If you follow me on GoodReads, you know I have pledged to read 50 books in 2018. That’s roughly a book a week and I am already behind. I thought I might do a monthly roundup of the books that I’m reading rather than individual reviews so that you can hear my recommendations and get great deals through my book club links! These are the two books I read in January.
The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass is the first book of the dust series by Philip Pullman. It is incredibly well written and a real treat for the imagination. The book is really descriptive and has the perfect balance between what’s real and what’s magic. I love magical realism and there’s plenty of fairytale elements in The Golden Compass. Lyra, a boisterous little girl growing up in Oxford college with very few female role models is whisked away on a journey she does not realise is incredibly dangerous for her. It’s a mystery, it’s fast-paced and packed with well-developed characters that you fall in love with. I’d recommend this to absolutely anybody and I might read the rest of the series too!
Buy The Golden Compass and give it a read for yourself here!
The Keeper of Lost Things
The Keeper of Lost Things has been well spoken of in 2017 and was nominated for a few awards and won one. I usually only read books that are prize nominees or winners because I am a bit of a snob so I picked this beautiful book up and thought I would give it a go. Despite the fact that it’s very thin, it actually took me a long time to read because the changing narrative and time jumps tended to lose my interest. It’s a very commercial book with a bit of everything: mystery, romance, unlikely friendships. I did enjoy it but I probably wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. I also really wish that Anthony’s character was more developed since the book is set in his house and we didn’t know too much about him.
Pick up The Keeper of Lost Things here!