Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

What can I truly say about this book?

Throughout this entire book, it was such an emotional and beautiful masterpiece that, in my opinion, really should be read by everyone. It’s one of those books that just speaks to you and that you can learn from, especially when you’re a child and then if you read it again as an adult. This book teaches you about so much and when I finished reading this book, I was left thinking about countless of things. It teaches you about right and wrong, loss and heartbreak and so much more. The innocence only a child has, mixed with the anger and rage of the war. There was so much truth, which made this book just heated with emotion. As an adult reading this book you can see everything and understand it all, whereas a child may not and does not it this book, and that breaks your heart to see. To see such audacity occur to a child. It makes you ask questions and look at yourself a little deeper. 

The two main characters, William and Tom, are so different at the start of this book, but by the time you get to the end of this book, they have become so similar. You can see how these two characters have developed and grown throughout the entirity of the book, as their development is and plays a part of the story. I can’t point to anything negative to say about this book, because of how much great the writing, the plot, the characters, the story is. This book just emotes so much. What you are left with and what you take away is important. 
I saw the movie adaptation when I was younger and had such a strong bond with that movie, that I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t want those memories tainted. This book just added to those and is one of the closest and truest book to movie adaptations I have seen. I give this book a massive 5 stars with a recommendation to everyone, no matter what age or what genre you like to read. 

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A Little Weird Book Club

There is only one person I know in my real life who loves reading as much as I do and thankfully, we have been together for over three and half years. He is a much faster reader than me, ( I am and will be always jealous of this magical super power of his), and we rarely read the same kinds of books. This means that we don’t often get to discuss the same type, author, books and etc, although, there are some we do get to talk about to great length. So to rectify this and to bring together something that we both love, we have set up our own little version of a book club, which simply started by chance.

What happened was, we both wanted to read Watership Down by Richard Adams. First time read for me and reread for him. Luckily we each had a copy and were going to start reading it around the same time anyways, so we thought this would be the perfect choice to start this little experiment on. As he is such a fast reader and I’m a slower reader, plus we both wanted to also carry on reading other books at the same time, so we set up our rules.

Rules:

  1. You can only read one chapter a night. (You can do this, while reading other books, while working. One chapter isn’t a massive strain.)
  2. If you miss a chapter/s, then you have to catch up. (You may be too busy, ill, or some other reason why you may have missed or simply forgotten to read the chapters. But you have to catch up.)
  3. You can’t finish before the end date. (It’s easy to work out how many chapters there are so when the end date is going to be, you are not allowed to finish the book ahead of time before that date.)
  4. Discuss the chapters and what you think as you’re going along. (That’s the whole point)
  5. Discuss the book as a whole at the end. (Again! That’s the point)
  6. Take it in turns on who picks the next book. (Makes it fair and get a wide range of books and get to see what books each other likes and may widen our own choices.)

We are now on our second book Goodnight Mister Tom and I’m really enjoying doing this. There isn’t loads of pressure doing it this way to read a massive amount in a short period of time, as I simply read a chapter before bed each night and have now gotten into that routine. It’s actually a nicer way for me to relax before bed each night. We did have some problems getting into this routine, especially because he “accidently” finished reading Watership Down almost two week early because he was so into the book and was behind, so he didn’t realise he had finished until it was too late. But this is a new book and hopefully this time will be more successful.

What book should we read next? Would you like to join in this weird little book club?