Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Ten Roald Dahl Quotes on Roald Dahl Day

Many of you know how much I enjoy the marvellous writing of Roald Dahl, so with today being Roald Dahl day, I thought I'd share with you ten of my favourite quotes taken from Dahl's children's fiction novels.

'So Matilda's strong young mind continued to grow, nurtured by the voices of all those authors who had sent their books out into the world like ships on the sea. These books gave Matilda a hopeful and comforting message: You are not alone.' - MATILDA

'There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't started wondering about yet.' - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

'Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't.' - DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

'A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.' - THE TWITS

'It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.' - THE WITCHES

'A little magic can take you a long way.' - JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

'Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.' - DANNY, THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

'A little nonsense now and then, is relished by the wisest men.' - CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR

'Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.' - MATILDA

'So please, of please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away,
And in its place you can install
A lovely bookshelf on the wall...' - CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

You can learn more about Roald Dahl day here.

Friday, 8 September 2017

House. Tree. Person. by Catriona McPherson

| I received my copy of House. Tree. Person. via Netgalley for review purposes |

A year ago, she was happily married, running her beauty salon, raising her son, living in her dream house. Now Ali McGovern’s dreams are slipping away and all her old ghosts are rising.

A job at Howell Hall, the private psychiatric facility nearby, seems too good to be true. Why have they employed her? How can they afford her? And what are they hiding? When a body is discovered in a shallow grave on Ali’s first day at work, it feels like one last horror. But it’s just the beginning of her descent into a nightmare world she never imagined existed, far too close to home.

House. Tree. Person opens up with us meeting the McGovern family - mother, Ali, father, Marco and teenage son, Angelo. The dynamics of their family are laid out for the reader from the view point of Ali. We learn of the family's recent downfall, and how they ended up on hard times, as well as some mysteries beginning to show - namely a breakdown Ali experienced some years earlier.

Although they've had some hard times we meet the family just as everything seems to be on the up, with new jobs for both parents. Marco is starting work at a local builders yard and Ali has taken up a position at a nearby psychiatric facility as a beautician with a huge salary - perfect timing. Perhaps a little too perfect...

Some of my favourite scenes within the story are from Ali's work at Howell Hall - I loved the connections she was able to form with the patients, especially moments between her & Sylvie + her & Julia. In general I found the characters within this book to be really well written, but the three of the (Ali, Sylvie and Julia) really stood out to me.

For the first half of the book, I felt very confused at times but was also keen to know where all this was going, because trust me, at one point I had no idea! Part of this stems from Ali being the narrator, however she isn't the most reliable of narrators. I don't have a problem with unreliable narrators, but sometime they can make it a bit hard to truly get stuck into a story.

The second half of the book was definitely the strongest, in my opinion, and the way the entire plot comes together is really well done.

House. Tree. Person is a layered novel, with some strong characters, full of mystery & family secrets.

Please note: a psychiatric unit is at the centre of House. Tree. Person., with mental health disorders featured throughout.


Monday, 4 September 2017

My Autumn Reading List

A little while ago now - mid summer to be exact - I spoke about starting seasonal reading lists, so with the arrival of September I've compiled my autumn reading list.

My autumn reading list runs from September to the end of November.

All titles below have been linked via Goodreads

(The last three titles are the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King, and I aim to read them all in one go)


(My review books may increase over the course of my autumn reading list)


So that concludes my autumn reading list. If you've read any of these titles already, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them. Also, be sure to share any titles you plan to read over the next three months.
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