Stay Where You Are and Then Leave

GoodReads ★★★★★ I was very excited to read this book as I'm a great fan of John Boyne's books! I just loved the title, and had high expectations for the rest of the novel. It didn't disappoint! The story centers around Alfie during the First World War in London. One day when shoeshining near Kings... Continue Reading →

The Thief of Time

GoodReads ★★★★ This was my first John Boyne book after The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, which is really well-known. His other books are far less popular, but I can't see why, as John Boyne turned out to be one of my favorite authors. One of the things I like best, besides the style and... Continue Reading →

Next of Kin

GoodReads ★★★★ This book again is completely different from the other books by John Boyne I've read. It's a subtle crime novel as well as an intrigue novel. I think this to be one of his best books. It was just so engrossing, I couldn't stop reading.London, 1936 That's a great start!Owen Montignac has a... Continue Reading →

The Congress of Rough Riders

GoodReads ★★★ I'm a big fan of John Boyne, and this was one of the last books I hadn't read yet. So, I didn't mind the fact I really don't like cowboys and just started reading.Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed cause it turned out that I minded the cowboys after all. It was not... Continue Reading →

Mutiny on the Bounty

GoodReads ★★★★ This book tells the story of the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1789. Before I read this book, I hadn't really heard about it. But that made it more thrilling for me, as I didn't know how it was going to end and all.Boyne has a very pleasant way of telling stories, I... Continue Reading →

The Absolutist

GoodReads ★★★★ The latest novel by John Boyne! I couldn't wait to read it, but unfortunately I was supposed to get this book as a Christmas present (First World Problems), so I had to wait a little time.It was a real touching story in my humble opinion. I personally don't really know a lot about... Continue Reading →

The House of Special Purpose

GoodReads ★★★★ When I read this, I was not much of a historical novel reader, I used to read a lot of the suspense at the time. However, I gladly made an exception for John Boyne, since I'm a fan of his books! I really loved how he set once again a beautiful story in... Continue Reading →

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

GoodReads ★★★★★ (Please be aware this is an old review) I think this is one of the most discussed books published in the last few years. The story can be considered either too shocking, or not shocking enough, is Bruno really this naive?Well, I don't really care for those things, I wanted to read this... Continue Reading →

The Song of Achilles

GoodReads ★★★★★ I'll let you in on a little secret: Whenever I come across the Trojan war, I have been rooting for the Trojans. I know it doesn't make a lot of sense - we all know how it ends with the horse and the burning of Troy. It was reading The Song of Achilles... Continue Reading →

A Natural History of Dragons

GoodReads ★★★★ I like reading fake history novels. I love 'natural history' or biology as we would call it. And I would like to point out that while the title suggests this is very much a fantasy novel, this is way more a historical novel which happens to focus on describing dragons in a scientific... Continue Reading →

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