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 →

Crippen

GoodReads ★★★★ I'm a great fan of John Boyne's books. I started of course with The boy in the striped pyjamas, but have since read almost all his books. There are very few authors whose books I look forward to as much as I do with his.This book is set in 1910 (and the years... Continue Reading →

The Dare

GoodReads ★★★ I'm usually not a big fan of novellas because there is just not enough room in there for story/character development. But this one was by John Boyne, so I just had to had it. (If I could make one little note on the enormously big printed price on the cover. The bookshops in... 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 →

Noah Barleywater Runs Away

GoodReads ★★★ It has been said that Noah Barleywater Runs Away is a mere children's book. An adventure but not more than that.It has also been said that Noah Barleywater is a thought-provoking novel, even for adults.What side am I on?It's aimed on children aged 8-12, but I believe there is so much more in... 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 →

This House Is Haunted

GoodReads ★★★ Some years ago, John Boyne was one of my favorite authors. I read all his books, and the main thing I enjoyed was how, with each and every book, he was able to switch the tone so completely. All books had different genres, from different time period historical fictions, to western and detective.... Continue Reading →

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