Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting

I love reading a book in one sitting; its impact is magnified because you experience it all in one go, without being interrupted by the outside world (well, except for my ever-attention-demanding cat). Usually books are companions for a few days or weeks – you dip in and out of them alongside your everyday life; your brain deals with a thousand things between readings. So having a chunk of free time in which to devour a book in its entirety is an absolute treat. Continue reading “Four incredible novellas you can read in one sitting”

Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter

Grief is the Thing with Feathers had been on my to-read list for a shamefully long time until about a week ago, when I sat down one afternoon and read it from cover to cover in complete awe. It made me cry, it made me smile. I didn’t want it to end. It is a perfectly formed combination of viewpoints, narratives, fables, conversations. The language is in turns poetic, rational, witty, bluntly tragic. It is, quite simply, stunning. Continue reading “Grief is the Thing with Feathers – Max Porter”

A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix

This week, on a bit of a whim, I decided to re-read A Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix. Garth Nix’s books had a huge influence on me when I was growing up – I started off with The Keys to the Kingdom series and moved on to the brilliant Old Kingdom series when I was old enough, along with his stand-alone novels. Looking back, they were hugely important to me in that they helped to form the foundation of my reading tastes and experience. Continue reading “A Confusion of Princes – Garth Nix”

Light Box – K J Orr

Light Box is an incredible collection of eleven short stories that are broadly linked by a theme of transition and its accompanying sense of foreignness. We are given snapshots of characters in the midst of disorientating change: an astronaut’s wife adjusting to her husband’s return to Earth; a man who knows that he is slowly going blind; a father coming to terms with his daughter’s illness; a businessman struggling with life away from work. Continue reading “Light Box – K J Orr”

Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

If I had to choose one book to take to a desert island, I would probably choose Good Omens. Not only for tactical reasons – two incredible authors in one book – but because it is a book that you can read again and again and it remains as fresh and as hilarious as ever. Continue reading “Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman”