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amber spyglassTitle: The Amber Spyglass

Author: Philip Pullman

Date Finished: 27/07/13

Re-Read? : First time read (but listened to audiobook many times)

Challenges? : No

Overall: 5/5 – absolutely fantastic

I will make this post brief as I am busy packing for my holiday to Corsica (tomorrow!) in which I hope to do lots of nice reading!

This is an unofficial re-read – I listened to the audiobook many times when I was younger but never actually read the book (as far as I can remember) but I always loved the story.  This time the book did not have such a powerful impact on me but this is probably because I’m a bit older and also I knew what happens!  The plot is really strong in the whole His Dark Materials Trilogy but especially in this book – you really cannot predict what Will and Lyra are going to do next!  The characters are also so iconic it is effortless to remember all their ways and habits.  I really enjoyed being back in the different universes created by Pullman in particular reading about the Mulefa again! I seriously recommend this trilogy to all teenagers, but to all adults too – it makes you question religion, love and many other things in a very unobtrusive way and also provides you with a truly captivating story and gives you characters that you will never ever forget.

An easy 5/5 from me!

I hope you all enjoy August – I hope to be able to post lots when I am back from Corsica about all the different books I have read!!

June Wrap-Up & July Plans

Again, another month has flown by and left much reading to be desired.  I finished my exams about halfway through June, but then it was straight back to school where I have been very busy since I am Head Boy and a lot of things have been going on.  Anyway, even though I felt like I did a decent amount of reading in June, I obviously didn’t as I only finished one book!  Never mind – let’s hope it’s better in July

Here’s what I read in June 2013:

Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier

This is not good as I aim to read at least three books every month.  This fewer books than I read in May so that’s a shame.  My aim of 1200 pages a month was definitely not fulfilled, as I read only 441 pages – somehow I don’t think I’ll be beating how many I read in 2012!
I definitely did not do 30 minutes reading a day, but I actually wasn’t far off!
I did try to read at least one science book every two months but I haven’t finished Periodic Tales yet.
I did fulfil my at least one classic a month target with Rebecca though!
Lastly, I try to stay an active blogger and this was poor too – better than last month but still a lot of improvements to make.

Challenge Progress in June 2013:

The Classics Club :  16/60 books read  (1 this month: Rebecca) This makes 27%!

At the moment this is my only challenge for 2013 – maybe I will formalise some of my own yearly reading goals into a challenge.

Currently In Progress:

I am continuing with my science read, Periodic Tales, which I am enjoying and I am just about to start The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

July Plans:

Books: The next three books on my TBR shelf are: The Amber Spyglass, Life The Universe and Everything and The Help.  I really hope to get to as many of these as possible!

Challenges:  None of these will count towards The Classics Club unfortunately.

Hopefully with July and August looming, we will all have some time to relax and read – maybe on holiday?  Thanks again to everyone who loyally still reads these posts – means a lot! 🙂