The House of Mountfathom is a difficult book to review. Personally, I didn’t enjoy reading it very much. On some fronts, it felt like things were missing — as though there was supposed to me more. The premise intrigued me but the execution failed to charm. When I looked up the author, I found out this book was published posthumously. He was in his mid-thirties when cancer took his life. Knowing this, I was tempted to rate The House of Mountfathom for its potential but decided not to. That would skew my rating scale against other books I’ve read.
Originally I had planned to post a different book review today but I finished The Bone Season this afternoon and am brimming with thoughts. Even though I enjoyed most of my time reading the book, I walked away with conflicting feelings. The more I think about the things that bothered me, the more I feel like I need to get them off my chest. While I can’t say I hated the book, there are parts that made me uncomfortable and I wish I had known about these things before buying the The Bone Season. As it is, I already bought the next two sequels before starting the series (I should’ve learnt my lesson by now), and I do plan to read The Mime Order next.
One thing I’m glad publishers do is to re-release books a year or two after they first hit the shelves. Yes, I also wish that paperbacks would come out at the same time as hardcovers, so that’s kind of at odds. Neither do I collect multiple editions. The reason I’m glad is that they put backlist titles on my radar again; titles that I meant to read in the past but for some reason didn’t get to yet. I hope that by including them week in, week out, some of you have found books too that previously fell through the cracks.
March was an even worse reading month over January compared to February. There are several reasons for this. For one, I’ve been decluttering my things since January. I was determined to finish as much as possible by the end of March. That meant I had much less time left for reading. I’m also back to training three times a week for the upcoming season and other competitions. This will only increase in the coming months as I look to put in extra hours by myself as well. At least I can listen to audiobooks while running.