This week, we have some of your feedback on comfort reads, and Kate and Rob head to the cinema to see Fantastic Beasts and A Monster Calls.
It’s always great to be able to champion a great book, but even better to do that in aid of a good cause. Waterstones have launched #BuyBooksForSyria, teaming up with a host of publishers to offer a huge selection of books on sale at full price in their shops, with 100% of that price going to Oxfam’s Syria crisis appeal. They’ve also been reaching out to bloggers who might have a favourite or be able to recommend one of the titles on the list, and as soon as I saw The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, I knew I had to share my review of the Chaos Walking trilogy with you again. Read on, and if you like the sound of The Knife, you can head to your local Waterstones branch to buy a copy. You can even click and collect to make sure it’s there waiting for you… Continue reading “#BuyBooksForSyria: Why I’m championing The Knife of Never Letting Go”
It’s a topical one this week – Rob and Kate talk about whether books and reading can be a force for good in the light of recent events, and give you their thoughts on what they’ve been reading lately – Goldfinger by Ian Fleming and Trigger Mortis by Anthony Horowitz for Rob, and Unbecoming by Jenny Downham for Kate.
Continue reading “Podcast: Using books for good, plus what we’ve been reading”
Grab the tissues and it’s the books that bring tears to your eyes… Continue reading “The Book That Made You Cry: Levels of Life and The Chaos Walking Trilogy #bookadayUK”
Books are precious because of their stories, because of the person who gave them to you, but sometimes they become irreplaceable, especially if they’re signed by the author themselves. To save from a fire, Rob has chosen his signed copy of Carter Beats The Devil by Glen David Gold, and Kate has chosen More Than This by Patrick Ness, which will hopefully be signed very soon…
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Kate and Rob discuss some new books, young adult film adaptations and where to begin with graphic novels. Continue reading “Podcast: Let’s Get Graphic”
Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is. Continue reading “Review: The Chaos Walking trilogy, by Patrick Ness”