So, the first of a few posts: I've decided to start posting more in the new year and thus I start doing it at the end of the old.

This is a books post, one of the posts I would like to make more of. I read a lot; four to five books a week, some of which I've read several times, others who are new. Let's start at the end of November, when I bought several books with my birthday money.



November; bought: Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, The Boleyn inheritance by Phillipa Gregory and The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger.

The Graveyard book was excellent, typically Gaiman. Somewhat dark, somewhat hopeful and filled with mythology and references to other stories. I had already read Anansi Boys, which I didn't understand, and American Gods, which I did but not liked extensively. I liked this and have started rereading it.

The Boleyn inheritance is the sequel to The Other Boleyn Girl, which I bought in Trondheim, Norway this summer. I read that one in one day: the second book took me two days. These are not researched historical novels, but they are written in a very compelling manner that sucks you in and keeps it in your head. I find it very difficult to stop reading them. The three main characters in this book, Anne of Cleves, Jane Boleyn and Kitty Howard are all very different people: I liked Anne the most of all of them, though you cannot help but like Jane, even knowing that she sent her husband George Boleyn to be excecuted for incest and sodomy. Kitty is an empty-headed girl and not really likeable: she only cares for pretty things. Still a compelling read. The film made of The Other Boleyn Girl was a waste of money: they cut all the interesting bits from the book, like the trial of George and his homosexual leanings and the lovestory between Mary and her first husband, or Mary and Henry for that matter. This could have been done much better.

The Time travellers wife was a book I had seen on book meme's, but never read myself. This is a truly excellent book. No embellishments, honest emotions, likeable and real characters. Also one I finished in about two days. Yuletide has and excellent fanfic about Alba: und mit Geistesstärke tu ich Wunder auch. Fantastic fic, much like the book itself.

December; Christmas haul: Nation by Sir Terry Pratchett, The Constant Princess by Phillipa Gregory, Collection of Lord Peter Wimsey stories by Dorothy Sayers; bought myself in Lille: Smoke and Mirrors and Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

Nation is still on the 'to read' pile, as is The Constant Princess (prequel to The Other Boleyn Girl).
The Lord Peter stories were very good; I sometimes missed a certain reference because of the time they were placed in, but they were a very enjoyable read. The other books will be on my wishlist.
I bought Neverwhere in Lille and finished it the same day; took me about six hours. Another excellent book. It is obvious that it's a debut; there are still some storytelling givens, like the protagonist becoming a hero and eventually deciding that everything he wanted during his adventures isn't what he wants now. The villains however were excellent, as was the character of Hunter, who was, I think, based on the Amazones. A lesbian fighting bodyguard who is a traitor and dies honorably is something I hadn't expected. The whole world of London below is excellently constructed and calls the images on the insides of your eyelids. I loved this to bits.
I'm currently reading Smoke and Mirrors and I've loved it so far. Each story is different and all of them are fantastic. They make you feel melancholy, hopeful or very scared, never mind the subject.
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