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Any One Book #12

Okay, firstly I’m REALLY sorry that this month’s Any One Book has come to you late. It was a mixture of my Internet going down and getting caught up in exciting stuff (which I will bring to you in a different post).

Any way Any One Book fans, I’ll not leave you in suspense any longer. Today I bring to you book number 13, which means we have completed our first year of it!  Continue reading

Any One Book: The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

As soon as I heard this book was coming out I was always going to review it and I was always going to start that review by saying I would forget about Harry Potter and review it without the boy wizard in mind.

Except, I don’t need to. I don’t need to forget that J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter in  order to give this book a fair review because in all honesty (and let’s be honest, relief) this novel stands on its own two feet.

I know that a lot of people aren’t clear on the details of the book because not much was released until recently but it truly is an adult novel. It features drugs, rape, domestic abuse, prostitution, self-harming, racism, mental illness and is also full to the brim of arrogant and spiteful characters.

It’s set in the idyllic location of Pagford, nestled in the countryside overlooked by a ruined abbey and bordered by a river. It neighbours Yarvil which all the teenagers love and the elderly dislike. It starts with the death of Pagford Parish councillor Barry Fairbrother whose untimely demise leaves a gaping hole in the small town, and whether the locals know it or not, they are being drawn into the chaos that resides within. Continue reading

Any One Book: One Day by David Nicholls

These past few days I have found myself staying up quite late reading this book. Last night I didn’t get to bed until twenty past one and even then wanted to carry on reading. But why is this?

Well the answer is simply that it is effortlessly beautiful while at the same time conveying the occasional ugliness of life. Emma Morely is ambitious, bright, full of potential but lacks any of the confidence needed to fulfil it. Dexter Mayhew is cocky, arrogant, exceedingly charming and on occasion sweet. Continue reading

Any One Book

So I brought this up a while ago but I’ve finally finished the book I was reading and can now focus on this.

Any One Book will be a sort of reading corner, every month a book will be chosen and in that month I’ll read it and review it once I’m finished. I also invite you to take part so that when we’re done we can discuss it, you know, a bit like a book club.

As of next week I will be ordering some books, probably River God, One Day and the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and I already have Castle Of The Carpathians which I have been meaning to read for a while.

Either way, if you want to join in and have an idea of a book you might want to start with, it could be one of the ones mentioned above or one of your own suggestions, feel free to comment below.

The first Any One Book will be starting on October 3 which naturally means that whatever book we choose we aim to finish November 3.