I know I started the year with a crazy pace of reading. It’s something that I would love to keep up, although I also have to remind myself to enjoy the books I read instead of just aiming to finish them. Ha!
My reading has slowed down a lot these two months though, because, #the100DayProject. As I am committed to
not fail it again complete the project this time, most of the spare time I could squeeze out each day has been used up for painting. When I have spare time out of those spare time, then I turn my attention to my poor neglected books.
(Sorry books. Just another 32 days to go OK?)
Here are the books I read in March and April:
My first foray into the world of Neil Gaiman! I took his course on Masterclass.com, loved him, and then I realised that he is the writer of Stardust. I’ve not read Stardust, but I really liked the movie! And so I decided to pick up Neverwhere, and my fandom has been cemented. Neverwhere is worth a read if you’re a fan of fantasy. I can’t wait to read his other books.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, by Stuart Turton
This, omg, just blew my brains. The synopsis alone captivated me, but the book absolutely killed me – in a good way! To be honest, I still can’t wrap my mind around the entire plot and premise. It’s a very complicated time-travel-character-swapping-ish kinda book, but extremely captivating. I was practically racing through the pages, and by the end of it, I had to rest my brain because of all the processing it had to do haha. Highly recommended!
Learn to Paint People Quickly, by Hazel Soan
My hubby said to me one night, “You should read more non-fiction books.” Well, here’s one non-fiction! 😛 I love Hazel Soan’s style of painting, as I mentioned before. And this is another beautiful watercolour book that features many of her beautiful paintings. It’s not necessarily a stop-me-in-my-tracks book, but I still picked up some tips and techniques that helped me in painting people.
After the complicated book that was the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I yearned for something light and funny, as a way for my brain to relax. So I went for Star-crossed. I laughed when I read the synopsis, so I had quite high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me and I abandoned it halfway. Maybe I’ll try reading it again sometime in the future.
The Keeper of Lost Things, by Ruth Hogan
I’m beginning to realise that I quite like books that are a little, artsy. I don’t know how else to call them. The Keeper of Lost Things was a gentle book, and every line I read felt like soft caresses on my heart. I loved it. I especially loved the short stories weaved in between the main story, and how they all linked and tied up at the end. This is one of those books where I sighed when I finished it, satisfied but sad that it’s the end.
That’s all for these two months! I am currently reading Liane Moriarty’s Nine Perfect Strangers, but at a snail’s pace because: the 100 Day Project haha.
Let me know if you’ve read any of the books above, especially the Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. I would love to hear what you think!!