Blogger Book Nook #6 Book swaps

This month the Blogger Book Nook organised a book swap and the questions for our blog posts are all based on sharing the love of books. I sent Katrina my copy of Relativity and she sent me Matt Haig’s How To Stop Time.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig

How to Stop Time is like a mix of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Adjustment Bureau. Tom is currently working as a history teacher in a secondary school – but he’s also sat at a bar with F. Scott Fitzgerald, appeared on the stage with Shakespeare and sailed with Captain Cook. You see, Tom has a condition which means he doesn’t age at the same rate as everyone else and is 400 years old. And every eight years he has to change his identity in order to protect himself. He can’t become attached to anyone or anything, which isn’t too hard since he lost his wife hundreds of years ago, but now there’s this woman who might be worth risking everything for.

It’s a really interesting exploration of what we’ve learned from history and what it means to truly live. So many people go through life without taking chances because they fear loss but what if you’re doomed to just lose everyone anyway? It sounds like quite a tragic book but it’s actually really moving and hopeful. It also includes a beautiful poem about skyscrapers, which I’ll leave you to discover yourself.

Now on to this month’s questions:

1. Is there a fellow book blogger whose shelves you’d love to raid?
I’m forever adding recommendations from Lauren Evie‘s blog to my wish list, so I reckon that’d be a pretty great start.

2. If you could swap lives with any book character for a day, who would it be?
A character suggests this should be fiction, so that rules out a few I had in mind. I could go period for the fun dresses or I could go for someone modern and sassy with oodles of confidence… I think I’ve just realised that I can’t name a modern fictional female character who I would want to trade places with. Do no strong female characters exist? I want to pick someone from a typical novel rather than a superhero or someone from a fantasy novel (so no Ms Marvel or Katniss). Please hit me up with some suggestions if you know of any. In the meantime, I’ll go with Emma from Jane Austen’s Emma.

emma by jane austen

3. Do you normally swap books with friends or do you hang on to books you’ve finished reading?
I lend some but tend to hang on to them – unless I sign up to a swap and then spend days deciding what to part with.

4. If you could send a copy of one book that you really love to everybody on the planet, which would it be?
You Do You or The Self-Care Project. Both really important messages – look after yourself!

You Do You by Sarah Knight book review

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy - book review

Come to think of it, We Should All Be Feminists is a must-read too.

5. Is there a book on your shelf that you love so much, you’d never swap it with anybody?
All of my pretty books. Anything with a stunning cover is definitely a keeper.

penguin clothbound classics

Do you ever take part in book swaps?

4 thoughts on “Blogger Book Nook #6 Book swaps”

  1. I love this review! I’ve not actually read a book by Matt Haig, I did start reasons to stay alive but I struggled to read it mostly because I’m not an avid non fiction reader, it takes a special something for me to be enthralled by a non fiction book. When I heard about this book though I was intruiged and after reading this review I am tempted to read it. I’ve also been tempted to read you do you!


    1. Awesome, happy to help! I’ve not read Reasons to Stay Alive but really want to. I had a copy but misplaced it when I moved. Over a year later I still don’t have a clue where it is but I know if I buy it I’ll find it!

  2. I love the sound of How To Stop Time, so I’ve just gone and bought myself a copy! Thanks for writing about it! The Time Traveller’s Wife is my fave book, so it sounds right up my alley. I also love those clothbound classics- they’re just so pretty. I have a few of them, but not as many as you. :)

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