Eleanor & Park

Eleanor and Park was harder to read than I thought it would be. I picked it up blithely thinking it was another YA romance :young love! misfits!TEEN LIFE. But it wasn’t as easy on the emotions as that. I thought that one of them would feel self conscious a la Bella of something bland and forgettable […]

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Fangirl and Carry On 

Fangirl is a pretty good book by itself, I started reading it for the references to Baz and Simon though. This book is the genesis of Carry On  because Simon , Baz , Penelope were drawn here as characters in the imaginary “Simon Snow series”.Because Carry On has such a fixed place in my mind […]

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Excellent fantasy romance read. I picked up the book because of its straight up, easy going well defined voice- this was a writer who had struck gold- and because the blurb promised a vampire. As I read it I realised this was a vampire human romance between two school age wizards. 🙂 It’s amusing just […]

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This is How You Lose Her

Language swings and dances in this short story collection by Junot Diaz. He’s probably been popular at least since 2007 but I never wanted to buy him. Day before I finally did and today I polished off the last couple of chapters, licked my lips and am now greedily considering buying another of his books. […]

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The Islands of Chaldea

I think this is a great book for fans of Diana Wynne Jones. New comers should start off with The Chrestomanci series, the always beloved Howl’s Moving Castle, Fire and Hemlock, Dogsbody,The Merlin Conspiracy,The Homeward Bounders or Archer’s Goon. The marvel of this book is that you never notice two people writing it, because it’s […]

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Night Circus

Found below review in my drafts. I read the book through eventually and liked it but can’t say much more. The setting is richly fanciful, the word pictures are striking not tedious. It’s a love story conducted through clever, carved, live but wooden puppets jerking fantastically over the stage. Chandresh Lefevre’s descent and revival was […]

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Around India in 80 Trains

Around India in 80 Trains is an appealing read. I confess that besides a yen for travel I bought it because of its cover- a collage of hand drawn images lifted from photographs taken during Rajesh’s journey through India- the whole thing washed in shades and tones of light water colour blue. Cover design highs […]

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