The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


I have no idea how I came to acquire this book. I don’t remember buying it. I don’t remember receiving it. Within the pages is a receipt from 2012 at a bookshop in Egypt (not completely weird; used to live there) but I have no recollection of this book or how it came to be in my possession. Weird ha?

I really didn’t know what to think about this one after reading the blurb; the story claiming to be about a baby who grows up in a graveyard after its family is brutally murdered and is raised by the ghosts and spirits who reside in the graveyard accompanied by his guardian. And from there we watch Bod (short for Nobody Owens) grow up in the graveyard meeting the various spirits that live there. It was interesting!

I wish I had read this a couple of years ago when its writing style and story would have made much more of an impact but if I’m being completely honest, the cover put me off not to mention the frankly morbid title. But I enjoyed it, and from me reading it I’ve realized actually how popular this fanbase is.

I was gripped as much as you could be from a book that says on the back Ages 10 and above.

Well, it is above…

Thank you Mr Gaiman, who I’ve realized and wrote many other cool books, for reminding me of the most important rule of conduct for a booknerd:


I’ll leave this little note here.

“Face your life, it’s pain, it’s pleasure. Leave no path untaken.”

Tommy & Tuppence Series by Agatha Christie

This is the excerpt for a placeholder post.


First of all, I’d like to mention that The Secret Adversary was my first Agatha Christie novel to read (EVER) and I must admit, I enjoyed it as much as I did A Mysterious Affair at Styles.

Secondly, I can confirm I named my cat after Tuppence (now shortened to Penny, as my then 4 year old little brother had difficulty with pronunciation and furthermore to PenPen due to love and adoration) as I got quite attached to this duo.

The first book was great, the second was just brilliant, the third quite good, fourth not amazing and fifth, as a story wasn’t much, but was more a continuation of the lives of Tommy and Tuppence.
You get to see these characters grow and progress and admit there is no shame in getting older no matter how often people tell you it is.

I enjoyed as always the “Whodunit?” scenario and everyone of these stories meets my standards when it comes to that. I know people don’t consider it some of Christie’s best works, but I have an attachment. Leave me be.
Great characters!