REVIEW: The Giver by Lois Lowry


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The worst part of holding the memories is not the pain. It’s the loneliness of it. Memories need to be shared.”

Lois Lowry, The Giver (1933)

The Giver is set in a dystopian future, a world in which harmony and order rule. As children within the community grow up, their development is marked by a December ceremony. Moving from one year to the next, they are given new responsibilities: Eights are presented with a jacket with a pocket, Nines are given their first bikes and Twelves are given their assignment which will become their job and role within the community. These occupations are chosen by the committee based on each Twelve’s personality, abilities and volunteering. For Jonas, the Ceremony of Twelve is looming. He’s excited to find out his role in the carefully structured community but also nervous because unlike some of his other classmates he has no idea what he wants to be. Continue reading “REVIEW: The Giver by Lois Lowry”

BOOKISH FINDS: Charity Shop Treasures



Sometimes the best books are the ones that sneak up on you. I haven’t been into any charity shops in a while but, as my bookish desires were growing stronger, I decided to pop into a couple whiles I was milling around town. The Oxfam on Bold Street in Liverpool has a really great selection of books helpfully arranged by genre and a great selection of vintage clothing and records to. It’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever around the area. I almost bought a beautiful copy of Maurice and Howards End by E. M. Forster, but there are only so many books you can carry. Here’s what I did pick up:

  1. A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
  2. 31 Songs by Nick Hornby
  3. Selected Poems by Sylvia Plath
  4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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