Monday, 2 July 2012

Just Finished Reading: Holes

Hey everyone else out there! When you've  finished reading 'that book' here's a suggestion  for something a bit more 'wholesome'.  Geddit?!

At some time I expect I'll get around to reading Fifty Shades of Grey for, at least, the comedic value  that some of the many one star reviews on Amazon are suggesting it has.  At the moment though I'll crack on with the pile of books that I've have been gifted and  accumulated from various secondhand sources. I've not been my usually prolific reading self this year.  There's a book by the perfectly acceptable author, Margaret Atwood that I've had on the go for months but somehow have failed to complete.  So, I've put it on the back burner for the time-being and decided to give this novel, tried and tested by Scary Secretary before me a try.  I hoped that it would kickstart a seemingly latent reading habit.  And it seems  to have worked as I've finished it in just three days.

There's nothing bad to say about Holes.   Firstly it has a lizard on the cover and aside from Komodo dragons, the mere thought of which make my flesh crawl,  I just love those iconic beasties even when they turn out to be poisonous like the ones in this novel.  It's an unusual story about boys digging in a dried up lake at a US young offender's correctional facility in Texas, supposedly to build their character but the warden has a ulterior motive for choosing this particular task.  There are many interwoven themes that include social injustice and love lost and found.    What makes this book  all the more remarkable is that it's aimed at kids aged 11 and upwards, a fact that escaped me until I did a bit of research for this post.  However the brilliantly crafted  writing and the clever circular plot means that it easily crosses those inter-generational boundaries.  So when you're all mummy porned out and yearn for something a little more uplifting, why not give this a go?


  1. I remember reading this book for school when I was 12, I loved it then.

    I think I might read it again actually :)

  2. Loved the movie with Sigourney Weaver.
    Love your blog. Keep up the good work.

  3. My grandson age 14 gave me this book to read as he enjoyed it so much. I thought it was a fabulous book and read it in a couple of days. A lot of books I read and enjoy, but I quickly forget them. This one has stayed in my memory. My favourite book is Cider with Rosie by Laurie Lee. I often pick it up and just read any random chapter. It gives me a warm feeling when reading it. I haven't commented before, but I love your blog which is in my favourite's list.