The Yorkshire Pudding Club – Milly Johnson. A Book Review

15 Aug

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Synopsis‘The Yorkshire Pudding Club’ is the story of how three women find themselves empowered by unexpected pregnancy. For Helen, pregnancy is a dream come true. For career-woman Janey, it is a nightmare. And for the emotionally lost Elizabeth, fears she may be carrying a child she will never love.

My Thoughts – I brought this book from Amazon a couple of months back as I’m currently expecting baby no2 and thought this would be a good read whilst I was pregnant.

This book tells the story of three friends, Helen, Janey and Elizabeth who have 3 totally different conception, pregnancy and birth stories. I felt that this was such an important part to the book as not all pregnancies are planned, pregnancy doesnt always go the way that you expect it and as for birth you might as well throw the book out of the window as there is no preparing or deciding what will happen with that.

Its a very well written book, perfect if you are pregnant or have recently had a baby. I really enjoyed the escapism of this book as it was easy to read and followed a natural trend to the story. It was quite a predictable plot line, however with a book of this genre I personally dont tend to mind that too much.

This was a very well written book and I would definitaly read more by this author.

Rating – 4/5

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Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton

31 Jul

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Synopsis – On a remote jungle island, genetic engineers have created a dinosaur game park.

An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now one of mankind’s most thrilling fantasies has come true and the first dinosaurs that the Earth has seen in the time of man emerge.

But, as always, there is a dark side to the fantasy and after a catastrophe destroys the park’s defence systems, the scientists and tourists are left fighting for survival…

With this masterful cross of science fiction and action-adventure, Michael Crichton created one of the biggest bestsellers of all time, turned by Steven Spielberg into the highest grossing blockbuster ever in 1993.

 

My Thoughts – This is one of those books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time but never picked up. My little boy is absolutely obsessed with Dinosaurs at the minute and loves the film franchise so I managed to finally pick this book up.

This was amazing! As I’m already familar with the film it did take a little bit of getting into as I was seeing the characters as they were in the films and as the characters and events differ a little in the book then this did prove a little bit hard to start with.

The actual process of how the dinosaurs were made and the whole debate on nature will find a way was also totally brilliant. I loved how it was all explained and especially liked the chaos theory behind it all.

Reading it now also makes you think that it could possibly happen one day. THe fact that we have such brilliant technology and this could happen one day is quite a scary thought!

Also the characters are a bit different in the book – Lex is younger than her dinosaur obsessed brother and Hammond came across as more of a harsh buisnessman than a lovable Grandfather that Richard Attenborough portrays in the films.

Overall a fantastic book and one that I will read again. I already have brought The Lost World to read asap!

Rating – 5/5

Tales From the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare

16 Jul

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Synopsis – Ten illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn’t sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whoever this Simon might be… Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy’s illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray and Magnus Bane. The series features characters from Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices and the upcoming Last Hours series.

My Thoughts – The Shadowhunters universe has become one of my favourite fantasy places to escape to in recent years and I think Cassandra Clare is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. Her writing style is so good and so full of plot twists that you just dont ever know where the story is going.

This book is made up of 10 short stories that I think were orginally e-books? but they work really well as the author has collaborated with others on each of the stories. This goes more into depth on Simon who was very prominant in the Mortal Instruments series and his life. The other characters do pop up every so often but its written from Simons point of view.

Although it is a very long book as its short stories you can keep dipping in and out – which is what I did. There are also characters from the Dark Artifacts series in this book – which I will confess that I hae only read the first book in the series as the others are currently in storage – but more about that in another post!

Overall this was a very good read – lots of things happen that you dont expect and and also it makes you revist the mortal instruments series all over again – I really must re-read this series soon!

Rating = 5/5

2018 – What I have read so far

22 Jun

Well its been so long since I posted a review that i thought I would ease myself back in with a little wrap up of what I have read so far this year. I havent read loads this year however according to goodreads I’ve read 12 of my goal of 52 books (one a week!)

I always used to read more but I am struggling to find the time with so much else going on in life but once i pick up a book then I really do enjoy it. I do wish that the book buying would curb a little but thats another blog post!

Here are my stats from the last few years – my worst reading year was 2014 – the year i fell pregnant with my first and only managed 18 books. I’m wondering if pregnancy does something to my brain to allow it not to read as much!

Books read 2010 – 56
Books read 2011 – 76
Books read 2012 – 76
Books read 2013 – 40
Books read 2014 – 18
Books read 2015 – 42
Books read 2016 – 37
Books read 2017 – 24

So on to what I’ve been reading this year.

  1. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell. This was a book that had been on my wishlist for ages with all the hype surrounding it. I enjoyed it- however it wasnt a great memeorable book for me – but I do tend to find that with ‘popular’ books!
  2. The Party – Robyn Harding. This was ok. The plot was really guessable though but it was an easy book to get into.
  3. Mum to Mum – Coleen Nolan. Again an ok book but to me it was just an advice column that had been put into book form. It was quite good reading about her experiences as a mum as I do find that really interesting.
  4. The Excalibur Codex – James Douglas. This was a book set around King Arthur which I really found innteresting. This was a really good thriller book and Ireally enjoyed it.
  5. Roxys Baby – Catherine Macphail. I read this as it was on one or more of my reading challenges – I think maybe the Ultimate Teen Book Guide Challenge but I will check! I didnt enjoy this at all – I didnt think it was too well written or very likely a plot!
  6. The Legacy – Katherine Webb. I enjoyed this story and how the different generations of the family all blended up into one story.
  7. I Let Him Go – Denise Fergus. This was an absolutly harrowing read. My boy is slightly older than James Bulger was at the time of his disapearance and I can only imagine what his poor mother went through. A raw, emotional story written in a beautiful way.
  8. 2017:War with Russia – Richard Shirreff. My OH brought me this as he was listening to the audio version and he enjoyed this book. Its not my normal genre but i did really enjoy it.
  9. How to be Happy – Eva Woods. This is a really emotional story about a woman living with cancer and I have to say its changed my outlook a little. For example, if you are not happy with an area of your life – then change it. I understand that it is easier said than done more than most people but if you hate your job – change it. Unhappy in your relationship – change it. There is no point in life in moaning that you are unhappy but not willing to do anything about it. This book will stay with me for a long time.
  10. Howards End is On The Landing – Susan Hill. This has been on my TBR list for ages but again I idnt enjoy it loads. There is something about ‘classic’ books that put me off. Although the idea in itself is good – read your own books for a year. I just wish I could do it!
  11. Why Mummy Drinks – Gill Sims. I laughed out loud at this. A lot. This was brilliant. There are so many misconceptions about being a perfect parent and the author of this book hits the nail on the head perfectly. Most mums would love to give there kids a healthy breakfast whilst listening to an audiobook or something but the reality is you normally end up chucking coco-pops in front of them whilst they watch peppa pig – so you can wake up with a big mug of something caffinated to start your day! A really good truthful book.
  12. Baby Boom – Helen Wallen. This book is about 3 friends who are at different stages in there lives and its another book that I wish i had read during my first pregnancy. It was really good and would definitaly be one I’d recommend!

So thats all the books that I’ve read so far this year – i might go back and do some proper reviews on these but they are at least on here now!

I’ve got lots of ideas for other book related blog posts in the near future and I’m very excited to be writing again!

4 years later . . . .

12 Jun

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It’s been a very very long time since I’ve blogged. Nearly 4 years! So much has changed in my life and it was during a recent camping trip with my OH and son that we were discussing blogging. I’d never hidden the blog from him intentionally but I’ve also never really mentioned that I had one. We were reading other peoples travel and camping blogs and discussing having our own when I mentioned that I used to blog about books and my life. He wanted to know why I didnt do it anymore – well I guess the answer was . . . well I didnt know! Which is what has brought me back here as I really used to enjoy it as a place to talk about books and read others thoughts too.

I’ve still been reading a lot over the last few years but with a lot of time constraints all I’ve really been mananging is adding stars to reviews on goodreads so I’m hoping that I can really start to enjoy this again.

We are also looking at starting our own blog in regards to travel and camping with the kids as that also looks fun! We have really been bitten by the camping blog and I’d love to start recording thoughts with hubby on that!

Currently we have our own engineering business (more on that at another time!). Six months ago we moved away from our family and friends – only an hour away but its amazing how many people you loose contact with when you move and who actually stays around – they are your true friends! We also have a nearly 4 year old boy (in October!) and we are also expecting our second baby – a little girl this time – also in October! On top of that I’m studying for an accountancy qualification from home so I dont have masses of free time but I’ve not lost my passion for reading!

I’m really looking forward to blogging again and learning all in the community that has changed. I’ve got so many new ideas too of posts and everything else and I cant wait to get started!

Its Monday! What are you Reading? 24th November

24 Nov

Well I havent taken part in this meme for ages and ages or in fact blogged about anything! So much has changed for me in the past year its unbelievable. Currently sat next to me in his bouncy chair is my new baby – Ethan! Yes thats right I have a mini bookworm now aged at 4 weeks old! I love being a mum so much but as you can imagine my reading has taken a bit of a dive but I am going to try and keep a record again of what I’ve been reading!

What have I read in the past week?

I read one book last week – Secrets She Left Behind by Diane Chamberlain. She is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as her books hook you in and really keep you reading until the end. This book was about a girl who had set fire to a church previously and this was all about the fall out a year later. The only annoying thing about this book was it was a sequel to a previous book and I didn’t realise. However it did do brilliantly as a stand alone book and everything was explained – Just my OCD with reading books in the right order was put out!

What am I reading at the minute?

At the minute I am reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Its one of those books that everyone loves and I do feel the added pressure to love it too. It does have all the things in it that I enjoy reading about – books about books, set in the second world war and also a setting of Nazi Germany. It was a little hard to get into to start with but I am getting into it now!

What am I going to read next?

I’m not too sure what I’m going to read next as I’m taking a bit more of a relaxed approach to my reading now but I do have the following books lined up;

  • The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dear John – Nicholas Sparks

Secrets She Left Behind – Diane Chamberlain

18 Nov

Finished – 18/11/2014

Synopsis – What if you did something so devastating, you regretted it for the rest of your life?

Nineteen-year-old Maggie Lockwood spent a year in prison for her part in a fire that cost three lives. The scars carried by the surviving victims – inside and out – are still raw and Maggie’s release from jail does nothing to free her from the guilt.

Returning home, Maggie hides herself away, too afraid to see Keith, the boy she grew up with, played with as a child – and recently learnt is her half-brother.

Keith nearly lost his life in the fire and the emotional and physical wounds he carries have changed him forever. With childhood innocence gone, Maggie and Keith must learn to come to terms with their new lives, but trying to move forward will have deadly consequences…

My Thoughts – Diane Chamberlain is fast becoming one of my favourite authors as her stories have me hooked from the start and this one was no different. The only thing that annoyed me a little was it was the follow up book to another and i didnt realise until I started to read it. It worked well as a stand alone book and everything was explained clearly but me being me I would have liked to have read the first one first! This book had me hooked and I read most of it in one sitting! A very much recommended book.

Rating – 4/5