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Holding

Initially I was a bit dubious about reading a book by Graham Norton, I love him I think he’s hilarious but I have a mental block about reading a book by someone famous who has taken a notion to write! 

However these fears were unfounded and I ended up enjoying holding. It’s based in a small Irish town full of characters you can immediately identify with. Many discussions ensued about what the title holding meant… holding onto memories, holding onto love, holding onto secrets? 

I can’t say much more without giving away story lines! Our book club really enjoyed this book which is unusual as usually there are a few differing opinions, looking forward to Graham’s next writing now! 

Posted in Recent reads

One

I should be writing an essay so instead I have totally reorganised my life and in the process I have rediscovered a whole host of books I have recently read and brand new books waiting to be read. There is nothing I love more.

My most recent read has been One by Sarah Crossan. I fell in love with this book, I read the first few chapters just standing in the book shop and finished the rest burning the midnight oil that night.

It is a beautifully written book about the lives of conjoined twins Grace and Tippi. To me the book is written in the style of a poetry book with each segment being quite short and staggered  with its own title. I think this really upped the pace of my reading as at the end of each page you were left with this almost breathless feeling wanting to know what happens next.

The feeling of claustrophobia that must come with being permanently attached to your sister, the feeling of never having privacy, the lack of autonomy over your own body is conveyed so well throughout the book however it is well balanced by the beautiful relationship that is apparent between the sisters and the self sacrificing love they have for each other and for their family. I was left feeling that I should call my sister and in ways jealous that I don’t know more about the details of her day to day life.

It is a read probably aimed at the young adult market (the girls are teenagers – so it deals with crushes and fostering independence etc) but I would happily recommend it to anyone in fact I am going to try and persuade my book club to read it. I’m not going to make my usual slip up and give away the ending  so I really can’t say anymore except read it yourself I’d love to have inspired someone else to read it!

Posted in Introduction

WhatNaomiread

This is my first ever blog post, someday I will likely look back at this and cringe (probably tomorrow).

To introduce myself I am an avid reader and have been since the days when I used to sneak another book inside the book we were reading in primary school, nowadays it’s a kindle in my handbag and an ever higher growing tower of books by my bed!

I am  regularly asked by friends for book recommendations, a few which have been well received, because of this I have started a small book club and I like to think I have inspired a few others to read a little bit more.

I love checking out other people’s blogs and Instagram for my next book title and thought maybe it was something I could do. I read anything and everything ranging from biographies and science to romance and sci-fi.  I love nothing more than discussing something I’ve read and am all fired up about with other people who feel the same.

So here it goes I’d like to use this little blog space to keep a record of everything I’ve read, to link in with other readers/fellow book nerds for their recommendations which may be outside of what I normally read and maybe inspire a few more people to pick up a book in the world of Netflix !