Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
This story has a supernatural/science fiction theme that includes people with special powers and time travel. It is told in an unusual way and uses genuine old photographs to illustrate the story. Personally I loved it and have since read the follow up Hollow City, both books are very exciting and tense. I found them very easy to read and enjoyable.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This book should come with some kind of risk warning like: Caution – this book may make living a normal life difficult for a good week after you’ve finished reading it. But seriously, without wanting to give too much away, before you embark upon The Fault in Our Stars, prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster!
It’s brilliant, it really is. It’s one of those books where you wish you could wipe your memory of ever having read it just so you can read it again without knowing what happens. And the thing is, despite the majority of the characters being desperately ill you never once feel sorry for them. They don’t want your sympathy, instead they want you to laugh along with them when they make funny jokes out of their situation like: “I’ve gotten really hot since you went blind.”
It’s absolutely 100% worth a read, I don’t know anyone who’s read it and not liked it.
Note: This book has been adapted into a film and is currently showing in cinemas now in the UK.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The beautiful fantastical descriptions in this story are written to perfectly to help you imagine the wonderful place of the Night Circus that’s created by magic and held together by the people that work in the circus. The characters are especially well written, they helped to keep the story grounded and authentic as their actions and motives were convincing. The author gives the reader the experience of visiting the circus by describing in great details the sights, smells, sounds and tastes, which I think she does very well, letting your imagination run wild!
The Player of Games by Iain M Banks
The Player of Games is a sci-fi novel set in the far future, where the main civilization – ‘The Culture’ has advanced to the point where nobody needs to work anymore. Instead they fill their time pursuing their own interests, leading to a huge rise in popularity in art, skills and particularly in games. Jernau, the main character, has spent his life mastering countless games, and is renowned as one of the best in the entire civilization. After cheating trying to score a perfect game, he is blackmailed and sent to a remote and barbaric civilization across the universe to compete in their very serious games competition, where he will need all his wits and cunning to survive the many rounds and ultimately face off against the emperor himself.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Meet Oskar who lives in New York with his Mum and Dad. His Grandma lives just across the road so Oskar can see her apartment out of his bedroom window. In fact Oskar and his Grandma keep walkie talkies so they can speak whilst looking through their windows at each other.
Every weekend, Oskar’s Dad sets a scavenger hunt for him, through the streets of the city. These hunts encourage Oskar to talk to people and do things that he is scared of.
But then everything goes wrong when he gets a call from his Dad who’s stuck in one of the World Trade Centre Buildings on 9/11.
Not long after the funeral, Oskar finds a vase in his Dad’s wardrobe and right at the bottom of it is a key. This will be Oskar’s final scavenger hunt set by his Dad.
And it will be, by far, the greatest.
The end of the academic year is approaching and students are competing assignments, some are saying goodbye to friends and staff as their studies have finished at Derby College, and we would like to wish all those students every success in their future endeavours.
There are some students who will be returning in September to complete their education at Derby College and we look forward to seeing them again.
Now as the summer is upon us we in the library have been discussing holidays, and the books we like to read, also ones we have read in the last year. Therefore we’d like recommend some summer reading while you take a break from your studies, and the following oncoming posts will provide you with our favourites and their reviews.
Today the libraries celebrate the end of the 6 Book Challenge that was launched in January. The idea was set to students to read 6 books in 6 months, there were many who signed up for the challenge and across sites we have had over 100 people read 1 to 6 books.
We in the libraries are congratulating all participants who will attend presentations that are happening in the libraries and classrooms over the next week. Participants will receive various combinations of prizes from book bags, bookmarks, pens, note pads to key rings, and all will be awarded a certificate from the Reading Agency who launched the 6 Book Challenge.