I want to make more time to read, but I also have 400,000 other things I want to do. Also, you know, work and stuff. So it goes.
While I haven’t been reading as much as I would like, I have still been reading every day with two books actively on the go: Girls Who Lie, by Eva Bjorg Aegisdottir on my Kindle, and The Witches of Moonshyne Manor, by Bianca Marais in trade paperback.
They’re very different, but both very good. If you’re a fan of Elly Griffiths’ Ruth Galloway series, you’ll probably enjoy Aegisdottir’s Forbidden Iceland series. If you enjoyed Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford series, you will definitely love Marais’ latest novel.
I wasn’t super sure about Moonshyne Manor. I only really heard about it because I occasionally listen to Marais’ podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing, where she and some literary agents talk about the publishing industry, how to write query letters, interview authors, etc. etc.
But it turns out the old “those who can’t do, teach” adage is nonsense. Marais’ book is brilliant — fleshed out and loveable characters with enormous depth and heart, and a page-turning pace that is fast without being breathless. I’m loving this book so much.
I expect I’ll finish these two this week, but I’m not yet sure what will be next on the list.