Isabella and Blodwen

By Rachael Smith

A graphic novel about growing up, fitting in, and a witch from a bottle determined to wreak havoc!

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Update #15 What I'm reading!

Hey neighbours!

I've been beavering away on Isabella and Blodwen pages these past months, so it's been kinda thin on the ground for things to update you with as I don't just want to show you pages and pages and spoil things for you :) I'll be showing you some little peeks soon, as well as talking about my favourite comics, but I thought for today I could talk about what I'm reading currently!

I'm a pretty voracious reader, even more so when I am writing. I think being a reader is a vital part of being a writer.

I'm reading Shogun at the moment. My housemate lent it to me and told me it was his favourite book! How could I refuse? I'm about a third of the way through and it's reeeeally good but it's also very hard going. It's set in the 1800s and follows Blackthorne, a pilot of a ship that gets shipwrecked in Japan. I've just got through a VERY horrible torture-death and have had to put it down just for a bit! I'll get back to it when I feel brave enough, haha!

Also look how thick it is! My my!

Another I'm reading at the moment is HEFT. It's an interesting one. There are some parts that I'm not sure are very believable, but it's one that creeps into your brain and stays there. It's about a very overweight man who is stuck in his apartment, and his unlikely friendship with a teen. I usually don't really like books that are written from a man's perspective that is just feeling sorry for themselves but this one has charmed me a bit...we'll see how we go :) I picked this one up from a bric a brac shop for £1!

I bought this in a tiny book shop in Grasmere and I ALMOST didn’t because of the rather tired ‘headless woman’ book cover motif. (Google it). I'm really glad I did though as I read it in less than a day! It's all about a woman who is discovering her own sexuality and how it doesn't fit in with the life that society has pushed her into (that's how I read it anyway). Recommended!

This one is taking me a while to read! I think that is only because I don't want it to end! I ordered this one after an editor of mine recommended it to me because it had some similar themes to something I was writing for them (not Isabella and Blodwen) :) I'm enjoying it immensely but am really worried I'm heading for a rough ending! I have a long train journey tomorrow so maybe that will be the time! Wish me luck!

I haven't started this yet so maybe it's cheating to put this here, but I bought it after reading 'Everything Grows' - a YA novel that references it a bunch. I'm really looking forward to starting it. I don't read a lot of poetry. You have to savour it and I'm not used to doing that with books. I need to learn though :)

Please comment and tell me what you're reading right now, or recommend me your fave books! And if you're not reading anything right now I heartily reccomend that you have a browse on Unbound for your next un-put-downable adventure :)

Thanks so much,

Rachael xxx


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Simon Siddall
 Simon Siddall says:

I love James Clavill books, shogun is so good but the rest are also worth picking up and reading, sort of carries the story on but in very different time periods.
I'm currently reading Fire and Blood which is a bit of a slow but very interesting

posted 18th October 2019

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