Carnegie Long List – continuing the challenge to read them all….

I’m setting myself the challenge to read all of the books on the long list before the winner is announced. 52 titles in 6 months. That’s 2 a week….. I’d better get reading!

Since my last post I have read….

“The Midnight Zoo” by Sonya Hartnett

As soon as I saw that there was one book on the short list that I hadn’t yet read I finished reading the book I was in the middle of and started this straight away. A well written book that despite being an ‘easy read’, leaves a sense of “What just happened?” I’m not convinced I’ve worked out what the ending meant for the characters – I have several theories and am a bit disappointed that resolution is so absent. I am looking forward to discussing my theories with my reading groups!

Wish Me Dead by Helen Grant

Helens’ unique writing style takes a little getting used to – but once immersed you forget that it is slightly different. In fact it is so musical it deserves to be read aloud, and I have done this to listen to the rhythms. This thriller is a little slow to get going but once it is in full flow it is difficult to stop – rather like an avalanche. The ending is a little unexpected – which I liked.

Moon Pie by Simon Mason

A lovely story for younger readers. With a gritty heart centered on the alcolism of her father, Martha takes on the responsibilityto care for her family. A gentle story of how she copes and how things change. A story that will resonate with many children in simialr circumstances.




Books I’ve read so far….