The Hallowreadathon is nearly upon us – it’s this coming weekend! If you didn’t see my announcement post, then hop over here to see the prompts!
The first prompt is to read a book with a prominent house, so I’ve scoured my shelves to show you some of my favourites that would be perfect for this, and a few I’m looking forward to… There’s pretty much no cohesion to these in genre or age range, but you’ll get a glimpse into my varied reading tastes!
Obviously my very first rec has to be the book that I’d probably pick as my all-time favourite if you absolutely forced me to choose – Howl’s Moving Castle! Yes, the house is technically a castle, but it’s always felt like a very small, home-y castle to me, so there. I’ve been rereading this most years since I was about 7 (you can see how well loved my copy is), and when Sophie steps through the door of the castle it always feels like coming home.
I’m a huge fan of Michelle Harrison’s middle grade books (see my reviews of A Pinch of Magic and A Sprinkle of Sorcery for why!) so I was really excited to be invited onto the blog tour for her first foray into chapter books – Midnight Magic is a rhyming tale of a girl and her pesky magical cat, told in verse and beautifully illustrated by Elissa Elwick!
TBRs and I have a long history of not clicking. I’m a mood reader through and through, and really struggle to make myself pick up a book I’m not exactly in the right frame of mind for, so when I make a list I pick things I fancy at that moment, but they may not be what I want when I actually come to read. Trouble is, the only thing I’m really reaching for at the moment, as I mentioned in my monthly check in, is historical romance and middle-grade fantasy. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that at all – except that I have so many other brilliant books waiting for me on my shelves, some of which are due for review or need to be given back to the people I borrowed them from!
I’m putting together a tiny list of books I need to make an effort to get to in the next few weeks. It’s tiny for two reasons – one, so I still have plenty of time to read as many comfort books as I fancy, and two, because two of them are well over 850 pages long. It’s not that these are books I don’t want to pick up – just ones that might require a little bit of discipline!