Welcome back to 3 books 3 points – book reviews in 3 bullet points!
I’ve found time is absolutely flying by at the moment. I’ve finally managed to finish all of my work for university so now it’s time to start ploughing through the to-read pile. Which is never a chore, really. 🙂
The nights are drawing in, the air has a chill, and the smell of autumn carries on the breeze. The perfect time to snuggle into a comfy armchair with a glass of something nice and a good book! Also, I’ve been adding my reviews to Goodreads, you can find my ‘rather-sparse-at-the-moment’ profile here. Please add me as a friend and recommend me lots of books!
Does the type of book you enjoy reading change with the different seasons? I find that In the summer, I like lighter reading or non-fiction. Now it’s getting darker and colder, I’m really enjoying getting immersed in a long fiction book! This last month though, I’ve found that the books have been rather ‘chilling’ in different ways, but it was totally unintentional! And so,here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed in October.
The Library of Ice, by Nancy Campbell (due for release 1/11/2018)**
-A meander through Campbell’s travels around the world, The Library of Ice takes us from Greenland to the Antarctic in search of ice lore. Evocative and immersing, Campbell captures the wonder of our ice lands through the words and experiences of those who live there. The book is both a sumptuous glossary of ice-words, and a fantastic journey through ice of all forms, with the effects of global warming a thread spun throughout the book. We journey with Campbell through past and present, with an eye on the future of our world as ice caps and glaciers begin to melt quicker than ever before.
-I found the book slightly disjointed, skipping countries , subjects and timeframes. Campbell weaves real-world experiences with train-of-thought accounts of wonderful library discoveries, ice-lore, quotes, history and science. I found though, that I couldn’t settle into the flow of the book – the jumping from one subject to another felt somehow like as soon as I was becoming immersed in an anecdote, it seemed to be torn away from me, onto another. A book of layers, the tangents covered are wide and varied – I would love to stay a little longer with each.
-The book covers everything to do with ice, a true library of information and interesting nuggets. From exploring Iceland’s Vatnajökull glacier to curling in Scotland, via Ilulissat in Greenland, figure-skating legends Torvill and Dean and Ötzi the Iceman, Campbell really does paint a vivid picture as we journey with her across the world. I was fascinated by the Greenlandic descriptions of ice-types and the development of Icelandic words for modern technology, and how we apply these to situations today. I began to think of the book as a started for further research – I’d been given tantalising glimpses into subjects, many of which I wanted to find out more about. Worth persevering with!
-This gripping book had me immersed in the mystery of a body found at the Belvedere hotel, now apartments where the storyteller resides. I was so intrigued to follow the story of the deceased and enjoyed follow the narrator along on their quest to discover the truth about the circumstances surrounding his death.
-Brottman is obviously passionate about the story and this shines through. I learnt a lot regarding the history of the Belvedere along with that of other establishments – as a student currently studying a similar subject this book was right up my street! The search for the truth of the story leads us along a winding, diversive path, but I enjoyed each trip down alternative avenues. Each new piece of information kept my attention, and, like many cases, there isn’t always an easy explanation.
-I really enjoyed this book – once I’d started reading it I really didn’t want to put it down and kept sneaking off to quiet places to keep reading! It might not be for everyone, but if you’re gripped by murder mysteries and true crime, then I’d certainly seek this one out.
Thin Air – A Ghost Story, by Michelle Paver
-A chilling story focused on a 1935 climbing expedition to Kangchenjunga. The story is told from Stephen’s perspective, who joins his brother’s expedition to summit the mountain as a replacement physician. Following in the footsteps of a famous expedition in which 5 lives were lost, we follow Stephen’s thoughts as they trek towards the mountain’s base, and begin the climb.
-The language used in the book is uncomfortable reading – the expedition’s racist attitudes are explored, detailing the character’s views of their Sherpa guides and their experiences in India and Nepal. Even if I did not identify closely with the main characters, the way Paver played with the effects of the altitude and how it affected the thinking of the party was immersive and compelling. Deep, bitter sibling rivalry, unexplained disappearances, and an uneasy presence all play out against the backdrop of an exhausting, dangerous climb.
-As the party and their guides ascend, the atmosphere begins to become as chilling as the temperature. Are they they only people on the mountain? Or does Stephen’s growing sense of unease have a basis in fact? A good book to settle into in front of the fire on a winter’s night, this book is a great spooky read, but by no means a light one.
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**I am a member of NetGalley, where I received this review copy for free.