Archive | July, 2012

Across A Bridge of Dreams – Lesley Downer

31 Jul

Started – 6/7/12

Finished – 20/7/12

Format – Hardback Book

Synopsis – Unified after a bitter civil war, Japan is rapidly turning into a modern country with rickshaws, railways and schools for girls. Commoners can marry their children into any class, and the old hatred between north and south is over – or so it seems.

Taka is from the powerful southern Satsuma clan which now rules the country, and her father, General Kitaoka, is a leader of the new government. Nobu, however, is from the northern Aizu clan, massacred by the Satsuma in the civil war. Defeated and reduced to poverty, his family has sworn revenge on the Satsuma.

Taka and Nobu’s love is unacceptable to both their families and must be kept secret, but what they cannot foresee is how quickly the tables will turn. Many southern samurai become disillusioned with the new regime, which has deprived them of their swords, status and honour. Taka’s father abruptly leaves Tokyo and returns to the southern island of Kyushu, where trouble is brewing.

When he and his clansmen rise in rebellion, the government sends its newly-created army to put them down. Nobu and his brothers have joined this army, and his brothers now see their chance of revenge on the Satsuma. But Nobu will have to fight and maybe kill Taka’s father and brother, while Taka now has to make a terrible choice: between her family and the man she loves…

My Thoughts – I read this book as part of the Historical Hardback Reading Challenge from the publishers Transworld. I picked this book as i love books set in Japan, after falling in love after reading Memoirs of a Geisha.

This book is about Taka, the daughter of a general in the army and a former geisha. To start with her life is fairly comfortable, until herself and her mother are attacked in a tea house. A young man steps in to defend them, and it is here that we meet Nobu. He manages to fight off the attacker and in return gets a job as a ‘servant’ carrying Takas books about for her. They quickly become friends, however there is one big problem, Taka and Nobu are from different clans, warring clans and would never ever be aloud to be together.

I liked the massive change in culture that is discribed in this book, its kind of a modernisation of Japan and i thought that this came across very well in the book. However Japan was still a bit of a traditional country as Taka had to get her maid to take letters to and from Nobu and not take them herself.

I liked how the book was spilt into sections and followed a number of years. For me this made the book span like a proper love story and really made me enjoy the story more. I also liked how it told the story from both Taka and Nobu’s point of veiw and even though this meant telling certain events twice, it really made me understand the characters more.

During the book it kind of went from a riches to rags story with Taka, i felt that this was well done with the approach of the war. The war at the end of the book was my favourite part and i couldnt put this book down towards the end.

This book is a kind of Romeo and Juilet book set in Japan. I loved reading it and really enjoyed emmersing myself in Japanese culture.

Rating – 4/5

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Its Monday! What are you Reading? (30th July)

30 Jul

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journeyby Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books Read

I read one book last week, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. For me, this book was a re-read as i had read this book when i was a child. I really enjoyed the re-read of the book and it is a lovely childrens book.

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading The Dresskeeper by Mary Nalus. This is a young adult fantasy book, but for once it doesnt involve vampires or werewolves. This book has aspects of time-travel and it also deals with the sensitive issue of dementia. I am enjoying this book.

On my Kindle I’m currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. I am so hooked on this book. I’ve got really into reading this and ive never been so scared by a book in my life, but its a good kind of scared. I also like how its written, with diary entries and letters. I’m now 59% of the way through and im really enjoying it too.

Next Up

Next up off the massive TBR is Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell. This is one of the classic books that ive never got around to reading. Its on a lot of the challenge lists too, but i am a little daunted by the size of the book!

Synopsis – Tomorrow is another day… Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, Margaret Mitchell’s magnificent historical epic is an unforgettable tale of love and loss, of a nation mortally divided and a people forever changed. Above all, it is the story of beautiful, ruthless Scarlett O’Hara and the dashing soldier of fortune, Rhett Butler.

Books Brought

None this week!

So, What are you Reading?

Booking Through Thursday – Reading

26 Jul

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly bookish meme held over on Booking Through Thursday!

GigiAnn asks:

Do you have a favorite season of the year that you read more? (Example: during snow storms, rainy weather, or sunny and warm weather) Sorry, that was the best I could come up with.

Lisa asks:

Where is your favorite place to read? On the beach? Inside/outside?

Well I would say normally i dont read all that much during the Summer, I normally read a lot more in the winter. There is nothing like curling up in the warm when its cold outside with a good book. However, this summer there is no stopping me reading, Ive read more books this summer than ever before!

My favourite place to read is indoors, but im not too fussed whereabouts. I read near enough everywhere, in the dining room, in the lounge, in my room, in my boyfriends room, just wherever i am at the time. I did enjoy reading outside in the sunshine over the weekend though!

Customers Say The Stupidest Things – Adam

25 Jul

Started – 14/7/12

Finished – 14/7/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – I have only worked in a shop for about three years now, but I have heard some of the weirdest things in my time there.

For clarity, the shop I work in sells newspapers, magazines, books and stationary and is on a high street in England. For privacy and legal reasons, I will not reveal the name of the company I work for, and I won’t reveal my full name.

My first name is Adam, and I’m happy to help…

Customer: “Do you sell sandwiches?”
Me: “No, sorry.”
Customer: “Yeah you do.”
Me: “I’m sorry, we don’t. You must have us confused with another branch. Some of them do have cafes.”
Customer: “Well, I’m not moving ‘till I get a sandwich. I want a sandwich”

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as i used to work in retail and to be honest some of the questions that people used to ask me used to make me question humanity at times! Also, the attitude of some customers (not all) was also quite bad. I thought that this book would have been funny and also id be able to relate to the quotes.

 

This book is a very short book of quotes. When i downloaded it i should have paid more attention to the reviews on amazon, as its only rated one star. To be honest i agree with those reviews. it was not funny in the slightest, at times it was silly and i just didnt feel like it was a good book at all. the font was also really big for a kindle book, which kind of padded it out more than it needed too.

 

The only good thing for me about this book was its only about 50 pages long and i read it in one sitting. i do feel quite sad about this book as i really thought it had the promise to be really good, but unfortunatly it just wasnt.

Rating – 1/5

WWW Wednesdays (25th July)

25 Jul

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?

In book form I’m currently reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. I read this as a child and really enjoyed it so i decided to re-read it as an adult to see if i enjoyed it as much. Its safe to say that i am!

On my kindle I’m reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. I am so surprised as to how much I’m enjoying this book, its fantastic and so creepy in a good way though!

What did you recently finish reading?

Over the past week I finished Across a Bridge of Dreams by Lesley Downer. I got sent this book from the publishers Transworld as part of the Hardback Historical Challenge.I loved it, i just love the culture and all the differences to my life in the book.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up off my massive TBR is The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus. This is a young adult book and ive been looking forward to it for a while.

My House Looks Like A Fairyland Crime Scene – Ed Ergenzinger

24 Jul

Started – 8/7/12

Finished – 14/7/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – The female to male ratio in my house is 3:1. I am reminded of this fact every time I empty the lint trap of the dryer – the wad of lint is always some shade of pink. Light pink, hot pink, grey-pink … pink is always in there.

In addition to being a dad, a husband, and a general goofball, I am a former scientist turned attorney who likes to write, paint, draw, and cook. I am overnourished, athletically challenged, and crowd-phobic. I have been known to do Wii Fit with a bourbon and coke in one hand. I check Facebook like a junkie takes a hit.

These are my stories.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on the kindle store. This book is about a dad of two young daughters and this book is his memoirs. To me this book was very raw in the way that it was written. It seemed that he had poured everything into writing this book and as it is about his life it seems like he has spent an awful long time writing it.

At times this book was very funny, the author went into detail about his life with his young daughters and how he explained it, it came across very funny. For example he lists a chapter on top tips to cope with young daughter and this part was quite funny.

This book was quite short and to be honest id have liked it to go on a bit more. Also, it did jump about a little bit, i would have thought that it would have read a little bit better.

I dont really have all that much to say on this book, i enjoyed it, but im glad that i downloaded it when it was free.

Rating – 3/5

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (23rd July)

23 Jul

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journeyby Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Books Read

I read one book last week, Across A Bridge of Dreams by Lesley Downer. I got sent this book as part of the Hardback Challenge by the Transworld publishers. This book was very good, its set in Japan and i love all things about this culture and this book was so good, it just hooked me in. A great read.

Reading Now

In book form I’m currently reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. This for me is a re-read, i want to see if im going to enjoy it as much as i did as a child. So far i am and im also enjoying the lovely illustrations in my copy.

On my Kindle I’m currently reading Dracula by Bram Stoker. I am so hooked on this book. I’ve got really into reading this and ive never been so scared by a book in my life, but its a good kind of scared. I also like how its written, with diary entries and letters.

Next Up

Next up off my massive TBR is The Dresskeeper by Mary Naylus. This is a young adult book and ive been looking forward to it for a while.

Synopsis – This title is suitable for children of ages 12 years & over. When Picky’s Mum forces her to look after Gran, who has dementia, Picky is accidentally transported back to the year 1685, where a man in a wig insists she is someone called Amelia and tries to kill her. Managing to get the dress off just in time, Picky returns to the present with the dress covered in blood. Who is Amelia? Is she dead? Will wearing the other dresses in the chest take Picky back in time too? And does she dare put herself in danger again?

Books Brought

None again this week!

So, What are you Reading?