Pretty Words all in a Row

So peeps, I cannot believe that it’s February already!! Things are flying by so fast at the moment, it won’t be long before I’m writing about Christmas again (surely not!).

My reading took a slow start. I was struggling with the book I’d started because I was too tired to make a good go at it, and kept having to put it down. But on one of my days off I decided that I would just suck it up and spend a good few hours reading. And I finished it!I’m so pleased that I did it, because I’m now well and truly back into the swing of it, and have so far completed 6 books towards my 40 challenge.

Comet in Moominland was a quick read which helped me get back into the swing in order to finish the next book I will talk about. This is the 2nd book in the Moomin series. The first of which I will also talk about in a bit. I keep saying I will write a blog about the Moomins, and I will, but I want to read through all 9 of the books before I do that – so stay tuned.

Gone Girl was amazing once I gave it the chance it deserved. The beginning was a slow burner for me and I thought I had it all worked out in my head. But as you read you realise that you have no idea what’s going on, and the whole book is nothing like how you thought it would be. Such a good read, I recommend everyone gives it a go. There’s a reason it’s been so popular!

A Winter Book came up as one of the Kindle deals of the day a few weeks ago. It’s written by the same author as the Moomin books, and was already on my wish list, so it was a given that I would download it. (Amazon know me so well, it’s scary.) This is a collection of short stories written by Tove Jansson throughout her childhood, adult life and elderly life. The mood changes are so intriguing. She bares her soul in everything she does, as if she leaves her heart on the pages she writes on. I really enjoyed reading this, and I’m looking forward to reading the book which precedes it, ‘The Summer Book’.

A Gathering Light is a young adult novel that I picked up at the book warehouse I visit sometimes. I was intrigued by the idea that it was based on a real murder that happened at the turn of the century. I found this book a little light on substance. The murder was a very vague subplot and it seemed that the author had been so effected by this event that they wanted to involve it in a book in any way they could. It was interesting enough but not moving and you didn’t really care what happened to the characters. It was a shame, but maybe it would be better suited to a teenager as it was intended.

The Man in the Picture is the 3rd book by Susan Hill (author of The Woman in Black) I have read. What I love about her books is that they are written in a way that makes you assume it is set in the times of bustles and carriages but then you’ll see mention of mobile phones or something similar. It’s because of this that you get the eerie sense of a traditional ghost story, and this picture is painted only by the style of the words used. Susan Hill’s ghost stories are short but never lacking in substance. They are never obvious and always harrowing and often will give you chills in exactly the right places. They are clever and thoughtful and never over the top. This book was no exception. If you enjoyed reading Woman in Black then I would definitely recommend this and the other novel of hers I have read, ‘The Small Hand’. Give them a go!

The Moomins and The Great Flood (Moomin book #1) was written in 1945 but was only translated and published in the UK last year, hence why I read the other book first. This copy is hardback and beautifully illustrated by Tove herself (naturally). The story isn’t the strongest due to it being the first, but it sets the tone and introduces you to the characters. It illustrates the power of friendship and family and the perils you face along the way. It is almost a metaphor for the feelings of family estrangement during a post war Europe. Fear of nature and separation. There really is some beauty in these books.

You’ll need to expect a lot more from the Moomins on my reading list for the first part of the year at least. There is so much to read between the lines, and I really do recommend you investigating into them if you feel so inclined.

I’d be interested in your thoughts on any of these books if you’ve read them, and also any recommendations for books you think I might like!

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