Top Ten Tuesday- 8th August 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a different topic that one of their bloggers answers, and they invite others to join in, by posting their answers as a comment or by creating their own blog post.

It’s the final week before Top Ten Tuesday starts back again, so I thought I’d look at an earlier topic: Top Ten Books You Loved But Never Wrote A Review For. It seemed like a fitting topic as I’ve been debating whether to review the last book I read. It’s made me wonder what other great reads have fallen through the blogging cracks!

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REVIEW: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby

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“Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.”

Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down (2005)

In Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down four individuals meet under unusual circumstances. Its New Year’s Eve when Martin, a shamed TV host, Jess, a teenage delinquent, Maureen, a guilt-ridden single mother and JJ, a failed American musician, find themselves at the top of a tower block in London all considering the same question: whether to end their lives or not. In spite of this they couldn’t be more different, but having unintentionally interrupted each other’s plans they agree to meet again in a few weeks’ time to reassess the situation. Their shared experience starts an unconventional friendship. Continue reading “REVIEW: A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby”

BOOKISH FINDS: Charity Shop Treasures

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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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