The Book Thief – Markus Zusak *Reading Challenge Recap*

18 Oct

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Challenge – #2/782 Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition

Synopsis – 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier.
Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall.

My Thoughts – I read this book back in 2014 and annoying can’t find my thoughts on it! I read this around the same time that the movie came out as I really wanted to watch the movie but wanted to read the book first! From what I remember – and the 5 Stars I’ve put on goodreads for it – it was a really enjoyable book – if you could call it that! I am really into books set during the Second World War and this book was not only set in this time period but was also about books – which is brilliant in my book!

Rating – 5/5 (According to Goodreads)

Recommendations 

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (Challenge Book), Number the Stars – Lois Lowry, Summer of my German Soldier – Bette Greene, I Am The Messenger – Markus Zusak (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition- Number the Stars – Lois Lowry, Summer of my German Soldier – Bette Green, I am the Messenger – Markus Zusak, Incantation – Alice Hoffman (Challenge Book)

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The Borrowers – Mary Norton *Reading Challenge Recap*

17 Oct

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Challenge – Ultimate Book Guide #3/672

Series – The Borrowers (I read the series back in 2013 – If you click on the links it will take you back to my original reviews)

Synopsis – The Borrowers live in the secret places of quiet old houses; behind the mantelpiece, inside the harpsichord, under the kitchen clock. They own nothing, borrow everything, and think that human beings were invented just to do the dirty work. Arrietty’s father, Pod, was an expert Borrower. He could scale curtains using a hatpin, and bring back a doll’s teacup without breaking it. Girls weren’t supposed to go borrowing but as Arrietty was an only child her father broke the rule, and then something happened which changed their lives. She made friends with the human boy living in the house…

My Thoughts – I won’t post my thoughts again as the links are above – so if your interested to what I thought at the time then feel free to check out my reviews!

Rating – On average I rated the series 4/5

Recommendations – The Borrowers is the only title listed in the book so the rest of the series is recommended, The Piemakers – Helen Cresswell (Challenge Book), Charlottes Web – E.B. White (Challenge Book)

Asterix Series – Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo *Reading Challenge Recap*

16 Oct

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Challenge – Ultimate Book Guide #2/672

Books in the Series – There are 37 books in this series so I’m not going to list them all but I found them all on Wikipedia.

Synopsis – The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures.

My Thoughts – I read a few of this when I was growing up – my dad had a few of these on the shelf and I can also recall borrowing a few out of the library. It has probably been about 15-20 years since I read these so my memory is a little hazy but I wanted to log this for the challenge as read but I do remember the books being very funny in places with really good illustrations. I think it was probably one of the first comic books that I read properly. If I came across these books I’d definitely read them again!

Rating – I’m not going to rate them as it was so long ago but I definitely enjoyed them!

Recommendations – Tintin Series – Herge (Challenge book), Nicholas series – Rene Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempe (Challenge book), My Mums Going to Explode – Jeremy Strong (Challenge Book), Horrible Histories Series – Terry Deary (Challenge Book)

Alex Rider Series -Anthony Horowitz * Reading Challenge Recap*

15 Oct

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Challenges

1/672 Ultimate Book Guide

1/691 Ultimate Teen Book Guide

1/782 Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition

Books in the Series

  • Stormbreaker
  • Point Blanc
  • Skeleton Key
  • Eagle Strike
  • Scorpia
  • Ark Angel
  • Snake Head
  • Crocodile Tears
  • Scorpia Rising
  • Russian Roulette
  • Never Say Die

Synopsis – In the number one bestselling series by Anthony Horowitz, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is forcibly recruited into the deadly world of espionage and sent on his first mission. But the teenage spy soon finds himself in mortal danger, and in demand again by MI6. The ever popular Alex Rider series has action, adrenaline and adventure at every turn.

My Thoughts on this series – I read the first three books in this series last year however they didn’t capture my imagination as much as I’d hoped they would. I found them quite samey which was quite unfortunate as I really wanted to enjoy this series. I think that I’d probably try to read them again in the future but I think my kids would probably enjoy them once they get old enough!

Rating – 2.5/5

Recommendations from the Challenges

Ultimate Book Guide – The Power of Five – Anthony Horowitz (Challenge Book), Cherub series – Robert Muchamore (Challenge Book), The Joshua Files: invisible City – M. G. Harris (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Power of Five – Anthony Horowitz (Challenge book), The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – The Power of Five – Anthony Horowitz (Challenge Book), Empty Quarter – Julia Golding, The Devil’s Breath – David Gilman (Challenge Book)

 

Delirium Stories – Lauren Oliver * Book Review *

9 Oct

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Format – Paperback Book

Synopsis -These four short stories are now available in one beautiful paperback edition and include an exclusive sneak peek at Lauren Oliver’s brand new novel Replica – coming soon!
All the stories expand upon and enrich the Delirium world, illuminating events and characters through different perspectives.
HANA adds nuance to the life-changing summer before best friends Lena and Hana are to be cured – a moment when the girls’ paths diverge and their futures are altered forever.

ANNABEL untangles the mysteries surrounding Lena’s mother, detailing her journey from teenage runaway to prisoner of the state.

RAVEN crackles with the intensity of its title character, the fierce leader of a rebel group in the Wilds who plays an integral role in the resistance.

And ALEX explains what happened to Lena’s first love after the events of DELIRIUM, as well as the dark past that he has tried to forget.

My Thoughts – This book was in the box set of the Delerium Trilogy that I read last month. I really enjoyed the trilogy however the ending for me ruined it as there was so many unanswered questions and I hoped that this collection of short stories would answer some of these questions.

This book tells the story from 4 other perspectives. Hana is Lenas best friend and this really explains a lot as to the Lena and Alex story line. Annabel is Lenas mother and again this was a really good story. The Raven story. Wow. Now this is a story that I wish was continued! And Alex – oh Alex you really feel for him in his story. How he survived in the crypts and all his emotions made for a very deep story.

I did enjoy this book however it still left lots of unanswered questions. I’ve even been googling if there are more stories – there are not ­čśŽ and I really wish that there was a better ending to this series as it could have been so much better.

I would read more books by this author thouugh as I did enjoy her writing style.

 

Rating – 3/5

September 2018 Reading Wrap Up

8 Oct

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So September has been and gone now and I’m writing this a little late due to my early new arrival! I had a really good reading month in September – probably the best I’ve had for a number of years. I managed to read and listen to 9 books which is pretty good going for me!

19) When the Curtain Falls – Carrie Hope Fletcher. This was ok – good chick lit to fall into.

20) Their Lost Daughters – Joy Ellis – This book has really hooked me into audiobooks. I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel of this that is released this month.

21) This is Going to hurt – Adam Kay – a really good insight into what its like to be a junior doctor in the nhs.

22) Delirium – Lauren Oliver – A really good first in the series trilogy

23) Children of the deterrent – Ian W. Sainsbury – Really good young adult book.

24) Pandemonium – Lauren Oliver – Really good follow-up book to the first in the trilogy.

25) The Visitor – K. L. Slater – I didn’t enjoy this one too much

26) Requiem – Lauren Oliver – I was a bit disappointed with the books ending.

27)Differently Morphous – Yahtzee Croshaw – I didn’t really get this book.

There was a total of 4 normal books and 5 audiobooks.

Currently reading

In book form I’m currently reading Delirium Stories by Lauren Oliver as it was part of the box set I brought. I’m hoping that it will wrap up some of the loose ends to the final book of the trilogy.

In audiobook form I’m currently listening to Halfheroes by Ian W. Sainsbury. This is the next in the series to Children of the deterrent.

Books Brought

I didn’t really keep a track of what I brought this month so I’ll log better next month.

Reading Challenge Updates

I’ve been working this month at getting the 3 different lists updated and ready for me to start to get posts written about the books that I’ve already read. I’ve also got a few drafted ready to go live once my last list is finished!

 

Oh Baby!

4 Oct

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I’ve been getting back into blogging – more specifically book blogging and reading challenges for the last few weeks but one main event has been in the background for some time.

My second child was due to be born on the 8th October. Well she decided that she wasnt going to wait that long and was born on the 26th September at 11.34pm weighing a good 8lb 2oz.

It was all a little bit dramatic and an emergency c-section was needed but thankfully everything was ok in the end. The best bit is her big brother absolutely adores her!

Welcome to the world Evie-May!