Each month I chat about what books I've been reading in my monthly Book Love feature.
The Red Pyramid - Rick Riordan
Immediately after finishing the Percy Jackson books I went straight into another Rick Riordan series, I just couldn't resist! I found this book a little harder to get into, but probably because the set up was the same ("hey kids, ancient gods exist, you have powers, the world is ending!"). I still think he is a wonderful story-teller though, and it just goes to show that very good kid's fiction can be read by anyone.
The Sirens of Titan - Kurt Vonnegut
This is a really lovely, daft, fun, old school sci-fi novel. There's quite a lot taking place (the novel skips around a lot and covers an entire lifetime), but that's what I think classic sci-fi is about - epic, sometimes ridiculous tales taking place over a huge landscape. There's armies on Mars! Brain-washing! Time distortion! Mystery! Aliens! Hooray!
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
I tried to read this book years ago, but gave up before Pi even got on his boat (it's one of the few books I've ever quit). Friends that had read it all insisted it was worth struggling through the start for, but I didn't pick it up again until after watching the film (which I sort of regret). Anyway - it's a weird one, I really loved the book on my second attempt, but I knew I would because I had loved the film! I feel a bit robbed & cross at myself for giving up all those years ago. Definitely worth powering through!
Tollesbury Time Forever - Stuart Ayris
I knew nothing about this book or author, but saw that it had LOADS of five star reviews on Amazon, so thought I'd give it a go. Oh boy. It really isn't my cup of tea at all. It picked up a lot in the second half, but I just couldn't stand the protagonist... at ALL. I stubbornly stuck with it (because I really hate quitting half way through & I wondered if I'd suddenly realise what all the fuss what about), but vented my frustrations one night on twitter. To my HORROR, the author had obviously been searching for his book name & replied! He was really lovely about it (just thanked me for giving it a go), but I was mortified.. and then felt like I definitely had to continue reading to the end as an apology. Oh dear. Never again.