It’s the first Goodreads Monday of 2020, friends! This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners and it invites you to pick a book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it. Easy enough, right? Feel free to join in if you want to! I’ll be using a random number generator to pick my books from my insanely long GR Want-to-read list.
This week’s featured book is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I’m still not sure why I haven’t read this yet since I’m a big fan of Gaiman’s books. I’ve never read anything by Pratchett though so I’m curious about what I’ll think of this book in the end. This urban fantasy has a 4.25 star average with 499k+ ratings and 25.4k+ reviews, which is pretty wow!
What would I ever do without Goodreads? I would fail, that’s what. I would never be able to do these posts because my memory fails so hard. I really couldn’t come up with one title until I looked at several lists on GR and realised that I have read a few books with single-word titles! Plus, plenty of them are actually books from series that I love, so I can’t believe that I couldn’t think of any titles to start 😂
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A groundbreaking work from a master, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human, and shows the power of stories to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out. It is a stirring, terrifying, and elegiac fable as delicate as a butterfly’s wing and as menacing as a knife in the dark.
Ever since picking up Neverwhere two years ago, Gaiman quickly climbed to the top of my favorite authors list. So when I picked this up and really struggled to get into it, I felt just a little bit disappointed. But then I saw it on Audible as narrated by Gaiman himself, and with a credit to spare, decided to try it out—after all, who wouldn’t love to have him read to them? His voice is so soothing!If you tried or try to read this and can’t seem to get into it, I’d highly recommend giving the audiobook a chance. But with that said, this was truly one of the stranger and more horrifying tales that I’ve readand while it was…an interesting journey, it’s safe to say that it’s not my favourite book by Gaiman.
“Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. Truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
It’s that time of the week again, friends! We’re back with another Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s prompt is: autobuy authors. I tried to diversify my list a little bit instead of repeating authors and books that I’ve already mentioned on here countless times, but you can’t avoid the inevitable because these authors are my all time faves, so they’re bound to make an appearance! It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to just recall all the authors I’d auto buy, so I had to do a little bit of rummaging around my memory (it’s really that bad) and came up with this list. Yay!
Neil Gaiman. Gaiman is a master of crafting words into incredibly bizarre and delightfully magical worlds within our actual world. I’m always left in awe of his stories. They’re dark, funny, did I mention bizarre, and oddly touching. When I read Neverwhere for the first time a few years ago there was no looking back. He’s been an autobuy since! I’ve really enjoyed everything of his that I’ve read including American Gods, The Graveyard Book, and The Ocean At the End of the Lane, to name a few!
Jodi Picoult. I’ve loved Jodi Picoult since I first discovered her in high school. I think my first book by her was The Pactand it just wowed me with the writing style and the storylines. Since I read most of her books in high school, I don’t think I fully appreciated the complexity of her characters and their situations. I’d definitely love to re-read my favorites at some point!
Robin Sloan. Sloan’s books are so odd, intriguing, and full of quirky loveable characters that worm their way into your heart! Sourdough is probably one of my all time favorite books — no joke. It just makes me feel warm and so happy. Mr. Penumbra’s was also such a fun-tastic adventure with BOOKS and who wouldn’t love that?! I wish it were easier to get my hands on more of his books!
Helen Hoang. Hoang has only put out two books (The Bride Test and The Kiss Quotient) so far but I’ve loved both of them dearly! I love the diversity of her romances. They’re awkward, funny, sweet, (so) steamy, and have left me feeling light-hearted after each read. I am also eagerly looking forward to reading about QUAN in her next book, The Heart Principle. She describes it as: “kind of a cross between a gender-swapped Sabrina and Say Anything” … I MEAN C’MON. All the 😍 emojis.
Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. I’m a little embarrassed to mention this but I’ve only ever read anything by both authors that they’ve written together. So that’s The Illuminae Files and Aurora Rising. It’s not that I don’t want to read what they’ve written separately, there are just SO MANY books and so few waking+non-working hours! But I will buy anything these two write together. They are the ultimate dynamic writing duo and slay me with their stories and characters!
V.E. Schwab. After finishing ADSOM I immediately knew it’d be one of my all-time favorite series and Schwab immediately jumped onto my auto buy authors list. I loved the writing, storyline and characters. The magic really came to life! I’ve since read and loved her Monsters of Verity and Villains series.
Christina Lauren. It’s as simple as I love CLo and pretty much everything that I’ve read from them! Josh and Hazel‘s Guide to Not Dating is undoubtedly one of my all-time favorite romances. This duo never fail to make me laugh, swoon, squeal, and generally have the most fun reading experience with their books. I’m so looking forward to reading Twice In A Blue Moon when it comes out!
Jane Harper. I discovered Harper this year after reading The Dry and there was just no looking back. Her writing is just stunning. It’s so deeply atmospheric, reading her stories takes you straight into the punishing dry heat of the Australian outback. Although her books are classified as thrillers, I’d say they’re more mystery, but they kept me guessing right up to the end.
Brian K. Vaughan. He’s the writer of my all time favorite graphic novel series, Saga. I’ve mentioned this one countless times already on my blog but it’s seriously so freaking good. Anytime someone asks me for graphic novel recs, Saga is the first one I mention. He’s also written Paper Girls, which I enjoyed!
Who are your auto buy authors? If you’ve done a TTT this week, leave your link in the comments and let’s chat auto buy authors!
Is it really only Wednesday? Because today had me feeling like it was Friday and I’m just so ready to shut off and have it be the weekend already! Work has been taking over my life the last week and today was finally the last day of our biannual regional meetings. While it’s been a blast having my colleagues from all over Southeast Asia visiting, 10 days straight of meetings can be such a drainer. One good thing is that I’m forced to really come out of my book cave and be sociable; but that also means I’ve had so little time to read and I feel like I’m an addict going through withdrawal. Girl needs to get back to her reading, now! 🙈
On that note, it’s time for another WWW Wednesday, a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World of Words, which means I’ll be talking about:
What did you read last?
What are you currently reading?
What will you read next?
What did you read last?
This past weekend I finished All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover. I hadn’t read a CoHo book for years until I picked up Verity earlier this year and I enjoyed that mix of thriller-romance so much that I decided I’d start reading CoHo again. I joined a buddy read for All Your Perfects and while we were meant to be reading this in two parts, we all basically finished the book in one sitting! CoHo’s books just suck you in and this one also reminded me how easily she can sucker punch me in the feels every. single. time! If you’re looking for a heart-wrenching, beautiful romance about the struggles of imperfect people in an imperfect relationship (although to me they were perfect), then I’d suggest this one. Check out my review.
What are you currently reading?
I’m still reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman. This book is actually going a lot slower than I anticipated but because I’ve been so busy and haven’t had much time to read (and blog and post on IG), I haven’t really had the chance to let it sink in. I’m liking it so far though, especially the humor, so I think once I get the chance to devote good reading time to this, I will enjoy it more! I’m also ashamed to admit that I’m stillreading Little Darlings by Melanie Golding because the pub date was 30 April; but I’m still adamant that I won’t read it at night, which really only leaves weekend mornings. It’s not a bad book though and I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read of it so far (50%), even though I want to throw the husband off a cliff and what Laura experiences gives me insane anxiety 😂 Hopefully this weekend will bring me some uninterrupted reading time to finish the latter and get through a big chunk of the former!
What will you read next?
I plan to join the Asian Readathon this month to celebrate Asian characters and authors, so in honor of the challenge I’m thinking of reading The Vegetarian by Han Kang next. It seems like a short read, but very twisted and full of magical realism. This aspect has me feeling wary of reading it (I’m not really a fan of magical realism), but I’m keen to at least give it a try. Read the synopsis on Goodreads. Looking through my shelves, I realized that I really don’t have a lot of Asian authors on there, but I hope to remedy that from this month onward!
What are you currently reading? Have you written a WWW Wednesday post too? Leave your link in the comments below! 🙂