I’m lucky enough to be sent lots of books to review. I almost always* try to read the first chapter to see if it grabs me before deciding what to do. If I like the first chapter, the book goes on my (enormous) TBR pile. If I don’t, it goes on my (equally enormous) give away pile.
When Caddy’s World arrived, I thought it was a very pretty cover (and it’s a hardback with the cover printed directly on rather than on a dust jacket – I like that) and sat down to read the first chapter… and then just kept on reading. I can’t ever remember doing that before!
If you’ve read any of Hilary McKay’s Casson Family books, you’ll know just what to expect, but I hadn’t so I was just… The quote from The Guardian on the cover says “Entrancing” and it’s exactly right. I was entranced.
I finished it this morning in tears and I can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series. It’s just a sweet, funny, clever, sad and magical book. I absolutely loved it.
* Sometimes I don’t read the first chapter. Sometimes I don’t even read the back cover blurb. Sometimes I only have to look at the cover before a book goes on the give away pile. Like this one.