I am still receiving feedback from our lovely members of staff here at Berkhamsted who have shared books, either with each other or with their classes. My first entry today comes from Mrs Warburton, who says:
“I always have several books on the go but I decided to share Inheritance by Christopher Paolini with my Year 7 and Year 8 as I knew many of them would have read the Eragon series and thought that they would be interested to know that I can enjoy the same things as them – and vice versa. Having read a small section we chatted a bit about books that were films and vice versa. I left them with the idea that they must not pigeon hole books or themselves as boys/girls old/young etc.”
It is refreshing to remind ourselves that our minds should be open when it comes to reading books which are new to us, and trying different genres that we wouldn’t normally pick up can be very rewarding.
Two other members of staff have sent me reviews of books they’ve shared with others for World Book Day. Mrs Koulouris has updated me with a review of the book she was reading when I posted my first entry on World Book Day (Celebrations in School, part 1): Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s The Language of Flowers. She tells me:
“I’m not a fan of stories that bounce from past to present throughout, but this I read in two sessions! From the saddest start, through her blue room sanctuary, I was willing Victoria an happy ending. The acknowledgements are intriguing though, I will have to read up on the author, to find out about ‘Megan’ ?” Perhaps this should be a challenge for all readers of the book…
Mr van Noordwyck also shared a recommendation of books he’s read recently:
” Ever since I picked up the first paperback written by the author, Andy McNab, (the title was Bravo Two Zero), the style and entertainment value of his books was something I enjoyed during my leisure time. Apparently there was a film made, but I have not seen it yet. As it goes with film making, they never really manage to capture the thought and the emotion as successfully as an author that would write in the first person does. It is like the Bourne series – a seriously good film, but not even closely comparable with the nature and the style, the narrative version of the life of a spy. His latest book, or should I say his last published book that I read, Zero Hour, had an interesting twist and, in reading, somehow you would then think it is all over, but this man seemingly has more lives than a cat. Andy McNab is no ordinary author, he has seen it, lived it and has much to tell. The books form a series, but you can just about start reading anywhere. It is all about a secret operative, Nick Stone, who does covert operations and gets sent on missions where the average soldier would not have the grit to go and come back alive. As with most books in this series, there is always an element of surprise, a twist in the story. From conspiracies to crooked politicians to double agents, betrayal the lot – it is all in there. Certainly a good read. [We have several of Andy McNab’s books in the library: SJM]
His very latest book, entitled War Torn, is not a pleasant read to those who think that joining the forces is a good thrill. This book is set in Afghanistan where the frontline soldiers have to fight another enemy in the form of stress and strain and the anxieties they face in modern warfare. There is much trauma and the way in it affects the families and relatives casts another perspective on life as a soldier.
Another author that I rate very high is Jeffrey Archer. The last book I read authored by him was The Eleventh Commandment. It is another spy type conspiracy book written about a CIA operative, Connor Fitzgerald. He is a professional, best of the best. This man is the holder of the Medal of Honor. In the book he is portrayed as this devoted family man. He has served his country well and is about to retire when the request came. Fitzgerald comes face to face with an enemy who, for the first time, even he cannot handle–his own boss, Helen Dexter, Director of the CIA. ‘Thou Shalt Not Be Caught.’ (Hence the Eleventh Commandment.) But the CIA boss, Dexter’ s stranglehold on the agency, is threatened by a power greater than her own, and her only hope is to destroy Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a new threat to national security is emerging in the form of a ruthless hard-line Russian president who is determined to force a military confrontation between the two superpowers. It then is up to the intrepid Fitzgerald to pull off his most daring mission yet–save the world, and hopefully his own life. I could not put the book down and felt frustrated not being able to have enough time to finish, it is worse than playing Call of Duty.”
I should like to extend many thanks to the contributors to this entry. By extending their interest in reading to others, it they have shared their enjoyment of the written word. Pupils have been encouraged by members of staff from all subject backgrounds to seek out a book choice which will interest them, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. How fantastic is that?!