Favourite online bookclubs

Pottermore has opened its bookshelves to us, and we’re about to be blessed with a Harry Potter book club. Yes you did read that right.

In June, the Wizarding World Book Club will come to us to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter (sorry what). We can finally feel like we’re reading in the Great Hall, or the Common Rooms, or the Library.

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Review: Unboxed by Non Pratt

Challenge criteria: A book about a difficult topic.


Unboxed is about four teenagers who come together after several months apart. In previous years, they had put together a time capsule about their best summer with a friend who was dying. Now that their friend has passed, they reunite to open the box.

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Six books I did not finish

I may be a massive bookworm, but there are some books that even I couldn’t get through. There’s no book too long, but there can be a book too tedious.

Marking a book as DNF, or did not finish, is almost like admitting defeat. There can be so many reasons why you would abandon a book halfway through – maybe you couldn’t get into the story, or perhaps it was just too long for your concentration to hold at the time.

Whatever reason, these are some of the books I’ve closed the cover on long before the final page. If I can’t get into it after three reading attempts, our relationship comes to an end.

Image via Jared Hiebert

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Author spotlight: Jacqueline Wilson

When I was growing up, one of my favourite authors was Jacqueline Wilson. Any time my Dad ordered books from The Book People I’d always ask for a new book of hers, until it came to a point he just bought me a set to keep me quiet.

I’ve seen stage plays, films and TV shows set on her novels, and loved every second of them. Rather than the light and happy issues most books for young readers focus on, Jacqueline’s books delved a little deeper, with stories featuring domestic abuse, unemployment, divorce and bipolar disorder to mention a few.

It’s no wonder she’s one of the most beloved authors in the UK. Jacqueline told us like it was. These books formed such a huge part of my childhood, it’s hard to believe a lot of them actually pre-date me.

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