Put the Book Back on the Shelf (7)

Moominsummer Madness, Tove Jansson

As with Comet in Moominland, this was a beautiful book. It was also engaging and a quick read, which always helps, and I’m excited for the new Moomin TV series – I think it’s coming out quite soon! According to the Wikipedia page, First Aid Kit (one of my favourite bands!) are doing some of the songs so that’s another thing to look forward to.

Triple Knife, Jenny Colgan

Despite being a collection of Doctor Who short stories, I wasn’t a huge fan of this – the characters didn’t feel right and the plotline wasn’t strong enough to counteract that. I’ve read some great novelisations of various different forms of media, but I just didn’t feel this was one of them.

A God in Ruins, Kate Atkinson

I really enjoyed this! I wanted to keep going because I was invested in most of the characters but I also didn’t want it to end. After reading a few books lately which I haven’t enjoyed, it definitely made for a nice and reassuring change.

Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett

This is the third of the Discworld novels, and my favourite so far! It manages to introduce interesting ideas and feel fresh while firmly within its genre and so well-written. It didn’t once feel like a chore to get through – I think I’ll need to keep on reading the Discworld series!

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction

As a collection of essays about the development and theory of science fiction, some chapters interested me more than others, and it was definitely an academic read rather than one for pleasure as such, but at its best, this was an interesting read, and has definitely given me lots of ideas for further reading. My main criticism would be that quite a few of the references were male-heavy, but as someone whose academic interests aren’t in the field, it made for a good collection.

I’d Die For You, F Scott Fitzgerald

I’m sure plenty of people reading this will disagree, but like the Great Gatsby, this just left me cold. I’m not sure why exactly, or whether I just didn’t get into it, but by the time I’d gone to bed on the day I had finished it, I could barely remember anything about it – thanks to the very small print, it wasn’t even an easy read! Perhaps Fitzgerald fans would feel differently, but it seemed all style and no substance to me! Although as that’s my opinion of the Great Gatsby, I probably shouldn’t be too surprised.

Running total: 60/130 – only five books to go until the halfway point!

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