The Top 5 series is back! Top Five Saturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books to discover and share books that all have a common theme. Previously on the blog I have focused on witches, werewolves, thrillers, faeries, fairy tale re-tellings, high fantasy and many more. I am going to try and bring this series back for… Continue reading Top Five Saturday: Coming of Age Stories
With an unexpected day off again tomorrow - thanks to an unwell child, poor thing! - it is possible that I may be able to catch up a day or two! Maybe. But today's challenge is to name a book you've read more than once. Now, this is a tricky one. If we look at… Continue reading 30 Day Book Challenge: Day 16!
I am a huge Patrick Ness fan! Let me put that out there at the start of this. I hugely admired his Chaos Walking Trilogy but was utterly blown away by the visceral emotion and mythic scope of A Monster Calls. There are few books that dig inside you as much as that one. This… Continue reading More Than This, Patrick Ness
There are some books that revel in plot, action and events. Other books - perhaps quieter books - are content to develop narrative: characters and settings, relationships and language. This book by Ali Shaw is very clearly and very effectively one of the latter: little really happens, but so much is created. Lets take the… Continue reading The Girl With Glass Feet, Ali Shaw
This is a truly exceptional book! And, before I discuss the book, a truly exceptional reading of it by a chap called Chris Nelson. Now, I don't know who Chris Nelson is. I have googled his name idly but I have no clue. I do not know his age or where he is from. But… Continue reading Black Swan Green, David Mitchell
I was lent this by a student at school - ironically as one of the main features in the book is that Charlie is lent books by his English teacher! It took a while to get around to actually opening it, until I ran out of time and had to read it before the kid… Continue reading The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky