This tag was created by Jen Campbell on YouTube, and the idea of it is to go around your shelves (whether virtual or physical!) and choose pairs of books that you think compliment each other well, perhaps because they have similar themes, or one is a retelling of the other, etc. Jen asks us to aim for between five and ten pairs of books so I’ve pushed myself to go for ten.
I didn’t read most of these in pairs, apart from the ones I read for university modules, but have chosen them because I think they would go well together.
1. White Teeth by Zadie Smith / Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie.
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.
Thank you to Getting Through Anxiety for tagging me!
1. INITIAL ATTRACTION – A book you bought because of the cover?
I had heard of the book and wanted to read it, but I mainly bought it because it was cheap and I wanted to add to my collection of Penguin Modern Classics…
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?
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
So I literally JUST finished Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel and must say that this is a breath of fresh YA air.
It’s about Maisie, a high-school girl badly burned in an electrical fire, who is given the opportunity for a face transplant. She agrees, thinking someone else’s face is better than no face at all, but we see her struggle with all the other aspects of her decision: the alleged changes to her personality, the pills she must take every day for the rest of her life and which make her too tired to be the straight-A student she was before, and of course, the constant staring.
I’ve changed my Instagram to thebookishunderdog if you’d like to follow me!
February has been a slow month compared to January. I whooshed through lots of books in Jan but haven’t got excited about anything yet this month.
At the beginning of Feb I planned to read:
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
- Drown by Esther Dalseno
- The Crucible by Arthur Miller
- The Lady of Misrule by Susannah Dunn
- The Rats by James Herbert
- The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
So I went to Waterstones today and I bought 4 books, then when I got home another one had arrived in the post! I was a very happy bunny.