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Twenty Books for Twenty Years

After seven long years, I have now successfully navigated through teenagedom and graduated as a non-quite-adult. My goodness! I don’t think I could have done it without the lessons I’ve learned from books, not forgetting the fun and laughs they’ve brought too.

As every good historian knows, despite the fact I have only just turned twenty, I have already experienced twenty years. So, here are twenty books from twenty years to mark my freshly completed two decades: Continue reading “Twenty Books for Twenty Years”

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The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)

It took me forever to get into this book. I got into a massive reading slump and kept staring at the book and thinking ‘Why must I read you?’ and that isn’t the best precedent to set before getting to a hundred pages. However, once I finally got into The Lie Tree, none of that mattered because, wow, this book has a lot to say.

When Faith’s father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to untangle the truth from the lies. Searching through his belongings for clues she discovers a strange tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.

But as Faith’s untruths spiral out of control, she discovers that where lies seduce, truths shatter… Continue reading “The Lie Tree | Frances Hardinge (not like other ladies)”

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The Girl of Ink and Stars | Beautiful cover, beautiful story

I said the other day that Radio Silence might just be my book of the year, but already there’s a new contender competing for this year’s place: Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s The Girl of Ink and Stars.

The Girl of In51HhcQYpC3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_k and Stars surprised me with how much was packed into two hundred or so pages. I pretty much only bought the book because I liked the cover (I know, I’m terrible) and I was worried that it would be a case of all-boasting, no-substance. Some books can be a bit over-produced but lack the content to make this seem worthwhile. This one has fold-out endpages that reveal two maps of the Island of Joya, the book’s main setting, and illustrations in the margins of every page. But, far from being a needless addition, these features actually add to the reading experience. Continue reading “The Girl of Ink and Stars | Beautiful cover, beautiful story”

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The Boy in the Dress | David Walliams

A wonderful mixture of silliness and seriousness

A book by its concept

The Boy in the Dress is David Walliams’ first book for children. Like most, I know Walliams mostly as an actor, comedian and the judge from Britain’s Got Talent who loves all the daft acts. I wasn’t sure how much his book deal came from genuine talent and how much came from the publishers’ desire to put a famous name on a book cover. My younger brother, however, really enjoyed Walliams’ books; he has a little space on the shelf dedicated to all of his publications. Continue reading “The Boy in the Dress | David Walliams”