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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