Better late than never! February was not a good reading month for me – I only managed to get through three books. 😳
#1: “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire
“And there the Wicked old Witch stayed for a good long time.”
“And did she ever come out?”
I picked this one up initially, because I saw the musical based on this book years ago and loved it. Turns out the book is quite different from its stage adaption! The story is jam packed with all kinds of sensitive issues spanning from religion, to sex, to science and racism, to the concept of a class based society and so much more! Every sensitive subject you can think of, you will find it in this book.
The writing was at times a bit pretentious, but all in all quite beautiful and the story was flowing really nicely. What made me love this book so much however, were the characters. People tend to find it easier to believe that there is a very clear drawn line between good and evil, but every single character in this book was flawed and imperfect and sometimes even incredibly immoral, which made them very human and relatable. Elphaba has got to be one of my favourite female characters ever written!
Gregory Maguire took a story and characters that we all know very well and created a final product that you will either love passionately or hate fiercely.
#2: “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
“That’s the trouble with living things. Don’t last very long. Kittens one day, old cats the next. And then just memories. And the memories fade and blend and smudge together.”
Neil Gaiman – you wonderful, wonderful man! That writing, tho! And those characters! I have no idea why I waited so long to start reading his stores, but I’m so glad I started.
We get to go back in time with a man, who revisits the place he grew up in as a child. Together we delve into his past and get to meet some very interesting people and be part of magical and frightening experiences. The characters were wonderfully written. You can really connect with them and their feelings, which is something really important to me when it comes to books and reading. I’m a very character driven reader and if I can’t connect to them I’m bound to not like the story. Neil Gaiman has the ability to make you feel everything the characters are feeling. When they are scared, I’m scared. When they are sad, I’m sad. And when they are happy, I’m fucking ecstatic!
If you like fantasy and magical realism stories, you will definitely love this! And even if you don’t like those, you need to pick this up anyways for the writing alone! It’s like crack on paper – you just can’t put this story down.
#3: “The Pledge” by Kimberly Derting
Ugh I don’t even know what to say about this… I had a phase last year where I was mainly reading dystopian books, because I loved the fast-paced nature of them. But the thing is, once you’ve read a couple of them, you basically read them all. You know the pattern; you know what’s going to happen. It all gets real boring real fast.
Same thing happened with this book. I knew what was going to happen from the get-go. I knew immediately who was who, who would be hooking up with whom and who kept what secret from whom. The premise sounded really good, but this book did nothing but reinforce the typical dystopian checklist.
So that was my very small February wrap up. Spoiler alert for the next one: I already read double the amount of books in March so far. 😎 Granted they are all Graphic Novels, but whatever! Graphic Novels are a valid literary medium too!
Have a wonderful weekend, lovely humans! And don’t forget about the giveaway, that’s happening! 😊