Reading Round Up Post

It feels like forever and a day since I wrote a blog post. If you follow me on social media you will have noticed how busy things have been for me lately: I am going to try my best to get back in to the swing of things again and keep my blog up to date. It’s a massive part of me and I begin to feel down when I fall behind.

In this post, I just want to share with you some of the books I have managed to read lately. I plan on giving you a brief synopsis and share with you my thoughts and feelings on each book. So here we go, lovelies…


“How to be Good” by Nick Hornby

I was sent this book via a bookswap with the lovely @abbeylouisarose! Thanks you chick! This book is basically an insight into an unhappy married couple’s life. They have 2 children, a nice house and live comfortably and yet the protagonist never seems to be happy. The story is told from the wife’s perspective: She is a doctor and believes because of this she is a good person – even though she cheats on her husband and sleeps with another man. I feel as though the wife is an unreliable narrator; she doesn’t really know what she wants. Some random man called ‘Goodnews’ who is notorious for his healing powers moves in with them and starts to change the husbands outlook in life – it’s all very bizarre. You have to read it to understand what I mean. It’s a very quick and easy read. Hat off to Nick Horny for writing from a women’s perspective however I really didn’t like the wife in this book: Personally, I felt as though she just moaned throughout the whole book and was a bit of a miserable cow. I found the book quite disheartening and it does have the potential to put you off marriage, kids and settling down. I would probably give this book 2 or 3 stars out of 5.


“Choke” by Chuck Palahniuk

Palahniuk is notorious for his famous novel “Fight Club”. I picked up this book as it was described as “fight club for sex addicts”. I thought it sounded intriguing and I wanted to give it a bash. In a nutshell, this book is about a man who is addicted to sex and seems to have slept with everyone and their mum.  He attends meetings (like an AA meeting) but for sex addicts. It is held in a church – the irony of this is that he sleeps with women from this addiction group in the church. He makes a living out of scamming people in restaurants by pretending to choke and allowing people to ‘save’ him: Apparently, these people feel indebted to him for the rest of his life after saving him. He has a best friend who has a strange notion for collecting rocks. I think this is a bit of a strange read and I have to reiterate my statement that I used for Hornby’s ‘How to be Good’ – it’s all very bizarre. 3/5 for this one I think! (I have now passed on this book to a girl called Abigail in my college class for her to read).


“The Mortal Instruments” series by Cassandra Clare

Wow. I could literally write pages upon pages if I were to give my opinion on this magnificent book series. It was truly incredible. It takes you in to a whole other world and totally absorbs you. I became so attached to the characters that I would think about them in my daily life and it felt as though they were real. I ended up watching the film, and the Netflix series ‘Shadowhunters’ after reading these books because I was just taken in by the whole concept of this series! Cassandra Clare certainly knows what she is doing. I have already reviewed the first book in the series ‘City of Bones’ which you can read HERE. But I just wanted to mention this book series in this round up post as I have completed all 6 books now and I loved every single second of each and every one of them. I would highly recommend. 5/5 stars for every book.


“Sisters on Bread Street” by Frances Brody

This book was an absolutely tremendous read. Frances Brody is a natural story teller and I look forward to reading more of her books in the near future. Sisters on Bread Street tells the story of two sisters living in poverty during times of war – with a German/Jewish father. The ‘Wood Sisters’ find themselves trying to make money to get by as their Father is unable to get work. The protagonist, Julia, has a good head on her shoulders and tries to earn money by making and sell pies in order to make some money to live on – and look after relatives and friends. Margaret (Julia’s sister) has other plans in mind: she seeks a wealthy husband to marry in order to live comfortably. Things get tough for Julia and Margaret as the war worsens; lives are lost and hearts are broken in this truly compelling story. I rate this book 5/5 stars and I think it is a book that I will re-read again in the future. Highly recommend.

I absolutely love getting lost in a book. I’ve been doing lots of reading at the moment. Expect more book round up posts soon!

Until next time








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  1. abbeylouisarose
    December 12, 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Hey Charlene! Loved this little round up from you, it’s great to see what you’ve been reading! Thank you for including the book that I sent to you! I’m sorry you didn’t think it was the best read out there, I picked it because all the blurb on the cover said it was really funny haha – whoops 🙈🙈 Would love to see more reading round ups from you in future!

    Abbey ✨

    • December 12, 2016 / 8:10 pm

      Hello chick,
      Haha! Don’t worry about it! Even when you’re not particularly fond of a book it’s still interesting to read it and take things from it! I’ve got a few more Nick Hornby books that I’m going to read soon and see if they are the same or any better! Let’s do another book swap soon. What did you think of the book I sent you chick? Thanks for dropping me a comment! Lots of love

      Charlene McElhinney

  2. December 13, 2016 / 1:00 am

    I love this post so much! TMI is my favourite book series! You need to read Lady Midnight! It’s fantastic! I would also recommend the Throne of Glass series if you haven’t read them! Xx

    • December 13, 2016 / 7:57 am

      Hi chick!
      I’ve heard lots of good things about The Throne of Glass series so I may put them on my TBR list! I’ve got so many books to work my way through – I love it. So glad you enjoyed this post chick and that you’re a fellow TMI fan!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney Xo

  3. December 13, 2016 / 10:50 am

    Thank you for another great post Charlene! As you know I’m currently making my way through The Mortal Instruments and I’m loving it so much, I definitely recommend trying to read her other books as they all link together and I just know you’ll love it! I also can’t wait to see more reading round ups from you in the future!

    Tabitha xx =^.^=

    • December 13, 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Hello chick,
      I’m already 76% through ‘Remember Me?’ that you sent out to me – it’s fab! And I’ll be including it in my next round up post! So glad you’re reading TMI & I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

      Lots of love
      Charlene McElhinney

  4. December 16, 2016 / 1:25 pm

    Hey babes! Love this post, I too love getting lost in a book and disappearing into a whole different world!!! =P Currently reading a true life book about death and grief which is absolutely incredible and I’m only a few chapters in!!
    Perhaps I too should start a series like this on my blog, would you be interested in writing for me if I did!?!?!? I would love to have you on board babes!!!!
    A wonderful round up post babes please do more in the future!!!
    Sunshine Sarah xoxoxo

    • December 16, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Hi chick,
      Of course I would be interested in writing for you – any time! Always a pleasure! Love ya to bits chick and thanks for dropping by my blog! So glad you loved this post as I’m doing lots of reading lately and have lots of books lined up to write about! Xxx

  5. December 16, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    Ooh I’m so in love with the Mortal Instruments series! I haven’t finished them all yet but I’ve also watched the tv show and I’m kind of obsessed… Especially with Isabelle’s lipstick in the tv show – so gorgeous xx

    • December 16, 2016 / 3:48 pm

      The Mortal Instruments is life! Everything about it! I totally agree – we need to write in to her and find out what she was wearing haha!! Thanks for commenting lovely. Charlene McElhinney Xx

      • December 16, 2016 / 6:33 pm

        I’ve slowed down with reading them so they don’t end so soon! Can’t wait for the next season of the tv show too 😍 it’s so beautiful! I may also have to watch the film they made just because haha xx

  6. Lucy
    December 16, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    I loved the first mortal instruments book and then fell out of love pretty quick with the whole siblings thing. 😑 I need to read the prequels as they look v good.

    • December 19, 2016 / 9:43 am

      The siblings thing was so frustrating – I was like noooo hurry up and just let them be together! Yeah they do poppet – have you read the infernal devices??? Thanks for dropping by my blog!

      Charlene McElhinney

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