"In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood, like a hundred golden urns pouring out the sun."
A round-up of this month’s reading and writing.
Living the Dream is Lauren Berry’s debut novel about two best friends, Emma and Clem, navigating adulthood and pursuing their art.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Flabbergasting.
The novel by Benjamin Alire Sáenz follows the adolescence of Aristotle Mendoza and Dante Quintana, who meet as 15-year-olds in El Paso, Texas and become practically inseparable. When faced with puberty, family troubles, danger, and grief, can their peculiar friendship endure?
It's rare for a sequel to live up to, let alone outdo its predecessor, but Pierce Brown knocked this one out of the park.
Beth was a young woman fresh out of the foster system and determined to start a new life for herself. She had a new job, a new best friend, a new lover, and happily but unexpectedly, a new child. But that was all before the Bad Thing. The thing that landed her in prison and convinced her she's a '100% bad person'. The thing she keeps trying to run from.
It's time to recap my first month here at The Hungry Little Bookworm!
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play currently running in London's West End. Though I have not (yet) had the pleasure of seeing the show, I recently read the script written by Jack Thorne based on a story he created with J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.
Though I might have liked 'Red Rising' more if I thought it made less use of genre clichés or owed less to other fiction that came before it, I still believe that Brown wove those elements together into one hell of a book.