The Owl Service


First read 1982/3

Re-read 21/03/2021- 27/03/2021

Rating 3 stars

Alan Garner’s The Owl Service is set in a Welsh valley not far from Aberystwyth. The valley contains an ancient, mysterious power. Teenagers Alison, Gwyn and Roger somehow unlock that power and have to deal with the consequences. Continue reading

Six Degrees of Separation: from Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret to Fantastic Mr Fox

December’s here already, and the first Saturday of the month brings with it Six Degrees of Separation. At the start of the year, I decided that I would attempt to create a chain for the meme every month. And here I am, at the end of the year, with my twelfth chain. This month, we’re starting with Judy Blum’s 1970 classic Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.

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The Hate U Give


Read 05/05/2018-08/05/2018

Rating: 3 stars

Angie Thomas’s teen drama The Hate U Give hadn’t crossed my radar until it was included in the Reader’s Room March Madness Reading Challenge. When we were voting on which books we thought we’d be likely to read, I scored it low because I’m not big on reading Young Adult literature. A couple of bookish friends recommended it, though, after I finished Sing, Unburied, Sing.

I feel a little mean, only rating it 3 stars. It’s a good book, but there were things about it that annoyed me, because I’m not a teenager and no longer care about the things that matter to teenagers. I’m glad that I read it, though. Continue reading

The Hunger Games Trilogy

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The Hunger Games

Read 24/03/2015-27/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars

Catching Fire

Read 27/03/2015-29/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars


Read 29/03/2015-31/03/2015

Rating: 3 stars

I had a spate of catching the first Hunger Games film partway through on TV, so the next time it was on I watched it from the start, and loved it. I watched the film before I read the book, and it was a gripping read, despite knowing the outcome. There’s enough that’s different in the book to create genuine heart-in-mouth moments, and the descriptions of Katniss’ dehydration and trackerjacker hallucinations were grim. I can understand why they were left out of or toned down for the film. I understand why Collins has Katniss backpedal from her feelings for Peeta at the end of the book (there are two more in the series to sustain!), but it grated more than it did in the film. It lacked subtlety, somehow. By the end, though, I was itching to crack on with the next in the series. Continue reading