Before my time off started, I had big plans to spend the long weekend reading and nothing else. As always happens in these situations, that didn’t happen. I’ve barely read anything of Birnam Wood so I knew there was going to be no way I could finish it in time for today’s review. Although, it’s not all bad. I did finish a book. The fact that it was only a 122 pages long is something I’m happy to overlook. A book is a book no matter the length. As I said in my review, Shy was one of my most anticipated reads for 2023. I think Max Porter has quickly become one of those writers who I would instantly buy without knowing anything about a book. I don’t think I’ve ever had a favourite author because it’s a difficult questions. However, there are several contemporary authors that I would pick up regardless of the book. In lieu of a review, I figured I’d list them. Everyone loves a list, right?
Book Review – Shy by Max Porterbooks, reviews
I think Max Porter is one of those authors that I will instantly buy without knowing anything about the book. I think his style is unique and stands out from the crowd. He is an exciting author and I couldn’t wait to read this one. It turned up on Saturday and I finished it on Sunday. Finishing a Max Porter book in a day is pretty standard because all of his books are pretty short. The fact that they are also full of depth shows you how good he is. I absolutely adored his other books. Grief is the Thing With Feathers and Lanny were both absolutely wonderful and The Death of Francis Bacon was a really interesting read. I was pretty certain that Shy would be another hit, which is why I didn’t even wait to finish Birnam Wood before I picked it up. Such is the power of his writing. But would it be as good as the rest?
Book Review – Lanny by Max Porterbooks, reviews
So, we’re at the start of the new month and I’m telling myself that I’ll make more time for reading in May. I was so close to not finishing my monthly reading challenge again and was reading Lanny right up to the last minute. I had such high hopes for myself. It was such a short read that I even thought I’d manage to fit another book in before the end of the month. That clearly didn’t happen and I found myself on a mad dash to get the last few pages in before April 30th was over. I just about managed it and crossed off my final letter of the month. I had wanted to read this book for ages, so I do kind of wish that I’d read it at a better time. I’ll probably have to go back at some point and give it the time it deserves. Maybe I’ll even try the audiobook. I’d be interested to see how they handle it. But for now, I’ve got to try and get my thoughts together to writer this damn review.
Bookish Post – Spell the Month in Book Titles: Aprilbook tag, books
April should be easy I thought. I’ve already got a few options for most of the letters. It’s really nothing to worry about. To be fair, it wasn’t. At least it wasn’t until I got to “i”. I’m pretty sure that I don’t own any books that start with that letter but I also know that I owned a copy of I Capture the Castle at some point. I never thought I’d find something that I wanted to read but, with no time to spare, I managed another month. Here’s how I did it.
Book Review – The Death of Francis Bacon by Max Porterbooks, reviews
When I bought this book, I knew that it would be a useful thing to have around. Almost every week, I tend to be rushing to finish a book in time to write my Wednesday review. At only 80 pages long, Max Porter’s new book would be ideal for finishing in a rush. I knew that it was going to be a lifesaver before too long. What I didn’t expect was that it would come to my rescue so soon. The book was published on 7th January and I’ve had it for about a week. Unfortunately, I’ve not been getting enough reading in each day and there was no way I was going to get my current read finished in time. So, I read this on my lunch break. Meaning I didn’t have to resort to some awful stream of consciousness book post about whatever I could think of. Instead, it’s going to be fairly stream of consciousness book review of a book that’s like nothing I’ve ever experienced before.