Another good reading month! Here’s what I read with a succinct review/opinion on each:
I’ve mentioned before that Neil Gaiman is my all time favourite author. I love his short stories, children’s books, and grown-up novels alike. This latest short story collection doesn’t disappoint, there were some stories that were better than others, of course, but overall I found it a really great read.
My favourite stories from this anthology were: Black Dog (because, Shadow), The Return of the Thin White Duke, The Sleeper and the Spindle, and The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.
Be aware that there are quite a lot of stories in the collection that have already been published in other short story anthologies, or on their own.
Buy it here
Oh man. I’m so obsessed with Long Way Round and Long Way Down, the two motorbike adventures that Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman took in the early 2000s. I remember watching the series when they were first on TV and loving them, and since they appeared on Netflix I think I’ve watched each series at least 4 times. Obsessed.
I’d been meaning to pick up the books at some point, but they weren’t super-cheap on Amazon and, for 10ish year old books, I didn’t want pay a huge amount. However, we recently popped into the ever wonderful Barter Books (amazing, amazing place) and I found both the books.
I read the first one in March and thought it was great, lots of extra bits that didn’t feature in the TV series, and maps/kit lists that I also found interesting.
This is for you if you appreciate the need for adventure, you don’t mind a bit of “my rolex is too heavy” navel gazing, you’re interested in hearing about how cultures across the world are appreciated through the eyes of a Hollywood actor & his mate, and you have a passing appreciation for motorbikes. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for me? Loved it.
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This came up on a kindle daily deal a few months ago, and whilst not having a huge knowledge of Sarah Silverman, I’ve known about her since she Fucked Matt Damon and God, so I thought I’d give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. An easy read, laugh out loud funny in places, kinda gross in others, but great for connecting more lines in the world of the SNL family.
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I got this on Audiobook because I really enjoyed listening to Tina Fey’s book, narrated by herself, and had similar hopes for this one from Amy Poehler. The audiobook features a bunch of guest voices, from Patrick Stewart to Kathleen Turner, which made it a really fun listen.
This read as more of a bunch of essays about Poehler’s life rather than an A-B. With chapters on her childhood, her days at SNL, and having her own kids, it painted a really nice picture of how hard she’s worked to get where she is.
I’d definitely recommend going for the audio version!
Buy it here on Audio, or here in text
You know I love a good trashy book, and mixed with history? fantasy/science fiction? Scotland? A muscley, hairy, ginger leading man? and a foul-mouthed leading lady? It’s almost as if Gabaldon was writing this in 1991 for future-me.
To be totally honest I only heard about the Outlander series recently, with the TV series coming to Amazon Prime. A few googles lead me to the book, which promised to be perfect for A Song of Ice and Fire (GoT) fans. After seeing Melanie had enjoyed the first book, I decided to give it a go.
It’s not a short book but the story moves along quite quickly (unlike GoT). There’s a lot of sex. Like, a LOT. But it doesn’t distract from the story, it’s not bodice-ripping orgies or anything, and it’s definitely not the main focus of the book. There’s a good amount of historical fact too, which as a history geek I found really interesting. It’s set around the Scottish Highlands, near where we stay when we go to Scotland, so being able to accurately picture the landscape was captivating (much like when I read Wuthering Heights).
I’ve read some reviews where people talk about certain aspects of abuse between Claire and Jamie, and while I understand their concerns, I think it’s very difficult to judge a historical situation with a modern yard stick. It’s certainly a tricky one, and it’s a subject often talked about on some of the history podcasts I listen to.
If you want to read a more in depth review of Outlander, then definitely head over to Melanie’s blog post about it!
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