19 comments on “April Wrap Up

  1. Love your short reviews. It’s amazing that you got through ten books this month! My favourite book of this month was Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci, I’ll probably have a review up in the next few days! Happy Reading x

  2. The Haunting of Hill House sounds amazing, I’m determined that this is the year I finally read some Shirley Jackson other than The Lottery. And I’ll definitely be starting with Hill House, because a friend who knows my tastes very well read We Have Always Lived in the Castle and said she was positive I’d hate it, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of that, but I figure Hill House will be a safer place to start at any rate. And Susan Hill’s another author I really need to check out.

    • Ooh, that’s interesting! I loved both so I’ll be very intrigued to see how you get on with her work. But yes, Hill House is very much gothic in tone and nuanced in its themes, so could well be your cup of tea.

      Susan Hill’s an interesting one. She’s not someone who stands out as an obvious favourite, and yet I’ve somehow read 6 novels by her, so there’s obviously something that keeps drawing me back. Ironically though, given they’re generally her most famous works, her ghost stories have so far been my least favourite 🤷🏼‍♂️

      • She’s one of those authors I’ve always taken for granted that I’ll love unconditionally, so when my friend said she was sure I would hate We Have Always Lived in the Castle I was so surprised. She was so definite about it too – like, there is no doubt in her mind that I will hate it. Naturally that just increased my curiosity about the book and I FULLY intend to read it…. but in case I DO hate it I feel like I should start elsewhere.

        Oh, that’s so interesting! Where would you recommend starting with Hill? I was under the impression her ghost stories were amazing so I probably would have started there, but I don’t want to get this wrong.

        • That’s how I always felt about her too, so I’m very relieved to have enjoyed her work so much thus far. Let’s hope it’s the same for you!

          As for Hill, Black Sheep has stayed with me (it’s bleak historical fiction about trying to escape the ties of low social class), and I was really impressed with the subtle power of From the Heart (which is about being suppressed by societal norms).

  3. Not sure how well it matches with the book, but the movie of “Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day” is absolutely DELIGHTFUL. ^-^ I’ll definitely have to look up the book.

  4. I selfishly wish these were each posted individually with a link to your Goodreads page, because I have so much to say about each!

    I wonder if the Xan Brooks is so loved by people because they inject sympathy in a way that is offensive but don’t realize it? For instance, I hate when people claim things like they love individuals who have Down’s Syndrome because those individuals are so sweet and love to hug. While that’s a nice sentiment, it also suggests that anyone with that particular disability is somehow “bad” for having a rough day or, gasp, other human feelings.

    I’m interested in Sum because I have a great love of flash fiction. If you have not checked her out yet, seek out Lydia Davis. She should be at your library. She’s the master of flash fiction, and funny, too.

    The Haunting of Hill House is a great book, one that many discover in a college classroom that discusses Gothic literature. Most people, at one time, used to read “The Lottery” in high school, and that was all they had heard about Jackson. I highly recommend you watch the film version called The Haunting (1966), but don’t you DARE watch the Catherine Zeta Jones monstrosity.

    Are you going to read the other two books in the Annihilation trilogy?

    • That could well be the case in some instances. I do think there’s an element of some people feeling they need to be seen to like books with ‘diverse’ characters, in case disliking them is seen as being unsupportive of difference. (i.e. “If I dislike a book with a black main character, people might think I’m racist…”) A bad book is a bad book though, regardless of whether it has characters that are disabled, queer, black, trans, etc. In fact, books that seemingly set out to support difference, but reinforce harmful stereotypes are in no way helpful, which was how I felt about the Xan Brooks novel.

      Thanks for the recommendation; I’ll be sure to look into Lydia Davis’s work.

      As for the rest of the Annihilation trilogy, I’m really torn. The first book certainly intrigued me and left enough open for me to want answers, but looking into reviews of the other books, it seems to be a near unanimous opinion that we never get those answers, and that the next two books are a real slog to get through. Have you read them?

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