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#34 The light between oceans

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I’ve had to read a lot of books over the years that I would never have picked myself; some have been gems, others not so much. The light between oceans is absolutely a book I would never have considered had it not been on my book group list this year. The synopsis was promising:

The light between the oceans is the story of Tom, lighthouse keeper on the remote island of Janus, and his wife Izzy. One day a boat arrives. Inside is a dead man and a baby. Tom and Izzy have to make a choice. But is it the right one?

“This is the story about right and wrong and how sometimes they look the same…”

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#33 Time travelling with a hamster

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Shamefully, I’ve had hold of this book for ages. I first heard about it after reading The bombs that brought us together (such a good book). I’ve always been a big fan of the Costa book awards (both adult and children), so I was curious about the rest of the shortlisted titles. Ross Welford’s Time travelling with a hamster instantly caught my eye.

Everyone dreams of time travelling, but for Al Chaudhury it becomes reality. On his twelfth birthday, Grandpa Byron gives him a letter from his late father. It’s a mission. With Alan Shearer the hamster in tow, and an unlikely time machine, Al is in a race against time to change the past. But at what cost?

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#29 Salt to the sea

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Salt to the sea by Ruta Septys was my last book from this year’s Carnegie list. Talk about saving the best ’til last…

The story opens in 1945, with a mismatched bunch of refugees trekking across the unforgiving, frozen, barren landscape. All with different stories, different fears, terrible secrets, but with a common aim; to escape the approach of the Russian army. Their aim? The coveted Wilhelm Gustloffa ship that promises to save them.

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#28 Sputnik’s guide to life on Earth

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Shamefully, I’ve never read anything by Frank Cottrell Boyce before. I was expecting a light, humorous read. Considering what I knew about the rest of the Carnegie list, I decided to leave it until one of the last; a bit of light relief. I was half-right…

Sputnik’s guide to life on Earth is a story of Prez- a young boy living with a temporary foster family- and Sputnik- an alien who arrives at his door one day with a very important mission. Unless they can come up with a list of ten amazing things on Earth, it will be destroyed… But Prez has a mission of his own.

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Thirteen reasons why

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I actually read Thirteen reasons why back in 2014. I’d just discovered the joy that was YA/ teenage books and I couldn’t get enough. I remember enjoying it, and passing it to a colleague who definitely did not… but apart from that, very little. When I heard that they had dramatised the book on Netflix, I was super excited, if a little wary. I was hoping to re-read the book before writing this but (obviously) no chance…

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#24 Railhead

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If I’m being honest, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to reading this book. Sci-fi/ fantasy fiction is not generally my cup of tea. That being said, being Carnegie nominated, I was willing to give Railhead a fair shot.

Set in a world thousands of years in the future, Earth has become over-saturated, and the ‘Guardians’ have paved the way into an unexplored Galaxy, through a complex network of sentient trains, routes and gates.  Returning home with a stolen necklace in his pocket, common thief and Railhead, Zen Starling is followed by a mysterious stranger with an interesting proposition…

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