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Reading Robyn

I am a lover of libraries, a reader of everything, a girl easily swayed by pretty pictures, and overall just your average, nerdy fairy princess.

 

2013 is the year I'm finally keeping up a regular reading blog Reading Robyn! There I post extended versions of my GR reviews so be sure to check that out!

 

I always seem to be on the move having lived in seven cities and counting in my nineteen years. I'm not on the run from the law as many have assumed (at least I don't think so), but moving around has given me an appreciation for how places make stories and people make memories. While change is inevitable, books are the friends that I take with me from place to place. They comforted me when I was sick, they push me to continue to learn and grow into myself, and most importantly they opened me up to the possibilities of living in thousands of places all at once.

 

I primarily read YA fiction, as well as a lot of graphic novels and manga. However, I tend to be this combination of odd reads, so expect the unexpected!

 

Cheesy Life Quote: "In this world through which I travel, I am endlessly creating myself." - Frantz Fanon

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie - Alan Bradley Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a bubbling combination of some of my absolute favourite things, - chemistry- detective novels- Brittan - and girls who know know what they're doing. Needless to say this book was written perfectly for people like me. But the more I read, the more I realized that there were things that worked in the books favour and things that didn't. It is obvious from page one that Flavia is the definite draw of the entire story, and she is written in a way that makes her super-sleuth ways believable while still retaining that she is a kid. Underneath all of her smarts and cleverness she still thinks and acts like a one, which makes following her though the mystery as she goes back and forth from murder and crime, to riding her bike and taunting her sisters incredibly fun. The rest of the characters play a large part in charming you while giving the reader a look into what the time period was like without having the narrative point it out. They kept the mystery moving but sometimes made me wonder if they were really necessary, popping up to serve a purpose without really adding anything. One of my favourite parts of the story were the interactions of the de Luce family, they're quirkiness made me love them and this made a nice backdrop to the overall off-beat story-line. The way that everything is written and described was also just wonderful, and the character dialogue was especially well crafted.However, despite how overall wonderful the book is I didn't find myself liking this to the level that I like to like a book before saying that I really liked it. And this fact is what gets me in the end. I have no complaints about the book! Its plot as I said, is perfect for me and I am totally willing to gush about how enjoyable it was but this story unforchantly falls a little flat. I love the quirky detective genre in all mediums and although this is a pretty interesting mystery it just doesn't effect me in the way other things already have. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series, which are all already on the list queuing up! I think it will be interesting to see how things progress as more of Flavia's adventures play out. Now, I think that this is one of those books that would be especially great to recommend for people who haven't read a lot of the mystery genre and are interested in starting with a more resent series, especially crossing over from YA. On the note of recommendations, I have to add that if you've read this book and really like it you have to, have to look into Miss Marple. ...Have you ever heard of her? She is a character written by the dame Agatha Cristie and although she is on the opposite side of Flavia's age spectrum (think wrinkles) her mysteries are set in the same general time period (I think, it can be hard to tell), same general location (Brittan) and shares that level of quirky independence when murder is afoot. There are over 10 Miss Marple novels and the BBC program is the best mystery theatre on this earth. Not that I'm a fan girl, pshaa! ;DBah, now I just feel wishy-washy! We'll see how I do with the rest of the books. Don't disappoint me, damn it!