Northern Lights – by Philip Pullman

18 08 2019

I think this was fairly popular when I was a teenager but just not a book I ever got round to reading. A fair while ago I saw the trilogy going cheap, (I’m guessing in The Works?!) and it sat on my shelves for a bit. I heard there was a new TV series of it coming out this year, so it jumped up my to read list a bit!

I didn’t really know much about what it was about other than all humans have “dæmons” who are animals who are sort of them, but that’s in. When I had only read a few pages of it someone saw it in my handbag at church and implied it was a bit controversial to have in the building – having only just started it I had no idea if this was the case, having now finished it, I guess I can see where that person might have been coming from, but at the end of the day it’s just a story and I don’t really see a controversy, but maybe it’s moreso in the later books – I guess we’ll see.

Definitely enjoyed it, though kinda found myself wanting the story to resolve by the end of the book, but I guess in hindsight, knowing it was a trilogy I should have known that wasn’t going to happen! It was a good bit of escapism and I do want to know what happens next – just got another book I need to read first and then I’ll be onto the sequel. In the past I’ve read a few things before reading the second part of a trilogy then by the time I’ve thought about reading the second book, I’ve forgotten so much from the first that I never get round to finishing the trilogy, so I won’t leave it too long this time, plus I want to finish the trilogy before watching the TV show as I’m not sure how quickly they’ll work through all three books!





The Fault In Our Stars – by John Green

28 06 2014

This is the first time in years and years that I’ve “binged” on a book. When I woke this morning I was on page 76. I’ve not had lunch yet and I’ve finished it, all 313 pages! I haven’t read that much in one go since Harry Potter as a teenager I reckon!

I know the film’s out at the moment and it’s a very current book (I bought it about 6 months ago but only just got round to reading it) so I don’t want to give away any spoilers. There’s so much I could say, but not without giving away major plot points.

I loved the characters, the humour, the location, the relationships, the realities – trying to keep this as vague as possible! It didn’t go down the path I expected it to at all in the end. All I can say is please read it!

Just a line from right near the end, but that doesn’t give anything away – I read it and thought how similar it is to the strapline of my blog in a way, and just how my head so often works:

“My thoughts are stars I can’t fathom into constellations”

the fault in our stars





How to fall in love – by Cecelia Ahern

26 06 2014

Wait, Ineke finished a book in under a week? I find Cecelia Ahern‘s books just whizz by for me – partly because I struggle to put them down, and partly because they’re so easy to read I just fly through them when I am reading them!

Another of her more “real” books, the basic premise is that our main character, who has a massive addiction to self-help books, finds a guy about to jump off a bridge and to stop him taking the leap, agrees to convince him his life is worth living before his next birthday – which happens to be 2 weeks away.

We delve into all his problems, and discover some of hers at the same time, which she just seems to be trying to ignore. A very engaging and involving book, even right towards the end I couldn’t quite work out where it would end up – which is quite a pleasing quality in it. The overall thread was relatively predictable, which can be quite comforting for chick lit, but the details of how it would happen were a little harder to guess.

Definitely recommended as a heartwarming, easy read!

how to fall in love





America Unchained – by Dave Gorman

8 01 2014

I have utterly loved joining in on the journey in this book.

The basic premise is that he buys an old second hand car, and tries to drive coast to coast across the USA without giving any money to chain stores. This means finding independent motels, restaurants, and petrol stations! I don’t think they even exist in the UK, and it turns out that in America they’re pretty few and far between as well!

The thing I love about Dave Gorman’s books is that they never end up being about what they’re meant to be about. His books always end up being about the people he meets on the way through his various adventures/challenges/whatever you want to call them (at least one or two fall under the heading “bets made whilst drunk”!). Plus the whole way through I had utterly no idea if he’d even manage to complete it (and I won’t spoil it for you) – I was definitely kept guessing.

One of the most fascinating sections for me, oddly, was when he visited a town with a high population of Mormons. He looked into it a bit and thoroughly explained (far beyond any level of knowledge I had previously) what they were about, what they believed, where Mormonism originates from – anything you’d ever want to know. I’ll be honest, he doesn’t portray them positively, but then from what I’ve now learnt, I do understand why! I won’t say any more as I don’t want to offend, but it’s definitely interesting, and I’m more educated than I was.

A highly recommended book. I started it in Uganda because the book I was reading at the time was too heavy to take with me, and then picked it up again last month when I finished the large book. Since then I barely put it down. It had me picking it up whenever I could, which I think is always a strong recommendation 🙂

america unchained