Happy August, friends! For this month’s book club we decided to read A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess. A nice, light summer read, wouldn’t you say?! This disturbing novel lead to some quite polarising views amongst the buds, so read on to see what we all thought!
Hi everyone! For this month’s book club we decided to read Agatha Christie’s classic ‘The Murder of Roger Ackroyd’. We have a good mix of Christie veterans and newbies amongst the Book Buds so we had quite the discussion! So settle in, make yourself a cuppa and maybe grab a finger sandwich or two or a nice scone, and let’s get stuck in, shall we?
WARNING, THERE BE MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. Unavoidable with a murder mystery unfortunately. Read the novel then read on!
Happy New Year everybody! So December’s Book Club post is a few days (ahem, a week) late, but as one bud was out of the country over the holiday period and the others were passed out on their sofas after consuming insane amounts of Christmas food, we’ll let it slide this once…! This month we took on C.S Lewis’ classic high-fantasy tale, where four children climb through a wardrobe into the magical world of Narnia, filled with witches, talking lions, thinly veiled Christian mythology and Turkish Delight. Let’s get right to it!
SPOILER WARNING: The following post contains major spoilers for the plot of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
We’re one bud down for this month’s slightly delayed book club in which we look at Helen Fielding’s third book in the Bridget Jones series Mad About the Boy. Fielding’s iconic heroine is now a single mother in her fifties and just stepping back into the dating game in the internet age.
SPOILER WARNING: The following post contains major spoilers for the plot of Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy.
BEWARE – SPOILERS AHEAD
The day you buy your first teen fiction book is a BIG DEAL and I remember mine perfectly. Standing in Waterstones, eleven years old with pocket money in hand and my mum behind me inspecting what I was going to pick. My choice? Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman. I then continued to read the subsequent three books in the series and loved them all. Much like Noughts and Crosses, Chasing the Stars is a dual narrative between Vee (Olivia) and Nathan. Two people who are from very different backgrounds. Noughts and Crosses is well known for its discussion on race which adds massively to the depth of the story, and Blackman does the same in Chasing the Stars however this time the big issue is class. In an interview with The Guardian Blackman said ‘I set it in 2164 … I thought about whether there would still be the same preoccupations with race. I would hope not. But I think there will definitely still be a class problem’, hence Blackman’s move towards class. Supposedly based on Shakespeare’s Othello, the story brings a modern day take on class, revenge, desire and manipulation.
For this month’s book club we decided to get into the Halloween spirit by reading Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House. Regarded as one of the best 20th century ghost stories this story follows a group of paranormal investigators as they spend the summer in a supposedly haunted house with a dark past and begin to experience some seriously strange goings on.
As with last month’s book club we ended up with some wildly different opinions.
SPOILER WARNING: The following post contains major spoilers for the plot of The Haunting of Hill House.
It’s our first Book Buds Book Club review!
Over September we read Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, a gothic-style YA novel following Jacob Portman as he searches for meaning in the bizarre, twisted fairy tales he heard from his grandfather, Abe. With the Tim Burton film adaptation in cinemas now, we figured it was time we caught up with this eerie little world and share our thoughts with you.
It’s safe to say there were a few, uh, conflicting views. Let’s start from the bottom and work our way up.
Major spoilers below the cut!
Welcome to Book Buds! To commemorate our first post we’ve decided to do an extra-specially long group review. This summer we were all lucky enough to get to go see the production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II at the Palace Theatre in London. We’ve gathered together some of our thoughts and opinions on the experience below the read more.
SPOILER WARNING: The following review contains major spoilers for both the plot and production details of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as well as the Harry Potter series in general. Read on at your own discretion.
Note: This is a review of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child as performed at the Palace Theatre not the published script of the play. While plot details found in the script are discussed, bear in mind our opinions are influenced by the experience of seeing the production on stage.