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#3 The hate u give (THUG)


I read this book on recommendation from a very good friend. I love a good YA book, particularly one with an accolade from John Green on the cover. I was excited to give it a go.

The hate u give (THUG) is the story of sixteen year old Starr, a black girl living in two distinctly different worlds. With her dysfunctional family in the impoverished Garden Heights neighbourhood and with her white boyfriend and friends at Williamson Prep. When Starr becomes the only witness to a heinous crime, she has to make a decision. Is it time to speak up?

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Oops, I missed one: #57 Hold back the stars


I don’t normally seek out love stories, but this one really caught my eye. Katie Khan’s debut novel- Hold back the stars– just had the most intriguing synopsis. I used my buying ‘powers’ to ensure it made it into our libraries.

Set in a ‘utopian’ future, Carys and Max meet on one of their rotations- a system of movement every 3 years designed to ensure that under 35’s don’t get ‘attached’. Their attraction is instant, powerful, dangerous. Impossible. Now Carys and Max are in space and time is running out…

Carys and Max have ninety minutes of air left.

None of this is supposed to happen.

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2018: #1 The keeper of lost things


I’m so happy to be finally up to date. On January 1st 2018, I put down my glass of cava and pledged 60 books for my new Goodreads reading challenge! Book number one is Hogan’s debut novel- The keeper of lost things– and also my first book group pick of the year.

Andrew Peardew lives in Padua (his house) with his assistant, Laura. Andrew has a secret. He is a collector of lost things, carefully and lovingly catalogued and shelved in Padua, each with a story. Realising that time is running out, Andrew gifts Laura with an important challenge: to reunite the lost things to their owners. And to atone for a promise broken many years before. But is Laura up to the challenge?

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#56 Five children on the Western Front


I was given Five children on the Western Front at a conference a few years back. Kate Saunders was talking as part of a panel about producing stories about war suitable for a younger audience, a very difficult feat by all accounts.

Five children on the Western Front opens in 1914, just at the outbreak of WWI. The Psammead appears at the bottom of the garden. It’s been nine years and everything has changed. The children have all grown up and Cyril is off to war. But why is he back? Why now?

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#53 How to stop time


I read Matt Haig’s Reasons to stay alive back in 2015, a completely wonderful, honest book about his struggle with anxiety and depression. I was excited to see how his fiction compared; How to stop time was my next choice.

This is the story of Tom Hazard, a 41 year old history teacher in London… and yet Tom has a dangerous secret. He was actually born in 1581 and ages at a snail’s pace. On the surface Tom has an envious life. He’s seen it all. He’s travelled the world, met interesting people, and every 8 years is gifted a new identity of his choice. Protected by the mysterious Albatross Society, Tom has only one rule: never fall in love. But is surviving enough, or is it finally time to live?

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Catching up… #52 The little book of Hygge: the Danish way to live well


Aargh, it’s been ages. Rather than skip all of the wonderful books I read at the end of last year (life really did take over, unfortunately), I am going to attempt to write a little about each of them over the next month.

First up is the little book of Hygge: the Danish way to live well by Meik Wiking; my final reading group book of the year. I genuinely had no idea what hygge meant, let alone how to pronounce it… As Wiking points out, courtesy of his favourite ‘philosopher’…

‘You don’t spell it, you feel it’

~ Winnie-the-Pooh

Wonderful. Denmark are renowned for being one of the happiest nations in the world. What is their secret?

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#48 Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine


Next up is Gail Honeyman’s debut novel, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fineGreat title right? I know they always say ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, but I put my name on the list for this one purely for that reason. I was definitely intrigued…

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine. She has a steady office job, has the same lunch- alone- every day, spends each weekend- alone- with her vodka. But that’s fine, right? One day something happens to alter her pattern and her carefully constructed world starts to unravel. Can she ever be truly happy? Or is fine, just fine?

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