My year in books: 2015 edition

It might be February now but every year I promise myself I will right one of these and every year I fail to deliver. Mostly because I think about it, and then think about it some more, I read a few books, I write some other stuff and before you know it it’s April and…

Audioreading: a how-to guide

This is a tricky issue, because people always wonder how I can listen to audiobooks; they seem to think it is unnatural, stupid, waste of time and time, not to mention not reading. I, personally, love audiobooks and really wonder how come I didn’t “catch the bug” sooner. I really believe that we need to…

The Lightning Thief

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, Hyperion: 2009, Kindle edition Ok. Ok, so this wasn’t as bad as I was afraid it would be, but it didn’t exceed my expectations either. Meaning, this book is obviously attempting to complete the successful recipe of Harry Potter but it does not succeed because there is no recipe….

The City and the City by China Miéville

I struggled to get used to the language – the “idiosyncratic” writing – and become interested in the story per se. It took two thirds of the book to get me excited and wanting, desperately, to know more about the cities and Inspector Borlu. But I did and I did, and finally it came in…

Tales from Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan

This is a magnificent book by Shaun Tan – one of my favourite artists (along with Dave McKeen) – that I would recommend to anyone, even if they didn’t necessarily read anything in this genre. It is beautifully written; the main advantage, though, are the stories depicted on the images. The category may be graphic-novel…

The Fangirl in me

This is a ‘kind of’ feelview of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell but, mostly, it’s a rambling about my fan-crazed reading of books. This is a story about a young girl who loves the Simon Snow series of books, reads and writes fan-fiction and struggles to fit in the College she’s studying at. Simon Snow is a…

Black Heart (Curse Workers #3) by Holly Black

I can’t believe it’s finished. I saw that there is a fourth book scheduled and, though I’m concerned it won’t be as good, I’m really looking forward to reading it. I just love Cassel, he’s an amazingly interesting character and I can’t get enough of him trying to squirm out of harm’s way. He’s getting…

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

Spoilers all over the place! Be warned! 3.75 stars. I really enjoyed the second instalment of the Curse Workers series, but it felt like a middle book all the same. The surprises of the White Cat have now faded and I was just trying to discern what else is there to be told about the…

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black

Now that’s a YA fantasy book I really enjoyed! No, I loved it! At about 60% in the book I couldn’t catch my breath from all the things that happened in the past – and were still happening – to Cassel. It was fast-paced with great, believable dialogue, while the first person POV really made…

The Magus by John Fowles

Let me start by saying that I did not like this book. I mean, it was fairly interesting up to a point but it got quite repetitive. All I was thinking while reading it was “when does it end?”. It’s the story of a young man who takes a teaching position on a remote Greek…