this as the TV series was coming out soon, but now I’m unsure if I want to watch the TV adaptation, Neil’s world as he described it has no match.


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