Books clubs are often easy to join and can allow you to share your passion for books with like-minded people.
Not only can you share your passion but you can experience reading and discussing books with new people. You can be pushed into reading out of your comfort zone.
One benefit of joining a book club is that it gives your deadlines to meet and ensures that you finish the book instead of moving onto the next. It helps you to stay in time and on track to make sure you are making the most progress possible.
It can also allow you to see new perspective on things. If you ask a group of people about one aspect of a book more likely than not you will get a lot of different answers. People look and interpret information differently and you can explore and deepen your view with the help of others.
You can meet new people and can become apart of a community. You can create relationships that stem from a love of books and you can learn how to have good discussions.
I would highly recommend joining a book group and would love to hear of you are a part of one.
Many thanks, Caitlin X
(PS please feel free to comment )
Only the Ocean by Natasha Carthew is a young adult book that focuses on a young girl who is trying to survive in a dark and scary world. You follow Kel who plans to kidnap a girl in order to fund her trip to America to receive help for her heart. Whilst doing this not everything goes to plan and they both end up stranded in the middle of the ocean with only the hope of surviving. Due to this time spent together they grow close and become friends which is unusual for someone from the ‘swamps’ and the other from the ‘towers’.
There are two main characters in this book, both young girls
named Kel and Rose. They are from completely different world and you can see
that throughout the book. The way that Kel talks in comparison to Rose show the
difference in class and education alone. They are an unlikely friendship
however as the book goes on and they learn more about one another you can see
they begin to bond. I did like these characters and did feel as though they fit
the story well even if it want my favourite book.
I did find it took a little while to get into the book as
the dialogue takes some getting used to. The writer used a lot of slang and
phonetic words. This can become confusing at times however the narration in
between the dialogue cleared things up and you could follow the story.
I wasn’t a huge fan of this book, this is just a personal opinion
however as many others do love it. I feel it lacked action for me and didn’t necessarily
keep me engaged. It also seems unrealistic in a way. I know it is a fictional
book however I find it hard that they did survive on the sea for so long when
it was described as being so wild. I also felt that the baby being in the book
was pointless. I didn’t feel it added to anything and that at times I felt the
writer had forgotten about it. I know the premise was that Kel didn’t like the
bay however I feel as though the baby wouldn’t have survived these events. At
one point when they come across a ship that they went aboard to look for food
the baby seemed to just disappear for a while.
The characters went
through a lot however everything went back to normal very quickly. For example,
Rose suffered a bad injury on her leg after their raft capsized yet despite spending
days with an open wound on an island then on the sea it seemed to just be fine.
Overall, I would say that this book wasn’t for me. I liked
the characters and felt the fit the story however I personally didn’t enjoy it.
I felt that it was long and drawn out with a few events along the way with a disappointing
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your opinion of this book if you have
ever read it or if there are any other comments you want to make)