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‘Where rainbows end’ review – Cecilia Ahern

000037fc10dryTruth time here on The Book Club Blog.

I found this book at the library and picked it up because I needed some light- hearted entertainment, and where better, than chick lit?

I haven’t read any of her books before, but decided to give her a go. For some reason, I just haven’t ever ‘felt’  it when picking up her books. And I’m sure you know what I mean by it. That feeling of knowing you’re going to enjoy a particular book, or not even enjoy it, but its going to nab your attention. That magical feeling when you know you have found something that appeals to that secret reading part of you. But, I ignored the fact I hadn’t felt anything and checked it out of the library anyway, I was desperate for a ‘non thinking’ book!

Well, a non thinking book it is indeed. I read it in one sitting. Or should I be more clear in that when I say read, I mean skim read. This book is written in the format of emails and text messages, which I don’t mind at all, in fact a story can be told extremely well in this way, remember this review? But I found this one to be very long winded. I don’t suppose it helps that the story line was fairly long winded too.

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In a nutshell:

Rosie and Alex are childhood friends, thick as two thieves and do everything together.  They grow up from naughty children to rebellious teenagers until Alex’s family moves from Dublin to America. Rosie stays behind and on the eve of her departure from Dublin to meet up with Alex and go to college, she falls pregnant.

Here starts the story of how Rosie and Alex keep missing each other due to marriages and missed flights and divorces and more marriages. It is a typical case of  ‘fate meddling’, ‘not taking the bull by the horns’ and ‘keeping ones feelings to oneself’.

Then at the end, they manage to get together. And the story starts again with Rosie’s daughter having a similar but not so drawn out experience with her childhood friend.

I cant say this book blew the wind up my skirt, but for an evening of not thinking, it worked very well.

If you like this type of story, you will most likely enjoy this book, if you are a fan of Cecilia Ahern, you will probably love it. But, considering I have never read any of her books before, I couldn’t honestly say.

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Books of 2010

I was aiming to read 50 books this year, which may or may not sound like a lot to you, but alas I didn’t make it. I did manage to read 45 (or to be completely honest, am 3/4  way through book no 45*) but will most likely be finished by tomorrow  so I’m counting it in.

I failed miserably at doing any of the challenges that I planned to, I only managed to read one book from the GLBT challenge and I still have other books on my list which are sitting in my bookshelf awaiting my eyes to peruse them.

What I did learn about myself, is that I am not a List reader. I need to go searching for something which tickles my fancy at a particular time and then read it, which doesn’t work so well for challenges, but I may aim to try it again sometime. Another thing which I have learnt over the last year reading wise, is that sometimes I am just not in the mood to read, whoever would of thought I would utter such words, but it’s true. Between work and toddler play, life gets busy and  at bedtime, I can barely keep my eyes open to read a page, never mind a chapter but my holiday has rectified that for  now at least.

So, without further ado, I give to you my list of books I read this year. Not all of them have reviews.

  1. We be reading  – Sue Gee
  2. Northern Lights – Phillip Pullman
  3. The Angels game – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  4. The Subtle Knife – Phillip Pullman
  5. Micheal Tolliver lives – Armistead Maupin
  6. The Marriage Bureau for rich people – Farahad Zama
  7. Where Rainbows end – Cecilia Ahern
  8. The Elegance of the hedgehog –  Muriel Burbery
  9. Rumour has it – Jill Mansell
  10. Indigo Children – Lee Carroll, Jan Tober
  11. The Mother Daughter Dance – Harriet Lerner Ph.D
  12. The Swan Thieves – Elizabeth Kostova
  13. Natural Flights of the Human Mind – Clare Morrall
  14. A Million Miles from Normal – Paige Nick
  15. The eye of the world – Robert Jordan
  16. The Great Hunt – Robert Jordan
  17. Sparkles – Louise Bagshaw
  18. Blankets – Craig Thompson
  19. The Forty Rules of Love – Elif Shafak
  20. Mushy peas on toast -Laurian Clemence
  21. Pippi long stocking – Astrid Lindgren
  22. One fifth Avenue – Candace Bushnell
  23. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer
  24. Our Tragic Universe – Scarlett Thomas
  25. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs – Jack Gantos
  26. A pyschic in new york
  27. The Host – Stephanie Meyer
  28. Tom Bedlam – George Hagen
  29. Slam – Nick Hornby
  30. Tea Time for the traditionally built – Alexander McCall Smith
  31. I don’t like chocolate – Jesse Breytenbach
  32. The Childrens book – A.S Byatt
  33. Penny Vincenzi- the other woman
  34. Louise Bagshawe – Passion
  35. The pillars of the earth – Ken Follet
  36. The last Dragonslayer – Jasper Fforde
  37. The love verb – Jane Green
  38. How to raise happy healthy children – Sally Ann Creed and Andalene Salvesen
  39. Haroun and the sea of stories -Salmon Rushdie
  40. Room – Emma Donahue
  41. Ladies who lunch – Linda Francis Lee
  42. Toby Alone- Timothee de Fombelle
  43. A book of a  thousand days- Shannon Hale
  44. Aphrodite – Erica Jong
  45. Helen of Troy – Margaret George *

Hmm, looking at this lists, I realise, I will need to do more reviews on my reading!

Here’s to a great book year, leave a comment, and let me know where you book at, love checking out new book blogs:-)