Pyramids – Terry Pratchett
For a few months now, I’ve been meaning to carry on reading the Terry Pratchett Discworld novels. I finished all the ones on The Big Read list but I enjoyed those so much that I thought I’d like to read all the others too. I made a list of all the available titles and marked off the ones that I’d read. Then I put the remaining books into reading order and this is the first one that I ordered from the library. It was excellent. Maybe not one of my favourites but not much will beat the Susan or the Death books. Must reserve another one now.
The weed that strings the hangman’s bag – Alan Bradley
I read the first one of the Flavia de Luce books a while ago and loved it to bits. I’ve had the others in my Amazon wish list ever since but have hesitated to buy them due to the large quantity of books already on my shelves that are waiting to be read. Last week it suddenly occurred to me that I might be able to get them from the library. Doh. Why didn’t I think of that before? This was book two in the series and was just as good as the first one – The sweetness at the bottom of the pie. Flavia is a brilliant character and I love the setting and pretty much everything about the books. They’re funny and sweet and a teeny bit sad, but mostly there’s slightly black humour. They’re quirky too. I’m planning on diving straight into book three next.
A red herring without mustard – Alan Bradley
Brilliant! I loved this one and I love Flavia. She’s definitely the most interesting 11 yr old that I’ve ever read about. As well as her amateur sleuthing and her mini crush on the local police, there’s the growing mystery of why her sisters behave the way they do towards her. Is there something we don’t know about regarding the death of her mother? Will the family finances improve enough for them to keep the house, and more importantly, Flavia’s laboratory? I need to get the next book to find out what happens next in the life of this fascinating family. Love these books 🙂
The particular sadness of lemon cake – Aimee Bender
I’ve had this on the shelves for a while and this morning it decided it was time for it to be read. It was a sweet, quirky little novel and I rather enjoyed it. Rose discovers, at the age of nine, that she can taste emotions in the food that she eats – the emotions of the person(s) that prepared it. This isn’t the easiest thing to deal with and makes for an interesting book.
Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
This one was about the witches of Discworld and was excellent. Usually I prefer the ones set in Ankh-Morpork or the Death or Susan ones but I loved this. Morris dancers and Elves and especially Esme Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg. Marvellous stuff. Some of the one-liners had me giggling out loud.
The Winter Witch – Paula Brackston
This was an advance copy from Constable & Robinson and I’d assumed it would be very much in the paranormal, witchy genre from the blurb. Ok, so it was about a witch and she did have powers but it was so much more than that. It was a gentle romance and it was about the beautiful landscape of Wales. It was about the hard life of a farmer and what it’s like to be a drover. It was about fighting evil when suspicion falls on you as the newcomer and it’s almost impossible for you to do anything about it when you don’t have the power of speech. It was also a really well written book – the sort that defies you to put it down. I loved it.
An artificial night – Seanan McGuire
I’ve been meaning to read the rest of these books for a while. I have three of them, borrowed from Tree. I’ve just returned the first one, which I read a while ago, but I was unsure how much I liked it. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell from the first book as it often spends a lot of time introducing the characters and setting. I liked this second book a lot more. The books are Urban Fantasy and are about the inhabitants of a Faerie kingdom that is inside San Francisco, as it were. The Fae go hidden amongst the humans. In this book Toby has to track down and rescue missing children, and tackle Blind Michael, the leader of the Hunt.
Late eclipses – Seanan McGuire
I thought I may as well dive straight into the next book in the series while I was in the mood. This one starts with Toby’s friend Lily becoming ill, and this is followed by plenty of other problems for her to solve. It takes a lot of help from her friends to get out of trouble this time, but eventually she does. Another enjoyable read.
One salt sea – Seanan McGuire
My favourite of the series so far. In this one we learn more about the Undersea and find out more about the Luidaeg’s history. Toby is tasked with finding some kidnapped children and preventing a war. Lots of action and adventure and a good story. Sadly I’ve now run out of books in this series and as my head is still full of the Fae, I’m not sure I’ll be able to concentrate on another book just yet.
Boy meets girl – Meg Cabot
I’ve had this for ages. It’s one of those two books in one and I got it cheap at The Works. I just fancied it yesterday and it wasn’t a bad read. It’s chick lit and had a nice bit of humour in it. I liked it. Most importantly, it didn’t take too much concentration with my head still full of the last three books.