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Reviews of what I have been reading lately…

on August 7, 2012

The Glass Castle -Jeanette Walls

This was recommended for me to read via The Book Club Blog’s Facebook wall, so on my previous library visit, I remembered to look for it. I found this book a strangely satisfying read. It was horrifying in some parts, and amazing in others. It really made me realise the depth of spirit and tenacity that children have in order to deal with their circumstances growing up. Though it saddened me terribly, even though I do understand the parents views- I may not agree, that parents could not give up the ‘ideal’ in order to feed and clothe their children. I would recommend any one to read this book as it either resonates with you, or will make you realise what a wonderful upbringing you actually had.

One Day – David Nicolls

I kept seeing this book at Exclusive Books on the To Read shelf but didn’t want to buy it. Luckily I found it at the library when I found The Glass Castle. I did enjoy this book in some respects but in a way I found that it actually just emphasised  the futility of growing up. I know, that is a rather pessimistic thing to say about life, never mind a book, but after reading through almost twenty years of two peoples lives, their ups and downs, their silly mistakes, the stuck in the rut feeling that they experienced and when I got to the end, I was rather disappointed.  I know it has been made into a movie, but I haven’t watched it so I don’t know how it compares to the book. They probably put a romantic spin on the whole thing! I thought it was a good look at life and how one can live with fear of change, of not knowing where you are going in life and the absolute beauty of friendship, but the sadness of an unfulfilled love. What did you think?

The Hypnotist – Lars Keplar

I needed something to read at the airport a couple of weekends ago, arrived a good couple of hours early for my flight And then it was delayed! Found this in CNA and had recalled it being likened to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I thoroughly enjoyed that so thought I would try it, even though I am not usually a crime reader. It took me a while to read as I only read crime novels in the day time, I tend to have nightmares! Yes, if I read disturbing things before bed time… but I enjoyed it. It had a good story line, full of twists and turns and thinking it was one person while really being someone else for some completely obscure reason which you only realise at the end, now isn’t that what crime novels are meant to be about? I enjoyed the suspense of the novel, the characters were interesting and my favorite was, of course, the hypnotist and his story, which only gets told about half way through the book. Fascinating and enjoyable. If you are a crime novel reader, give this one a go and even if you are not, it is interesting enough to keep you intrigued right to the very end!

Fifty Shades of Grey – EL James

The Fifty Shades series have been likened to ‘Mommy Porn’, wish I had known that before I picked up the first one! Not that I have  anything against erotica but I really was Not expecting what was in this book! What did I think? Well, I thought the writing was terrible and the constant mooniness of Ana just irritated me, but I did enjoy the story. I also found it fascinating how many women thoroughly enjoyed these books!

Fifty Shades Darker – EL James

I enjoyed this one a whole lot more than the first book. The story line had more substance and actually kept me intrigued throughout the book. Again, I can’t say it is the most wonderful writing and again, Ana is annoying in her constant verbalising on how Greys’ eyes simmer and heat and shine and oh oh oh… you get my drift. I did find it interesting how Ana does explore her darker sexual side as she gets further into the relationship and dare I say it but I think a fair amount of woman would be keen to have a Grey to explore such things with. Will I read the third one, of course, otherwise I will just be left hanging…scuze the pun!

So, what have you been reading lately?

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One Response to “Reviews of what I have been reading lately…”

  1. These look pretty awesome, especially The Glass Castle. I don’t know about reading 50 Shades… I think you were brave for giving it a try. Bad writing makes me livid.

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