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  1. Nice to see some of my favourite books already mentioned by other members My two stand-out books of 2013 have been The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller and Atonement by Ian McEwan. I found myself thinking about both for several weeks after I'd finished reading; always a good sign! Notable mentions for Pigeon English (Stephen Kelman), The Crane Wife (Patrick Ness) and Lullaby (Chuck Palahniuk) too!
  2. Sometimes a Great Notion - Ken Kesey
  3. I also read Moranthology after loving How To Be a Woman and found it disappointingly patchy. The celebrity stuff is as frothy and inane as its subject matter, and the first article on "mental health issues" was offensive - I had hoped we'd moved on from the "just pull yourself together" brand of thinking, but apparently not. There were redeeming points though; the pieces touching on more serious subjects were head and shoulders above the lighter ones, and I couldn't help enjoying her ridiculously enthusiastic Sherlock reviews. Some of the articles were quite old and felt somewhat irrelevant. Basically Moranthology feels like a quick and easy way of cashing in on the success of How To Be a Woman, but it might backfire. I certainly won't be in as much of a hurry to read the next Caitlin Moran offering.
  4. My children's book group has just finished reading this debut novel, and we were all pretty impressed with it. The Snow Merchant is the story of 12 year old Lettie Peppercorn, landlady of the White Horse Inn, in the land of Albion. With a hapless father who is mostly to be found at the local gambling dens since the disappearance of her alchemist mother, Lettie's adventures start with the arrival of a mysterious stranger bearing tales of a new invention called snow. A host of villains, a feisty heroine and a healthy dose of alchemy make for a fun romp. The writing is quite lyrical in places and is a pleasure to read aloud. There are also some rather lovely black and white illustrations by Tomislav Tomic. My book group gave it a rating of 4.5/5 which I think is a fair assessment. Recommended for readers aged 8 - 12.
  5. Thanks brightphoebus, I'm really excited!
  6. Thank you Barblue I'm delighted that I've been chosen as a giver this year. As of April 23rd I will have 20 copies of The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness to give away. I'm also planning a World Book Night event at a local arts centre, so I may post more when I have some news...
  7. I am currently struggling with The Crash of Hennington by Patrick Ness. I am prepared to persevere at least for a little longer because I really rated his Chaos Walking trilogy for young adults.
  8. ottilie

    Rest in Peace

    Just heard about Richard Briers. Sad indeed.
  9. That's not one of the ones I've read, but I have to say that I'd happily try anything she's written, on current experience.
  10. Here you go, Momo http://www.worldbooknight.org/books/2013 Thanks Tay. I don't think the list is as strong as it has been in previous years, but whereas before there were several books that I really liked but none that I loved with a passion, this time there were two that I felt I could quite happily press upon strangers!
  11. Has anyone applied to be a giver this year? I've not done it before but felt sufficiently passionate about two of the books on the list so decided to give it a go. Looking forward to hearing later this month whether I've been successful. I'm also wondering what people thought of the choices this time?
  12. The Colour - Rose Tremain. My third Tremain novel and I'm really enjoying it.
  13. ottilie

    BGO is Back!

    Hooray! Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to bring back BGO - I didn't realise how much I'd miss it till it was gone!
  14. Excellent! I'm encouraged by your recommendations. It's not often I'm drawn to a book purely by looks, so I'm glad it's unlikely to be a big mistake! Since I bought it I've read a few reviews that said it wasn't up to Susan Hill's usual standard, but as it's the first book by her that I've read that shouldn't bother me.
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