In keeping with Stephen King’s advice to write a lot, read a lot, here’s my booklist:
1. Stolen Magic – Stephanie Burgis. The verdict: Lots of fun. I really enjoyed it. Stephanie has an ability to pull you right into the story and continue at a cracking pace until you realise it’s 2am and you need to get some sleep.
2. Breadcrumbs – Anne Ursu. The verdict: It’s often mentioned in conjunction with Chime and When You Reach Me (two of my favourite books of all time) so I had pretty hefty expectations going into the read. And…it didn’t disappoint. I just loved it. The writing is so gorgeous I could read it all over again just to see what I missed the first time around. All the cheeky references to other middle grade classics made me smile.
3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane – Neil Gaiman. The verdict: Suspenseful and heart-wrenching. I found myself holding my breath in parts, wondering how on earth the protagonist was going to get out of the bind he was in. Neil Gaiman makes good writing look so effortless. I don’t know how he manages to keep it simple and lyrical at the same time, but he does.
1. Terms and Conditions – Robert Glancy
To Be Read:
1. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
2. A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
3. Code Name Verity – Elizabeth Wein
4. The Boneshaker – Kate Milford