4 October 2016

The Bookshelf #2

The Bookshelf 

Back in April I posted my very first blog post within this series, where sadly it has taken me five whole months to get around to posting the second instalment. Oops.

Whilst I used to be literally be the definition of a book worm, I have most certainly fell off that in recent years. It is not that I don't want to read, I just for some reason push it down my priority list which is a shame as I used to enjoy it immensely; although I still do when I find a gripping tale to get stuck into. To be honest with you next year I have already decided that I will be making one of my resolutions to quite simply read more; I will be making a conscious effort to tackle the books that have being sitting on my bookshelf for far too long. 

The two most recent reads for me since The Bookshelf #1 have been very different, one being a complete fiction whereas the other being the type of book that I haven't read since I was at school; that being a play. 

Nicola Yoon - Everything Everything 

Reading this was initially based upon an impulse decision as I happened to see it lying on my sisters bed after she had come home one evening. Naturally, like all books with a decent cover I found myself picking it up and having a quick flick through. Half an hour later I'm thirty pages in and delving into the life of Madeline Whittier and embracing her journey with her illness. I will be honest in that from the point of a 27 year old, ahem, 20 year old, I did think that overall it was a book aimed at a much younger audience than myself. That being said I still enjoyed it, albeit it being a rather easy read and a little far-fetched in places. 

J K Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany - Harry Potter and The Cursed Child 

Yes, this book was not just written by just J K Rowling alone, although deep down I so wish that it had been. The news of the launch of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child was incredibly exciting for me and of course millions of fans across the world. From an age old fan at the age of 11 to my somewhat older age now, I found myself so incredibly intrigued as to what this new addition would bring to my vision of Hogwarts and indeed the Harry Potter story. 

Whilst reading this format was initially a challenge, I soon managed to look past the script and style of the book and was rapidly drawn back into the wizarding world that I had fallen in love with all those years ago. The Cursed Child for me was extremely different to the story I had known previously, although of course it was bound to be, however I was left feeling a little deflated about the experience once I had finished it. It is hard to pin point exactly what I didn't like about the book, because I also felt very happy that once again I had experienced a further dose of Harry Potter. I do however think that ultimately it wasn't my Harry Potter, it wasn't the Harry Potter I had grown up with; it was different and I didn't like the change. 

That being said I am still super glad that I read this book. It was fantastic to read another take on the story and to be part of something which J K Rowling worked on, regardless if the fact that it wasn't what I had expected.  

When it comes to writing these posts I never like to delve too much into a book, mainly because I am not one for spoiling the plot for others.  Ultimately I just like to share with you the latest books that I have read, it is also a nice opportunity to discover perhaps some new reads from you in the comments below, therefore do let me know if you have any recommendations.

What have you read recently?


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