25 Jul 2013

Recently Reading




When the summer finally rolls around I always seem to get hooked on reading. Don't get me wrong, I read all year, but come the summer it goes full scale. Last year on a ten day holiday I read 17 books. This year on holiday I actually only read four in the week as I spent a lot less time reading, seven noisy flat mates can be quite distracting! Something I've noticed that has made a real difference to my reading speed is my Kindle, which I got for my birthday last year (4 days). I've always been a bit of a speedy reader but since getting my Kindle I've been zipping through books in no time at all, for example I read all three Hunger Games books in a day... This year, Tesco have had some great offers on paperbacks so I've been buying physical books a bit more than usual but I've still read a good few on my Kindle.

Billy & Me by Giovanna Fletcher
I'm not going to lie, I did buy this book because Gi is married to Tom Fletcher from McFly. However it was thoroughly enjoyable and did move me to tears (I had to explain to our Greek maid on holiday why I was sitting on the balcony crying my eyes out, it was difficult). Billy & Me is pretty standard chick lit, it's definitely an easy summer read. I think it could have been better, but it was still a really good read. I have very high hopes for Giovanna's future works!
I would give Billy & Me 3 out of 5 stars

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
I picked up Revenge Wears Prada expecting to love it, I loved Devil Wears Prada - book and film - however this book was pure disappointment. I don't quite know what happened to Andy but I just don't like her as a character any more. I think I would prefer this book more as a standalone, it didn't really feel like a sequel as it was just so different, and from having a peek at Goodreads it would appear that a lot of people agree.
I would give Revenge Wears Prada 1 and a half out of 5 stars

Joyland by Stephen King
Joyland is a fantastic book, standard Stephen King genius. It's gripping and thrilling from the very start, however I found it a tiny bit tame compared to some of his other works. I do prefer psychological horror to crime/murder etc so I think that's why it wasn't quite perfect for me but I did still love it and would thoroughly recommend it to any Stephen King fan or someone who likes a good old murder novel!
I would give Joyland 4 out of 5 stars

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
I love John Green's books, he writes some fantastic stuff, however An Abundance of Katherine's just didn't do it for me. I think purely because not a lot really happens in it! As per usual it is expertly written and I did find it quite difficult to put down, but I felt like I was constantly waiting for something more to happen. It was a very enjoyable read however not Green's best.
I would give An Abundance of Katherines 3 out of 5 stars

Shades Of Grey by Jasper Fforde
I downloaded Shades Of Grey (not to be confused with Fifty Shades..) after I saw Hayley post about it in a book haul and knowing she has a great taste in books I took the plunge. Shades of Grey is basically dystopian fiction which I have really been loving lately. I found it a bit confusing at first but quickly became sucked in to this world where your rank in society is decided by how well you can see colour. I personally can't wait for the sequel, I need to find out more about this world and the 'Something That Happened' that left it the way it is. If you're in to dystopian fiction then I have a feeling you will love this just as much as I did.
I would give Shades Of Grey 5 out of 5 stars

The 5th Wave by Rick Vancey
This is another book that I bought on recommendation from Hayley and soon became engrossed in. I'm not a massive fan of aliens, I can't bring myself to watch alien related films as they creep me out so much, so this book gave me some serious shivers and I'm kind of surprised it didn't give me nightmares. The 5th Wave focuses on three characters and their life on Earth after four waves of an alien attack, it's so cleverly written and I'm desperate to read the sequel now.
I would give The 5th Wave 5 out of 5 stars

If you want to keep up with what I'm reading you can find me on Goodreads here.
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  2. I also read Billy & Me on holiday, i thought it was good a bit fan fiction-y but it resembled her live in a way, i also bought it for the reason being she was married to Tom Fletcher. Loved this post, recommended me other books to read. Louise xx

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  3. Will have to check out shades of grey, I'm really into dystopian fiction at the moment, have you read divergent? Or the Maze runner series? They're really good too x

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  4. I'm a new commenter but I've been reading your blog for quite a while! I really enjoyed this post, it probably helps I love reading too, but I really liked your reviewing style and how short but succinct it was :)

    I'm definitely going to check out Shades of Grey, and if you haven't read Jasper Fforde's other books, I HIGHY recommend The Eyre Affair, which is about how in an alternate timeline, literature is the single most influential part of culture and it is set in the 1980's (I think, I can't quite remember!). It was one of the most refreshing and interesting books I've read in a while!

    -Jean

    PS I've spotted you on the RGU Freshers page, but I'm also going up to RGU this September, but to do Fashion and Textiles! :D

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