Bookseller Recommendations – Kim

I can’t believe it’s two weeks since my last post! I have been busy updating products on the website and preparing it for Christmas – if you take a look in the ‘Shop – Click here for books’ tab you will see some calendars, advent calendars and diaries that have been added last Friday

Its been an exciting month for new releases – My bank balance is going to be reeling; I cannot wait until November as the Fourth book in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive is released -Is it wrong I’m considering taking a couple of days of holiday so I can consume the 1248 pages of it in its entirety in a couple of days?

I have been listening to a lot of audio books whilst working on the website including Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, I’m such a fan-girl, and the third in Jim Butchers Dresden Files. As for physical books – I have just finished Midnight Sun by Stephanie Meyer, started Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell and taking my time to read Why I’m no Longer Talking to White People by Reni Eddo-Lodge.

Midnight Sun Review

“My life was an unending, unchanging midnight. It must, by necessity, always be midnight for me. So how was it possible that the sun was rising now, in the middle of my midnight?”

I need to start this review by saying I really enjoyed this book – Twilight is a part of my younger reading life and will always have a special place in my heart. It was great to be transported back to Fawkes and add more context to the Twilight World.

Midnight Sun takes place in the same timeline as Twilight but the perspective is now that of Edward. To appreciate this book you would be better placed if you have read the original Twilight book as Edward cannot hear Bella’s thoughts – therefore you don’t get the whole perspective and his frustration in this book. To give the book some context we have been waiting for ten years for this installment after Stephanie Meyer’s early manuscript for this book was leaked and she lost steam with it. In Twilight, Bella, a normal girl falls into a world of Vampires, Werewolves and starts to see the world as she knew it changed.

Meyer’s writing style has improved since the Twilight series and the pacing is good at times but you can be left feeling like you want to get to the more important events in the story. I was pleased to get more information about the Cullen’s backstory. Edward reveals more about his past and how the Cullen family came to be together which fills in some of the blanks that were left after the series ended. Another plus is Bella is far more interesting from Edwards perspective and the book takes away the element of insta-love from the original books and allows background to why Edward feel for Bella.

I do have some issue with it which I would like to share, with the understanding that I loved reading it and was in a nostalgia trip…

I’m not sure the book needed to be twice the size of the original Twilight (although vampires don’t sleep so they have more hours in the day). This does cause pacing issue – It doesn’t feel slow but there are moments when you want to get to certain scenes a little quicker.

Stephanie Meyers portrayal of the Quileute tribe is problematic and the lack of diversity is something that you cannot ignore for the whole series.

There are trigger warning for violence, child abuse, abusive relationships, and blood. Edward’s past life – especially the time when he is hunting humans is problematic.

Final thoughts… If you love the Twilight series than you will enjoy this book.

What I’m currently reading

Some of My Favourite Authors/Books

  • Fantasy – Brandon Sanderson, Joe Aberchrombie, Patrick Rothfuss, J. R. R. Tolkien, Katherine Arden, Brent Weeks, Naomi Novik, Marie Brennan, and V. E. Scwab.
  • Fiction – Anything with witches, Taylor Jenkins-Reid, Ali Smith, Bernadine Evaristo, and ‘Beyond the Sea’ Vaeronique Olmi.
  • Young Adult – Bridgit Kemmerer, Joseph Delaney, Holly Black, ‘The Art of Being Normal’ Lisa Williamson, Sarah J Maas, S. Jae-Jones, Neal Schusterman, and Shelby Mahurin.
  • Classics – Frankenstein, Dracula, Jane Eyre, Precious Bane, 1984, Crime and Punishment, Master and the Margarita, Handmaid’s Tale, Oryk and Crake, Jude the Obscure, Stoner, ‘Petey’ Ben Mikaelson, 12 Years a Slave, The History of Mary Prince, The Woman in White and The Moonstone.
  • Non Fiction – Matt Haig, ‘I Fatty’ by Jenny Stahl, David Wiles, ‘The Five’ Hallie Rubenhold and Knitting books.
  • Plays- Shakespeare,
  • Graphic Novels/Manga – Saga, Maus, Alex and Ada, Fade Out, White Sand, Full Metal Alchemist, The Crow, and The Killing Joke.
  • I love a Beauty and the Beast retelling

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