With the weather getting colder (we’ve already had SO much snow!), it’s just the perfect time of year for cozy reading. As usual, I have a whole slew of books I’m eager to read, so I thought it would be a great time to not only list a few that I’ve read, my opinions on them, a few I intend to read soon . . . and see what YOU are reading!
Merlin’s Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton
Very unique take on the Arthur story. The story itself doesn’t deviate much from the one most of us know; however, the point of view is from that of the fey folk, which I loved. Told in lyrical type prose, it has a most definite fairy-tale/legend type feel. My only complaint was simply that the author took for granted that the reader knew the Arthur story inside and out . . . which meant a lot of details and motives were skipped over which might have added to the coherency of the story.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Oh, this book. Maybe I just read it at the right time, or maybe it really was as wonderful as it seemed. Whatever the reason, I thought it was amazing. Battling clans of fey folk, forbidden love, forests and art and danger and sacrifice. All the things I love, basically. I’m getting hopelessly impatient to read Rogerson’s latest, Sorcery of Thorns.
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
I bought this book before even knowing what it was about, simply because I adored another of her books, Uprooted, so very much. I wasn’t at all disappointed. I thought this tale was a truly spellbinding take on Rumpelstiltskin which, though recognizable in some of its elements, was still wildly original and utterly magical. Pretty sure I’ll be getting my hands on everything Novik has written now . . .
Currently, I’m reading two books: A Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, and Married to a Bedouin by Marguerite van Geldermalsen (one my dad bought for me after visiting the Middle East a few months ago and speaking to the author herself).
So many of the brightest book-gems I’ve read come from personal recommendations . . . so please tell me what you’re reading or have read recently, and how you liked it! I’d love to hear!