Hopefully you’ll already be aware that I’ve been keeping track of all the books I’ve read during the UK Lockdown, and that I’m writing a small mini-review for each. But if you weren’t aware, now you know! Today’s list contains Reads 11-15, with considerably more traditional books than comics or graphic novels, due to the fact that I’ve started writing my first book. You can catch up with Reads 1-5 here, and Reads 6-10 here.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
Silence of the Girls was a five-star prediction for me, as I love Greek myths & retellings so much that these books nearly always become favourites. However the fantasy/magic realism elements were fairly minimal so for that reason I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The magic was quite literally missing. That being said, there were some great lines and interpretations, especially the interpretation of Achilles as a butcher man-baby.
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
I can’t say truthfully that I enjoyed this book very much. I’ve heard so much about Holly Black that I was expecting some great things from Tithe, even though it’s her first book. I probably won’t be reading the sequels Valiant or Ironside, and with the mixed reviews about The Cruel Prince, I’m not sure I’ll be reading that one either.
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
I think A Touch of Darkness is probably the first fantasy-romance book I’ve read since the Twilight series, as I’m generally not a great fan of romance. But this book, a modern interpretation of the Hades & Persephone myth, actually surprised me. Yes, it was cringe at times, but not half as much as I was expecting. I definitely will be reading the sequel, A Touch of Ruin, when it comes out.
Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places by Henry Carroll
This was a book I asked my mum to get me as a birthday present this year – so even if it was rubbish, I wouldn’t have complained! Luckily, it wasn’t rubbish at all, and actually has some pretty good technical tips for amateur photographers like me, who generally only get their cameras out when they’re in a pretty place. The only problem is that I need lockdown to be over so I can put the tips to the test!
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #4
In Curse of the White Knight #4 Batwoman takes centre stage as she searches for Azrael… and revenge. I read this at the beginning of the month and I clearly enjoyed it enough to give it a 4-star rating, but there isn’t a lot that sticks in my mind about it. You can make your own conclusions about that!
That concludes Reads 11-15, meaning next time we’ll pick up at #16! We’ve just entered May so sadly April’s Magical Readathon is over, but we’re heading straight into the Asian Readathon! See you next time for some Asia-inspired reads, but if you have any recommendations in the meantime, please let me know.