Following on from last month, I’m back doing another round-up of the books I finished reading in February. It’s been a hit and miss month, really, and because of university I feel like I’m reading a lot but not getting much finished. So most likely in a month or so this list will be a lot longer as I finish a lot of the non-fiction I’m reading. 🙂
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
This is one of those childhood stories that I first became familiar with through watching the Disney film. As a child, I didn’t think much beyond enjoying the adventure and wishing I could be like Peter and never grow up. 🙂 But reading the story now as an adult, I can see the darker themes coming through. I read it as it’s on my reading list for this semester. It’s a quick read, though there are points in the middle it dragged a little. It’s written in an episodic way in places so parts of the middle don’t seem to make much contribution to the overall story. I wasn’t too keen on the narrator at points either.
But it is a book I recommend, especially if you know the story and want to read the original.
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Other Tales of Terror by Robert Louis Stevenson
Another university read. I read this story originally years ago when I first got a kindle ereader (it was a free download). Reading it for the second time, after starting to study literature, I got a lot more from it though. It’s quite a dark story, and there’s a lot more to it than first meets the eye. It’s not told from Jekyll’s point of view, but by someone trying to solve the mystery of Mr Hyde. So there’s a sense of distance between you and the really story. It’s another quick read, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I didn’t really enjoy reading it.
Perhaps the genre wasn’t for me, and I didn’t like aspects of it thematically. I think it’s a book with a lot to say though, so worth a read.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Yet another university read. I read A Little Princess by the same author as a child, and loved it. It’s a book I still own and is showing a bit of wear. 🙂 So I went into this one hoping I was going to enjoy it – though not as much, I think some of these books are never as magical when reading them as an adult. It’s an early example of children’s literature without the adults (mostly), and tells the story of Mary, an orphan who is sent to live with her Uncle in a big country estate. She slowly makes friends and becomes a much happier child through learning of a secret garden and bringing it back to life.
I did enjoy the book. It was longer than I expected, but some parts flew by. I wasn’t impressed by some of the characters, and feel a bit hesitant about one of the central storylines. I think if it were published today it would come in for some criticism.
Slayer by Kiersten White
This book: I love this book. I was so excited when I saw that there was going to be an official, canon, Buffy novel published that carried on from the graphic novel series! I actually pre-ordered the book. And then counted down the days. This book has most definitely been the highlight of my reading year so far.
It’s not about Buffy, but a new Slayer, the last one to be created. I won’t go into too much detail because it does spoil some of the graphic novels (which I completely need to reread at this point!). The new Slayer though is part of the Watchers, the group of people trained to watch and guide the Slayer as she fights the vampires, and demons, and inevitably dies in that fight. So it’s like coming at the story from another angle, because the Watchers didn’t really get much air time on the show or in the graphic novels.
I was sceptical about it, from a quality perspective, as I hadn’t really heard of Kiersten White before. I didn’t need to be. It’s written wonderfully, the story makes sense, and I am officially dying for the next in the series to be released. This book caused me a massive book hangover. That’s how good it is.
If you’re a Buffy fan, it’s a must-read. 😀