- Denika Mead
I re-read a few of my favorite books this month, the first of which was How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black. It’s a quick read with beautiful full-color illustrations and gives the reader a look into Cardan’s head, the villain from Black’s series, The Folk of the Air. This July I also read the second novel in the Mysterious Benedict Society series, The Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart. It was a bit slower to start than the first book, but by the end, I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series and continuing to watch the TV series adaptation on Disney+. I re-read the first in the Artemis Fowl series for the Schrodinger’s Children’s Book Club that I run. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer is one of my favorite series of all time and it was really fun to talk to the book club about their thoughts on the plot and characters. We also had some fun cracking the Fairy Code. The final book I read this month is Reactive by local Wellington author, Helen Vivienne Fletcher. Reactive is a fast-paced, YA novel and I would definitely recommend it. Helen is one of the authors in the Wellington Underground Bookstore and has a range of wonderful children’s and young adult novels. I’m currently reading The Unfortunate Escape of Uriah Heep by H. G. Parry, who is also a local Wellington author. I’ve just started, and I’m really enjoying it. It’s an imaginative, quirky novel that I would definitely recommend. I love how it is set in Wellington with lots of familiar landmarks.