I’m just about to start reading Time School: We Will Honour Them which I’m reading for a Blog Tour in August. I love historical fiction and time travel, so I’m really looking forward to this one. I’m continuing to listen to The Secret Garden on audio. I’m really enjoying it as it was one of my favourite books as a child, and there is something very comforting about listening to a favourite story.
I’ve had a wonderful week reading as I have now finished school, and am hoping to enjoy lots of reading over the summer. When I saw the Sophie Anderson’s next book was on NetGalley, I just had to request The Castle of Tangled Magic which jumped straight to the top of my TBR. I absolutely LOVED this story which has all the trademarks of Sophie’s magical writing. I also read Rocket Boy which was sent to me for review. It has full colour illustrations and is perfect for young readers. A perfect way to get their imaginations fired up! The only book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave that I hadn’t read was The Island at the End of Everything, so I read it in a single sitting on Sunday. Ami’s story completely gripped me. She lives on Culion Island with her mother, who has leprosy, until she is taken from her and placed in an orphanage on another island by a cruel government official, Mr Zamora, who segregates adult islanders with leprosy from those without, and forces the children to be taken from their parents. Both heart-breaking and uplifting, this is a mesmerising and beautifully told story. I can’t wait for Kiran’s next middle-grade, A Secret of Birds and Bone, which is due for release in October. I also read The House on Hoarder Hill which I really enjoyed, especially the talking stag’s head and bear rug, Stan and Doug who are utterly brilliant! I’ve posted my review for this one. I also read a gorgeous picture book (via NetGalley), Snow Ghost which is written in rhyming couplets and has the most magical illustrations. A snow ghost is wandering the world, looking for somewhere to call home, and eventually finds her perfect place. Finally, I enjoyed a double reading fest of the first two books in the Adventures on Trains series, The Highland Falcon Thief and Kidnap on the California Comet which I loved. I’ve posted my review for the first one, and am writing up my review for the second one.
I won’t get as much reading completed next week as I’m off to visit family in Ireland, but I am hoping to get Dragon Mountain read over the weekend. This is one I was approved to read via NetGalley, but I’ll definitely be buying the gorgeous sprayed edge one Waterstones is releasing.
What have you read this week? Have you read any of these?