A Week in Words: March 19th 2017

Just a little introduction. I am aiming to do a post like this every Sunday as a kind of round up to my week. I will post about what I have been reading this week, any new books I have bought and general book news.

This week I have neglected my reading a little. I am currently reading two books; Catch 22 by Joseph Hellier and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I have only made a little progress on one of these books and that is Catch 22.

I am enjoying Catch 22 so far. The way it is written means that it jumps all over the place quite a lot and can be quite hard to follow at times but I do still love the story. The story follows a group of men from cadet training to fighting in Europe during World War Two. Although the topic is pretty serious the story is very light hearted and funny. Most of the men are trying to avoid active duty. I think the reason I am taking my time with this book is because, as I said before, the story does jump back and forth through the timeline a lot so it can be quite difficult to figure out when certain events actually happen. Despite this I am going to persevere as it is a very funny novel and I have only heard good things about it.

I have not picked up Ready Player One this week. I need to stick at it as I do not have a lot left to go but I just can’t love this book. I find the story boring and I don’t particularly care about any of the characters. I really don’t like giving up on books though so I am going to try and get a big chunk done today!

Also this week I have started listening to the audiobook of Under The Dome by Stephen King. I am a HUGE fan of Stephen King and I have read this book before. It is a big book but it is one of my favorites of his. King is known for being a horror writer but I would say this is more of a thriller (and a bit of sci fi too, without going into too much detail!). I find audiobooks are really good to listen to when I just want to relax but I find I often find I end up falling asleep and have to rewind big chunks of the story. I also find it easier to listen to audiobooks if it is something I have already read in book format. The book is narrated by Raul Esparaza. He has a very emotive voice which keeps the story interesting. I started this yesterday and I’m already about 25% of the way through!

Every year I do the Goodreads reading challenge. One thing I am never sure of is whether to include audiobooks in the challenge as it is not technically ‘reading’. Would love to hear your thoughts on this one. Do you do the reading challenge with Goodreads (or somewhere else)? If so do you count audiobooks in your challenge?

Lastly I thought I’d make a quick mention of the new Dark Tower and It films. As I have already said, I adore Stephen King and these are two of my favourite books by him. From the photographs I have seen for It I am really excited to see this. The casting is amazing and Pennywise looks TERRYIFYING. A trailer was shown at SXSW and I can’t wait for this to be released publicly. But Dark Tower, I am not so excited about. I am unsure on the casting of Idris Elba as this changes the story and character quite a lot. It will be interesting to see if they deal with the civil rights and race issues that the book deals with but I am unsure how that will work. I have also read that this film is actually set after the last book in the series. Even though I have not read the last book yet (I just can’t bring myself to do it yet, I am not ready to say goodbye to Roland Deschain quite yet) I do know roughly how the story ends. If the film is to be set after the books end, then the casting choices and story changes they’ve gone with could make sense.

So that’s my week in words! What books have you been reading this week? Are there any film adaptions of books that you are particularly looking forward to this year?

The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

The Princess Diarist is the autobiography of Carrie Fisher. It follows her during the filming of the first Star Wars movie. Carrie Fisher played the female lead, Princess Leia, in these movies.

 

I have never been a fan of autobiographies. I could count on one hand autobiographies I have read and actually enjoyed, as a lot of the time, I find that autobiographies are not very well written. The language is usually very basic and the stories they tell are boring. Despite that I was very excited to read this book as I am a huge fan of Star Wars and I absolutely adored Carrie Fisher. I was pleasantly surprised that the book was well written, witty and, at times, heart breaking.

 

The book was released about a month before her and her mother’s, Debbie Reynolds, deaths. I felt reading this made parts of the book even more tragic. Carrie Fisher has always been one of my idols. She was the female lead in my favourite movies. Carrie Fisher struggled with anxiety and depression and as someone who has also suffered from these things, I have always looked up to her.

 

The book starts with her talking about the beginning of her life. She discusses how she dealt with having a famous mother and the time leading up to her audition for Star Wars. She uses a mixture of writing and excerpts from her diary at the time of filming.

 

Being an avid fan of the Star Wars universe, I thought that I knew everything that there was to know about these films. But I was quite wrong. There is a rather big revelation in this book that Carrie has never discussed before. It is something that shocked me and made me feel very differently about one of the people involved. It is something that Carrie discussed during promotion of the book, but to avoid spoilers, I won’t discuss it here.

 

I loved this book. I couldn’t pick any faults with it at all. Carrie Fisher was, to my surprise, a wonderful writer. Once I started reading I couldn’t stop. I loved the extracts from her diary, the poetry she wrote was funny and at times saddening. I learnt a lot of things I did not know about my idol and the movies that I love. I will definitely be reading more of her work in the near future!

 

Mort By Terry Pratchett

Mort tells the tale of a young man who becomes an apprentice to Death. He is there to learn Death’s trade, to sever the last ties between the soul and the body, and to guide the deceased to the afterlife. Everything goes wrong when Mort interferes with a persons death, stopping them from dying and messing with history.

Mort is the fourth book in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It is funny and builds on the character of Death that appears in earlier Discworld stories. My favourite character in this book is Mort, the main character of the book. Mort starts off as a clumsy and awkward young man who is the son of a farmer. Mort’s father believes he is not suited to farm work so takes him to a local market where many young men are attempting to gain apprenticeships. Mort is there all day whilst all the other men are picked and taken away by their new employers. Until at midnight, Death himself offers him an apprenticeship. Mort quickly learns the trade and goes from the gangly, clumsy and awkward farmers son to a confident young man.

The Discworld has already been established in previous novels by Terry Pratchett and this story builds on those foundations. Death has created his own world, outside the realm of the Discworld, made for his daughter Ysabell and his servant Albert. In this world Death keeps the hourglasses, one for each person on the disc, that count down the time until the persons death. Death also has a great library, full of books that tell the history of every person that has ever lived. When each book is opened, if that person still lives, the reader can see the persons history being written. My favourite part of the book is when Mort and Ysabell visit this library to search for the history of someone they expect isn’t who they say they are.

I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. It is funny, entertaining and adds many interesting characters to the Discworld lore. I particularly liked how it doesn’t end how you’d expect the story to (no spoilers here though, you’ll have to read it to find out!). My only particular gripe about this novel is it is very short so the story often feels rushed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy style novels. It is best to start with the first Discworld novel, The Colour of Magic, as a lot of the stories will not make sense without it. Even if you are not a massive fan of fantasy novels, the Discworld series is a great introduction as each novel slowly introduces the lore of the world rather than having it all thrust upon you at once.

Rating: 5/5

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Welcome to my blog!

My name is Sarah and I am in my late twenties. I have been a bibliophile for as long as I can remember. I can’t remember what started my love affair with books but I have always been an avid reader.

My favourite genres include Horror and Fantasy but I am willing to give anything a try.

My favourite authors include Stephen King, George RR Martin, Bernard Cornwell and Alan Moore.

My aims for this blog are to review books, updates on book news and general bookish things.

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