Archive | September, 2011

How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints) – Kathy Lette

30 Sep

Synopsis – All women want to kill their husbands some of the time “Where there’s a will, I intend to be in it,” wives half-joke to each other. Marriage, it would appear, is a fun-packed frivolous hobby, only occasionally resulting in death. But when Jazz Jardine is arrested for her husband’s murder, the joke falls flat. Life should begin at 40 – not with life imprisonment for killing your spouse. Jazz, stay-at-home mum and domestic goddess; Hannah, childless career woman; and Cassie, demented working mother of two are three ordinary women. Their record collections are classical, not criminal. Cassie and Hannah set out immediately to prove their best friend’s innocence, uncovering betrayal, adultery, plot twists, thinner thighs and toy boys aplenty en route but will their friendship survive these ever darker revelations? Sexy, funny and wise, Kathy Lette’s irresistible new novel is about women not Having It All But Doing It All. It’s about how today’s mother is often a married lone parent. It’s about the fact that no woman has ever shot her husband while he was vacuuming. This is Kathy Lette at her brilliant best, casting her trade mark caustic eye on what goes on in the bedrooms and kitchens of ordinary married couples. A novel which will strike a cord with married women everywhere and ensure that, from now on, they all read the small print on their marriage licenses.

My Thoughts – Wow! What a brilliant book. This book has made me laugh out loud so many times, and thats not something that really happens with me! This book centres on three women and their husbands, who are all far from happily married. The title did make me think if this was a book i would enjoy, but it is a funny book, with a very tounge in cheek title. It is quite a short book and very enjoyable. It is chick lit, but very funny and quite true to life. i find sometimes that chick lit books can be too rosy and predictable, but this just had the right mix. A brilliant book that comes very highly recommended!

Rating 5/5

Booking Through Thursday – Loud

29 Sep

1. What do you think of reading aloud/being read to? Does it bring back memories of your childhood? Your children’s childhood?

2. Does this affect the way you feel about audio books?

3. Do you now have times when you read aloud or are read to?

1 – I think its lovely being read aloud too. I was read to as a child and i can remember storytime at bedtime, i was always read to. Also during the day i was such a mini bookworm when i was little! I especially used to love a book called Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Pot. I loved this book and I’ve still got it somewhere! I dont have any children yet, but i have young cousins who im always reading too! They will be bookworms! hehe!

2 – I’m not a fan of audio books *ducks* For me, i just cannot get into them. I know a lot of people love them but they are just not for me unfortunatly!

3 – I read aloud to my cousins quite a bit, but I’m not read too at all know, think im a bit old for bedtime read along hehe!

WWW Wednesdays (28th September)

28 Sep

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

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading How To Kill Your Husband by Kathy Lette. I was a little put off by the title to start with but its such a funny book! It has had me laughing out loud in places, something that i dont normally do with books that often. I’m about halfway through at the minute and cannot wait to read more this evening!

 

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished two books over the last week. The first was Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy. This book is like a collection of short stories with all the characters having some link to the tube in London. I’m not normally a fan of short stories but i loved this book. It was lots of lovely little stories and i cant wait to read more books by this author! Highly recommended!

The second book i finished was What The Hell is He Thinking? by Zoe Strimpel. In contrast to my previous read, i really didnt enjoy this book. I just thought it was very simular to He’s just not that into you, that i read earlier in the year and didnt really enjoy! However it was a magazine freebie so i’m not going to moan to much!

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up to read is The Odin Mission by James Holland. This is my final book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge and I’m really looking forward to it. Its set in my favourite time period (the second world war) so I’m hoping i shall enjoy it!

What the Hell is he Thinking? Zoe Strimpel

27 Sep

Synopsis – What the HELL is He Thinking?

Having spent a good part of her post-pubescent life picking apart dating dilemmas with her girlfriends over cocktails, Zoe Strimpel decided it was time to do something once and for all about the mystery that is the male mind.

So, instead of moping about in the Mars/Venus divide, Zoe did something completely crazy: she talked to actual guys, getting them to explain the tales of confusion that she had gathered from her friends. And – would you believe – they had a lot of gems to offer. So while she had their attention, she also asked them the Eighty Questions You Most Want Men to Answer.

My Thoughts – I have held off writing this review for a couple of days as i actually didnt like this book at all, and didnt know how to put this across without sounding awful. This book attempts to put across an insight into what men are thinking. Now i personally think all men (and women) are different. So trying to put them all in the same catogory for me was a bit odd. I dont think all men are the same type or have the same thoughts. And really, if you would like to know what they are thinking surely it would be better to ask them? But hey, each to their own and if this kind of self help book helps people or reassures them in some way, then i am not one to take that away from them.
I read He’s Just Not That Into You earlier in the year and this was just far to simuluar for me. I think from now i shall stay away from this type of book as i just cannot get into them. This was free with a magazine so I’m not too worried about that, but sadly not a book for me.

Rating – 1/5

Yay!! Book 4 is here! (and also a little sad!)

27 Sep

My forth (and final) book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge arrived over the weekend. While I’m happy that this has arrived, I’m also a little sad that this marks the end of the challenge. I have loved taking part in this chalenge. My wishlist has grown so much because of this challenge and I’ve discovered some really good authors.

Now, onto the book. The final book i picked is The Odin Misson by James Holland.  The Synopsis (from Amazon) is as follows;

April 1940. Nazi Germany has invaded neutral Norway. Fleeing north from their brutal Blitzkrieg advance are three officers of the King’s Guard – men who have been entrusted by the Norwegian King with a vitally important mission: to get leading scientist, Hening Sandvold, out of Oslo and away to the safety of the Allies. The only military force which stands between the Nazi forces and total victory are the poorly equipped, undertrained squaddies of the British 148th Brigade. Among them is Sergeant Jack Tanner, recently returned from the Middle East to join the King’s Own Yorkshire Rangers. As the British are pushed back from Lillehammer, Sergeant Tanner and his patrol are left stranded in the mountains in the chaos of retreat. Trying to rejoin their unit, they stumble first across Sandvold and his protectors, and then a French patrol of alpine troops. The odds of this ragtag group of soldiers and civilians making it to safety are stacked against them.Trekking through snow-clad mountains with the Germans dogging their every move, Tanner is forced to try and out-fox and out-fight not only their pursuers but the best efforts of his own side. And as the Allies resistance collapses, it quickly becomes clear that the small band of fugitives can rely on no-one but themselves. Yet Tanner knows he has to succeed. For, as he discovers, Sandvold holds the key to a vital secret – one that could change the outcome of the entire war…

This is set in my favourite time period, during the second world war. I can’t wait to start this book, just need to finish my current read first!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (26th September)

26 Sep

Good Evening! I’ve had such a busy day, work was awful, and I’m out again tonight so I’m squeezing this post in while eating my dinner (chicken casserole if your interested!) I’ve also had a very busy reading week!

Posts

  • New books -I posted a list of all the books i had brought a couple of weeks back and have added to my huge TBR pile!
  • Updates – I’m also going to update my blog, but the image i used has disappered :
  • I have loads of new posts to write up this week too!

Books Read

I finished two books this week, am on a bit of a reading high at the minute! The first book i finished was Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy. I really enjoyed this book despite resevations to start off with.

The second book i finished was What The Hell is he Thinking? by Zoe Strimpel. In contrast i didnt enjoy this one at all! It was a magazine free book so I’m not worried about it, but i need to review it, and i dont like writing bad reviews!

Reading Now

I’m currently reading How To Kill Your Husband (And Other Handy Household Hints) by Kathy Lette. I only started this properly last night but it’s had me laughing out loud already. really looking forward to reading more!

Reading Next

I have my final book for The Transworld Book Group Reading Challenge to read. It is The Odin Mission by James Holland. I’m really looking forward to starting this!

Books Brought

The Odin Mission by James Holland arrived and so did Samantha Smythes Modern Family Journal by Lucy Cavandish. I have ordered a couple more but these havent arrived yet!

Updates!

24 Sep

Well, I will have had this blog for a year next month and i think its time to do a few updates. I love love love blogging, but i think my blog needs updating.

I dont want to change the background really, i think its really fun and bright, something that i hope is refelected in my blog! I may do something with the catogories but I’m not too sure.

I think I’m going to add a few more bits to my sidebar and make my blog a bit more accessable.

I do however need to update my About Me and profile, theirs hardly a thing about me on it so i think i need to personalise the blog a little too!

Anyway expect some changes to come along soon, nothing to radical as i dont want to put people off my blog!