Nose in a book…

So I’ve realised that I’ve spent alot of time with this blog writing about films, TV shows and music, while paying next to no attention to books. This is a mistake I therefore intend to rectify with a list of the books I’ve read over the last 6 months or so …I hope this makes amends!

Northern Lights
Philip Pullman
The first in the trilogy known as His Dark Materials. Published in 1995, the fantasy novel is set in a universe parallel to our own and tells of Lyra Belacqua’s journey north in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her imprisoned father, Lord Asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance known as Dust. Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1996, the novel has been adapted into a Hollywood feature film, released in 2007 as The Golden Compass.

The Subtle Knife
Philip Pullman
This is the second novel in the His Dark Materials series, published in 1997. In the book, Lyra Silvertongue’s adventure continues as she travels from her own world into strange, new worlds; one of which is our own, and another which is very different. Will Parry, a boy from our world, meets Lyra and together they search for the boy’s lost father. Thankfully, the book focuses more on the characters and their own individual plots, rather than just on Lyra’s father, Lord Asriel, and his war against the Magisterium. Making this a much more interesting read than he first.

The Amber Spyglass
Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass is the third and final novel in the His Dark Materials series, and published in 2000. It begins with Will and Lyra separated amidst great dangers. Can they find each other, and their friends? Then complete their mysterious quest before it’s too late? The great rebellion against the dark powers that hold Lyra’s world, and many others, in thrall is nearing its climax. She and Will have crucial parts to play, but they don’t know what it is that they must do, and terrible powers are hunting them down. Quite the trilling conclusion…

My Sister’s Keeper
Jodi Picoult
A bit out of my usual genre this… A heart-wrencher about a 13 year old girl who, ever since she can remember, has been a donor for her sister who has Leukemia. Tired of surgeries, transfusions, and shots, she makes the unbearable decision to sue her parents for the rights to her body. I have to say, this was an amazing book, and those left without a tear in their eye should be ashamed. PLUS, if reading isn’t your thing, they’re actually making this into a film set to be released June this year, starring Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin – have a look HERE.

The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks
If you’re in the market to get your heartstrings plucked, look no further. The Notebook, a story of love-lost-and-found-again, revolves around a single time-honored romantic dilemma: will beautiful Allison Nelson stay with Mr. Respectability (to whom she happens to be engaged), or will she hook up with Noah, the romantic she left so many years ago? Decades later, after Allison develops Alzheimer’s, her beau uses “the notebook” to read her the story of the great love she’s forgot. A lot of readers will frown upon it’s supposed sickly sweetness, but for the true romantics out there, it’s perfect. It’s a story that teaches the importance of following your heart instead of your head.

The Painted Man
Peter Brett
Sometimes there is very good reason to be afraid of the dark! Eleven-year-old Arlen lives with his parents on their small farmstead, half a day’s ride from the isolated hamlet of Tibbet’s Brook. As dusk falls upon Arlen’s world, a strange mist rises from the ground; a mist that promises a violent death to any foolish enough to brave the coming darkness, for hungry corelings – demons that cannot be harmed by mortal weapons – materialize from the vapours to feed on the living. As the sun sets, people have no choice but to take shelter behind magical wards and pray that their protection holds until the creatures dissolve with the first signs of dawn. When Arlen’s life is shattered by the demon plague, he is forced to see that it is fear, rather than the demons, which truly cripples humanity. Believing that there is more to his world than to live in constant fear, he must risk leaving the safety of his wards to discover a different path. In the small town of Cutter’s Hollow, Leesha’s perfect future is destroyed by betrayal and a simple lie. Publicly shamed, she is reduced to gathering herbs and tending an old woman more fearsome than the corelings. Yet in her disgrace, she becomes the guardian of dangerous ancient knowledge. Orphaned and crippled in a demon attack, young Rojer takes solace in mastering the musical arts of a Jongleur, only to learn that his unique talent gives him unexpected power over the night. Together, these three young people will offer humanity a last, fleeting chance of survival.

The Traveller
John Twelve Hawks
In the shadows of our modern society, an ancient conflict between good and evil is being fought. A life-and-death battle we will never see, between those who wish to control history and those who will risk their lives for freedom and enlightenment…
Los Angeles: A city where you have to work hard to live beneath the surface. Gabriel and Michael Corrigan are trying to do just that. Since childhood, the brothers have been shaped by the stories that their mystical father, a man of strange powers and intuition, has told them about the world in which they live. After his violent death, they have been living ‘off the grid’ – that is, invisible to the intricate surveillance networks that monitor our modern lives.
London: Maya, a tough and feisty young woman, is playing at being a citizen, is playing at leading a normal life. But her background is anything but. Trained to fight since she was a young girl, she is the last in a long line whose duty is to protect the gifted among us. When she is summoned to Prague by her ailing father, she learns that Gabriel and Michael’s lives are in danger and are in desperate need of protection.
Prague: Nathan Boone, a disciplined and amoral mercenary, watches Maya leave the meeting with her father before brutally killing him. Tasked to hunt down the Corrigan brothers, he tracks Maya as she seeks to fulfil what turns out to be her father’s last command. When Maya flies to California to find them, an extraordinary chase begins, the final running battle in the war which will reveal the secret history of our time…

Stephen Lawhead
A magnificent tale which begins with the tragedy of Atlantis and the arrival in Britain of King Avallach. In this world, Celtic chieftains struggle for survival in the twilight of Rome’s power, and one heroic figure towers over all, the Prince Taliesin, in whom is the sum of human greatness. This is a tale of a love that spawns the miracle of Merlin and Arthur and a destiny that is more than a kingdom. This is literally one of my favourite books of all time!

Stephen Lawhead
Having brought the two worlds of Atlantis and Celtic Britain together in Book I, the author now focuses on Merlin. In this second book, Merlin tells his own story – and his vision – the vision of the Kingdom of Summer, ruled by the Summer Lord. It is a story of love and passion, triumph and tragedy, with its own special and powerful ‘magic’. The saving of the infant Arthur, and the setting of the sword in the stone form both the climax to this book and the entry to the story of Arthur himself.

Stephen Lawhead
Arthur is the third book of The Pendragon Cycle: a magnificent epic set against the backcloth of Roman Britain and the legends of Arthur and lost Atlantis. “It is the eve of Christ Mass, and the noblemen have come to Londinium to hold council – to essay who among them might become High King. Fifteen years have come and gone since the sword was first placed there. A young man stands grim-faced, gazing at the sword thrust deep into the stone…hesitant, uncertain. ‘Take it, Arthur,’ Merlin tells him…” So the story begins – a tale of high hope and bitter endeavour, of loyalty and treachery, of spiritual quest and the winning of a kingdom – a story whose end, as its beginning, is shrouded in mystery…

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 1 – The Long Way Home
Joss Whedon
Since the destruction of the Hellmouth, the Slayers – newly legion – have gotten organized and are kicking some serious undead butt. But not everything’s fun and firearms, as an old enemy reappears and Dawn experiences some serious growing pains. Meanwhile, one of the “Buffy” decoy slayers is going through major pain of her own. An amazing read for any dedicated Buffy fan!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 2 – No Future For You
Brian K. Vaughan/Joss Whedon
When a rogue debutant Slayer begins to use her power for evil, Giles is forced to recruit the rebellious Faith, who isn’t exactly known for her good deeds. Giles offers Faith a clean slate if she can stop this snooty Slayer from wreaking total havoc – that is, if Buffy doesn’t beat her to it.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8: 3 – Wolves At The Gate
Drew Goddard/Joss Whedon
Vampires that, at will, can transform into wolves, panthers, insects, or fog invade the Slayer base of operations in northern Scotland, and not only walk away unscathed, but in possession of Buffy’s scythe, the symbol of Slayer power worldwide. Buffy and the Slayer-legion travel to Tokyo in order to learn more about their dangerous new foes, as Xander journeys to Transylvania to solicit the only person they’ve ever known to possess such power – Dracula! Not to mention, Buffy sleeps with a woman, as according to Joss “everyone experiments at one time or another…”

Pages For You
Sylvia Brownrigg
17-year-old Californian Flannery is new to the East Coast and the Ivy League college she attends, and is drawn irresistibly to Anne, a teaching assistant 11 years her senior. A hauntingly beautiful love develops between the two in this tale either for young readers first discovering who they are and how they love, or for those remembering a rose-colored past. It’s a very easy read, that strikes some rather familiar cords in both my life, and that of my friends…

The Five People You Meet In Heaven
Mitch Albom
Part melodrama and part parable, this book weaves together three stories, all told about the same man: 83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at Ruby Point Amusement Park. As the novel opens, readers are told that Eddie, unsuspecting, is only minutes away from death as he goes about his typical business at the park. Albom then traces Eddie’s world through his tragic final moments, his funeral, and the ensuing days as friends clean out his apartment and adjust to life without him. In alternating sections, Albom flashes back to Eddie’s birthdays, telling his life story as a kind of progress report over candles and cake each year. And in the third and last thread of the novel, Albom follows Eddie into heaven where the maintenance man sequentially encounters five pivotal figures from his life (a la A Christmas Carol). Each person has been waiting for him in heaven, and, as Albom reveals, each life (and death) was woven into Eddie’s own in ways he never suspected. Each soul has a story to tell, a secret to reveal, and a lesson to share. Through them Eddie understands the meaning of his own life even as his arrival brings closure to theirs.


So you can probably guess that some of these descriptions have been snipped and pasted from around the wonder that is the Internet, but hey, I’m a busy lady and decided it would just take too long to post this if I wrote every description in my own words …it’s taken 3 attempts to post this as it is! Never the less, I hope you’ve enjoyed, and you never know, maybe I’ve even inspired you to read on or two of them…



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