Archive | May, 2011

The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

31 May

Challenges – June Reading Circle
1001 Childrens Books you must read

Synopsis – Winner of the Newbery Medal When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod’s life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?

My Thoughts – I picked this one up for the reading circle this month and i really loved it! It has all the good markings of a good childrens/young adult story. A ‘hero’ who is a young boy, something a bit out of this world, this time ghosts, and also a bad guy. I picked this book up and couldnt put it down. The illustations in my book were beautiful too. i havent read anything else by this author and i definitaly will read more now! Cant wait to start discussing this further!

Rating – 4/5

Confessions of An Agony Aunt – Jane Sigaloff

28 May

Synopsis – What happens when the ‘other woman’ is you? Lizzie Ford is London’s most popular Agony Aunt, so she finds it somewhat ironic that a D-list celebrity like herself – who counsels others on their sex lives – has been sitting on the bench for three years waiting to get back in the game. So Lizzie can’t believe her good luck when she meets Matt Baker. They hit it off immediately, only there’s one problem – Matt’s wife may not be happy with this new arrangement. The strange thing is that even while she’s hoping that Matt will get a divorce, she’s actively helping a writer to her column save her crumbling marriage – a marriage that bears more than a passing resemblance to Matt’s…Plunged into a world of scandal, it’s time for Lizzie to learn some truths about life, love and fidelity.

my Thoughts – Deep intake of breath here, i don’t think I’m going to like saying this, but i really didnt enjoy this book. It was an easy read, very chick-lit, but i just didnt think the story was believable. At the start of the book, Lizzie was very independant and clearly wouldnt have gone anywhere near Matt, but she just turned into a completly different person. It was a very predictable story, and i was actually near giving up serveral times. I’m sure many fans of chick lit would enjoy this, but i just didnt ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

I really hate saying mean things about books, as the author has put so much work into writing itย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Rating – 1/5ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Perfect Match – Jodi Picoult

25 May

Synopsis – Assistant DA Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters, and in the course of her everyday work she endures the frustration of seeing too many criminals slip through the system and walk free. So when she realises that her son Nathaniel has been sexually abused – and is so traumatised that he has stopped speaking – she takes justice into her own hands.

Nina Frost may have killed the man who hurt her son, but has she destroyed her family in the process? And whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

My Thoughts – I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult and again she didnt disapoint. This book is about Nina and her son, who gets sexually abused at only aged five. Although I enjoyed the book, the parts where the abuse was documented did make it very difficult to read. I think because this sort of thing has been in the news the last few years too, it made it even more relivant. I enjoyed this more than some other Picoult books as this one didnt jump about the story too much, sometimes this can be quite off putting for me. I was hooked at every turn of the page and some of the twists in the plot had me gasping out loud. A brilliant read by a brilliant author.

Rating – 4/5

The Famous Five: Five on Finniston Farm – Enid Blyton

22 May

Synopsis – There’s a ruined castle on Finniston Farm, but only the dungeons remain – and nobody knows where they are! The Famous Five are determined to find them – and whatever is hidden in them – but they are not alone. Someone else wants to know, too. The question is: can the Five get there first?

My Thoughts – I have to say i love Enid Blyton Books, they just remind me of being younger and reading all my mums old books. I think if i could own every book that she has written i would! The famous five series is probably my favourite, but i love some of the other series too, secret seven, mallory towers, st claires etc! This book is one that i hadnt read before and i enjoyed it, even though its a ‘childrens’ book! Even though the books can seem a bit dated now to a modern audience, with things like Anne and George doing the girly stuff like the cooking and the boys doing the manual labour! I enjoy these books so much and will definitaly be reading more of them!

Rating – 4.5/5

The Group – Mary McCarthy

21 May

Challenges – Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge
501 Must Read Books

Synopsis – Eight young women from the class of 1933 have graduated from Vassar and are beginning to learn about life. They choose or are offered marriage, a career or an emancipated life, one of sexual or social freedom. In their discoveries and development they mirror the growing up of provincial America.

My Thoughts – ย  This book seemed to be a book of two halves for me! I really enjoyed half and really disliked the other half! I loved the parts when ‘the group’ interacted with each other and found some parts funny and entertaining. however, i couldnt really relate to any of the characters and i didnt really understand why all the politics was relivant to the actual story. I am glad that i have read this book, and think its a great discussion book!

Rating – 3/5

The Bad Mothers Handbook – Kate Long

16 May

Synopsis – The Bad Mother’s Handbook is the story of a year in the lives of Charlotte, Karen and Nan, none of whom can quite believe how things have turned out. Why is it all so difficult? Why do the most ridiculous mistakes have the most disastrous consequences? When are you too old to throw up in a flowerbed after too much vodka? When are you too young to be a mother? Both hilarious and wise, it is a clear-eyed look at motherhood – and childhood – in its many guises, from the moment the condom breaks to the moment you file for divorce or, more optimistically, from the moment you hear your baby’s first cry to the moment you realize that there are as many sorts of mother as there are children, and that love sometimes is the most important thing of all.

my thoughts – this book reads almost like a diary, centering on three generations of the same family and how times have changed, and sometimes not so much! There are various things covered in this book, family relationships, single parents Alzimers, teenage pregnancy, relationships and more. This was a very enjoyable read and i did find it difficult to put down. it made me laugh in places, made me think in placees and in the end was very sorry that it ended.

ive just found out that this was made into a film/tv adaptation staring Catherine Tate and Robert Patterson, so im definitaly going to give that a watch ๐Ÿ˜€

rating – 4.5/5

P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

11 May

Synopsis – A wonderfully warm and heartfelt debut from a stunning new talent. Everyone needs a guardian angel! Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other’s sentences and even when they fought, they laughed. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Until the unthinkable happens. Gerry’s death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He’s left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, gently guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed ‘PS, I Love You’. As the notes are gradually opened, and as the year unfolds, Holly is both cheered up and challenged. The man who knows her better than anyone sets out to teach her that life goes on. With some help from her friends, and her noisy and loving family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying, singing, dancing — and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises — but it always helps if there’s an angel watching over you.

My Thoughts – i already had a bit of an idea of what this book was about, due to the hype surrounding the book and also the film that has been made about it, but this didnt stop my enjoyment at all. I was hooked from the moment i picked it up and just could not put it down. the plot centres on Holly, who looses her husband Gerry, and the letters that he has left for her to read. It was really thought provoking and it almost seemed Holly was real, what with the emotions that she was going through. This book is fantastic, it stirs all differnt emotions within you and is definitaaly one to read. Ive read one other Cecelia Ahern book, If You Could See me Know, and this one is ten times better even though i enjoyed the first one. I will definitaly be reading more books by cecelia ahern in the future.

rating – 5/5