Lovely people, you may have noticed a dearth of book videos around here. I didn’t just forget, I promise. But I wasn’t sure weekly book chats were really the way forward, considering they’re mostly just me talking rubbish for five minutes. So I decided that the time I took to do those vids might be better used elsewhere, and a monthly book chat would be a better way to talk about books, beginning with my May reading pile.
However, there are two problems with this.
- I have the memory of a goldfish, and forget what books I read.
- I forget how to do the talking thing when I don’t practise.
But, you know, we got there. Other than the bit where I call Ken Follett Dan Follett, and the whole Abdominal Snowman thing. But other than that.
I ended up squeezing a lot of books into one vid, and decided once I was done that a rating system was a good idea. It’s a good shorthand for talking about books, although it lacks a lot of the nuances of a full review, and I always get annoyed that Certain Sites don’t allow you to award half stars (I tend to round up, if you’re wondering). So I shall be implementing a cookie system from now on. (This has no relation to how many cookies I ate while reading the book. That statistic will probably be a lot higher).
Here, then, are my ratings for the month:
- How to Be a Pirate, Cressida Cowell: 5 cookies and a cup of tea. Out and out MG fun with dragons, pirates, cursed treasure, and the importance of embracing your differences.
- The Thief of Always, Clive Barker: 5 cookies. Well-written, entertaining MG with a likeable protagonist and wonderfully scary villains. Only no cup of tea because maybe things turned out a little too neatly at the end.
- Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs: 3 1/2 cookies. Maaaybe 4. Well-written, but a little hard to really connect with the characters due to overly formal writing, despite the POV being that of a teenager.
- The Holy Sh!t Moment, James Fell: 4 cookies. Interesting and practical look at how to create moments of epiphany in life. Could have been a bit less long-winded.
- Fall of Giants, Ken Follett: 5 cookies and a cup of tea (although you’ll need a lot more than that to get through this book. It’s huge!). Fascinating, generally well-written account of intersecting lives in the build-up to, during, and immediately following WWI.
- Bird Box, Josh Malerman: 3 cookies. Good writing and great concept for the monsters, but I never cared enough about the characters for it to be really suspenseful. Plus I didn’t like the ending.
And there you have it. This isn’t all my May reading, but they are the books I talk about in the video. So watch on for more!
Now, over to you, lovely people – what have your favourite reads of the month been? And I’d also love to hear your thoughts on the new monthly format! Let me know below!