Archive | July, 2011

Spiralling Away.

29 Jul

It would seem at the minute that my reading life is spiralling out of control!

I have almost two years worth of books on my shelves to read, and i just dont know when im going to read them all!

I have all my reading challenges to keep up with, but i do have quite a few books on my shelves for this!

My wishlist is sooooo long aswell, i probably have four years worth of books on that aswell!

So, in order to control this, i am going to write some small targets for the rest of the year.

1 -I need to read 35 more books to reach my target for the year. If i hit another twenty i will be happy.

2 – Buy 20 books from my wishlist to try and get that down a little bit.

3 – stop looking at any more reading challenges.

4 – read five more challenge books, this is equal to one a month, and they can overlap challenges.

5 – keep on blogging 🙂


WWW Wednesdays – 27th July

27 Jul

heres my www wednesdays for the week. To play along, just answer the following questions!

What are you currently reading? I’m currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. I’m only about four pages into this but its amzing, I’m hooked on it already and can’t wait to start discussing this as its the August reading circle choice over on the BCF.

What did you recently finish reading?I finished two books in the last week, the first was Filthy Rich by Wendy Holden. I have to say i didnt enjoy this book all that much because i had already read a couple of very simular books this year. The second book i finished was The Other Woman’s Shoes by Adele Parks. This was alright for a summer read but not one that i would like to read again.

What do you think you’ll read next? Next up on the get rid of all my chick lit books is Practically Perfect by Katie Fforde.

The Other Woman’s Shoes – Adele Parks

26 Jul

Synopsis – Eliza and Martha are sisters. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Martha appears to have the perfect life: two lovely children and plenty of money. Eliza lives in a one-bedroom flat with her musician boyfriend Greg. When Eliza ditches Greg and turns up on her sister’s doorstep, she expects to be swallowed into the sanctuary of Martha’s warm loving home. But Martha’s husband has just announced he’s leaving. For good. Proving to both women that a wedding ring isn’t a life raft.

Then Martha meets Jack, who is everything she’s never wanted, whilst Eliza is dating dozens of men in hope of finding the perfect husband. Suddenly the sisters are faced with the same challenge- is there such as thing as the perfect love? or the perfect life?

My Thoughts – This is yet another chick lit book! It centres on two sisters who seem to want each others lives and as the story goes on, is the other ones life as perfect as it seems? i did enjoy the story however some parts of the story did seem quite unrealistic and not really true to real life. However, it was a good summer read, one that didnt require much thinking about. It was a book that was enjoyable time, but not one that i would read again or buy anymore like.

Rating – 2.5/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? 25th July

25 Jul

Well my reading week has been a bit quiet this week! Everytime i go to pick up a book i end up having to do something else!

Books Read – I only managed one book this week, how pitiful! this was Filthy Rich – by Wendy Holden. I have to say i didnt really enjoy it so i think this could have been why i took so long to read.

Reading – Im currently reading The Other Womans Shoes – Adele Parks. Its about two sisters who have very different lives. I’m sort of enjoying this one, but i’m getting quite sick of chick lit! But i brought so many chick lit books last year i need to read them, i hate getting rid of books that i havent read!

Next up – Next up will be Reading Lolita in Tehra. This is for the August reading circle so i need to get cracking!

Brought this week – Two books brought this week – Reading Lolita in Tehran and Size 12 is not fat by Meg Cabot.

Filthy Rich – Wendy Holden

23 Jul

Synopsis – When Mary meets gorgeous Monty, heir to a stately pile, romantic bliss seems assured.  But after the roof falls in and the pictures are flogged, happiness is thin on the ground.
Beth exchanges Holland Park for simple weekends at the country cottage her banker husband’s bonus has bought. They only offered a little over the asking price – why don’t the locals like them?
Uber-WAG Alexandra needs a country mansion – fast. Her footballer boyfriend is being transferred and time is running out. There must be a Hello!-tastic pile somewhere?
Morag is the terror of the village. She’s a Stalin against slug pellets who wears hemp trousers and makes her own Weetabix.
When the village launches an allotment project they become dramatically embroiled in a bitter struggle over sex, power and money, which threatens to blight more than everyone’s carrots.

My Thoughts – This book centres on a village and some of the people that live there. To me, it wasnt my favourite book of the year, mainly because i had already read some simular books this year. I did find at the begining all the characters quite overwhelming, and i did have to re-read some pages to understand who everybody was. This book is a good summer read, very light hearted, but for me i dont think i read this book at the right time.

Rating – 2.5/5

WWW Wednesdays – 20th July

20 Jul

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme, to play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading Filthy Rich by Wendy Holden. I’m not very far into it but i think im ejoying it so far, its about a villiage and has quite a few caracters, so im hoping this wont put me off!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading Constance and Faith by Victoria Routledge at the weekend, a fantastic, brilliant read, something that i would highly recommend!

What do you think you’ll read next?

I have The Other Womans Shoes by Adele Parks next up, and im also planning on reading Reading Lolita in Tehran for next months reading circle.

Constance and Faith – Victoria Routledge

17 Jul

Synopsis – Hannah Marshall never thought she’d return to her west coast hometown of Linton, riddled with exhausted coal mines and permanently overhung with rain clouds. Her degree and her job in an international auction house were her ticket out of Linton’s faded Georgian splendour, and she escaped gladly. But now, ten years later, Hannah is back, for reasons she won’t discuss, to find little seems to have changed. It’s still rainy, her mother Fran is still fighting social injustice, and her bewitching grandmother Dora is still ruling the circle of ladies who dominate the town. Seeing Linton through an adult’s eyes, Hannah begins to make out a complicated web of old grudges and secrets – and the definite air of scandal that surrounds her turbulent family. What is Dora’s real connection with the rich Musgrave sisters, who brought her up in the big villa next door? Why does she refuse to discuss her childhood? And why is Fran so desperate to know? As Hannah faces up to her own demons, she’s forced to dig into the family’s past and confront the hidden truths that haunt her family and Linton itself.

My thoughts – This was a book i brought last year with lots of chick lit books. In my opinion its not really chick lit, more womans fiction. I really enjoyed this book, a lot more than i thought i would. The story centres on Hannah, who moves back home when her relationship fails and all the secrets surrounding her family. It kept me hooked and wanting to read more and more to find out what all the secrets were. The author has a lovely writing style, and i got hooked into a little world imagining how the old house was like. This was a lovely book to read, highly recommended and i would definitaly look out for more by the author.

Rating – 4.5/5