April Reads: fantasy, surreal realism and wild poetry

As I’ve not been updating this blog lately, I have lots of books (and thoughts) I’m dying to share. For now, here’s a quick overview of my current reads. I have three good books on the go right now, so let’s dive in…

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

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This one had been on my radar (and unofficial TBR) for a while. The gorgeous cover kept catching my eye in Waterstones. And the more I heard about the southern Spain setting and the character dynamic between the mysteriously sickly mother and her lost, disillusioned daughter, the keener I was to pick it up.

I’m halfway through at the moment and so far it’s a really interesting read. I love how generously detailed Deborah Levy’s writing is. I feel like I’m learning little tidbits constantly. As I anticipated, it is a slow paced novel but the surreal, dreamlike atmosphere and complicated characters are keeping me engaged.

Feral by Janet McAdams

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I am sooo close to finishing this poetry collection – I think I’ve just got one poem left.

I’ve been dipping into a few collections that take inspiration from fairy tales for a university assignment, but Feral has been my favourite so far. This collection is varied, multi-layered and has led me to do some googling to learn about the cultural and historical references I was less familiar with.

As well as the recurring theme of wilderness, this collection explores polar expeditions, feral children from history and the boundary between human civilisation and nature. I would very much recommend this book to anyone interested in these themes.

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Phillip Pullman

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I can’t believe I’m still reading this one, oops. It’s been so nice to read fantasy again but this top bedtime read has taken a backseat due to university reading. In keeping with the His Dark Materials trilogy, this book is immersive, rich, brilliantly paced and packed with compelling characters.

I’m about a third of the way in so it’s a little too soon to collect all my thoughts on it. But I can already tell it’s going to lead to a His Dark Materials re-read.

If you would like to share, I’d love to know what you’re reading at the moment! I’m always looking for new recommendations…

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