AFW Book Club // Winter 2019

From Russian fairytales to a cat’s travelling diary, these are the books I’ll be reading this Winter.

January and February are possibly my least favourite months. Christmas has come and gone, Summer is still a long way off and the world outside is cold, stormy and wet. So the best, and frankly speaking only remedy would be to curl up with a good book, a hot cup of tea and a significant piece of chocolate.

One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to read more and to try to read one book per month. So for the upcoming cold and wet Winter months I’ve got four books to get me through, from Russian fairytales to a cat’s travelling diary.

Spinning Silver – Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik is a new take on the classic fairytale of Rumpelstiltskin and follows the story of the young Miryem, the money collecter’s daughter who can turn silver into gold. Word of this miracle spreads through the land; even to the magical kingdom of the Staryk. The king of these magical winter creatures comes looking for Miryam and her ability, but everything comes at a price…

The Bear and the Nightingale – Katherine Arden

One Russian fairytale about snow, magical creatures and mysterious woods obviously isn’t enough to get through winter, so here’s another! The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden takes place in a small village in the cold wilderness of Russia, where the old tell the young stories dark forces gathering in the woods and where Vasya is the only one who can see these dark forces.

Melmoth – Sarah Perry

I absolutely loved The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry, so I was very excited to pick up her latest book, Melmoth. The book follows the story of Helen Franklin, who did something twenty years ago that she still can’t forgive herself for and in the meantime she has lived a very sheltered life. One day a mysterious manuscript enters Helen’s life, which tells the dark story of Melmoth, the loneliest being in the world, condemned to walk the Earth forever. Helen can’t stop reading the story of Melmoth, but she can’t shake the feeling that someone, or something, is watching her…

The Traveling Cat Chronicles – Hiro Arikawa

I already started reading The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa back in December, bringing it with me to work so I can read it during my lunch breaks and so far, so good. It’s definitely bringing out the cat lover in me, as the story (as the title would suggest) follows the story of cat Nana and his boss Saturo, as the two embark on a journey to see some of Saturo’s friends.


And those were the fives books I plan on reading for the winter edition of the Almost Famous Writer book club. I will report back on my reading progress and I’ll be sharing my thoughts on all of them (hopefully…) on my Instagram. But for now, happy reading!

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