Back on the Blog

Part One

It’s been more than a year since my last blog post (17 months!), I don’t really know why I haven’t posted anything, but I do want to start up again; I’m just a little out of practice. I’ve been keeping my blog up to date with what I have been reading and the book group books, I just haven’t reviewed anything. My last blog post was for H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, since then I have read 56 books – I’m not planning on catching up on them all individually. Maybe the most useful thing would be a highlights reel… Continue reading

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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk

In November, we decided at book group to read H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – it was suggested by a member of the group who read it last December after receiving a copy for her Secret Santa present and enjoyed it.  I knew very little about the book when I started reading it, only that is was an autobiographical account of owning and training a hawk.  This is true, and to be more accurate, it is about owning and training a Goshawk.  However, alongside this, the novel is about the author’s feelings of loss and grief after the death of her father Continue reading

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Ready Player One is a little bit of an odd book – very geeky in a strangely appealing way, not without fault or cliché, yet still enjoyable and fresh.  The book is set in the year 2045 and the world is obsessed with a virtual gaming world called the OASIS; when the billionaire owner of OASIS dies he bequeaths his fortune to anyone who can crack a series of puzzles hidden within the game.  OASIS is a way of life for the world over with people working, playing and learning within this expansive virtual environment. Continue reading