Weekly Preview 1/11/20

I have some exciting news this week – I’m taking part in Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge. It’s kind of exhilarating because I got a free copy of Wasteland by Terry Tyler, and now I feel like a real reviewer! The book has been good so far and you’ll get to see the review soon. Also, I’ve been really impressed with how helpful and quick to respond Rosie has been. There is still time to participate in this challenge (I think), and this could be a great way to get into reviewing if anyone is interested.

Beyond that, last week I reviewed Life of Pi and One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich, both of which were decent books. I also participated in my first ever book tag.

There’s a review of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children coming on Tuesday as per usual. It had some pretty creepy pictures in it, which was a really unique part of the book.

I’m hoping to keep up the sci-fi slant to the blog by reading We next week (as well as finishing Wasteland). I’m pretty excited about this one since it is supposed to have inspired Orwell’s 1984, which will definitely be interesting to see.

Finally, I’ve got some more ideas for the blog coming down the pipeline. I want to try and find more recurring content, so that I can start to post every day. At the moment, I would need to write 5 book reviews in a week to accomplish this, which just isn’t going to happen. Therefore, I’ve had an idea for something I’m currently calling ‘slow reads’, with more information to follow on Friday. Also, I want to take some Saturday’s (normally my day off) to post more political content (the original concept for the blog). You might recall me saying I was going to read The Communist Manifesto, which I did last week, so look for something about it on Saturday. Although I might end up talking about the American election or other pressing news if I feel it is more relevant.

That’s all for the preview. What are you most interested to read? Is there anything else you want to see on the blog? What did you most enjoy reading in October?

~Rickettts

Finally Fall Book Tag

I thought I’d try something a bit different today – a book tag. I initially saw this on books and brooke (who has some great stuff, I’d highly recommend), and it seems to have originated from Cherelle the Bibliophile.

Let me know if you want more content other than just book reviews. I’m trying to expand my repertoire, so suggestions welcome!

Anyway, onto the tag:

IN FALL, THE AIR IS CRISP AND CLEAR: NAME A BOOK WITH A VIVID SETTING.

Small Gods

If Discworld isn’t a vivid setting, I don’t know what is. It may have crazy things happening around every corner, but the thoughts jump off the page and into your mind. Your imagination is pumped full of steroids, then given free reign.

I also love the chaotic nature of the cover art, because I think it perfectly encapsulates what to expect from the novel.

But more than anything, it’s just so damn funny. That humour is really what makes the book so vivid.

NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL… BUT ALSO DYING: NAME A BOOK THAT IS BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN, BUT ALSO DEALS WITH A HEAVY TOPIC LIKE LOSS OR GRIEF.

The Underground Railroad

This one hits really hard. It details extraordinary loss and heartbreak. There is terror and suspense around every corner. Horrific scenes of racist violence are scattered throughout.

But even through all the pain, it still gives you hope. It brings out the worst in humanity, sure, but it also brings out the best. That’s what makes it so powerful.

FALL IS BACK TO SCHOOL SEASON: SHARE A NON-FICTION BOOK THAT TAUGHT YOU SOMETHING NEW.

Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race

I read a fair amount of non-fiction. There was plenty of choice, but this book really stood out to me. As I mentioned in my review, it fundamentally changed how I perceived the world around me. Not something that many texts have the ability to do, which speaks to the force is has.

The name really says it all. This is a book about racism. It taught me about the history of racism in Britain, and about myself. I hope you’ll allow it to teach you too.

IN ORDER TO KEEP WARM, IT’S GOOD TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE PEOPLE WE LOVE: NAME A FICTIONAL FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD/FRIEND-GROUP THAT YOU’D LIKE TO BE PART OF.

The Mysterious Benedict Society

I love the ‘family’ in this book. They consist of various orphans who have incredible skills. They solve puzzles, dodge traps, and generally live exciting lives. But the best part is just how loving and kind they are. Taken in by Mr Benedict and his caring assistants, their relationship can warm any heart.

The way they bond as a family (despite no blood relation) is inspiring, and I hope I meet people this generous with their time and feelings one day.

FALL IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR SOME STORYTELLING BY THE FIRESIDE: SHARE A BOOK WHEREIN SOMEONE IS TELLING A STORY.

The Testaments

As a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, one of the defining dystopian classics, it is remarkable good. Taking place many years after the original, this book has never felt more relevant – given all the insanity in the world today.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that we get a glimpse into Aunt Lydia’s perspective. She is relating her story to the reader, adding another layer of nuance to a story already deep enough to drown in.

THE NIGHTS ARE GETTING DARKER: SHARE A DARK, CREEPY READ.

Wanderers

A true masterpiece of a book. I adore Chuck Wendig’s writing, and he certainly pulls out all the stops here. While not necessarily ‘horror’ as such, this book cuts deep and chills to the bone.

It is strangely prophetic, being about a pandemic but written before COVID descended upon us. It conveys a harrowing picture of America, fractured at the core and pulling itself apart at every opportunity. Every twist just makes you confront another uncomfortable question.

THE DAYS ARE GETTING COLDER: NAME A SHORT, HEARTWARMING READ THAT COULD WARM UP SOMEBODY’S COLD AND RAINY DAY.

Everything, Everything

While I may not have given this book a glowing review, I cannot think of any easier read. I devoured this book in a day, and it’s fundamentally heartwarming.

Maddy is allergic to everything, and it’s a touching story of discovery, coming of age, and romance. It may have some sad moments, but that just makes the highs even higher.

FALL RETURNS EVERY YEAR: NAME AN OLD FAVOURITE THAT YOU’D LIKE TO RETURN TO SOON.

Eragon

When I was younger, The Inheritance Cycle was one of my three favourite series. I have since reread the other two, but have never got back to Eragon. Hopefully I get back to it soon (although I’ve never really been one for going back to old books – I usually prefer picking up a new one)

I have to say, the world building has always stuck with me, along with the political maneuvering that goes on. The character development is excellent, and it deals with making extremely powerful individuals relatable really well. I hope it’s as good as I remember.

~Rickettts