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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Published July 11, 2022

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I bought this a long time ago and only really started reading it to see how alike the TV show it was. This aligns with the first series and I was surprised how faithful they had been to the book - I could see scene for scene what was happening in my mind’s eye whilst reading, having previously witnessed it on screen. It’s long, and there are a lot of characters and a lot of history, and I think if I hadn’t already watched the TV show, I’m not sure I would have got to the end.

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

Published September 22, 2021

The Runaway Jury by John Grisham

This was such an odd read. It’s a reliably good legal thriller from John Grisham, but the structure of it is a little different. There doesn’t really seem to be a protagonist, just all the various parties of a particularly odious trial, and everyone behaving quite badly. That makes it a little bit difficult to get fully invested in the story, to have someone to latch on to and root for.

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

Published April 3, 2021

Bad Girls by Jacqueline Wilson

Jacqueline Wilson is unquestionably a genius - she can write book after book that is compelling for young and old, brilliantly and perfectly capturing the emotions, confusion and fragility of being a kid in the big, bad world. This one was great because it had that extra twist of Mandy’s saviour new friend also being a bit of a rogue, then what do you do? It ended on a bit of a cliffhanger really, but that just leaves your own imagination to do the rest of the work.