Archive | February, 2011

Its Monday! What are you reading?

28 Feb

Wellm ive been absent the last couple of weeks from this! Ive just got a new job and things are looking good!

The only downside to the job is that i dont have that much time to read, so fitting it in has been a bit of a challenge.

However, things are now starting to settle down so im having a bit more time!

I have recently read The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold. I really liked this, but found the first few chapters quite difficult to read.

Im currently reading The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis, for the reading circle on the BCF.

I have just brought dear John, Nicolas Sparks, as i wanted to read the book before i saw the film!

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

27 Feb

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Challenge
Ultimate Teen Guide Book Challenge
New Classic Challenge

Synopsis – My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet …

My thoughts – This was quite a harrowing book to read. I found the subject matter very hard at times. I had started to read this book a few years ago, but it went back before i had a chance to read it properly. This is a book that was an alrite read, just the subject matter was hard to get through.

Rating – 3/5

Busy Busy Bee!

25 Feb

I have been so busy this last week its been crazy! What with starting a new job and also spending time away from home, i havent actually been on the internet for about three days! I’m spending lots of time going through all my emails and posts and have loads planned for the next few days!

The C Words – Mark Mason

20 Feb

Synopis – Alex is thirty-four, and, after a string of unsuccessful relationships, single and not really sure why. His last ex-girlfriend Amy told him he had ‘commitment issues’, and in an attempt to establish exactly what these are, Alex is reluctantly persuaded by his friend Rosie to buy a self-help guide to relationships. At the same time, Tony, recently divorced and low on confidence, is struggling to summon up the courage to even talk to a woman, let alone commit to one. Undaunted by their previous failures, Alex and Rosie decide to follow the self-help guide’s advice; Rosie ends up on a series of disastrous dates, while Alex refuses to take any of it seriously …until, on a business trip to New York with Tony, he meets Elisabeth. She’s funny, charming, sexy. In fact, she’s everything Alex wants in a woman – right up until she too mentions the dreaded C Word …

My Thoughts – this is a bit different from the books that i normally read as it asbout two men and written by a man! I really enjoyed the story and the two different approaches to children. An enjoyable read.

Rating – 4/5

Mark Mason Books

19 Feb

1 – What men think about sex

2 – The Catch

3 – The C Words – currently reading

WWW Wednesdays 16th Feb

16 Feb

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should Be Reading. To play along just answer the follwing questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The C Words – Mark Mason. This is a little bit different from the books that i have been reading as its about men and written by a man. I’m enjoying it at the moment, its flicking between two main caracters at the moment but its quite easy to follow.




What did you recently finish reading?

I finished two books last week, the first was Staying at Daisys – Jill Mansell. I really loved this book, one of my favourite authors is jill mansell, her books never fail to disapoint me. The book itself was quite long, 600 pages, but i still read it quite quickly.


The second book i read this week was Diamonds are a girls best friend – jenny colgan. This was a lovely little book, with a lovely ending. Highly recommended



What do you think you will read next?

The lovely bones – alice seebold. Ive wanted to read this book for a long time and it also counts towards my reading challenges too 😀

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend – Jenny Colgan

15 Feb

Synopsis – What does an It girl do if she loses all her money? Sophie Chesterton is a girl about town – she knows all the right people, goes to all the right parties, and wears all the right clothes. But deep down she suspects that her best friends are actually rather nasty, and that her lifestyle doesn’t really amount to much. Her father wants her to make her own way in the world, to make him proud. But after one shocking evening her life is changed for ever. Scraping a living as an assistant to a ‘glamour’ photographer; living in a hovel on the Old Kent Road with four smelly boys; eating baked beans from the can – this is one spectacular fall from grace. Sophie is desperate to get her life back – but does a girl really need diamonds to be happy?

My thoughts – A lovely little book. A kind of cinderella story in reverse. i liked how it started in the present and then went back to the past. it kept me guessing which man she was with untill right at the end. It is a lovely little story that doesnt require much thinking. Highly recommended.

Rating – 4/5