Finished Lord of the Rings! At last!

An era has ended for me, for I have just finished the Lord of the Rings! That’s right, after about half a year of on/off reading, I have finally got to the end of those devilishly hard-to-read books. Why did it take so long? I really don’t know. The truth is that the Lord of…

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

There are many books in the world where one read simply doesn’t do them justice. There are some books that have to be read, if not over and over again, at least more than once. Three of these such books are Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass, or ‘His Dark Materials’ if…

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

I read ‘The Fault in our Stars’ by John Green, for two reasons. Firstly everybody I knew seemed to have read it and secondly, it had a really cool cover. It tells the story of Hazel, a girl with cancer who is using a constant stream of drugs to keep her alive. One day, at…

Osgiliath? When did they go to Osgiliath?

That, and by that I mean the title, is a very good question. Where does it say in the Lord of the Rings, or in any of the dozen books of notes accompanying them that Faramir took Frodo, Sam and Gollum to Osgiliath? Nowhere. So why the hell does director choose to add in that…

The Higher Institute of Villainous Education

HIVE; a school hidden on a mysterious island, in the middle of the Pacific island. HIVE; a school house in a volcano, home to scientists, assasins and talking cats. HIVE; the ultimate school for villains. The HIVE serues follows the trail of Otto Malpense, Wing Fanchu, Laura Brand and Shelby Trinity as they begin their…

The PenPal Magazine

At school I am currently undertaking the ASDAN CoPE qualification. To complete this you have to undertake several tasks and challenges which you can undertake in any way you can. Here is the latest task I have been given: “You have two weeks to publish and book or magazine of at least 6 pages, which…

The Lord of the Rings trilogy

I may confess that I spend too much time watching films over and over again, and rarely straying out from a select few. However recently I have engaged myself with the award winning, Lord of the Rings trilogy. The stories are set on the mystical land of Middle-Earth, a place ruled by the evil tyrant…

Top 5 Book Series

After the brilliant post I did a few days ago, I set my mind on thinking up a sequel. However, whilst browsing through my book collection, I found that I have not read many bad books and most of the ones I have had been put down after the first few pages. And so I…

My Top Ten Reads

Being a quick reader can both be a blessing but also a curse and I am currently (not for the first time) at a loss for what to read. Today I am going to be sharing with you, my top ten favourite books hoping that when you are stuck for book ideas, you can come…

Let the blogging commence

I would not say that I commit myself to many things. But when I do, I always give it my best shot. This blog; PenPal is really just a place where I can scrawl out all my thoughts; whether it be a good book I have just read, quote I have heard, or just something…