Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Reading Record | Pages & Co: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James

My reading record posts are a way for me to document all things bookish and reading in my life - typically you will see these posts on a monthly basis, however readathons and certain books will have their own specific reading record.

Today I'm sharing with you the thoughts I jotted down whilst reading: Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James. The thoughts I'm sharing below are of my reading experience, and whilst there is some detail to my thoughts, I have attempted to keep this post spoiler free as I do maintain a spoiler free blog.

When I first heard of Pages & Co I knew it was a series I would be keen to read. I do love a good middle grade read, especially one with magical elements and heavily focusing on books.

'"Be brave, be curious, be kind."'

A few thoughts... I love Tilly's grandparents. Also, it'll be fun deciphering all the books and characters referenced in passing. I believe Lizzie from Pride & Prejudice has just been featured. I'm craving a hot chocolate now too.

'"The books we love when we're growing up shape us in a special way, Tilly. The characters in the books we read help us decide who we want to be."'

This feels, and is proving to be so far, the kind of book you read from start to finish with a smile on your face because of the sheer beauty in pulling the plot together and the writing style in which it is told. 

Tilly, short for Matilda, is on her October half term (coincidentally, I've picked this book up during this exact school holiday of my son's) and it is looking like she is going to find an adventure in the bookshop - Pages & Co - owned by her grandparents (who are also her guardians as her dad died before she was born & her mum disappeared soon after her birth). 

There is a distinct warm, cosy and all-the-fuzzy-feels feeling when reading this book. I don't want to put it down!

PAGE 132
The bookish adventures have begun!

We have also been introduced to a new character in the form of Enoch Chalk... And with him mysteries have also arose.

PAGE 172
"What does that mean?" Tilly said, pointing. 
"It's Latin," Grandad explained. "It doesn't have an easy English translation, but the verb peregrinor means to travel about, to roam or to wander, so it essentially means "to read is to wander". It's the motto of the Underlibrary."'

PAGE 219
Alongside Till & Oskar (her friend), readers have just had an introduction in to the art of book wandering - and what a beautiful thing it is.

'"We are talking about book magic. Book wandering is, at its core, the magic of books and imagination pushed to its limit, and then tipped over a little bit further. There are millions of readers across the world and throughout time who have loved books, who can vividly imagine their favourite scenes and characters, who have real and important relationships with books, but there are only a handful of us who can wander. I'm afraid there aren't any spells or magic words, and limited numbers of dragons and witches, but we are definitely dealing with magic."'

And so this beauty of a book has finished, sadly. I look forward to seeing how this series progresses.

Tilly and the Bookwanderers was a delight to read - with family, friendship and the magic of books at its core.

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