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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 Day of the Triffids – John Wydham * Reading Challenge Recap *

14 Feb

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Challenges – Ultimate Book Guide #5/672, Ultimate Teen Book Guide #8/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition #8/782

My original review can be found HERE

Synopsis – When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth’s population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop their spread the Triffids, mobile plants with lethal stingers and carnivorous appetites, seem set to take control.

My Thoughts – I read this back in 2011 and it was one of the first dystopian books that I read. Although I don’t remember too much about it since it was so long ago I do remember that I enjoyed it. If you are interested in what I thought back then I’ve added a link above.

Rating – I rated this 4/5

Recommendations – Ultimate Book Guide – Chocky – John Wyndham, The midwich Cuckoos – John Wyndham, Z for Zachariah – Robert C. O’Brian, Why Weeps the Brogan? – Hugh Scott (Challenge Book), Enders Game – Orson Scott Card.

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Kraken Wakes – John Wyndham, The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (Challenge Book), Hatchet – Gary Paulsen (Challenge Book), Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – The Kraken Wakes – John Wyndham, The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells (Challenge Book), The Death of Grass – John Christopher, I Am Legend – Richard Matheson (Challenge Book), Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton (Challenge Book)

The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown * Reading Challenge Recap *

30 Jan

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Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide #7/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition #7/782.

Series – Robert Langdon

Synopsis – Harvard professor Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call while on business in Paris: the elderly curator of the Louvre has been brutally murdered inside the museum. Alongside the body, police have found a series of baffling codes.

As Langdon and a gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, begin to sort through the bizarre riddles, they are stunned to find a trail that leads to the works of Leonardo Da Vinci – and suggests the answer to a mystery that stretches deep into the vault of history.

Unless Langdon and Neveu can decipher the labyrinthine code and quickly assemble the pieces of the puzzle, a stunning historical truth will be lost forever…

My Thoughts – Annoyingly I can’t find my original review for this book as I read it about 10 years ago and really enjoyed it. Dan Brown is an author for me that doesn’t really disappoint with his books. I really enjoyed The Da Vinci Code and it kept me guessing at the time the outcome of the book. I’ve also read Angels and Demons – another review that is missing and The Lost Symbol which is linked above. I do also have Inferno on my TBR along with Digital Fortress which I will get around to reading – the only thing that has stopped me reading this is that they have been packed away in storage and I have no idea where they have gone! I really would recommend this series/author. I’ve watched the films in the series and I have to say that they really don’t compare to the books at all, the books are so much better!

Rating – 5/5

Recommendations – Ultimate Teen Book Guide – Holy Blood, Holy Grail – Michel Baigent, Last Temptation – Nikos Kazantakis, Chasing Vermeer – Blue Balliett.

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – Holy Blood, Holy Grail – Michel Baigent, Last Temptation – Nikos Kazantakis, Fatherland – Robert Harris (Challenge Book)

 

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

 

Chocolat – Joanne Harris – Reading Challenge Recap

21 Nov

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Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide – #5/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – #6/782.

Series – Chocolat

  • Chocolat
  • The Lollypop Shoes
  • Peaches For Father Francis
  • The Strawberry Thief

The Link to my original review can be found here.

Synopsis – When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock – especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial. As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

My Thoughts – I read this back in 2013 – I’ve linked my original review above incase anyone wants to read it and I can remember enjoying it a lot! I did buy the next in the series The Lollypop Shoes back then aswell but for some reason I havent read it yet. Currently its in one of my boxes of books that hopefully when we move again I can unpack but I will be reading it at some point!

Rating – I rated this 4/5

Recommendations

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris, Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel, Lucas – Kevin Brooks (Challenge Book), Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – The Lollypop Shoes – Joanne Harris, Blackberry Wine – Joanne Harris, Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel, Lucas – Kevin Brooks (Challenge Book), The Food of Love – Anthony Capella

The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger *Reading Challenge Recap*

19 Nov

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Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide #4/691, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition #5/782.

Link to my original review can be found here.

Synopsis – It’s Christmas and Holden Caulfield has just been expelled from yet another school. Fleeing the crooks at Pencey Prep, he pinballs around New York City seeking solace in fleeting encounters – shooting the bull with strangers in dive hotels, wandering alone round Central Park, getting beaten up by pimps and cut down by erstwhile girlfriends.

The city is beautiful and terrible, in all its neon loneliness and seedy glamour, its mingled sense of possibility and emptiness. Holden passes through it like a ghost, thinking always of his kid sister Phoebe, the only person who really understands him, and his determination to escape the phonies and find a life of true meaning.

The Catcher in the Rye is an all-time classic coming-of-age story: an elegy to teenage alienation, capturing the deeply human need for connection and the bewildering sense of loss as we leave childhood behind.

My Thoughts – I read this book back in 2010 and even now it sticks in my mind as a book I really didn’t enjoy. I wont go too deep into my thoughts about it as I’ve linked my original review above. I do sometimes struggle with ‘classic’ books that everyone raves about so maybe that’s why I didnt enjoy it!

Rating – 2/5

Recommendations

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – The Beet Fields – Gary Paulsen (Challenge Book), King Dork – Frank Portman (Challenge Book) Nine Stories – J. D. Salinger (Challenge Book)

Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition. The Beet Fields – Gary Paulsen (Challenge Book), Billy Liar – Keith Waterhouse, For Esme – with Love and Squalor – J.D. Salinger (Challenge Book), Just in Case – Meg Rosoff (Challenge Book)

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding * Reading Challenge Recap *

13 Nov

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Challenges – Ultimate Teen Book Guide #4/61, Ultimate Teen Book Guide 2nd Edition – #4/782.

Books in the Series

  • Bridget Jones’s Diary
  • The Edge of Reason
  • Mad About the Boy
  • Bridget Jones’s Baby

Synopsis – A dazzlingly urban satire on modern relationships?
An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family?
Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something?

Welcome to Bridget’s first diary: mercilessly funny, endlessly touching and utterly addictive.

My Thoughts – It was a very long time ago that I read this book – probably around 10 years or so however it resonates true the older that I get! It is so funny in places and I feel as though most women can identify with Bridget and her life in some way – for example weighing yourself so much that it becomes obsessive or obsessing over men. I read the first and second book in very quick succession however I’m not too sure why I didn’t read the rest – maybe I just forgot to add it to my wish list at the time! I’m definitely going to go back and finish this series though as i really enjoyed the first two books and the films are equally as good in my opinion!

Rating – 4/5

Recommendations

Ultimate Teen Book Guide – Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, Angus Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging – Louise Rennison (Challenge Book), High Fidelity – Nick Hornby (Challenge book)

Ultimate Teen Book guide Second Edition – Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason, Does my Bum Look Big in this? – Arabella Weir (Challenge Book), Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen (Challenge Book), Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler