I’ve been enjoying Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching books–I finished the first one (The Wee Free Men) a few days ago and then got out the second (A Hat Full of Sky). I’ve tried Pratchett before and didn’t ever fall in love with his books. The emotional heart seemed to be missing; I’m not one for clever books at the moment and Pratchett is nothing if not clever. (As a side note: this is a recent thing. I think I would have really liked Pratchett in high school.) The Tiffany Aching books are funny and clever, but they’re also much more emotionally connected and I really like them. So if, like me, you’ve bounced off Pratchett’s wit in the past, I’d suggest trying one of these instead.
I’m also slogging through The Diviners. I know a lot of people liked it and a lot of people thought it needed a heavy editing hand. Yeah, I’m on the heavy editing hand team. There’s just TOO MUCH here–characters and atmosphere and slang and points of view. I can appreciate what Bray was trying to do, especially in bringing in diverse viewpoints from that time period. But, like a New York cheesecake, it’s may be too rich for some tastes, and it is for mine. There’s also the fact that I’m not a New York person–London is my city forever and ever. And I have not connected with Evie emotionally–her journey is lost in the midst of all the different viewpoints. But I’m a completeist and I feel like I have to finish it.
I read Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill the other night–it’s a very quick and fluffy read, but really nice fluff. Definitely recommended for Stephanie Perkins fans, though it’s a bit lighter, I would say. Is it completely unbelievable if you think about it at all? Yes. But sometimes a little bit of unbelievable sweetness is exactly what you need. Plus London! (See above on cities.)