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My April in Books

Okay, so I might not have read as many books or be as good at this as zitong, but for the first time ever I’ve been tracking what I read (usually I just go for it), so I thought this kind of post would be good! It’s a bit late, but oh well.

Here they are… dun dun daaaaa!

The Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid by Rick RiordanĀ 

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking (actually I don’t but I’m going to give it a red hot go). This is old news. Yes, but years ago I never got around to reading it and after finishing Animal Farm by George Orwell for English and some other hardcore stuff, I thought I’d go back to my 12 year old demigod/wizarding days and read this series for once and for all. It was great, I loved it, and it’s fantastic if you just want an easy, happy read that’ll make you feel good about the world.

 

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Now this is one beautiful book. I think I went straight back into… not hardcore, but definitely intense stuff after old Rick Riordan. Whoops. But this book is truly amazing. It was completely different from what I imagined it to be about and the words/prose/writing/whatever you call it was just absolutely amazing. Why are there not enough words in the world for books and music and art that makes me feel this way? One of the poems in this book just gave me that knot in my stomach, save these words forever feel. Highly recommend. Also read her other series, York, starting with The Shadow Cipher. It’s how I came to pick up Bone Gap and is for a bit of a younger age but still has a fantastic mystery.

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick

Ahhh these illustrations were just amazing. I watched the movie first when I was little (don’t look at me like that, I didn’t know any better then), and although I was a little creeped out by the automaton I loved it. And I loved the book now with the setting of the train station, the clocks and the hidden message. The story wasn’t the most intriguing thing in the world, I wasn’t gripped on the edge of my seat, but it’s definitely worth a trip down memory lane.

 

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Okay this was a classic story I’d been meaning to read for years because we owned it and finally got around to. You’ve probably heard of it, it’s by the same guy who wrote 20 000 Leagues Under the Sea. It’s a good old adventure around the world to win a bet. Read if you feel the need.

 

The Circus by Olivia Levez

This story was original with great writing, something you don’t always come across. I’ve always thought that learning trapeze would be the funnest thing in the world, even though I am definitely not the flexible circus type. This book dealt with issues we don’t always come across in books, which I thought was great, because it really helped to open my eyes up that bit wider. Although the main character……. oh geez I don’t even remember her name. Ummm… wait let me check this, I’ll be back… Willow! How did I forget?? Anyway, as I was saying, although the main character, Willow, also known as Frog (it’s coming back to me now), wasn’t my favourite person in the world, I loved the writing and most of the story line. Willow’s home life sort of made me gnehhhhh, you know? No? Okay.

 

Munro Vs the Coyote by Darren Goth

This book was another result of my panic borrowing (don’t worry, I left heaps for everyone else, and no one else was hanging around the YA section of my small local library anyway. I hope). It’s about a Canadian exchange student who goes over to Brisbane (I know!!! It’s great, in books it’s pretty much always Sydney (no offence though, love Sydney), if they mention Australia at all. But it’s good to have a bit of Brissy representation). He goes there to help himself cope…with stuff… I don’t want to give away too much so I’m just going to stop there. It also has great representation for people with Down Syndrome. And I mean, just look at the cover. How much more aesthetic can you get?

 

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. Go Set a Watchman is set in the same world only 20 years later. Although this book was originally labelled as the sequel, it is said to be Harper Lee’s first draft of To Kill a Mockingbird, which I find extremely interesting after reading both books. It deals with strong topics and although I sort of wish I hadn’t read it, in order to keep the characters of the first book pure in my mind, I’m glad I got another chance to read Harper Lee’s writing, which is amazing. Go read To Kill a Mockingbird, and then maybe this. Maybe.

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsĀ 

This is a great book. It’s hilarious and although at the start there were some bits I wanted to skip over so I could get to the good stuff, by a bit further in I was hooked. I love this book so much, please go read it if you haven’t already. It’ll make your week.

 

It’s probably going to be a long while before I track my reading again so I hope you enjoyed this (or at least your TBR is a little bit longer mwahahaha).

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

~ forrestpuff

4 comments

zitongbooks

Awesome list! The Kane Chronicles and The Hitchhiker's Guide are great!

10th May, 20
sekhmet

Definitely agree about the Sydney bit, it's an amazing place but it's always nice to hear of other places where I spend more time. Maybe I'll have a look at Munro vs Coyote now!

11th May, 20
guppy

I love Brian Seltznick's books!! The illustrations, the whimsical stories and yes, the scary automaton from the movie...

12th May, 20
inky State Library Victoria

What a great month of reading. Love Brian Selznick! And the HItchhiker's Guide! And now I really want to read Munro Vs the Coyote by Darren Goth! I'll add the missing books to the data base.

12th May, 20