Thanks to Sam for hosting this meme at Taking on a World of Words. The idea is to answer three questions – What am I currently reading, What did I reccently finish reading and What might I read next?
Current Read: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie Sue Hitchcock
From the CILIP Carnegie Medal website:
A tapestry of four rites of passage stories told across four different seasons against the backdrop of Alaskan life and landscapes. Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank each have their own concerns and anxieties to contend with in their home lives. As their stories and characters develop, they begin to discover parallels and interconnections in the stories and secrets they hold.
Four narrators? Unconventional – but YA is sometimes accused closely to conventions of plot. Hitchcock’s prose is poetic. Her descriptions are so good, they etch themselves into your mind. There is a sense of conflict in the setting, between Alaska as part of the contemporary world and Alaska as somewhere ‘other’. First narrator Ruth summarises this beautifully when she says she would rather have her meat with the blood in it than have it packaged. I’m intrigued to find out whether all four characters will develop over the space of such a short novel, or whether one of them will remain the protagonist with three additional narrators.
Next read – *possibly* The Pearl Theif by Elizabeth Wein …
‘You’re a brave lassie’
That’s what my grandfather told me as he gave me his shotgun.
… but it may be a bad idea. The first line suggests I will be hooked, and I can see myself putting life on hold until the novel is finished. The 1930s Big House setting sounds very Daphne Du Maurier, not to mention the dangerous currents and murderous bystanders. I was a devoted reader of Du Maurier in my mid-teens, and feel a revival coming on.
Book I have just read: The Dreamsnatcher by Abi Elphinstone
I reread The Dreamsnatcher over the weekend, and enjoyed looking at how the novel is constructed. Rereading allowed me to notice clues in the text I had not seen first time around, when I galloped through to find out what happened next. The Shadow Keeper is lined up for this weekend, then I will finally finish Moll and Gryff’s adventure. I’m sure I will revisit the trilogy many times – Elphinstone is such a good writer.
Have you read any of the above books? What have you got lined up?