Put the Book Back on the Shelf (8)

Time for another reading update post, and I’m now just over halfway through my 130 books in a year challenge!

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve mostly been reading lots of Moomins and Terry Pratchett! My friend Paul has sent me a couple of books in the post which I intend to move on to, and I still have a very large pile of unread ones!

Mort, Terry Pratchett

I think this is probably my favourite Terry Pratchett that I’ve read so far – it is funny, well-written and engaging, particularly the character of Death. Everytime I read anything by Terry Pratchett I wonder why I didn’t get started sooner – this is not, I know, an unpopular opinion at all.

The Book about Moomin, Mymble and Little My, Tove Jansson

This is a children’s book and so really didn’t take me very long to read – but it is *so* beautiful; it cost more than some other books but it was worth it for the illustrations alone.

Moominpappa at Sea, Tove Jansson

Finn Family Moomintroll, Tove Jansson

The Memoirs of Moominpappa, Tove Jansson

I’ll review these three books together, to save any readers having to read essentially the same review three times! I really love how these books are created – they are sweet without being saccharine, sad without being bleak, and beautifully illustrated. The characters are instantly likable and I haven’t read a single Moomins book yet that I haven’t loved. My favourite character is Snufkin, but it has such a wonderful group of characters that I still love the books even when he isn’t in them. I’d also recommend watching Moominvalley, if you haven’t already – even if just for the soundtrack! At the moment, I’m just reading them in English, but I might attempt Swedish (Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finn) after a while.

The Salt Path, Raynor Winn

For those of you who haven’t read this, it is an account of Raynor and her terminally ill husband Moth walking the South West Coast Path after having been made homeless; having lived in the south west until I was 13, I recognised so many of the places, names and descriptions. It’s a non-fiction memoir, but I didn’t actually realise that until a while in. Sometimes ‘illness memoirs’ can feel a little self-pitying but this really didn’t to me.

 

Sourcery – Terry Pratchett

I didn’t enjoy this as much as some other ones in the Discworld, as it didn’t quite grab me in the same way, but I still enjoyed it a lot and it still had some real laugh out loud moments.

Reading Challenge – 67/130

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  1. I love Terry Pratchett too, especially any with Granny Weatherwax or where Death is a major character. I also read Salt Path, and found it gripping. I have to say that I don’t think the author and I would get on in real life but the quality of her writing was brilliant and I loved “exploring” the South West in the book.

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