So, it’s been a while. To be honest, I haven’t really had the words this month. I also haven’t read very much this month. And as I am treating this blog as a diary of sorts, just a diary that mostly talks about books, I just didn’t feel like writing anything down. So, I didn’t.
Alas, here I am. Let’s talk about what I read this month…
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
I really have fallen in love with Vandermeer’s writing this year. It’s challenging. This wasn’t a shock-filled, jump scare horror story, this was a slow colonisation of the mind. You’re not propelled forward by pure fear of the unknown you’re propelled forward slowly but surely as the story worms it’s way into your consciousness.
If a book could whisper in your ear, it would be this one.
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
This one was slightly disappointing. The MC Julia is a very vapid eleven years old, even in an apocalyptic setting and when written from an adult-Julia perspective. The idea was there, but the viewpoint was off for me – would have benefited from being written from an adults perspective as an adult sci-fi. (?)
And I Darken by Kiersten White
This was the book that slowed me down this month. It took me two weeks to read it, and it wasn’t because it was shit! This story wormed its way into my life and forced me to slow down and enjoy the slow development of a narrative that, yes, wasn’t revolutionary, but did include fully-developed characters who challenged me. Paradoxically, I don’t have any desire to read the rest of the series. I’m happy finishing this story where this book ends.
The Secret Life of Cows by Rosamund Young
Last September, I made the decision (arguably the best decision of my life) to become vegetarian. Since then, I’ve been trying to become better informed on the subject of farming and the secret lives of animals. This was a charming little book filled with lots of big ideas, and although I didn’t agree with some of it, it did have some incredibly lovely moments that made me smile.
There we have it. A total of four books… I know. I know.