This is an odd one to try to explain to people.
Lily and the Octopus is about Ted, who talks to his dachshund, Lily, and thinks he can hear her talking back. It’s unclear whether he genuinely believes she is talking to him, or if it’s just how he copes. At the beginning of the book, Ted notices a tumour on Lily’s head, although he doesn’t name it, instead seeing it as an octopus, which shortly also begins talking to him.
It’s been a good start to 2018 (in reading terms, anyway). I found a brand-new favourite novel in January, and am really enjoying my general attitude towards reading at the moment. Gone are the days of reading a book just so I can write a review/tick it off my TBR/add it to my Goodreads challenge! Now I only read books I really want to read, and I feel so much better for it.
I’ve also tried to be better with my blogging this year, and have scheduled every Monday at 7pm for a weekly post. I did miss last week – oops! I would’ve just posted later in the week but sadly my Macbook doesn’t want to turn on at the moment. Fingers crossed it’s just the battery!
The Power by Naomi Alderman
This won the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction so has been on my radar since then. I didn’t read any of the shortlist but from the synopsis this was the one that sparked my interest the most, so I was quite surprised when it won (as my idea of an award-winner is often quite different to that of literary judges). I love the premise behind it: a switcheroo of male and female roles in society, women suddenly finding themselves in the seats of power when they develop the ability to electrocute from their fingertips.
This list is not very extensive or impressive, but I’m pleased with it. I finally seem to be properly back into reading, even though there was nothing this month that I really loved.
Most of these books were read during BookTubeAThon, which is why I didn’t bother doing a wrap-up last week – I figured it would end up being too similar to this post.
1. Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik.
GUYS GUYS GUYS THERE’S A POKEMON GO BOOK TAG. LOOK HERE IT IS.
If you’ve read my last few posts, you might have noticed I’m a little obsessed with Pokemon at the moment. I mean, I’ve always been obsessed with Pokemon – it was all-encompassing in my childhood, even more so than Harry Potter – but right now, with Pokemon Go taking over the world, my obsession has come back with a vengeance.
I haven’t been tagged for this but when I saw it on Nazahet’s blog, Read Diverse Books, I obviously had to do it! It was originally created by Aentee at Read at Midnight (she also created the awesome graphics for this tag!).
I didn’t manage to start reading The Grown-Up last night because I fell asleep really early (while watching old episodes of Pokemon – yay!). I’m just about to start reading Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick.
I’m roughly halfway through Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock and am enjoying it but I’m still waiting for the wow factor to hit me. I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I absolutely adored The Silver Linings Playbook – also by Matthew Quick – so had really high hopes for this. Maybe it’s the ending that’s going to cross us over into four- or five-star territory.
I read and re-read the one-and-a-half-page-long prologue to Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty on the train this morning, because someone’s six kids were screaming too loud for me to concentrate. I’m not being funny but it’s seven o’clock inthe morning: I have a Monday headache; my eyelids are sticking together and I’ve got to go to bloody work. Can’t you bring your clan out a bit later on?
So obviously I gave up reading and played Pokemon Go instead.
Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about what books to read next week, when BookTubeAThon starts: a challenge where you attempt to read 7 books in 7 days (PAH, not gonna happen). Despite my pessimism, I am going to give it a shot, and here are some books I’m going to try out for the additional challenges Ariel Bissett has set us.
REALITY BOY BY A. S. KING.
This is for the ‘Read a book with yellow on the cover’ challenge, as you can see.
I wanted to use this week to try and get through the books I was really excited about when I got them, and Reality Boy is one of them. It’s about a boy who was on a reality TV show as a toddler and what his dysfunctional life is like now.