As a fairly new book blogger, I’m trying to find ways to dial into the book blogging community. One of the things I’ve read a lot about is participation in blog meme’s and I found an awesome directory over on Bookshelf Fantasies‘ page that I plan to use for inspiration!
I chose to participate in Lauren’s Page Turners’ Goodreads Monday first- mostly because it seems pretty easy and I like the randomness of it! I also have lots of material to choose from… my TBR list on Goodreads is up to 379! Yikes. Anyway… here’s the scoop:
Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren’s Page Turners. To participate, choose a random book from your TBR and show it off! Don’t forget to link back here and link up to the inlinkz below so that others can see what you picked!
So after using a random number generator (“Hey Beast of Booktopia, pick a number 1 through 379.”), my first Goodreads Monday book is….
Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Published on September 8, 2004 by Bloomsbury USA
I first heard of this book last October from (where else?) the What Should I Read Next? podcast. It also popped up on my Pinterest feed and was described as “Harry Potter for now-adults who grew up reading Harry Potter.” Say no more! Sign me up! The premise also reminds me a bit of the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, another one of my all time favorites. I have been kicking myself for not snagging this when I saw it in a Free Little Library near my house a few weeks ago. Alas it shall remain #261 on my TBR list for now. Here’s the synopsis:
“English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.
But at Hurtfew Abbey in Yorkshire, the rich, reclusive Mr Norrell has assembled a wonderful library of lost and forgotten books from England’s magical past and regained some of the powers of England’s magicians. He goes to London and raises a beautiful young woman from the dead. Soon he is lending his help to the government in the war against Napoleon Bonaparte, creating ghostly fleets of rain-ships to confuse and alarm the French.
All goes well until a rival magician appears. Jonathan Strange is handsome, charming, and talkative — the very opposite of Mr Norrell. Strange thinks nothing of enduring the rigors of campaigning with Wellington’s army and doing magic on battlefields. Astonished to find another practicing magician, Mr Norrell accepts Strange as a pupil. But it soon becomes clear that their ideas of what English magic ought to be are very different. For Mr Norrell, their power is something to be cautiously controlled, while Jonathan Strange will always be attracted to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic. He becomes fascinated by the ancient, shadowy figure of the Raven King, a child taken by fairies who became king of both England and Faerie, and the most legendary magician of all. Eventually Strange’s heedless pursuit of long-forgotten magic threatens to destroy not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything that he holds dear.
Sophisticated, witty, and ingeniously convincing, Susanna Clarke’s magisterial novel weaves magic into a flawlessly detailed vision of historical England. She has created a world so thoroughly enchanting that eight hundred pages leave readers longing for more.”
Whew! Reading that makes me excited all over again to pick this one up! What do you think? Sound interesting? A few friends have reviewed it on Goodreads with their ratings ranging from 3.0-5.0. The overall Goodreads community has it at a solid 3.8 rating. If you’ve read it or heard of it, I’d love to hear your opinion, but until then…
“Off to the cupboard with you now, Chip. It’s past your bedtime. Goodnight, love…”