Week three, and book three!
It’s safe to say that I’m loving this challenge. I think my choice of degree has slightly ruined the concept of reading for pleasure over the past few years. I’m really glad to be putting aside time for myself and the things I love. I love reading – why have I been neglecting my lovely books so much?!
Anyway, week three was another trip into the mind of Terry Pratchett and the world of Tiffany Aching. A Hat Full of Sky is the second novel in the series and picks up a few years later when Tiffany is eleven and is off to start her official witchy training. I only had a week without Tiffany, but I missed her. Pratchett was a literary genius, there’s no doubting that. He writes with such incredible humour and intelligence that I find hours slipping away and suddenly it’s four in the morning and I only have three chapters left to enjoy. He was a talented wizard and I so wish I could have met him.
So, back to Tiffany. The book begins with her lying to her family about a position training to be a maid in a household far away. Miss Tick comes to collect her and together they set off to her new home with Miss Level – her new teacher. Tiffany is sort of disillusioned by the actual work that Miss Level expects her to do; it’s a lot of delivering babies, sitting with the elderly, helping provide simple medical care and so on. She isn’t a shallow girl, but she had expected a little more wooshing about and stars and things. It doesn’t help that she can’t fly on a broomstick without vomiting and she can’t master simple witch tricks like the other girls her age.
However, Tiffany has a secret skill which she taught herself, she didn’t mean to, she just needed a decent look at her outfits and didn’t have a big enough mirror. By saying “see me” Tiffany can step out of her own body and sort of observe herself. She says ‘see em not” and can step back inside herself. It’s very cool, but it draws something evil towards her. A ‘hiver’ which likes to step inside powerful people and use their bodies to walk about and hide from things. When Tiffany ‘sees herself’ she is leaving her body unattended and she is unaware of the danger this poses.
Expect a lot of drama, some cracking witchy names, pink balloons, dancing bees, tea and biscuits, arrogant ghost wizards, cheese, and of course the appearance of our favourite Scottish pictsies who will always have Tiffany’s back.
I adored this book. I can’t wait to continue the series! I think I’ll have to pace myself and slot a non-Pratchett book in between each book of the series so that I do actually explore other genres.
As usual, here are some of my favourite quotes from A Hat Full of Sky:
Let me know if you give it a go!