While I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks recently, I have also managed to squeeze in some print books. These aren’t as high in number as audiobooks due to the lack of time I’ve found just sit with a book (audiobooks are so much easier to do while doing other things, like the washing up), but what little time I have been able to find has been used well. Below are some print books I have read recently, with an audiobook thrown in for good measure.
For reference, the way I rate books is as follows:
1-Unable to Finish ; 2-Did not enjoy ; 3-Liked ; 4-Really Liked ; 5-Loved
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom – 4/5
After seeing this book around and being recommended it by a friend for ages, I finally managed to borrow the book from said friend and delve in the mysteries within. The book itself is a mystery thriller, set in the time of Reformation under Henry VIII, and follows Shardlake as he is sent to an abbey set for dissolution in order to solve a murder that took place there. For a historical fiction, the history isn’t overwhelming and is very accessible even for those who know very little about the time period. If anything, the setting adds to the overall reading experience, creating a different layer of atmosphere and tension that you wouldn’t otherwise get in more modern crime. The solution to the central mystery kept me guessing throughout and was constantly sending me in different directions, and I loved how it impacted each of the characters in different ways. Definitely a series I will keep on reading.
Songs of Innocence & of Experience by William Blake – 4/5
In a swerve of reading choices, I somehow found myself picking up the Songs of Innocence & of Experience copy that I had from studying it at school. I am not usually a poetry fan, but I did enjoy revisiting these and reading them aloud to my cat (his level of appreciation is still unknown). I do find I enjoy poetry more when read aloud and William Blake has a great way with language which make his poems a lot of fun to speak rather than just read, especially in the way he plays with sound and theme. Reading this has made me consider picking up other poetry titles and start engaging more with that broad genre.
Animal Societies written and narrated by by Ashley Ward – 4.5/5
If you are in any way interested in animal behaviour, or just animals in general, this is the book for you. Ashley Ward both wrote and narrated it, and it is just a delightful book to discover. It takes scientific research and knowledge and presents it a way that is accessible, enjoyable and just plain fascinating. It made Krill interesting, and that’s just the start. I just found this a very relaxing audiobook to listen to and can easily see myself revisiting it in future.
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver – 4.5/5
Sometimes you just need a blast from the past and this book was perfect for it. I loved this series as a child and picking it up again just felt like going back to simpler, less Pandemic-ridden times. The story is still very readable by an adult reader, and I ended up on a rollercoaster of emotion, from laughter to fear to sorrow. I really enjoyed the dual perspectives, especially as one was from the perspective of Wolf which was a lot of fun. The descriptions are vivid, the world stunningly researched and depicted, and the characters so easy to connect with. I can’t wait to continue with the series.