Friday 27 September 2013

Book love

Each month I chat about what books I've been reading in my monthly Book Love feature.

The Psychopath Test - Jon Ronson
I hadn't read anything by Jon Ronson before, but I'm hooked after just one book. He's such an intelligent writer, and is super witty and funny too - even when looking at quite harsh topics. What a chap! This book races through psychopathy, psychiatry, Scientology, conspiracy theorists, mysterious hoaxes, and all sorts of strange behaviours. You'll speed through it.

Watership Down - Richard Adams 
This is a novel about rabbits, but it is so so so much better than that sounds. Think Animal Farm and you're on the right track... it's surprisingly gritty and violent in places, and the effort that has gone into creating the history & mythos of the rabbits is just BRILLIANT. I've been obsessed with the film since I was wee (the opening scene absolutely terrified me) and can't imagine how many times I've actually watched it, but hadn't read the book since I was a teenager. It's really just SO good, and worth taking a chance on (even if you don't really like rabbits).

Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman
Aw, Neil Gaiman. If you haven't read anything by him then you need to immediately go to a bookshop and purchase something with his name on it. Doesn't really matter what. Ocean is his newest book for sort-of-kids-sort-of-everybody, and it's just lovely and magical and scary and sad and poignant and wonderful.

Warm Bodies -  Isaac Marion
Before starting Warm Bodies I knew it was going to be ridiculous. It's a zombie romance novel. A zom-rom. The front cover has a quote from Stephenie Mayer (her of Twilight fame, obv). It was going to be daft, but brilliant, I thought. And.. well... oh. I was just SO annoyed with it! I didn't care about any of the characters, they did stupid, stupid things, sulked about & just wound me up. I think it mainly frustrated me as I really liked the concept, and some of the imagery was just lovely. But it didn't deliver. Grr!


  1. I have Neverwhere stacked up on my bookshelf and waiting to be read, but I haven't yet read any Gaiman. Or any of these, in fact.

  2. I would recommend 'Them' by Jon Ronson as well. I read it straight after 'The Psychopath Test' and it was great.

  3. WATERSHIP DOWN! One of my most favourite books ever. I had to do a book report on it when I was about 10 and drew a massive tapestry style poster of all the characters.

    I keep telling myself to read more Gaiman. I loved American Gods.

  4. I love Watership Down, one of my favourites! And Ocean at the End of the Lane was wonderful too, I love me a bit of Neil Gaiman!

  5. Gaiman tops my list. Any list. Ocean was wonderful - like a fairytale for adults!


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