Just like every month this year, August was a turbulent whirlwind. The month saw Cigarette Sounds take a short break for the first time in a long time so I could have a breather in between starting my new hospitality job in Manchester and taking over the role of Editor-in-chief for Gigslutz.
Despite it being the most hectic, stressful month of the year so far, I still managed to read on average a novel a week. Round of bloody applause, please. This is also perhaps the first month since forming the #cigsoundsbookclub that there has not been an outlier in my novel stars. No dud books, just good vibes all around. For that, we need medals and applause.
Circe by Madeline Miller
Charming, empathetic and elegantly written; Madeline Miller’s Circe is untouchable. Featuring Grecian heroes such as Odysseys and famous faces such as the sun god, Helios, bright-eyed Athena and Jason with Medea – Circe has them all. Feel pain, privilege, love and warmth radiating from the banished nymph. Passion encapsulated eloquently.
The Colour Of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The first novel set in Terry Pratchett’s kooky, crazy Discworld, The Colour Of Magic, is the perfect introduction to the ways of wizards, sea trolls and what creatures inhabit both the skies and the lands on the great turtle. Vivid imagery and thoroughly-likeable characters; The Colour Of Magic is the perfect first step into the mind of Pratchett.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
A novel which I managed to devour entirely over a late night session, followed by an intense afternoon stint; I could not dare put Anthony Horowitz’s Magpie Murders down. A fast-paced, intriguing whodunnit? with a variety of spiralling twists, unexpected hidden secrets and shocking revelations. Horowitz is king. I do not want to give anything away with this novel but honestly, take it from me, it is the most gripping thing around.
Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
The first in His Dark Materials offers the reader an offering of fierce, thick-as-thieves loyalty, adoration and the idea that both light and darkness can be seen emitting from all. The protagonist, Lyra, is one of my most cherished leading ladies to date and, along with her ability to face fear in the face, I cannot help but wish I possessed her courage. A gripping story which will only see the trilogy improve.