Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley
I’m lucky enough to have found two new favourite books so far this year, Lily and the Octopus being one of them. It’s very unique and sad, and if you’d like to know more about it, here is my review.
Legion by William Peter Blatty
I went to see the new West End production of The Exorcist this month. I didn’t really have enough to say about it to write a review of the play, but it did make me want to read the book. However, when looking in the Kindle store, I found Legion, which I didn’t realise until halfway through reading is actually the sequel to The Exorcist.
This was a bit of a ‘nothing’ book for me. I really enjoyed the opening, which is why I downloaded the whole thing, but halfway through it started to not make a lot of sense and I realised I wasn’t enjoying it. I stuck with it but would never read again. It also wasn’t anywhere near as sick as it was made out to be. Then again, it takes a lot to shock today’s audiences.
Flowers in the Attic by V. C. Andrews
I wasn’t really expecting this. I picked it up because I remembered my mum telling me about the film, and from the way she talked about it it sounded like it was in the same vein as The Railway Children or The Secret Garden. Er… it’s not.
The reviews online all suggest it’s badly written, but I actually really liked the style. Yes, the dialogue was a bit silly in places, but it made me smile by reminding me of the books I read as a child (I mean, they just don’t use words like ‘golly’ anymore. I might bring it back). The subject matter, however, did NOT remind me of my childhood treasures! I don’t want to say more for fear of spoiling it, but suffice to say it’s a page-turner and what some may consider a guilty pleasure. (I don’t like the term ‘guilty pleasure’ because if I enjoy a book, I don’t feel guilty about it, however silly other people may find it.)
I also re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks, which I enjoyed just as much the second time around. I’m currently reading Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey.