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Chesterton Reading Club

Judging books by their covers...
We're always told that "one shouldn't judge a book by its cover", but most people do, don't they? To judge the fairness of our instinctive dust-jacket judging, we decided to ask which of the eight covers from this year's shortlist is the most appealing. It will be fascinating to see if these results are similar to the judgments that we go on to make about the stories.
Posted on: 19 May 2015

An introduction to "The Fastest Boy in the World"
This is an inspirational book about a boy who found his dream and followed it through his life, even through the death of his grandfather, the person who helped him find his dream. - Tomoaki
Posted on: 11 May 2015

An introduction to "More Than This"
"More Than This" is a classic shady thriller, a book that shows a new twist with each turn of the page. The writer has introduced the story very suddenly, with no background information about the characters at all. This captures the imagination at once, and as the book goes on, we find deeper emotional complexity within the shady backstory, with several passages being surprisingly touching. Patrick Ness creates an avid story that is impossible to put down. All in all a great book, well worth the read! - Ioanna
Posted on: 06 May 2015

Thoughts on "The Middle of Nowhere"
"The Middle of Nowhere" is a really exciting book that provides an interesting insight into life in the Australian Outback. I really enjoyed this book as the description was fantastic, so you could really picture the surroundings in your head and imagine what the characters would look like. There were many characters and the storyline was quite complex, which made it fascinating and hard to put down, but it could get a little bit confusing at times. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure stories. - Ruby
Posted on: 06 May 2015

An introduction to "The Fastest Boy in the World"
"The Fastest Boy in the World" is a very sweet book, with touching moments and also thrilling parts that make you want to keep on turning the pages to find out what happens next. The writer has a beautiful way with words that binds the reader to the pages and keeps them ravenous for more. All in all, "The Fastest Boy in the World" is a great book, with an unexpected but charming ending, and several parts that really add texture to the short novel. - Lissy
Posted on: 06 May 2015

First impressions of "Apple and Rain" (Our first review!)
From the minute you begin, "Apple and Rain" immediately causes you to transform your surroundings to the everyday life of Apple. The opening sentences get you asking questions at once: what's going to happen next? What's going to happen to Apple? These intrigues mean that the book is impossible to put down! Your curiosity for the welfare of the characters forbids you to lose sight of the pages! "Apple and Rain" fills you with empathy and its poignant factors make the book thoroughly enjoyable! - Louise
Posted on: 03 May 2015