Today, the bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish have asked us to list top ten books I liked more/less than I thought I would.
Expectations are always so damning, aren’t they. So many times I go into a good book with great expectations, and end up disappointed. At other times, I read a book that seems just about ok, and then end up surprised and amazed by the book. It may not be a particularly good book, but because my expectations were low, I end up loving it.
I first read My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell as a pre-teen, just when I was beginning to leave my childhood infatuation with animals (and dreams of becoming a vet) behind, and moving onto more adult pleasures – like makeup, fashion magazines, and romance novels.
At that time, reading this book extended my childhood for a few more months I think before I fully tumbled into teen-hood. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that when I saw this book in the library recently, I happily picked it up again for a reread.
When Sir Terry Pratchett passed away earlier this year, I made a vow to reread his entire Discworld set of books as a homage to the author who I started reading when I was a teenager looking for my next fun read. I also planned to create a Terry Pratchett page with reviews and readalong updates on the blog.
I can’t say that I got very far in the actual implementation though. The thing with Discworld books is that when you read them in quick succession, they all sort of merge into one in your mind, and so a couple of weeks after reading a book (which is generally how long I take to get to writing a review), I couldn’t think of anything specific to say. In addition, tons of activity in my real-life (a new job, a new fitness schedule, summer weekends outdoors), means that I’ve hardly been able to spend quality time on the blog. I mean, yeah, sure, I’ve been doing the occasional review, but I haven’t been able to (and will not be able to) devote significant quality time to the blog.
So my goal of featuring Pratchett on my blog was a big fat flop. But I do want to talk about at least one of his books, and the book I choose to feature is Moving Pictures.
There are a couple of reasons for this, this book, to me encapsulates both the best and worst of Pratchett in one book, and so allows me to talk about what I like and dislike about the Discworld series.