This week has been… something. I did not have much time to read, but I did manage to finish a few books and spent the week reading backlisted titles, which is always nice – I like getting out of my shelves the books I’ve owned for YEARS. As you maybe know, I keep a physical shelf with my TBR books and I’m forbidden to buy more books until there is at least SPACE for them. Right now there is a lot of space on my shelf, and since the Women’s Prize for Fiction Longlist is announced next week, I will allow myself to do a big shopping for books (which for me means 10-15 books, probably) and then not buy books until Fall or so. I was hoping to end the year with 100 books on my TBR (I’m at 142 at the moment and started the year at around 160), but we will see how doable that is.
Weekly Wrap Up
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling / ongoing
I’m so, so close to finishing this, but after a brilliant start with it I’m really, really bored. The pacing is so slow and there is not enough horror in this for my taste – also there’s a bit of a romance which is pretty unconvincing.
The Unseen World by Liz Moore / 4 stars
After my lukewarm reaction to Long Bright River, I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this. It has everything I love: a slow-paced mystery, a character study, computer science, coding. I really liked The Unseen World (the writing was so good!) and had such a fun time reading it.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman / 3 stars
I did not really enjoy this a lot – I like the concept of this book far more than the actual book. This is my second Neil Gaiman book and at this point I think maybe they’re just not for me. There is something about the predictability of the plot, the stereotypical characters that made me so impatient while reading this, just like for Neverwhere. Plus it’s the second book where women are assigned the role of “magical, unknowable, perhaps a bit evil?” creatures, whereas the main character is a relatable, sweet boy. I don’t know, something about it rubs me the wrong way. Maybe I got a bit unlucky with my choices (I feel like Coraline would be a lot more up my alley), but at this point I don’t particularly want to pick up another book by him.