I’m not sure exactly why, but so far this year I’ve been feeling distinctly underwhelmed when it comes to reading.
To try and combat that, in February I went through my bookshelves and picked out a few old favourites to reread, starting with The Virgin Suicides.
It’s been over a decade since I read Jeffrey Eugenides’ tale of teenage suicide and it was just as captivating and tragic as I remembered. If you’re not familiar with the book, it tells the story of the five Lisbon sisters and the months before they took their own lives, told from the perspective of the neighbourhood boys who loved them from afar. If you haven’t already, you should absolutely read this book.
After The Virgin Suicides, I delved even further back into my reading history by digging out some of the old Point Horror novels that I used to read as a child. I still have half a dozen or so left out of the many more that I read over the years, so I opted for Help Wanted, The Mall and Teacher’s Pet, all by Richie Tankersley Cusick.
All three novels are fairly formulaic teen horror novels, about terrorised but intrepid adolescent girls who get caught up in a mysterious adventure, with a touch of romance on the side.
They’re only short books and seemed like the perfect antidote to my current reading malaise as they’re easy to pick up and read quickly.
The only new book I read this month was Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve enjoyed a couple of her previous novels and was intrigued by the premise of this slightly more ‘adult’ story, about a woman who discovers a magic telephone that allows her to try and save her struggling marriage.
I’ve found Rowell’s previous books to be both insightful and moving, but I was a little underwhelmed by this one. The characters weren’t as easy to empathise with as in other novels, which is interesting as they’re actually closer to my age and life experience than those in Fangirl or Eleanor and Park. And although the central idea is an intriguing one, not enough actually happened in the story to keep me interested. Still, it wasn’t a bad novel, just not Rowell’s best.
Here’s hoping March can bring a bit of inspiration with it! If you’ve read anything great lately, I’d love to hear a few recommendations.
- The Virgin Suicides, by Jeffrey Eugenides
- Landline, by Rainbow Rowell
- Help Wanted (Point Horror Paperback), by Richie Tankersley Cusick
- Teacher’s Pet (Point Horror Book 10), by Richie Tankersley Cusick
- The Mall (Point Horror), by Richie Tankersley Cusick
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