Ideally I was meant to post this on Sunday just gone, but that never transpired! Just life!
Coraline by Neil Gaiman
I started this book with the intention of reading it in one sitting as it is a fairly short story. I had seen the film many years ago which I thought was fantastic, and that probably led me to thinking that the book would be even better (they usually are!).
But it wasn’t! A book that could easily have been read in a day took me several days to complete. It just couldn’t hold my interest for very long, and I was glad to be done with it. I have seen a lot of reviews that describe this book as terrifying, and maybe for its target audience it is, but for me it didn’t have that scare factor. And I am someone who is usually very easily scared.
I’m wondering if I would have felt differently listening to the audiobook, which is narrated by Dawn French. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more.
Freddie Mercury: A Life In His Own Words, compiled and edited by Greg Brooks and Simon Lupton
My God I love this man! This book had me both laughing and experiencing extreme sadness at some of the things Freddie said during interviews. His personality even when off stage never fails to grab my attention. I just wish I had the chance to have seen him live, just once!
This book was quite a fast read for me, I think mostly in part because of my huge obsession with Mr Mercury. Freddie talks about the ups and downs of his life, touching briefly on his childhood and upbringing. Although he worked damn hard to get where he did in life, it seems that he was used to quite a lavish lifestyle from a very young age.
It was such a nice feeling to read words that Freddie had spoken himself, rather than the writings of somebody else regarding his life. Who can tell a life story better than the person themselves?!
I am very biased when it comes to Freddie, but this book got a 5/5 stars. No justification needed.
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt
I read this book for the 2020 PopSugar Reading Challenge prompt to “read a western.” I was dreading this so much; westerns really aren’t my thing at all.
Buttt… This book turned out to be such a nice surprise for me. I fell in love with the characters, especially Eli. Also the time period that it is set in, the way the book was written made it feel current and so it did not feel so much of a culture shock. I’m not usually one for stories that are set so far back in the past, however I think due to the strong character development I did not mind this at all. Even the language and the way that the characters spoke during that time period wasn’t at all that difficult to follow for me. The story just flowed.
I am so glad I chose this book for the western prompt. It made me realise exactly why I participate in the PopSugar Challenge each year: to broaden my reading and (hopefully) be pleasantly surprised and find new favourites!