Hope that you are doing well! I'm about to enter the second week of serious social distancing, and suddenly it is rather lonely living alone abroad. I'm just so glad this is the time where we can stay in contact with other people via virtual means, or else I think I would have gone mad at this point (and I went two work for two mornings).
I just came across this extra Read-a-thon and while I think there will be more in the coming weeks, it was too good not to join. Although I think I will just keep posting updates after the weekend for the duration of the social distancing (here in Belgium it's currently until April 5th, but they are already saying it will probably be longer).
So yes, let's read.
What I already finished this weekend: (watch out for the reviews)
Ooronoko - Aphra Beth **
The Little Book of Shakespeare ***
“We went down, and at the bottom there was a door, and on the door there was a sign. Two words. ‘Be Sure.’ Sure of what? We were twelve, we weren’t sure of anything. So we went through."
*** ABOUT THE BOOK ***
Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy | Young Adult
*** BOOK BLURB ***
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere... else.
But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.
Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced... they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.
But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.
No matter the cost.
*** REVIEW ***
I ended up going into this book with low expectations because of all the hype around it and because it didn't seem like my kind of read. I'm honestly so glad I did, I ended up absolutely loving it!
To every kid who crossed a portal and is kicked back comes the moment of what-happens-next and what-do-I-do-now. There are those who never want to go back, who just want to move on and forget. They find a way. But what happens to those who have been inexorably changed and want to go back? Who are just bidding their time hoping that their door will reopen one day? They go to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
And this is what I though the book will be about - children readjusting to their lives. But... Then, a couple of gruesome murders throw everything up in the air!
It's short, and while I wish it were longer so that I could have extended my reading enjoyment, it was really just the right length for what it was.
Every Heart a Doorway is the story of fantasy I never knew I needed.