Hi all! I’ve been so quiet on here…
You’re probably sick of my excuses about a reading slump, but seriously, it’s really bad! I do think I’m coming out of it a bit though as I’ve picked up Stormbird by Conn Igguldsen and seem to be getting on OK. I thought, though, that I’d participate in this year’s BookTubeAThon to help me kick it.
Also, I’ve been playing Pokemon Go and that doesn’t leave much time for reading.
May was a good month for me for reading! I read a lot of books and, for the most part, really enjoyed them.
1. The Confessions of Katherine Howard by Suzannah Dunn.
Premise: The novel explores Katherine Howard’s before and during her marriage to the notorious Henry VIII.
Dunn is quickly becoming a new favourite historical author of mine. Her writing has a very modern tone without taking away from the Tudor setting. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed The Lady of Misrule and I was disappointed by the ending, as I wanted to see how she handled Katherine’s execution.
You won’t catch me, Karma, I think. I won’t do anything bad!
Paper Butterflies is a heart-wrenching tale of child abuse and how downright unfair life can be. I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Welcome to my alphabet series! Today’s book is Dan Brown’s controversial Da Vinci Code.
Here’s what people say is wrong with it:
- Bad writing
- Disrespects Christianity
I’ve mentioned The Da Vinci Code a few times on my blog, so it’s probably clear I disagree. In terms of bad writing, I’m not excusing this – however, I would say it’s unskilled writing, not purely bad. E.g., take the opening scene:
Renowned curator Jacques Sauniere staggered through the vaulted archway of the museum’s Grand Gallery. He lunged for the nearest painting he could see, a Caravaggio. Grabbing the gilded frame, the seventy-six-year-old man heaved the masterpiece towards himself until it tore from the wall and Sauniere collapsed backward in a heap beneath the canvas.
As he had anticipated, a thundering iron gate fell nearby, barricading the entrance to the suite. The parquet floor shook. Far off, an alarm began to ring.
WWW Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Taking on a World of Words. This is where you have to answer the following questions every Wednesday:
- What are you currently reading?
- What did you recently finish reading?
- What do you think you’ll read next?
Technically still reading The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde, though I haven’t picked it up for the last couple of nights. I’m not finding it particularly engaging, to be honest.
At the beginning of the year, I created a bingo sheet of book challenges to complete over the course of 2016.
Here’s the ones I’ve completed so far:
Start a series.
War Horse is written from the point-of-view of a young colt, Joey, who is bought by a drunkard farmer at auction. The farmer’s son, Albert, takes a shine to Joey and promises to raise him himself. The story is as much about their bond as it is about the horrors of war, when Joey is sold to the army and goes off to be a cavalry horse.
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I was irresistibly reminded of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty while reading this, not because they’re both about horses, but because of the way the story follows Joey being taken in by different owners, some kind, some not-so-kind. The general message behind both of these novels is that humans should pay more attention to the way they treat their fellow creatures.