I try to vary the books I talk about on my blog, but I feel like inevitably I will end up repeating myself quite a lot, because I only have a finite number of books I love. I was looking at my bookshelves and thinking about all the books on there that I rarely feature because they don’t come immediately to mind when I’m writing blog posts, or they don’t fit a theme, or I maybe I just don’t like them. But I wanted to find a way to pull some random books off my shelves and tell you what they’re about, my thoughts on them, and whether or not you should read them, and also just to give you a random selection of the books I own. So I’m going to be using a random number generator to select a few books! I’m terrible at writing introductions so let’s just go.
So the first book that was selected by the universe was The Owl Who Liked Sitting On Caesar by Martin Windrow, which I actually haven’t read. I’ve had this book for a very long time, because when I was younger I went through this phase sparked by reading H is For Hawk by Helen MacDonald where I was obsessed with nature books (not sure what the exact genre is, sorry). And I have kind of surpassed that phase, but I still have this book. From what I know, it’s a memoir of the author’s experience of caring for an owl? I still intend to read it at some point, but it isn’t a priority at the moment. I can’t really tell you if I recommend this, but I haven’t felt compelled to pick it up yet, so take that as you will.
The next book that the number generator chose was The Wicked King by Holly Black, one of the most popular recent YA fantasy series on the internet. I like this series, but I don’t love it by any means. I do think The Wicked King is the best book in the series, because the first one is kind of boring, and the last one was a little too short in my opinion. Plus this one has underwater scenes and mermaids and I love that, so I guess that influences my opinion. Do I think it’s worth the hype? Kind of. I can see why a lot of people love it, and obviously it’s totally okay to have a different opinion. But I just find it a good series, but nothing more.
Next is yet another book I haven’t read (they’re all along the bottom of my bookshelf so I don’t why it’s targeting there lol), which is The Gold Falcon by Katherine Kerr, something like the fourth book in one of her many series? I bought the entire series in a charity shop a few summers ago, but I think I made the mistake that this is part of a larger universe of books. Supposedly you can read this by itself, but after reading the first book I feel like I’m missing some things. I do still want to read this series, so maybe I can borrow other books from the library before continuing.
Yet again a book has been chosen from the unread section (maybe I should just lower the number of shelves I include? but I’ve started this now, I have to finish it), which is Peril At End House by Agatha Christie. I was obsessed with Agatha Christie as a kid, and this is one of the few left over from a large bulk collection I was given. Again, I want to read this, but I’m rarely in the mood now to pick up mysteries, so it isn’t going to be read any time soon. Currently, I have very little knowledge as to what this is about, other than it probably involves some peril taking place in a house. All Agatha Christie books are very clever and I never guess the ending, so I’m ready to be outwitted once more.
Next up is Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto. I read this one earlier this year and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. If you love animal companions in books, enjoyed things maybe a little like Eragon (or at least the dragon bonded part of it) then you should definitely try this! In this book there are magical phoenixes that some people are bonded to and ride and do cool magic stuff with. The characters are really great and pretty complex, I did not see the twist at the end coming, and I need to get round to reading the second book. It isn’t that often I feel really hyped about continuing a series, but I definitely want to know what will happen. This book is definitely one I would highly recommend.
The next book is Into The Wild by Erin Hunter, the first book in the Warrior Cats series. If you didn’t read these as a kid, you were missing out. I loved these so much when I was younger, and I still think they’re really fun. Cats being cool warriors and living in a forest? 100% amazing. Great books for children, and if you like reading books in the middle-grade category, you should definitely try these. I know there are other spin off series – I only read the originals, but at least I know there’s more if I ever want to revisit them.
Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton is the next book to be selected. This is a YA fantasy featuring dark woods, beautiful writing and a polyamorous relationship. It is set in a village where life is perfect – the weather is never too harsh, the crops are always flourishing – as long as the people there sacrifice their ‘perfect’ boy to the woods every time the Slaughter Moon rises. I really enjoyed this book when I read it, although I have forgotten quite a lot of the details about it. It was an exquisite read and I loved the concept, I do think I found the plot just slightly too…quiet, almost? It’s not fast paced for sure, from what I can remember. But I gave it four stars and I would totally recommend this to you if you like books which are atmospheric and beautifully written.
Finally we have Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz. This is a really great children’s book and was my favourite book for a long time. This is set in the Victorian era and follows a girl named Clara as well as two children, Lizzie Rose and Parsefall who are the assistants to a puppeteer. There is mystery and magic and it’s a lot of fun. It’s been a long time since I last read this, so my memories of the plot are hazy, but I have fond memories of this and I feel I would still really love it if I read it again today.
So those are the random books. I hope you enjoyed reading this post despite its quite strange concept. I enjoyed doing this as it allowed me to talk about some possibly forgotten books on my shelves. Do you find there are some books you always forget about? Or do you remember most of the things you’ve read?