One of my goals for 2018 is to read a book every week. I’ll be posting a full blog post about my 2018 goals at some point – it’s taking a little longer than expected to narrow down & correctly vocalise what I want to achieve this year. Watch this space..

Anyway, I know for sure I want to read over 50 books this year. Why not try one each week?

Week one was ‘The Wee Free Men’ by Sir Terry Pratchett. Unbelievably, this was my first ever experience with a Pratchett novel. I now understand why he was and is such a popular author. I fell in love with his hilarious and no-nonsense style of writing.

The Wee Free Men is the first in a series about a young witch called Tiffany Aching. The entire series was gifted to me by my sister and my brother-in-law so expect to see more of the series in these 2018 book posts.

There is no real theme of love or romance in the novel, which I really enjoyed. To be fair, Tiffany is nine in this first novel so it would be a little odd. Though, she is technically engaged.. That’s beside the point.

I really, really enjoyed this book. I’m a quick reader, but this story read itself. I couldn’t put it down. I love picking up a book which makes me excited to wake up in the morning and excited to put my laptop away at night.

Synopsis:

Tiffany Aching is a nine year old girl living on The Chalk which is a countryside/valley sort of situation. She meets a witch called Miss Tick at the travelling educators’ fair (not what it’s actually called) and has a heap of questions for her. She has witnessed elements of the supernatural filtering through into her world and she wants answers.

Tiffany also meets the Nac Mac Feegle which are amazing wee Scottish pictsies (not pixies) with blue skin, booze dependency issues and a craving for brawling. The Nac Mac Feegle (The Wee Free Men) end up thinking Tiffany is a witch, so they stick with her and help her out – which happens to be pretty unusual since they like to steal and pillage, not do other people’s chores.

Tiffany’s little brother goes missing, so she and the Nac Mac Feegles head off to find him, encountering a tonne of magical things along the way. Watch out for blob monsters which create dreams, hellhounds, an insecure Queen with control issues. a dead grandmother in a china dress and two working dogs who can herd clouds.

I loved this book. There were so many little quotes which were so apt that it was as if they’d crawled out of my head and onto the page.

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‘That’s the trouble with a brain: it thinks more than you sometimes want it to.’
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‘… because a witch always listens to other people’s conversations.’

 

Also, this is the first book in a long time which has made me physically laugh out loud. I’m thoroughly impressed, and I can’t wait to read more in this series.

Keep an eye on the blog for a new book every week. Or, maybe three books in one week when I inevitably fuck this up and forget about my goal.

‘Til next time.

MJ x

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Posted by:MJ

20, studying at UEA in Norwich

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