I love Marian Keyes. She is an ambassador for Irish women, a humanitarian and a seemingly decent human being. She is also the one of the best and most...moreI love Marian Keyes. She is an ambassador for Irish women, a humanitarian and a seemingly decent human being. She is also the one of the best and most under rated writers in the known universe and when people describe her books as chick lit it makes me want to put them on my Shovel List (read the book and you'll see). I have just finished Mercy Close, and I have laughed, cried and cheered in equal measure. It is fabulous, but more importantly, if you've ever suffered from depression this book offers understanding and hope. Marian Keyes, you are a goddess amongst women and this book is utterly classy. (less)
This may well be my favourite book. The first time I read it, I was ten years old and it was like nothing I'd ever read before. It's just magical.
Mai...moreThis may well be my favourite book. The first time I read it, I was ten years old and it was like nothing I'd ever read before. It's just magical.
Maia, the narrator, is the orphan of two famed explorer parents. Her guardian, the staid and stuffy Mr. Murray, discovers that she has relatives living in the Amazon and, thinking that Maia needs a family, he sends her off to live with Mr. and Mrs. Carter and their twin daughters. Maia goes with an open mind, expecting a loving home and great adventure, but the twins are cold and unwelcoming and Maia's only real friend on the River Sea is her governess, Miss Minton. But then she meets a mysterious native boy, and realises that the Amazon of her dreams may not be so far away...
I adore this book. Eva Ibbotson was a truly gifted writer and I cried buckets when she died last year. The Amazon setting is brought so vividly to life that you can actually smell the soil and hear the leaves rustling as you read. I've gone back to this book every year right into adulthood and it never fails to thrill me utterly.
Highly recommended to children and adults of all ages. (less)
I reread Anna this week because I was a bit miserable and Anna is better than hot buttered toast and a pot of tea. And shopping. And puppies. Actually...moreI reread Anna this week because I was a bit miserable and Anna is better than hot buttered toast and a pot of tea. And shopping. And puppies. Actually, I think it should be handed out free as part of cheering everyone up, but that's just me.
Anna, for the uninitiated, is a teenage girl who gets sent to Paris for her senior year of high school. Amazing, Anna is not too happy about this, because things are finally 'hotting up'(I love that phrase) with her co-worker Toph and she'd rather not be seperated from her mum and her friends. But then...but then...but then....Anna meets Etienne St Clair (hi St Clair...if you and Anna ever call it quits....). Anna likes the very British and very hunky Etienne St Clair very much. But, devastatingly (to readers anyway) St Clair has a girlfriend. Queue a year of flirting, will-they-won't-they moments and near misses as Anna and St Clair basically dance around each other, while us readers shake the book incessantly and yell at them to hurry up and get on with it. It's fabulous. I love this book. I recommend it to everyone. My mum, my nan, all my friends...read this book. You won't regret it. (less)