To my own astonishment I have somehow managed to find time to read recently. I mean, more than usual. I’m pretty sure I sacrificed sleep on a few occasions, but hey, who needs that anyway?
I happily discovered that a free Kindle download was a fantastic read! It was Marie Hall’s The Kingdom series. The first set I downloaded included three books. I enjoyed them so much I downloaded the second set.
I love, love, love a twist on an old fairytale. When it’s done well, it’s just SO GOOD. A story you’re familiar with, characters you’ve heard about since you can’t even remember, with a twist. Yes please. These were really fun, an original take on each fairytale, with an adult perspective (I do enjoy a steamy hot romance now and then). I will definitely check out more of Marie Hall’s books in the future.
Yesterday I finished The Ocean at the end of the Lane. I’ve been wanting to read this since it came out and had read many positive things about it. I LOVE Neil Gaiman, big time. Stardust is an all time favourite and I have read that a few times. I also really enjoyed The Graveyard Book and Coraline. But most of all I just think Neil is such a lovely person and does so much for the world of books, authors, readers, libraries etc that I just want to give him a big hug.
So, anyway, I realised that one of the downsides of reading on a Kindle is that you don’t necessarily know how long or short the book you’ve just bought is. This, coupled with the fact that I’m a fairly speedy reader, meant that the end of this book suddenly crept up on me and I was really disappointed! I wanted it to last longer! I loved it, as I thought I would. I was fascinated by the knitting together of fact and fiction at the beginning and then I just got caught up in the tale and enjoyed it. Even better, I woke up this morning and found this video on Twitter of Neil answering book group questions about the book.
These books all fall into the fantasy fiction category (Neil also suggests his crosses over into science fiction in his video), which is a favourite genre of mine. I totally recommend them!
I’d love to hear recommendations from anyone – what have you enjoyed reading recently?