Well suddenly, it's spring! Apologies for the radio silence last week - I had some exciting work projects going on offline (more to come soon!) and that took up pretty much all of my time, but I'm delighted to be back to scheduled programming now! I thought I'd take you through a couple of books I've finished up recently as you guys seemed to like the January edition of this post, and although my pace of getting through books has slowed as work and the weather have picked up, I see a lot of holiday reads in my future. Nothing sounds better to me right now than a sun lounger and a reading list! Anyway, on with the books...

WHAT I'VE READ:

THE HEART GOES LAST
Margaret Atwood

This was a book club read and was pretty divisive actually! We all agreed we enjoyed it, but there was a lot wrong with it. It's a dystopian (of course) comedy novel which was written online in a series and then made into a whole book, which I think speaks to some of its pacing problems. However it's still thrilling and pretty hard to put down in places once it kicks off, and the creepy reality Atwood places her protagonists Charmaine and Stan in is both eerily possible and also total fantasy stuff. I wish there had been a little more character development, but I absolutely loved the ending, which I think won me over. I'd recommend this book to anyone simply because I want to know what more people thought of it! I'm still to-ing and fro-ing in my mind.

THE MUSE
Jessie Burton

Oh man, I loved this book so much. Historical fiction + romance + strong female leads + art references = Tami will love your book. This book is what would happen if 'The Night Circus' and 'Girl With A Pearl Earring' hooked up and had a baby - the prose is beautiful - both cinematic and sprawling, very immersive, and very colourful. Some of the patois dialect is a little cringe, but mostly I found the protagonists of Odelle and Olive to be easy enough to buy into, although slightly Mary Jane-ish at times. The one thing I love about Jessie's writing is how well she does dialogue, and how simply she tells a story. I don't know if it's because she comes from an acting background (now you understand my bias) but she really does a beautiful job of economy in her words. She is both vividly descriptive but also really well-paced which, for saying this is only her second novel, is really impressive. This was miles better than 'The Miniaturist' which I also really enjoyed, so I can't wait to see what Jessie does next!


WHAT I'LL BE READING NEXT:

SWING TIME
Zadie Smith

THE POWER AND THE GLORY
Graham Green

GIRL UP
Laura Bates

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