Nine books this month. YEAAAAAH. Although I confess that I sped-read one because it was shit (but I still needed to review it for Amazon and for sci-fi research).
Stuff I consider to be high-brow: 2
Sci -fi/fantasy: 2 (low for me!)
Made me want to vomit: 1
- Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson – 7/10
Winterson is one of those authors who you know you should read. I’m glad I’ve finally done so, although in this book, the random forays into fairy tale-type stories were quite trying. Recommendations for what Winterson book I should read next are welcome.
- The Art of Flight by Frederick Sjoberg – 4.5/10
A sort of follow-up to the author’s very successful The Fly Trap, which I haven’t read and which by the sounds of it I would’ve enjoyed much more than this book. I was expecting a lot of nature and got a lot of art history. Don’t you just hate it when that happens?
- The European Union: A Citizen’s Guide by Chris Bickerton – 8.5/10
Really informative. But that’s all I can write here without breaking down.
- Written Off by Paul Carroll – 8/10
Funny but also very-close-to-the-bone comedy lit about wannabe authors.
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – 10/10
FANTASTIC Young Adult novel. Ness is just so darn clever. And sensitive. This book talked about mental health in such a simple, cutting way. And it was witty, to boot. An easy, memorable read.
- The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling – 1/10
Boring puke-fest that wouldn’t have been published if YA space sci-fi wasn’t massively in-vogue right now. Read the full excoriating review here.
- Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – 10/10
My first Murakami book!!! I’ve been wanting to read something by this guy for ages. Spotted this book in Oxfam and didn’t regret it. I’ve been fascinated by Japan for a while, which has been helped in no small measure by Studio Ghibli, and other similar Japanese anime.
Oddly enough though, the 1969 Tokyo in Norwegian Wood didn’t feel at all like I thought it would. Everyone eats macaroni cheese, for god’s sake.
I loved the names of places and people. Naoko. Shinjuku. Hatsumi. Hope I pronounced them right in my head while I was reading.
Anyways, I’ve ordered the DVD of the film adaptation, and I look forward to reading more Murakami in the future.
P.S. My god does this book have a lot of different covers.
- A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith Stuart – 7.5/10
A cute, often heart-warming read about a father bonding with his autistic son through the game Minecraft. It’s based on the author’s own experience of engaging with his autistic son via Minecraft, which makes it extra special – although it felt over-packed with emotional turmoil! (The father hasn’t yet come to terms with losing his brother in childhood; he’s estranged from his wife; and he can’t connect with his autistic son. Phew)
- Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick – 6/10
I remember reading Sedgwick as a child, so I jumped at the chance to read an adult book by him. It had the Sedgwick flavour of darkness, but it was forgettable (ironically). The style was too detached for me to feel a connection with the story or any of the characters.