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Audible half price for Four Months!

I’m a big Audible fan, just check out some of my book reviews like the ones on this page here. I’m really excited to tell you about Audible’s Special Black Friday offer, A whole four months at half price! Then it’s £7.99 per month afterwards but for that you get a brand new audiobook credit every month that you can use against a book no matter what the price. (read below for the full terms and conditions.)

If you want to learn more about Audible you can win my prize winning post Five Reasons Why You Should Listen to Audible. But if you haven’t got the time then here is a quick run down on why I love Audible so much.

  • You can get all the latest and greates books as well as old classics, and once downloaded they are yours to keep and listen to as often as you wish.
  • As well as books you l can listen to podcasts and often exclusive dramatisations (The Terry Pratchett ones are my favourites.
  • You can listen while doing other stuff, like cooking cleaning, or even crafts. I love to pop in my earpods while crocheting.
  • There is no dropping your book if you fall asleep while reading , you can always rewind the story if you nod off.
  • It’s great for long journeys or hospital stays or anywhere you would read a book, but you only need your phone or kindle or whatever device you can download Audible on.
  • You can switch devices and still access all of your library on Audible.

These are just a few reasons why I love Audible so much and I am happy to be an affiliate for them. Many of my book reviews I’ve done on this blog are Audible books.

I hope you conisder signing up for this latest special offer from Audible, please be aware that I am including affiliate links and may receive a little commission on any sales, but it won’t cost you any more.

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The Binding – Bridget Collins, book review

The Binding, book cover
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: The Borough Press (10 Jan. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0008272115
  • ISBN-13: 978-0008272111
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.9 x 22.7 cm

You can buy this gorgeous hardback copy of the Binding on Amazon for just £8.53 Also available in paperback, kindle edition and Audible My links are affiliate links which will cost you no more to click through and purchase but may earn me some pennies.

I listened to The Binding on Audible narrated by Karl Prekopp.

The Blurb for The Binding

Imagine you could erase your grief.
Imagine you could forget your pain.
Imagine you could hide a secret.
Forever.

Emmett Farmer is working in the fields when a letter arrives summoning him to begin an apprenticeship. He will work for a Bookbinder, a vocation that arouses fear, superstition and prejudice – but one neither he nor his parents can afford to refuse.

He will learn to hand-craft beautiful volumes, and within each he will capture something unique and extraordinary: a memory. If there’s something you want to forget, he can help. If there’s something you need to erase, he can assist. Your past will be stored safely in a book and you will never remember your secret, however terrible.

In a vault under his mentor’s workshop, row upon row of books – and memories – are meticulously stored and recorded.

Then one day Emmett makes an astonishing discovery: one of them has his name on it.

THE BINDING is an unforgettable, magical novel: a boundary-defying love story and a unique literary event.

My Verdict on The Binding

As I already stated, I listened to this book on Audible, but I’m a little envious of the beautiful cover and I may even be tempted to buy a hardback version. It’s quite a long book a whole fifteen and a half hours on Audible. But, I couldn’t stop listening. The narrator was gentle and lent himself perfectly to the story, but I have to admit, he did also send me to sleep a couple of times and I had to rewind.

The story itself is like nothing I’ve read before, it’s a world that is so like this one but more historical, but it’s a world were books are more like drugs than reading material. There are novels which are made up stories, but most books are peoples memories, stored away in pages. Some sell their memories for others to read. Others pay to have their memories removed. But once those memories are bound into books they no longer belong to the original owner.

The book is written in three parts. The first is a little strange and it’s hard to figure out if you are reading a normal story or some sci-fi novel. Nothing is made perfectly clear, but it’s understandable because the main character has already been to a book binder and had his memories erased. This, in turn, showed that he had the talent to bind himself and was taken on as an apprentice.

The Second part fills in all the missing pieces as the main character finds his book and remembers everything. But as soon as this part of the story is told we are taken back to the place where his book was found and the story is taken over by someone else. Then the two characters work together to find out the truth.

It’s a really interesting concept and shows what lengths people will go to to erase their memoires. It also shows how other people can be manipulated by having their memories erased. It also touches on social differences where the rich pay for memory erasal and for books of other’s memories, and where the poor sell their memories for cash.

It certainly has a philosopical edge as to how much of real life is put into books and how much people crave to read about a different life. It made me think of Jostien Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World.’

The main theme of this story though, is not the philosophical stanse, but a coming of age love story. It won’t be to everyone’s taste, it’s very unsual and the love story is not even conventional. Personally though, I enjoyed it thoroughly and would definitely like that hardbound copy for my ‘pretty’ book collection.

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Book Worms Monthly November

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly November. As the weather turns colder I find reading becomes more of a cosy down on the settee

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

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I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith, review

I can’t believe I’ve never read ‘I Capture The Castle’ before. The author, Dodie Smith, also wrote one of my favourite childhood books, ‘One Hundred and One Dalmations.’ I still remember reading a part out loud in class at school.

I wasn’t sure it was the type of book I would enjoy, but after reading it, I know it’s the type of book I would like to write. It’s full of innocence, humour and humility and it’s so like the words of a naive 17 yr old’s journal.

Journalling

I kept a journal from a very young age. I doubt my life would have been interesting to anyone else, but I liked keeping all my memories jotted down and now it’s quite amazing to read back on them, especially the earlier ones. Sadly, my journalling stopped when I started blogging. Why write things down when I can blog about them instead. Of course my earlier blogs follow on in a very similar style to my journals, but maybe not so personal.

Mabye in the future someone will take my journals and turn them into a novel. Or maybe not…most days are a *yawn*

I Capture The Castle

This novel is written in journal form, not diary entries but story telling from the view of the main character, Cassandra. And what a character she is, how could you not fall in love with her, she’s just perfect. Even when she shuns the boy who adores her and falls in love with her sisters fiance, you just can’t feel anything but sympathy and endearance. Such a likeable character I don’t think I’ve ever met.

Cassandra sets out to capture the castle in her words. She brings you into her weird and wonderful life by bringing it to life in her journal. Her family is rather eccentric and they live, penniless in a rented castle (on which they no longer pay rent because the landlord has died.) Then the heirs come along, an ‘exotic’ American family who stir up all sorts of commotion and emotion.

Beautifully written with an unexpected twist.

Who hasn’t wrote those last words in their journal at some point. I know I have.

You can also listen to I capture the Castle on Audible, narrated by Jenny Agutter. Click the link to listen to the sample. You can join Audible for just £1 and download your first audio book. If it’s not for you then cancel your subscription, if you like it (I Love it) you can continue your membership for £7 a month which includes a credit to any book of your choice each month. At the moment I’m taking part in extra commission for everyone who signs up to Audible using my link, so thanks in advance if you decide to give it a go.

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Bookworms Monthly October

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly October. As the weather turns colder I find reading becomes more of a cosy down on the settee

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

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Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

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What I read in September – Matt Haig and Margaret Atwood

This month I’ve been reading Matt Haig and Margaret Atwood.

Back to my current Matt Haig addiction I finished Reasons to Stay Alive. I listened to it on Audible, read by Matt himself which I really liked. But it is definitely something that needs to be kept in a paper copy, particularly by your side at all times so you can remind yourself why it’s worth living at all times. It is about half the size of his regular books though.

I will be buying myself a ‘hard copy’ as I’m certain I will read it again.

How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

On to my fourth Matt Haig book. I didn’t read it straight after Reasons to Stay Alive, but I guess it needed to be written about next. There was definitely some cross over.

If you can bear with me for some personal opions, I have often thought about how long you could actually want to go on living. There has to be a point when you get fed up of it all and feel comfortable with it being the end of your life.

In this story the main character is over 400 years old. He’s lived many lifetimes and aged slowly. He has loved then forbidden himself to love again and over the years he has lost the reason to being alive. He has stopped feeling alive.

I love how the story intertwines the present day with his history. One minute he’s teaching his class in a London school and the next we are transported back to a different century while he reminices on the most significant events of his life.

The reason he has stayed alive is because he knows that he has a daughter, who is also blessed, or cursed with a long, long life. He’s lost her and he’s desperate to find her again and that’s what keeps him going.

But then it’s all turned on it’s head when he meets a lady that he has feelings for. He has stopped feeling for such a long time.

The ending feels a little rushed and unbelievable. But then that’s not the point of the story. Is it believeable that someone could live for hundreds of years? The story is to help him understand why he should live. Again, reasons to stay alive but in a different format.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

I’ve not seen the television series or the film, but I did get drawn into the story and decided to buy myself a paperback of this classic tale by Margaret Atwood. Straight away I was drawn into the story and the life of the main character Offred. It’s certainly a strange tale, and has so many more questions than answers. I do enjoy stories that look into a future though, whether they are utopian or dystopian, and this tale is definitely dystopian.

Offred tells of her current situation in a matter of fact way while having flashbacks of a different life before Gilead became about. This different life is the one we would be used to now.

I found a lot of the story quite harrowing and the repression was stifling. The whole concept of the story is pretty terrifying. I decided I would like to watch the television series after reading the book but was dismayed to find that to watch it I had to pay Virgin an extra £19.99 to watch just the first series, and the other two were even more expensive!

I will console myself with the new Margaret Atwood book, I’m not sure whether to get the book or the audible copy. At least I won’t have waited as long as those who read The Handmaid’s Tale when it was first published.

The Testaments audible copy

I’m already started on my next book, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. This is a paperback which I bought second hand. The problem with books is that I cannot crochet and read at the same time.

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Great Offers on Books from Lonely Planet

This post contains affiliate links for Lonely Planet. They will cost you nothing to click but may earn me some money if you purchase anything, so many thanks in advance if you do.

Travel from Lonely Planet

I’ve never been much of a traveller, I’ve had no desire to go around the world. I think I am actually afraid of how huge our planet is and of wandering around too far from home. Lately thought I have felt a desire to know more about this world so books can help me imagine what it’s like.

I have also decided that if I am to go abroad before it’s too late it will have to be soon. So, I am in the process of ordering my very first passport and I hope to be travelling further afield for the first time next year.

Books

I was thrilled to learn that the Lonely Planet book shop was having a flash sale this weekend.

You can buy one and get one free on everything. I have a collection of books already from Lonely Planet. Books about the UK for me and lots of fascinating books for the kids. You can see some of my kid’s books and games reviews over on my other blog.

I’m going to show you just a short collection of fabulous books you could be choosing from. And the buy one get one free even applies to the books on sale already…extra bargain!!

Normandy and D Day Beaches.

Now, if I’m going abroad for the first time I’m not wanting to go to far. One place that both myself and my husband would love to visit is Normandy.

Quiz Book

But everyone knows that Lonely Planet sell travel guides, you can buy for practically anywhere in the world. But they do other books too, like this fabulous quiz book.

Pit your worldly wits against family and friends, or just challenge yourself, with this ultimate travel trivia book. With head-scratching questions on everything from geography and culture to history, wildlife and transport, it’s a fun and challenging test for all ages – and the perfect addition to any trip.
Lonely Planet’s Ultimate Travel Quiz Book is split into three sections: Easy, Medium and Hard, with 100 quizzes in total, each featuring 20+ questions that will confound adults and kids alike. Perfect for social get-togethers, rainy days and family trips, this fun and illustrated book also makes a great gift!

Learning a Language

Whether you want to learn a new language or just want to pick up a few phrases, you can get a book to help you from Lonely Planet.

Kids Books

I love the Lonely Planet kids books, the offer the whole world to your kids in words and pictures. As I’ve already said, I’ve review quite a few of them with my kids.

If you were asked to tell someone on the other side of the world about yourself, where would you start?
Perhaps you’d mention your favourite hobbies, the pranks you play on your family, or what you want to be when you grow up. Would you include a selfie or a family photo? A cute snap of your puppy or that awesome shot of you playing your favourite sport?
In this fascinating and fun collection, 84 children from incredibly diverse backgrounds share their stories and photos of what’s unique about their lives – from weather, local festivals and hobbies to their favourite sports and food. These personal portraits also reveal the many things children have in common, no matter where they’re from.
Discover what it’s like to live in an orphanage in Zambezi, by a remote fjord in Greenland, on a cattle ranch in Australia, high up in the Himalaya mountains in Nepal, at an eco-lodge in Costa Rica, and much more.

World’s Strangest Creepy Crawlies

I love the diversity of the books you can get for children. Take this one for instance.

Enter the weird and wonderful world of creepy-crawlies. Our animal experts have unearthed 40 of the planet’s most bizarre species and ranked them in order of their oddness! With jaw-dropping facts and amazing photos, we reveal each creature’s seriously strange characteristics and the unusual ways they hunt, eat or defend themselves.
They’re sometimes hard to spot, but there are a mind-boggling 10 billion billion bugs on the planet. Inside World’s Strangest Creepy-Crawlies, kids will discover the tiny terror that blows itself up to save its friends, a creature so well disguised even its own species can’t see it, and a giant spider the size of a dinner plate. And with our ‘strange-o-meter’, they can compare each animal based on its creepiness, fight factor and superpowers!

These books make fabulous Christmas or birthday presents too. (Just saying!)

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What I’ve been reading in August, Matt Haig.

With the kids around I’ve not been able to read so much. That and the fact that I’ve been a teensy bit distracted by Netflix. I did manage some reading on holiday but not as much as I’d hoped. I thought I’d be spending time sitting on the beach reading, but sadly it wasn’t as hot and sunny as I’d have liked, so we spent more time visiting places than sitting around. Having time to read isn’t good but I have managed to indulge a little in a couple of books by Matt Haig.

Matt Haig

How to stop time, kiss. How to travel in time, read. How to escape time, music. How to feel time, write. How to release time, breathe. Matt Haig, Reasons to Stay Alive.

In May, I read my first my Matt Haig book, The Humans.

I really enjoyed it, it certainly gave you a different perspective on human qualities good and bad. Since reading it I was determined to read more of Matt Haig, I loved his gentle story telling.

The Next Matt Haig book was a little different. I decided to read The Radleys.

The Blurb

Life with the Radleys: Radio 4, dinner parties with the Bishopthorpe neighbours and self-denial. Loads of self-denial. But all hell is about to break loose. When teenage daughter Clara gets attacked on the way home from a party, she and her brother Rowan finally discover why they can’t sleep, can’t eat a Thai salad without fear of asphyxiation and can’t go outside unless they’re smothered in Factor 50.

With a visit from their lethally louche uncle Will and an increasingly suspicious police force, life in Bishopthorpe is about to change. Drastically.

My Review

I’m a big fan of sci-fi and fantasy, which is probably why Matt Haig appeals to me. I’m also a fan of psychology and Matt Haig likes to take his characters apart and look at how they work. This family is a little unusual as they are Vampires. I know that’s a spoiler but you find out pretty soon in the book so it’s not a secret or twist in the plot.

Not only are they vampires, they are vampires trying to fit in with human society and are abstaining from drinking blood. I love that you get little snippets from the abstainers handbook, it took me right back to my Terry Pratchett’s Reformed Vampyre’s Diary from 2003. (I have all of Terry Pratchett’s Diary’s, even the one published after his demise, which is the only one I just couldn’t bring myself to write in.)

Matt Haig is a lovely story teller, he has such a gentle way of getting things across, even horrific things. His depth of character is what draws you in and you learn about the things that make humans human.

Reasons to Stay Alive – Matt Haig

The next book I chose was Reasons to Stay Alive

The Blurb

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEEL TRULY ALIVE?

Aged 24, Matt Haig’s world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.

A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, Reasons to Stay Alive is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.

“I wrote this book because the oldest clichés remain the truest. Time heals. The bottom of the valley never provides the clearest view. The tunnel does have light at the end of it, even if we haven’t been able to see it . . . Words, just sometimes, really can set you free.”

My Review

First Confession, I’ve not finished reading this yet.

Second Confession, I really don’t normally go for memoirs.

I was keen to know a little more about Matt Haig though and what makes him write the way he does. I am listening to this book on Audible and it’s narrated by Matt himself. Already, I feel I know so much more about him.

Depression is such an awful illness, it’s so much more than just feeling sad. And mixed with anxiety it can be really debilitating and ruin your life. Overcoming depression is a huge achievement and I’m so glad that Matt is sharing his story.

Set in relatively short chapters, some are even just lists, the book is easy to digest…but the words will stay with you much longer.

I know that it’s only my family that keep me here. I know that I’m passive suicidal, personally I don’t care if I live or die. I’ve prepared for my death and I know it’s inevitable. It sounds morbid I know, and I know I battle depression. I wouldn’t commit suicide because of the damage it would cause my family. Sticking around is what I really need to do for them. Seeing them grow up is my greatest wish. I have my reasons to stay alive, but I need to have MY reasons to stay alive too.

This is not a self-help book, it’s a memoir and sometimes it’s pretty dark. But, if you read about someone getting through such an awful illness, you may be able to see your own ‘light at the end of the tunnel. ‘

EDIT: I have finished the book now and I know it’s one I will want to keep to hand. My first impression was that it wasn’t a self help book, but as it progresses it does give you lots of self-help strategies and, obviously, reasons for staying alive.

Final Words

I’m becoming a true fan of Matt Haig, and I may even stalk him a little on Social Media. I’m so glad that I have a few more of his books to digest. I may even go on to his children’s books and share them with my Little Man.

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Book Worms Monthly – September

Hello, Welcome to Book Worms Monthly. How did it come to be September already?

Reading is my passion and I love to write about what I’ve read. I’m a real book worm and I have been since the day I could read.

I decided to start this linky so that other book worms could Share. I’m starting monthly for now, so you have a whole month to link up your posts. You can link up to four posts, so that’s one a week. Or if you like you can link up some of your older posts.

Let’s share what we read and give other’s ideas what to read next. Tell me your reviews, you book reading lists, your author interviews, kids book favourites, Young Adult books, and even posts about your favourite authors. Anything book related is allowed and I can’t wait to read them all. I want to find all the book worms out there.

Here is last months linky to give you some idea of what it’s about. It’s a new linky so I’m trying to reach out to all the book worms out there to come and join me with their posts monthly.

Join Us!

Book worms Monthly will be posted every four weeks, and you can join in at any time. I will share anyone who links over on my Social Media sites, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Mix (formerly Stumbleupon.) I’ll also come along and read and comment on your post. Please do share this link up with your friends.

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What I’ve been Reading Lately in July – The Bone Clocks

Confession time – I’ve only read one book this month, The Bone Clocks!! Although I did start a new book last week, it’s not finished yet.

The Bone Clocks – By David Mitchell

The bone clocks by David Mitchell, front cover featuring a pocket watch and golden apple
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (18 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340921625
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340921623
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 4.2 x 19.8 cm

The Bone Clocks can be bought in paperback on Amazon for £7.99 or hardback for £15.99 or on Kindle for £5.99 or Audible for one credit or £27.28

The Blurb

Run away, one drowsy summer’s afternoon, with Holly Sykes: wayward teenager, broken-hearted rebel and unwitting pawn in a titanic, hidden conflict.

Over six decades, the consequences of a moment’s impulse unfold, drawing an ordinary woman into a world far beyond her imagining. And as life in the near future turns perilous, the pledge she made to a stranger may become the key to her family’s survival . . .

My Review of The Bone Clocks

So, just one book this month, but to be fair, The Bone Clocks is actually six novellas in one book. I listened on Audible and the listening length is over 24 hours. Usually the books I listen to are around 6 to 9 hours.

It’s not a book to everyone’s taste. In fact there were parts where I was confused as to what on earth was going on. But it all makes sense in the end. It’s just that the end is a long time coming.

Part One

Starting with a young runaway teen, Holly, in 1982 ( she’s the same age as me 🙂 ) We follow her journey as she argues with her Mum, finds her boyfriend with someone else and runs off, finding help from someone she knows from school. On her journey she has a couple of strange experiences. As a child she’d experienced some kind of supernatural happenings, but had apparently been cured. When she runs away she meets an old lady who offers her a drink in return for Asylum. Holly has no idea what the old lady means but she takes the drink anyway. I found the first part of the book really quite thrilling, if a little strange. Then we are left on a huge cliffhanger while we go on to the next story.

Each seperate part of the book is narrated by a different narrator for each character in the book. Holly is there throughout, because it is actually her story, but for huge parts of the book we are focusing on the other characters.

Part Two

The second character was completely unlikable, but when he meets Holly he falls in love and we can see that this has a huge affect on his character. But again, his story is left as a cliffhanger.

Part Three

The Third was Holly’s husband. Yes, years have past and the young boy who helped Holly in the first chapter has returned and become her husband. We hear all about what has happened to him and why he’s changed so much from his original character. He encourages Holly to write about her childhood supernatural experiences.

Part Four

This brings us on to the fourth character, a writer. Only, he’s fading in popularity and meets Holly at a book signing in which her book seems to be doing a lot better than his. They become friends and over many years share a lot together. He’s there for her, and although he’s not altogether a nice character, his friendship and love for Holly is apparent. You feel almost sorry for him at the end of his part.

Part Five

The Fifth chapter is where things get a little crazy. All through the book we are briefly introduced to supernatural beings from two different backgrounds and they are at war. In each chapter until now we are only given glimpses of what they are capable of, but in this chapter which is all about one of these supernatural beings we finally get what has been going on and exactly what Holly’s part in all of this has been. We also get a conclusion to the cliffhangers that were left in the first two chapters.

Part Six

The sixth and final chapter is the one that surprised me. I really thought the ending of the book would have been perfect with the previous chapter, and I always get a little frustrated with ‘what happened next’ kind of chapters. I prefer to make up my own mind. However, this chapter is set in the future. Throughout the book we’ved moved from 1982 right up to 2043. The story sent a chilll down my spine. It’s not overly futuristic, the things described could very easily become our reality in the next 24 years or so. When I got to the end I felt satisfied, sad, thoughtful, remorseful, happy, ok, all the emotions. It was worth the effort getting to the end.

My Thoughts on The Bone Clocks

There were parts in this book when I honestly thought what’s the point of all this? Other parts when I thought, this is really confusing. There were points when I wanted to shout, just get on with it. But overall, I loved how it all came together. Yes, it could have been half the size, but then you wouldn’t have had full understanding of how things happened. The book is spread out over a very long time and I don’t think I’d have enjoyed it so much had it been rushed.

I loved David Mitchell’s story telling, he brings you right into the story then spits you out at the last minute, leaving you hanging and wondering what the hell is going on. But the conclusion is exciting and precise leaving you with no doubt.

It won’t be for everyone, it’s not a love story, it’s not even a proper sci-fi story. It’s a lifetime of pure fantasy with an emotional roller coaster slipped in.

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