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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Random House UK/Transworld Publishers

Synopsis:

In 1972, two seconds were added to time. It was in order to balance clock time with the movement of the earth. Byron Hemming knew this because James Lowe had told him and James was the cleverest boy at school. But how could time change? The steady movement of hands around a clock was as certain as their golden futures.

Then Byron’s mother, late for the school run, makes a devastating mistake. Byron’s perfect world is shattered. Were those two extra seconds to blame? Can what follows ever be set right

Thoughts:

I absolutely loved Rachel Joyce’s debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, so I went into reading this book with very high expectations. I think it’s a good read, but for me, I wasn’t as gripped as I thought I might be. That said, it’s incredibly easy to read, and it confirms my thoughts that Rachel Joyce is a brilliant writer.

I think what stands out the most about this book, is the very moving moments, much like Harold Fry. The young boy in this book, Byron, goes through a journey too, but this time the journey is growing up and making choices rather than going on an epic physical journey.

The book tells a story of different people. Byron and James who are two middle-class boys, growing up in the 1970s. Byron is very obsessive about two seconds that are going to be added to the year. His best friend James is his source of advice on several matters because James is incredibly intelligent. One day, Byron’s mother has an accident as she’s driving Byron and his sister to school. Byron blames the accident on the two added seconds and becomes completely obsessed with these two extra seconds. Byron and James investigate the accident and the consequences of the accident with ‘Operation Perfect’. Without spoiling the book, things escalate and have an affect on the boys…Another story that runs through the book is Jim’s story. Jim struggles with mental health issues and receives advice from his colleagues.

I enjoyed reading this book. Like Harold Fry, the matters in the book are dealt with incredibly sensitively, and there are some beautiful characters with fabulous relationships. I particularly liked the relationship between Byron and his mum. Whilst I didn’t enjoy it as much as Harold Fry, I’m still encouraged by Rachel Joyce’s writing and I’d definitely read more from her!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
As You Wake- Amy Martin

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Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s Top Ten List is 10 books that feature travel in some way. This is really going to be quite difficult for me to think of some but I’m sure looking around at other blogs will give me some inspiration to read more books that involve travel!

So here we go, in no particular order…

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Saving June by Hannah Harrington- I read this book after reading Speechless. I really enjoyed the road trip Harper went on to California. It also included a lot of music, which I absolute love in a book!

 

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One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayner- Okay, this one is very loosely based on travel, but it’s a heart-breaking story of an incident on a train that changes the lives of some individuals. It really made me feel so sad, but it was a great story!

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Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella- Another one that briefly mentions travel. Emma spills her secrets to a stranger on a train that ends up being the company’s CEO.

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce- This is such a sweet book. The travel in this book is by foot. It’s a heart-warming story.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker- I love this book! It’s about a girl who travels to Burma to learn more about her father that disappeared without a trace.

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The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S Lewis- I know this is a bit of a stretch, but it does involve travel to a different place. It’s such a magical story, it’s always been a favourite!

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Chasing Daisy by Paige Toon- This is a good chick-lit read. It’s got a bit more depth than your average chick-lit. Some parts were incredibly sad!

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Lucy in the Sky by Paige Toon- Another book that includes travel from Paige Toon. This is an easy read and nice and light. Just what I need sometimes!

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The Very Thought Of You by Rosie Alison – This book is loosely based on travel too. It is about a young girl who is evacuated from London to Yorkshire. It has some interesting psychological observations.

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The Lost Daughter- Diane Chamberlain- I really like Diane Chamberlain’s writing and this book was the first I had read of hers. It was about a young girl who made mistakes and ended up running away from her problems, creating a new life for herself.

Please feel free to share your links so I can see what is on your list this week! Not that I need to add to my TBR pile… but I swear I do every week!

 

Stacking The Shelves #21

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I’ve got a bit of a mixed selection this week. I’ve tried to be good, you see. I have far too many books on my shelves. I’ve also been super busy, I’ve been at Hay Festival, you can check my blog post about it HERE and tonight I’m off to a concert. Busy, busy, busy. But I’ve got loads of reading done on my travels which is always a bonus!

NetGalley/Edelweiss

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I really enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by this author so I was excited to be approved for her next book.

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This book sounded really interesting! So I decided to give it a go!

Bought:

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A gift:

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I want to read more of John Boyne’s work, so when my sister saw this in one of Hay’s many bookshops, she bought it for me!

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Another book bought for me by my sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave your links in the comment below and I’ll check out what you’ve been adding to your TBR piles at some point this weekend!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

Synopsis:
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

Thoughts:

I was recommended this book by my sister who read it earlier this year. It is now on Richard and Judy’s Spring Reads which I’m thrilled about because the more people that read this gem the better!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a touching tale of a retired couple, Harold and Maureen living in Devon, when Harold receives a letter that will change their future. It starts with a walk to the post box but ends up with a walk that will change both of their lives. Harold walks for miles and for days on end to fulfil a promise to a dear friend.

I found the book beautifully understated. It was very poignant at times but with some gentle humour along the way. The story of Harold and Maureen’s past slowly unfolds as the story draws to an end. Instead of making this feel dragged out, Rachel Joyce’s writing takes the reader along the walk with Harold and the journey of their lives up to this point.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a book that moved me with its observations on human nature. An impressive debut novel.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading Next:
Some Kind Of Fairy Tale- Graham Joyce