Cover to Cover with the Golden Compass

Reading The Golden Compass was a coming of age for me – it was darker and more serious than any book I’d ever read before. Philip Pullman takes his readers seriously: he might be writing for teens and pre-teens, but he pulls no punches. I mean, the series name comes from a line in Paradise Lost; rather than worry about what his readers were capable of understanding, Pullman wrote a deeply intellectual and metaphorical novel for teenagers.

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Cover to Cover with Jurassic Park

I went through a huge Michael Crichton phase as a teenager where I read pretty much every word he put to paper. Airframe made me terrified of flying,Sphere made me want to take up scuba diving / alien hunting, and Jurassic Park climbed into my heart and found a little home there forever.

And also it has a million beautiful, campy covers. You’ll probably recognize this iconic first-run edition:

First edition paperback

Obviously the dinosaur theme is a popular one for this novel’s covers, and we see it pop up a bunch of times – interestingly, always a skeleton and never a live dinosaur.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the elusive releases of 2015

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It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted as ever by The Broke and the Bookish! This week is make-your-own-theme, so I took it as a chance to put together a list of 2015 books that I still haven’t managed to get my hands on – not including this fall’s  line-up of crazy excellent yet-to-be-released fiction. (Hint: that’s next week’s Top Ten Tuesday.)

Click on the cover image to pop over to the Goodreads page!

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