Summer reads

StarterNorthern Lights - Philip PullmanThe Cryptographer - Tobias Hil

I have found my bookshop. I buy loads of books in the charity shop around the corner here in Croydon, where I can buy a bag full of books for only a few pounds. Most of them are just 50p per book, which gives you 8 books for the price of one in Waterstones. And they happen to have excellent books over there too. I have seen The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Nighttime several times there already, for 50p. Bugger, I bought it for ?7.

Recently I read:

The Cryptographer – Tobias Hill
Rating: 6
Kind of Science Fiction, not with aliens and spaceships but set in a high tech future. Slow, and not really catching my attention. A bit boring too. I skipped whole parts of this book, only to find out that the love story between the 2 main characters (the only reason why I didn’t throw the book aside for good) didn’t work out in the end anyway.

Starter for ten – David Nicholls
Rating: 8
Entertaining, and scaringly recognizable. Funny. And interesting to know that it is going to be made into a UK film, with the talented James McAvoy playing the main character. Good piece of casting. And an excellent summer read.

Northern Lights – Philip Pullman
Rating: 8.5
While reading this book I went from boring to fantastic and everything in between. I like the idea of every person having a deamon (I have one myself, his name is Davy, he only doesn’t like to shapeshift, and I didn’t know he was my deamon until I read this book), it’s a very original idea. I also love the fact that this book takes place in London, and other parts of the UK, but also in the northern parts of Scandinavia. It is a book written for teenagers, and part of a trilogy, and I certainly can recommend it. Northern Lights is also going to be made into a film, casting has just been started.

Now I am off to the Actors centre to do some networking. I hate networking, I am not lying when I write that I am a shy person. But it is important, and therefore sometimes you need to do things you don’t like.

One thought to “Summer reads”

  1. That’s one of the great things about books. It doesn’t matter how old they are, the story is still the same. The history of the book itself is sometimes better than the story. So stop buying new books, buy old, experienced ones.

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