Boy how I have missed it! For three long years even the thought of reading for fun was greeted with ‘what? Are you kidding?’ by both me and the people I spent most of my time with. But now I can. Except I haven’t been because work and life and every other distraction. Until now.
I have had four glorious days off work for no reason other than the fact I’ve been working a lot of overtime and it’s been peak season at the railway. So I treated myself on these golden days and downloaded some new titles and had the time of my life doing nothing but lying on the sofa devouring titles. And I’m going to share them with you now.
Following on from my recent post about reading for fun, I completed the first book on the list some time ago but am only now getting around to writing about it. So is life! It was Kim Edward’s The Memory Keeper’s Daughter that was first on the pile and it was not my usual cup of tea.
Though by no means a new book, Malorie Blackman’s Nought and Crosses is a great read and one which, having reread, I felt a desire to write about. So I shall.
Noughts and Crosses is a young adult book set in a world very similar yet vastly different to our own. The story follows Sephy, a young Cross girl of the ruling class, and Callum, a ‘colourless’ member of the Nought underclass. It is our world twisted and turned on its head, where black people rule the world and the whites are their recently freed slaves.
This month we had the joy of World Book Day – sadly a day not overly celebrated in university land unless it ties into some kind of Student Union event (which it did, yesterday – World Book Day fancy dress disco). It was always a highlight for me as a child for several reasons.
1) We almost always had a fancy dress day at school that said ‘pah’ to the curriculum and instead involved readings, creative writing exercises and the odd film clip or two.
2) Book tokens – being given a token to exchange for a brand new book!
3) I could show off my knowledge of literature and talk about books FOR A WHOLE DAY.
Sadly it means slightly less for me now. As a Drama and Creative Writing student it’s a day that should be embraced and celebrated. Sadly, the curriculum and looming deadlines meant that it passed unnoticed by many of us. So here I am taking the opportunity to talk about the 50 Books That Will Change Your Life (or at least some of them) as chosen by both young people and adults and compiled by World Book Day.
I love fairy tales. I loved them as a child, I loved them growing up and I love them even more as an adult and a student of literature. What I have also grown to love is a twist on the traditional fairy tale, which is exactly what David Meredith’s The Reflections of Snow White is.
The book actually begins with Queen Snow White mourning the death of Prince Charming one year after his passing. We are years beyond the happily ever after and the Queen is far from the young princess we recognise in the original fairy tale. She has lived a long and happy life with her husband but is struggling to deal with her loss of him, despite her daughter’s upcoming nuptials.