Archive | December, 2012

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (on Tuesday)

18 Dec

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I’ve had such a busy week again, hence im doing my post today! I have my little dog laying on my lap aswell as my netbook so we will have to see what this turns out like hehe!

Books Read

Over the past week I’ve read two books! The first i read was The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen. I really enjoyed this book set on an island. It was kind of poetic written and had quite a sadness about it.

The second book i finished was Cold April by Phyllis A. Humphrey. This was a book on my kindle and its set on the Titanic. This book was fantastic it really got me hooked in and was so full of knowledge about the ship too. A fantastic read!

Reading Now

I’m currently reading Chocolat by Joanne Harris. This is one of those books that has been on my shelf for far too long and ive finally got around to it. I am really enjoying it, it’s very easy to get into however it is making me hungry!

Next Up

Next up is a kindle book, Replay by Keira Lea. This is a young adult book, maybe a bit paranormal too so this could be a really good book!

Synopsis – Kelsee Lewis has a new school, a prima donna best friend, and one week to write a hit play. Throw in a self-obsessed mom and an absent executive dad, and it’s no wonder she has panic attacks—complete with time-warp special effects. When Kelsee meets comic book maven Quinn, she realizes the attacks give her the ability to rewind time.

Replaying life seems like the best way to erase mistakes. But will second chances leave Kelsee flailing in the orchestra pit alone?

So. what are you reading?

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Yearly Reading Challenge = Done!!!!

16 Dec

2012 Reading Challenge

2012 Reading Challenge
Lauraloves has
completed a goal of reading 75 books in 2012!
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I’ve done it! I’ve completed my yearly reading challenge! This year i set myself a goal of reading 75 books in 2012 and having finished my 75th book yesterday I’m so pleased to say that I’ve read enough to reach my goal.

Last year i managed to read 76 books so I’d quite like to read a couple more just to say that i had read more this year. I know that i might not but still having half of December to go i might just manage it!

I had a very good start to the year. I managed 10 books in March which is a record for me, but the last couple of months ive only read 3 or 4 so the begining of the year saved me really!

I think next year I’m going to up my goal a little so maybe 80 books next year!

Cold April – Phyllis A. Humphrey

15 Dec

Started – 11/12/12

Finished 15/12/12

Format – Kindle e-book

 

Synopsis – Fresh from three years in America, Englishwoman Elizabeth Shallcross has big plans for her future, and they do not include remaining in England as a lowly governess. She finds, however, that she has one last obligation to fulfill; she must accompany Richard Graham, a dashing American widower, and care for his charming child on a luxurious voyage to America. Their ship? The Titanic. On this fateful trip two handsome men vie for her attention. But when the ship hits an iceberg, who will survive?

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as it was free for a day on amazon and as i am quite fascinated by the Titanic and all its happenings i thought that this woud be a good book to read.

Elizabeth, or Miss Beth is a governess who has recently returned from living and working in America for three years. She longs to go back and begin a career as a typist but before she can do this she is asked by her previous employers to be a governess for a friend of the family. She agrees, but only for the crossing between England and America and until someone else suitable can be found.

The man in question is Richard Graham, an American gentleman who sadly lost his wife a few years ago and left his daugher without a mother. Beth hits it off with him almost at once and the class barrier seems to fade away between them.

They board the ill fated Titanic and its here that the two characters really seem to start getting to know each other. I did like how some parts of the book were told from Richards point of view and it explained how he was feeling and i felt it added more depth to the book.

Beth also meets another man, Harry, who is a magican and an acrobat who entertains the children on the ship. Harry seems very smitten with Beth and although Beth doesnt really feel the same she sees him as a good friend.

I liked how the main facts of the actual event were put into the story. For example the fact that there werent enough lifeboats and this was a well known fact. As the Titanic was supposedly an unsinkable ship the makers didnt see the need for lifeboats to be made available.

Once the iceberg stuck i liked how many people didnt think the ship could sink so they werent too bothered about getting up on deck or getting into a lifeboat to start with. I liked how the story of Elizabeth and Richard was weaved around the iceburg.

I ended up shedding a tear at the end of the book as so many people lost there lives on this ship. It was an event that could have not maybe been avoided but if more lifeboats were on board more people could have been saved. I would be interested in reading more about the Titanic event itself now.

This is not a massive book, i read the majority of it in one sitting and it has a lot of information in it about the real life event. I did think that i woud have liked to read more about the characters after the actual event but that was just a personal thing. I did really enjoy this book though.

Rating – 4/5

The Vanishing Act – Mette Jakobsen

14 Dec

Started – 5/12/12

Finished 11/12/12

Format – Paperback book

 

SynopsisThis is a story about a snow-covered island you won’t find on any map.

 

It’s the story of a girl, Minou. A year ago, her mother walked out into the rain and never came back.

 

It’s about a magician and a priest and a dog called No Name. It’s about a father’s endless hunt for the truth.

 

It’s about a dead boy who listens, and Minou’s search for her mother’s voice.

 

It’s a story of how even the most isolated places have their own secrets.

 

It’s a story you will never forget.

 

My Thoughts – This book was picked for the December reading circle and although i hadnt heard of it before i ended up really enjoying it.

 

This book is about a girl called Minou who lives on a tiny little island in the middle of nowhere. Hardly anyone knows of the island and they never get visitors. Minou lives with her father, who is mourning the loss of his wife that walked out on him one day.

 

One morning the body of a boy washes up on the beach and this changes the whole perpective of everyone that lives on the island. There is also Magician and Priest that live on the island and a dog called No Name. Its a very lonely place the island and i can understand why Minou’s mother wanted to leave and why she wasnt happy with her life.

 

The book is written quite poetically and it really drew me in with the writing style. I really liked the chaacter of Minou probably because she was the only character in the book with a proper name. I read the majority of this book in one sitting as i wanted to know what was going to happen and what all the answers were going to be.

 

This book is an enjoyable read, highly recommended.

 

Rating – 4/5

WWW Wednesdays (12th December)

12 Dec

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 Cold April by Phyllis A Humphrey on my kindle. Its a book about a governess travelling to America on the Titanic. Its a very good book, especially as im quite interested in the Titanic!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I really enjoyed  this chick lit book and i cant wait to watch the film now and see how they compare.

I also read The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen in one sitting last night. This book was picked for the reading circle and im so glad that it was picked because i really enjoyed it.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is a book that has been on my shelf for a long time, Chocolat by Joanne Harris. I brought this as its one of those books that ive wanted to read for a long time so im hoping its good!

The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

11 Dec

Started – 27/11/12

Finished – 5/12/12

Format – Paperback Book

Synopsis – Andrea Sachs, a small-town girl fresh out of college, lands the job “a million girls would die for.” Hired as the assistant to Miranda Priestly, the high-profile, fabulously successful editor of Runway magazine, Andrea finds herself in an office that shouts Prada! Armani! Versace! at every turn, a world populated by impossibly thin, heart-wrenchingly stylish women and beautiful men clad in fine-ribbed turtlenecks and tight leather pants that show off their lifelong dedication to the gym. With breathtaking ease, Miranda can turn each and every one of these hip sophisticates into a scared, whimpering child.

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA gives a rich and hilarious new meaning to complaints about “The Boss from Hell.” Narrated in Andrea’s smart, refreshingly disarming voice, it traces a deep, dark, devilish view of life at the top only hinted at in gossip columns and over Cosmopolitans at the trendiest cocktail parties. From sending the latest, not-yet-in-stores Harry Potter to Miranda’s children in Paris by private jet, to locating an unnamed antique store where Miranda had at some point admired a vintage dresser, to serving lattes to Miranda at precisely the piping hot temperature she prefers, Andrea is sorely tested each and every day—and often late into the night with orders barked over the phone. She puts up with it all by keeping her eyes on the prize: a recommendation from Miranda that will get Andrea a top job at any magazine of her choosing. As things escalate from the merely unacceptable to the downright outrageous, however, Andrea begins to realize that the job a million girls would die for may just kill her. And even if she survives, she has to decide whether or not the job is worth the price of her soul

 

My Thoughts – This book has been on my shelf for far too long and its one of those books that ive wanted to read for a long time but never got around to reading.

This book is about Andrea, fresh out of school and looking for a job. She isnt too sure where she wants to go with her life. She lands an interview at Runway magazine, which I’m sure somewhere i read that is loosely based on Vogue! Its here that she encounters Miranda, someone that she doesnt know who she is, which really shocks everyone present and manages to get the job as PA. Its now that her life changes. Miranda wants Andrea to be at her beck and call 24/7 with any number of requests, whether it be getting the new unreleased Harry Potter book for her twin daughters the day before its released or doing the dry cleaning or going to fashion shows in Paris.

I got hooked into this book almost as soon as i read the first few pages. It is very well written and has a very engaging storyline. I think why i enjoyed this book so much is that my boss is literally like the male version of Miranda with unreasonable demands and expecting me to be able to do them at once. I did have to giggle at the part with the dry cleaning as thats the sort of thing that happens to me on a regular basis.

I did feel very sorry for Andrea. She had just got her first proper job and trying to make her way in the world and managed to get the job from hell and in the process almost loose everyone close to her.

This book is very good and very funny. Although it could be classed as chick lit i do think it will appeal to a much wider audience and i would recommend it to anyone!

Rating – 4/5

Its Monday! What are you Reading? (10th December)

10 Dec

0Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held onBook Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I’ve had yet another busy week but have managed to do a bit of reading! I’ve having to write this post quickly so i can rush out of the door so excuse the lack of pictures!

Books Read

Over the past week Ive read one book, The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. I really enjoyed this book and although its a fairly chick lit one its funny and quite a book that will stick with me for a while!

Reading Now

I’m currently reading The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen. This is the book for the December Reading circle and im a little behind on it! Its good and id love to know whats going to happen!

Next Up

Next up is a kindle book, Cold April by Phyllis A Humphrey. This is  fictional book set on the Titanic so I’m hoping that it will be good!

Synopsis – Fresh from three years in America, Englishwoman Elizabeth Shallcross has big plans for her future, and they do not include remaining in England as a lowly governess. She finds, however, that she has one last obligation to fulfill; she must accompany Richard Graham, a dashing American widower, and care for his charming child on a luxurious voyage to America. Their ship? The Titanic. On this fateful trip two handsome men vie for her attention. But when the ship hits an iceberg, who will survive?

Books Brought

I brought one book from my wishlist this week, Confessions of a Fallen Angel by Ronan O Brien. This has been on my list for a while and sounds very good!

Synopsis –Following a near-death experience as a child, the narrator becomes cursed with the ability to foresee the deaths of the people closest to him. These visions come to him in his dreams and, following a disastrous attempt to save a childhood friend from drowning, a set of terrifying events begins to unfold. As a young man, he finds redemption in the arms of Ashling, his beautiful wife. But then the visions return…

This is a story about one man’s struggle to live an ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances; about love lost and found and the vast range of emotions that can be weathered by the human heart. This is a story where dreams come true but can turn into nightmares; a place where true love will prevail and where death is only the beginning.