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My Week Ahead in Books

I’ve finished The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson so I’m just reading Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan now. I couldn’t get into it at first but I read it on a long train journey yesterday and am now enjoying it.

I’ve come home for the weekend so I’ve been reunited with all my books! I only keep a small amount in London so I miss the rest of them! I’ve got to pack them all up so expect some pictures of long lost books I’d forgotten about!

What are you reading this week?

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Review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick

Laureth, 16, and her younger brother, Benjamin, go in search of their missing father in an attempt to discover what happened to him and bring him home. The only barrier to their search is the Atlantic Ocean, Laureth and Benjamin are in London and their dad was last seen in New York.

I read this at the recommendation of a friend who invited me to go to Marcus Sedgwick’s recent event at Waterstones so I thought I would try and read the book in time. Also, the reviews on Amazon use words like ‘original!’ ‘fast-paced thriller!’ - I was excited. 

Laureth is blind so it was really interesting to read from a blind person’s perspective and it isn’t something that you read very often. She is described in the book as brave and determined and while flying to the US without an adult when you are blind is definitely a brave thing to do, there doesn’t seem to be much else to support this description. Sedgwick doesn’t give us much of Laureth’s character before she’s off on her crazy mission so I didn’t really feel like she was well-established enough for me to get behind her. She’s not that much of a character, I fear I will have forgotten about her in a couple of book’s time as I didn’t feel particularly invested in her plight. I was curious to find out what had happened to her dad but that was it and my curiosity wasn’t enough to make me enjoy the book.

Laureth’s dad has an interest in coincidence which dominates much of the book. However, all of the supposed theorising about coincidence is effectively the author just discussing the same points over and over, there’s not really any progression. By the end it all feels meaningless rather than profound.

This has great reviews on Amazon so I fear I have just missed the point entirely on this one but I wouldn’t recommend this book.

Rating - * 1 star

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My week ahead in books…#24

So I’m still on Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan but that isn’t going to get read very fast because it’s too big for me to take on my journey to work which is where I do most of my reading. In order to take a smaller book I’ve been reading She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. I have just finished it and… I don’t get it. Review will follow but the gist is…general uncertainty. I’m seeing Marcus Sedgwick at an event this week so I’m looking forward to listening to him and hearing him talk about She Is Not Invisible.

I need a new travel-sized book now. It may be Champion by Marie Lu as I really need to finish that series. I also may pick up The Knife of Never Letting Go.

What are you reading this week?

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Review: David by Mary Hoffman

Did you ever wonder who was the model for Michelangelo’s famous statue of David? Me neither! But Mary Hoffman’s imagined story for him will make you think again. 

In early sixteenth century Florence, Gabriele arrives and finds himself in a city ruled by deadly politics. He soon finds himself working as a stonecutter and an artist’s model for his brother, Angelo. Despite wishing to remain neutral, he is drawn into the dangerous political games being played out in the houses and streets of Florence.

Mary Hoffman’s Stravaganza series was a favourite of mine as a teenager so I was curious to see what else she had written. David is a very light historical fiction with an interesting concept. I had never thought about the models for all of the great works of art we see in museums so I like the idea that Hoffman based her story on this. I was in the V&A today and thinking of this book made me think twice about the sculptures I was seeing.

The writing is easy to read and you’ll probably get through this fairly quickly. The story has an interesting base but there were quite a few Italian names and political factions that I kind of lost track of a little bit. Gabriele is popular with the ladies and his numerous affairs are quite amusing, whether they were meant to be or not. 

It’s a nice, light read if you’re looking for something along those lines but I would recommend Hoffman’s Stravaganza series over David.

Rating - ** 2 stars

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Books About Town

Check out the Books About Town project! BookBenches have popped up around London and are here to stay over the summer. They are a celebration of reading and particularly of London and England’s literary heritage. 

If you check out the website, there are maps of what books are where and 4 different trails you can do across the city. I’m going to attempt to find some later today!

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My Week Ahead in Books…#23

I am reading Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan but as it is so large, I decided I needed to start a book alongside it that I could read on the tube on the way to work. So I started David by Mary Hoffman and now have about 20 pages left! I’ve enjoyed it, it’s very light and easy to read.

I’m also off to see one more event at Foyles this week. Their Grand Opening Festival has been great! Hope you all get to see the new snazzy store.

What’s your week ahead in books looking like?

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At the weekend I went to listen to Anthony Horowitz in conversation with Meg Rosoff. I was so excited to see Anthony Horowitz as I love so many of his books. He did not disappoint! He was very funny and honest about writing and his books (all 42 of them!) Meg Rosoff was also hilarious and they both have very different writing practices. Meg likes to stay relaxed and start writing at about 3pm where as Anthony writes much more strictly, 12 hours a day. Plus, he uses a fountain pen…

Horowitz is writing a new YA trilogy but didn’t give too much away. He hinted that it would be in a similar vein to The Hunger Games…hmmm, will be looking out for that!

Added bonus - a free Russian Roulette t shirt!

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The new Foyles on Charing Cross Road is gorgeous. It’s enormous, very white and open plan and is just perfect. It’s a very modern bookshop which is exactly what it needed to be. I love the sheer scale of it yet it feels very accessible and you can drift from one floor to the next without even realising it.

The young adult section was bigger that I thought it would be and has a varied selection. Also the science fiction section was very well stocked with a great selection of new titles that I wanted to buy.

I went to Foyles to listen to the classicist Mary Beard talk and the man who interviewed her said (I paraphrase) that the opening of Foyles was ‘a great physical commitment to books’ which I think encapsulates perfectly what the opening of this new flagship signifies.

If you live in London or are planning to visit anytime soon, make a trip to Foyles. It’s not the cheapest of bookshops and they don’t have as many offers but it is a lovely place to spend time browsing. Like me, you will probably be charmed into buying something simply because of the impressive selection they have and the comfortable surroundings in which you can make your choice. I bought Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure as a commitment to make more time for creative writing and a reminder that I should be doing it and working harder on it.

Waterstones Piccadilly has always been my favourite bookshop but it has a new rival now…

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17 years ago today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published! To celebrate, here’s a picture of the Harry Potter section in the new Foyles on Charing Cross Road with lots of lovely editions!

17 years ago today, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published! To celebrate, here’s a picture of the Harry Potter section in the new Foyles on Charing Cross Road with lots of lovely editions!

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My Week Ahead in Books…#22

I’m reading Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan this week and I have high hopes. Her book The Magician’s Guild is one of my top five favourite books but I didn’t enjoy The Priestess of the White so I don’t know what this one will be like. Anyone read it already? It’s a very big book so I may start a smaller book too, just for the practicalities of carrying it around…

What’s your week ahead in books?

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My Week Ahead in Books…#21

I finally finished A Tale of Two Cities, hallelujah! I didn’t really enjoy it that much and I’m not sure why. It wasn’t what I expected. I love Dickens and a lot of people love this book so I thought I would absolutely devour it but that didn’t happen…

Anyway, I may have accidentally bought Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan and then may have started reading it. I really hope this new series is good. I also started rereading The Fault in our Stars yesterday as I’m going to see it on Thursday. I’m not sure why I’m doing this to myself, I know how sad it gets. The thing is though, I forget how funny it is before it gets sad. I’m going to try and finish it before Thursday.

What are you reading this week?

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