Saturday, 17 October 2009

Time to snuggle up with a good book!

I love reading and it is that time of year again when the heating goes back on and all I want to do is cuddle up on the sofa with a really good book (in between watching X-Factor - god, I hate to say it but I am totally hooked this year!). 

I have just finished this fantastic book.

I loved it, although it did take me a few chapters to get used to it being narrated by Death - but what an amazing read and as with all good books it made me laugh and cry. It is a teenage book and what a brilliant read for teenagers to read and learn about WWII, from a young German girls point of view.

In another life before kids I worked in Children's Publishing and was amazed at the fantastic and totally brilliant teenage/young adult novels that are out there, that I had the pleasure of reading as part of my job - so many adults miss out on reading them! Many adults have probably read Harry Potter and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy but there are so many more of these fantastic books out there - my list could be endless but authors such as Robert Cormier (very dark novels), Philip Reeve (Mortal Engines - wow!) and Eoin Colfer to name just a few of the fantastic authors whose books I have read and loved (and was lucky enough to have met).

If only I could get to my box of books which are tucked away in the shed, waiting for some shelves to made in the living room. They have been there since we started building our kitchen extension about 2 years ago and I am itching to get them out and just be able to look at them!

After singing the praises of young adult novels I will have to say that another book that I read recently and is currently up there as one of the best books I have ever read is this amazing one, which is not a YA one!
But you must read it, if you haven't yet read it, please you must. I promise you will not regret it!


Gina said...

Both fantastics book and I enjoyed reading them immensely. I didn't know The Book Theif was meant to be a teenage book though!

meplusmolly said...

Loooooooovvvveeeee reading! read the first one but not the second, will endeavour to after your recommendation! perhaps I could put it on my christmas list!! ;0 X

Claire said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed the Book Thief - I loved it so much and it made me cry buckets. That's always a good sign for me!!

Simply H said...

I am bookless at the moment - any recommendations gratefully received(a dictionary to help with my spelling!)