Welcome back to my blog!
How are you doing? It’s been a very long time since I showed my face around these parts. 2019 was a bit uninspiring for me in terms of blog content. I didn’t like my theme (because I’m so visual, the style is just as important as the substance for me!), so I just kinda skated over it and poured all my energy into Instagram instead.
But Little Miss Katy is my OG platform. It’s where I started. It’s where I invested alllll my online time for at least two years (Instagram wasn’t really my thing until 2016!), and it’s what’s got me where I am today.
But I decided to redesign my website on a bit of a whim last week, and then started re-reading old blog posts… and I found that I missed this. My blog is nearly six years old now (six!!), and I think it’s time for me to show it a bit of TLC again.
So here we are. Shiny new theme, shiny new blog post, and a shiny new monthly newsletter for you (sign up in the box above)
Now back to the post: here are five fictions books I’ve loved recently!
This is a retelling of Baba Yaga, a Russian fairytale character who’s usually depicted as an evil witch who accompanies Death on his travels.
In Sophie Anderson’s version, Baba Yaga is the kind old witch woman who actually helps ease the deceased’s path to the Afterlife. She has a granddaughter who is a bit of brat to be honest, but really, what can you expect from an 11 year old who has never been allowed to have a friend or leave the confines of their house (which, yes, does have chicken legs)?
Without giving too much away (because I promise the surprises are one of the best bits): it’s mainly a story about grief. It’s a little bit tragic, a little bit funny, but mostly just beautiful. One of the best children’s books I’ve read in recent years, in fact, but also one I’d recommend to adults.
There were two books released last year that had extremely similar titles. This one is a murder mystery… of sorts.
At its most basic, it kind of reminded me of Agatha Christie’s “Crooked House”, mixed with Netflix’s “Russian Doll”. But there’s so much to it than that.
Aiden wakes up in the middle of the forest, in a body that is not his own. Later, Evelyn Hardcastle dies of a pistol shot. And unless Aiden can solve the murder, the day will repeat itself (and Evelyn will die) over and over again.
It’s a bit confusing, especially at the beginning, but if you like thrillers with lots of twists and turns, then this is the book for you. There are a lot of other things going on behind the scenes, and if you haven’t heard the Final Twist yet: read it before someone accidentally tells you!
This is the second Seven/Evelyn book of the year: and it’s actually COMPLETELY different to the first.
Seven Husbands tells the tale of Evelyn Hugo, a famous golden-age Hollywood legend, and the journalist who has been sent to interview her about her infamous seven husbands.
Again: there’s a twist (don’t worry, I won’t tell!), but this one is revealed fairly early on, and is fairly easy to guess. It’s a wonderful story about a not-very-nice woman, who is strong and selfish and will do anything to make it to the top of the Hollywood scene. But at the heart of it: it’s about love, and the lengths one woman would go to protect it.
I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as Seven Deaths, but if you’re more into romantic drama than murders, this is the one for you!
Ohhh I reaaaaally loved this book! I’m a fairytale girl through and through, and this is a gorgeous story, based very loosely on Rumpelstiltskin.
Miryem is the daughter of a money-lender with a knack for turning bags of silver into gold. Wanda is the eldest daughter of an abusive drunk, and works for Miryem’s family as a maid. Irina is the daughter of a Duke, who buys three enchanted jewellery pieces from Miryem.
The three girls’ lives are entwined and twisted into a magical snowy landscape, along with enchanted cottages, mysterious lands, new friends, impossible endeavours, and a magic nut.
I’m not going to tell you any more than that, because it’ll ruin the story, but if you like fantasies and fairytales of any sort, this one is for you!
The words “gothic horror” in a book’s description does not usually entice me into reading said book. I am very much not a horror kinda gal. In fact: I am a wimp. (I like to read the Wikipedia plot tabs for horror films so I can know what happens without having to watch them. 😅)
However, I reaaaally enjoyed Wakenhyrst. Set in the fens of Suffolk in the early 1900s, it tells the story of Maud, and what happens when her academic (and stern and just plain MEAN) father happens upon an ancient, hellish painting in their local church.
Yes it’s a bit scary, but it’s also brilliantly written, and I’d really recommend it if you’re into historical(ish) fiction, or ghost stories.
PS. It’s also currently available on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription!
Want to know what else I’ve been reading? You can follow me on Goodreads to see what book(s) I’m currently on, check out my To Be Read pile, or read my reviews!