Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

I’m not quite following the rules for this tag as set out by the literaryelephant because it was too hard to complete the sentences using only titles of books I’ve read this year, so I broadened it out to any books I’ve read. This was a lot of fun to do though, can I tempt anyone else to have a go?   In high school I was: one of the Redshirts i.e. no name and no speaking part     I will never be: Half a King … or half a queen either     People might be surprised that: … Continue reading Fun for Monday: My Life in Books Tag

Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag

This is a tag that was created by Alexandra of Reading By Starlight and that has been tackled recently by some of my favourite people: the Orang-utan Librarian, Zeezee with Books, Ola and Piotrek of Re-enchantment of the World,  Maddalena of Space and Sorcery and the inimitable Bookstooge. As I am a very reluctant traveller IRL it’s been great to see everyone’s choices and my TBR has swollen yet again. Now it’s time for a little payback, I hope …   Secrets and lies: a book set in a sleepy small town The Thread that Binds the Bones by Nina … Continue reading Fun for Monday: The Wanderlust Tag

Kingdom of Sleep by E K Johnston

After really loving E K Johnston’s A Thousand Nights I shouldn’t be surprised that I was a little bit disappointed with her next offering. To be fair though, that’s on me more than on Johnston – I was never going to love a retelling of Sleeping Beauty (the title character does nothing/ heroic prince and damsel-in-distress princess/ true love’s kiss – bleurgh!) anywhere near as much as a retelling of Scheherazade’s story. And while Kingdom of Sleep lacks some of the cleverness and sheer beauty of A Thousand Nights, frankly, if all YA fiction was to this standard it would … Continue reading Kingdom of Sleep by E K Johnston

A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston

The best books have their own smell. I’m not talking here about the smell of the book itself – although book-smell is one of the best scents on the planet – but the story’s setting, it’s place. When something is really well written it has a tangibility and a smell, like something remembered rather than something read. I didn’t expect A Thousand Nights to be that kind of book, and was delighted when I found that it was. It’s a book marketed as young adult fiction, but it has none of the teen angst and pining lovelorn-ness that you’d find … Continue reading A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston