Review: Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet in Heaven

I’ve just finished this book and it was fantastic! It was quite a sad book, but one that definitely made you think. The book is about 83 year old Eddie, who works on Ruby Pier, a seaside fairground. One of the rides malfunctions and comes crashing to the ground – he dies when he tries to push a young girl out of the way, and spends the whole book worrying that he hasn’t saved her. When Eddie gets to Heaven, he realises that...

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Now Reading: Mitch Albom – The Five People You Meet in Heaven

This is the second of the books that my cousin Hannah lent me. After the disappointment of my last book, I’m hoping that I’ll enjoy this one more, and can use it to get back on track on my reading challenge. It sounds like a very touching book; an 83 year old man dies, and when he gets to heaven he realises that it’s not like the Garden of Eden, but a place where your life is explained to you by five people who were in it. I...

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Review: Daniel Tammet – Born on a Blue Day

I want to give a big thank you to Hannah for lending me this book because it was fantastic, one of the most interesting and well written biographies I have read in a long time. The book is about Daniel Tammet, a man with Savant Syndrome and a condition called synaesthesia, which makes him see numbers as colours, shapes and textures, enabling him to do extraordinary sums in his head. I’m sure we’ve all heard about people with Savant...

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Review: Alastair Reynolds – Century Rain

When Mike lent me this book, he thought that I might not like it, but it actually turned out to be my favourite of the four books. I have definitely found a whole new genre of books that I will be trying more of this year – I couldn’t put it down! The first few chapters introduce you to the two main characters, Verity Auger and Wendell Floyd, and the respective worlds that they live in. It didn’t make much sense to me to start...

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Now Reading: Alastair Reynolds – Century Rain

This book is a sci-fi book (borrowed from Mike), which will be another change for me, I’ve not read much sci-fi before. It looks quite interesting though, I always used to be quite interested in sci-fi tv programs, but somehow fell out of watching them. The description on the back of the book says: “Century Rain is not just a time-travel story, nor a tale of alternate history. Part hard SF thriller, part interstellar adventure, part...

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Review: Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Well, this is probably going to be a shorter review than usual. It’s not often that a book takes me this long to read, and it’s been quite a while since I found it so hard to get involved in a book. It took me a long time to just get through the first few chapters, I was enjoying it, but I just couldn’t  find any motivation to actually read it. Even though I liked the book, it just didn’t grab me enough to want to read...

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Now Reading: Gabriel García Márquez – One Hundred Years of Solitude

Now onto the third of the books that Mike leant me. I have high hopes for this one, it looks really interesting, and I’ve heard good things about it. There’s a quote on the front from Salman Rushdie which says: “The greatest novel in any language of the last fifty years” That’s pretty high praise, so I’m sure I will enjoy it. It is 400+ pages long though, so could take me a while to finish.

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Review: John Fowles – The Collector

I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book after I read the description, but I was pleasantly surprised. Even though it was kind of creepy, and definitely not a book I would have bought for myself in a bookshop, I found it very enjoyable. A couple of people have said how this sounds like the kind of book they would want to read, so I’ll try not going to spoil the storyline too much. The first half of the book is written from the...

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Now Reading: John Fowles – The Collector

I’m now starting the second of my borrowed books (thanks Mike!). It sounds a bit weirder than the last one, the description on the back of the book says: … a nutty clerk captures and holds the art student he has become fixated upon, and there follows a fiendish interplay of sanity and insanity… Sounds like it will be another book that’s out of my ‘comfort zone’, but that’s what I’m hoping for from...

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Now Reading: Sam Savage – Firmin (Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife)

Now that I’ve finished the Lily Bard series that my parents got me for Christmas, it’s time to change it up a little bit. Mike has lent me a few books to read, so that has me sorted for the next week or two. Definitely good to not have to spend ages choosing which book to read, and I always like reading books that other people have suggested, it’s a great way to discover new authors, or different genres that I wouldn’t...

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