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The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank * Reading Challenge Recap *

15 Feb

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Challenges – #6/672 Ultimate Book Guide, #10/691 Ultimate Teen Book Guide, #10/782 Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition.

Synopsis -First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world.

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.

My Thoughts – I first came across this book in Primary School when it was introduced to us by a class teacher. My mum then brought me the book after hearing me talk about it and I honestly believe that its a book that everyone should have read. It is such a haunting book especially the abrupt ending and it really tells the story of what it was like to be Jewish through the eyes of a child. Her innocence but at the same time the horrors to what she is subjected too will never leave me. I’m pretty sure this book is one of the reasons that I am so interested in the second world war.

Recommendations – Ultimate Book Guide – Zlatas Diary – Zlata Filipovic, Maus – Art Spiegelman (Challenge Book), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne.

There is also a section entitled – Books that make you sad – but happy too.

  • Goodnight Mr Tom – Michelle Magorian
  • Charlottes Web – E. B. White
  • Journey to Jo’Burg – Beverley Naidoo
  • The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Up on Cloud Nine – Anne Fine
  • The Snow Goose – Paul Gallico
  • The Iron Man – Ted Hughes
  • Becky Bananas – Jean Ure
  • A Little Princess – Frances Hodgeson Burnett
  • The Snowman – Raymond Briggs

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne (Challenge Book), When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr, Surviving Hitler – Andrea Warren, Number the Stars – Lois Lowry, Hitler Youth – Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Challenge book).

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – Surviving Hitler – Andrea Warren, Hitlers Canary – Sandi toksvig, Saving Rafael – Leslie Wilson, The Story of my Life – Helen Keller.

The Keeper of Lost Things – Ruth Hogan Book Review

13 Feb

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Format – Audiobook

Synopsis – Meet the Keeper of Lost Things….

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before.

Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters….

My Thoughts – I downloaded this from audible as it was on a 2 for 1 offer but it’s also a book that I’ve wanted to read for a while. This book has two different plot lines running, the first being Anthony Peardew and Laura and the other is Bomber and Eunice. Anthony becomes ‘The Keeper of Lost Things’ when his wife to be suddenly dies and many years later Laura becomes his housekeeper. When he dies we are introduced to the character of Sunshine, a young lady with Downs Syndrome, and I have to say that if everyone had Sunshine in their lives the world would be a much better place. This plot of the book was really good and had me hooked right to the end – what does happen with all the things tha are lost?

The second plot line to this book is Bomber and his assistant Eunice. This was a lovely little sub plot – woven so tightly with the other story but at the same time just not close enough to see where the two would link. It took til right at the end for it all to become apparent.

This was an amazing story – one that I would highly recommend that everyone read!

Rating – 5/5

The Last Thing She Told Me – Linda Green Book Review

11 Feb

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Format – Audiobook

SynopsisEven the deepest buried secrets can find their way to the surface…

Moments before she dies, Nicola’s grandmother Betty whispers to her that there are babies at the bottom of the garden.

Nicola’s mother claims she was talking nonsense. However, when Nicola’s daughter finds a bone while playing in Betty’s garden, it’s clear that something sinister has taken place.

But will unearthing painful family secrets end up tearing Nicola’s family apart?

My Thoughts – I downloaded this on audible a little while back as it sounded like a really good thriller! This book is about 4 generations of the same family and how things that happened to one have shaped the lives of the others. It was a really fantastic book with such a good plot that I think I might go back and listen to it all again as know I know what happened I will probably enjoy it even more.

It took me a while to understand the narration in the book but once I had it figured out then I really enjoyed it. I’m not sure if I have read anything else by the author previously but I’ll definitely be reading more. It was fantastic and really had me hooked!

A great recommended read.

Rating – 4.5/5

Bring Me Back – B A Paris Book Review

21 Jan

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Format – Audiobook

SynopsisThe Disappearance
Twelve years ago Finn’s girlfriend disappeared.

The Suspicion
He told the police the truth about that night.
Just not quite the whole truth.

The Fear
Now Finn has moved on.
But his past won’t stay buried….

My Thoughts – I downloaded this as it was the daily deal on Amazon. This book is about Finn, a man who 12 years ago lost his girlfriend in France following an argument. She has never been found – he has moved on with her sister. But things have been coming to light to indicate that Layla, the first girlfriend, is alive.

Never have I been so confused by a book – in a good way. It really messed with my head and I couldn’t work out which way this plot was going to go. I did work out around halfway through what I thought would happen – and it did eventually happen – however I still thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the different narrations and the going back and forward in the time lines. A very enjoyable listen.

Rating – 4/5

The Forth Friend – Joy Ellis Book Review

14 Jan

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Format – audiobook

Synopsis – Crimebusting duo DI Jackman and DS Evans are back, solving another crime that will make your skin crawl.

Police detective Carter McLean is the only survivor of a plane crash that kills his four best friends. He returns to work, but he is left full of guilt and terrible flashbacks. So for each of his four friends, he decides to complete something that they left unfinished.

Eighteen months before the crash, Suzanne Holland disappeared, leaving a room with traces of blood but no other leads. Suzanne was the wife of one of Carter’s four best friends. Adding to the pressure, the boss’ niece has a stalker. Due to the sensitivity of the Holland case, Carter is put on this investigation.

DS Marie Evans is the only person Carter can confide in. But even she begins to doubt whether he can really cope and whether he is actually losing his mind. DI Jackman and DS Evans of the Fenland police face a battle to untangle three mysteries, and can they really believe their friend and colleague Carter?

My Thoughts – I am loving this series of books set in the Lincolnshire Fens. This is the 3rd book in the series and I’m going to be sad when there is no more left to read!

This book is more about Marie Evans than Jackman as opposed to the first couple of books and it was good to have a bit of difference in the series. I did wonder for a while how the missing person plot and Carter McClean were going to tie in together and I was a little frustrated with it to start with. However I enjoyed how the two sub plots became one plot in the end. The ending was very sad too – I wished that there could have been a different outcome but I understand why it happened that way.

The next book is released on audible on 15th February and I’m very much looking forward to it!

Rating – 4/5

2019 Reading Challenges

12 Jan

This year I’m going to continue with the 3x long-term reading challenges I have on the go, Ultimate Book Guide, Ultimate Teen Book Guide and Ultimate Book Guide 2nd Edition.

Although I’m still working my way through the older challenge posts I will hopefully finish these soon. So at the beginning of the year this is where I am at with these challenges.

Ultimate Book Guide

  • Books Read – 34/672
  • Books TBR – 6
  • Books Wishlist – 25
  • Percentage Complete – 5.07%

Ultimate Teen Book Guide

  • Books Read – 37/691
  • Books TBR – 35
  • Books Wishlist – 43
  • Percentage Complete – 5.37%

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition

  • Books Read – 44/782
  • Books TBR – 19
  • Books Wishlist – 32
  • Percentage Complete – 5.63%

My goals in relation to this challenge are quite simple

  • Update lists and keep them updated
  • finish reading challenge wraps
  • Do the genre pages
  • Read 12 books from each challenge – roughly 1 a month

 

January 2019 Goals

10 Jan

These goals are pretty much the same since I didn’t achieve much goal wise in December. I’m really going to try to hit these hard this month!

Reading Goals

  • Listen to at least 3 audio books
  • Read at least 3 books
  • Update TBR on Blog
  • Update TBR book
  • Sort through books from Mums house

Blog Goals

  • Finish Reading Challenge Recaps (there is about 20 to write!)
  • Write up the genre pages in the reading challenges
  • Make blog more streamlined
  • Design Graphics for blog
  • Look into social media for blog – Pinintrest and twitter
  • Use Instagram more

Money Goals

  • Pay off at least £50 of CC1 (Remaining balance £132.60)
  • Stop using credit cards for silly purchases.
  • Contact Hughes ref iPad
  • Have 20 new listings on eBay

House Goals

  • Finish listing DS clothes on Ebay that are outgrown
  • Sort through DD clothes and list on Ebay that are outgrown
  • Organise playroom
  • Organise DS bedroom

Life Goals

  • Complete Unit 1 of accountancy
  • Book Exam for Unit 1