This was always going to happen, I just didn’t think it would happen so soon. I’ve just read a book that doesn’t meet one of the remaining criteria for my 2015 Reading Challenge. Surprisingly, I’m ok about it (but only because I’m ahead of my goal at present).
For the last year or so I have been randomly re-reading some old books from my childhood that I no longer want to keep (examples include works by Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy and Rick Riordan). Instead, it has been my intention to pass these books (once re-read) onto my nine and ten year old cousins, who live in France. It’s better that they have the opportunity to enjoy them, as I once did, than have them clutter up my – already overflowing with books – bedroom. The first such book of 2015 was ‘Buried Alive’ by Jacqueline Wilson, which for the purpose of this blog I have named #51 A Jacqueline Wilson book.
My Goodreads Review
“‘Buried Alive’ is the sequel to ‘Cliffhanger’ by bestselling children’s author, Jacqueline Wilson. I first read this novel when I was about seven, when it was a relatively new release. I was a huge advocate of Jacqueline Wilson, and read pretty much her entire works (the exception being Glubbslyme, which I just couldn’t get into) when I was a child.
I’m currently in the re-reading process, before I hand the books down to my nine and ten year old cousins (I’m very sentimental about my books, I feel they deserve a good send off), so I was slightly disappointed by the lack of storyline in this particular book. Upon reflection, this seems to be the case with Wilson’s earlier books for 8-11 year olds (according to Random House, this is the age range they specify for these books). It is an easy read, primarily issue free novel (the exception being the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation given at the very end of the novel).
I suppose when I was a child this book would have been very amusing, but reading it as an adult, I found it cringey. It was however a tale of friendship, fun and bravery, all good life lessons!”
I read the majority of this book today in front of the fire. If Sunday’s are not for relaxing and reading, then I don’t know what they’re for! Having re-read ‘Buried Alive’, I don’t feel any sadness at gifting the book to my younger cousins. After all, I’m never going to read it again! Hopefully they can get some enjoyment from it, and then pass it on themselves.
#51 A Jacqueline Wilson book – Buried Alive by Jacqueline Wilson (4/10)
Twelve read. (Eleven down, thirty-nine to go.) – This numbers thing could get confusing from now on…
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