Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

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“She’s as magical as the desert sky. As mysterious as her own name. Nobody knows who she is or where she’s from. But everyone loves her for being different. And she captures Leo’s heart with just one smile.”

For anyone who has ever felt that they don’t quite fit in, Stargirl is our hero.

A modern classic, Stargirl celebrates individuality, being true and authentic to ourselves.

The bittersweet tale of friendship, love and adolescent struggles makes you wish for a friend as true as Leo.

I’ll be honest I hadn’t really heard much about this book and picked it up from a bookshop on a whim. Mainly because it looks pretty. (It really does)

I fell immediately in love and just knew that I was meant to buy this book.

Sometimes you do need to judge a book by its cover. Lovely.

Random Acts of Heroic Love – Danny Scheinmann

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This book is beautiful. Compelling, emotional and shares the truth of true love incredibly powerfully.

I love it when a book has one of those *GASP* moments when something totally unexpected takes your breath away.

This book has one of those moments. And I would never dream of spoiling it for you.

You might want some tissues for this one. And tea.

Q is for Quick Reads

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Technically a cheat on this tricky letter Q…but these Quick Reads titles are a bit blooming brilliant and I’ve discovered loads of new favourite authors by picking up one of these ‘pocket money’ titles. Linwood Barclay is a prime example.

I picked this up just before a train journey for less than the price of a cuppa and by the time I’d got to Bristol I was a new fan and determined to read everything else he has ever written. (I since have)

I used to hate novellas. By the time you’ve settled in and feel you’re getting to know the characters then oh, it’s over. But good ones, really good ones, time it perfectly and just leave you wanting more. In a good way.

Try a Quick Read. Like literary tapas.

Enjoy.

Peter Pan – J.M. Barrie

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In today’s post I have to admit I am a book thief and beg for forgiveness from my dearest sister.

Clearly this book isn’t mine. And yet it’s still found in my possession. Just because I love it and 1980 is the year I was born.

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More evidence of my librarian obsession can also be found here. Ticks and stamps.

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All that’s left to say…sorry Sis!

O is for…Organizations don’t tweet. People do.

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We’re well over the halfway mark of the April A to Z blog challenge now – doesn’t time fly when you’re having so much bloggy fun?! Theming my posts for this year was definitely a good decision (Thanks Cath!) and has really helped focus my attention and will hopefully create an eclectic and helpful reading list.

A quick reminder that my theme is based on books which have impacted my life. I’m sharing 26 wonderful books (with some degree of artistic license) that have punctuated my 34 years on Earth. If you’ve been with me throughout, you’ll already know that I’m a giant soppy bookworm with a secret penchant for sideline librarianism….yeah, the cool kid.

Today marks the time my career took me back into communications, and specifically digital communications.

I bloody love it. (both my work and this book)

When it was all so new and undiscovered and confusing and scary and (a bit) geeky, this book introduced some brilliant ideas and principles about the social web which made things feel a bit more normal, common sense and exciting.

Split into short chapters of amazingness, this book rocks.

If you work in communications you need to read this book. Actually, scrap that – if you work ANYWHERE you need to read this book. And then get your colleagues to read it too.

Have I bigged it up enough?

The Naughtiest Girl is a Monitor – Enid Blyton

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Today’s post follows on from yesterday’s really, where I shared how much I got lost in books as a small child.

This was one of my favourites. Not this actual copy, there were hundreds of books I loved so sadly most are long gone. But when I spotted this identical copy to the one I owned in a little shop in Hay-on-Wye I just had to buy it.

Is there something from your childhood you’d love to replace if you could?

Matilda – Roald Dahl

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If you don’t love Matilda, I might have to question if you have a heart.

Who can fail to fall in love with the adorable little girl who escapes her life by diving into book after book after book? Her voracious appetite for knowledge and stories allowing her to disappear into faraway lands.

I didn’t have an awful existence to escape, but I did love the possibilities and adventures that books brought into my life.

I remember the day my primary school telephoned my mum. You can imagine her reaction – “Oh no, what has she done?”

“Mrs H, you’re going to have to take your daughter to the local library. She has read every single book we have in school.”

Yup. I had. Even the boring ones. Even the ridiculous ones about engines and ghosts and how plants grow. I couldn’t get enough.

My tastes have become slightly more refined these days but that crazy appetite for books is still there. Hence my A to Z theme this year I guess.

My Mum took me to the local library and I loved it! Still do. And the school library made me a librarian (proudest day) Who else knew so much about the contents of the shelves? I was like a human Amazon recommendation back when the Amazon was only a river.

I wish I could find the yellow librarian badge to show you…I know I still have it somewhere.

Way cooler than a Blue Peter badge. I got to stamp stuff.