23 Sep 2012

Something a little bit different

If you've been reading my blog recently, following me on Twitter or on Instagram then you'll be aware that I like to read. I've always been a big reader and getting a Kindle for my birthday this year just increased this! So I thought that I'd do a little post about what I've been reading lately, and what I thought of the book. Maybe make it a regular thing, if you'd like that? Who knows!

The Sky Is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson
The Sky Is Everywhere follows the life of 17 year old Lennie Walker after the sudden death of her older sister, it's beautifully written with lots of little poems and snippets of conversation from their lives between each chapter. It was quite an easy read but very emotional, most of the book had me in tears! It is definitely more of a 'young adult' book but technically I am a 'young adult'...
Overall, I'd give it a 9/10, beautifully written but I just feel the plot needs that little bit more.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
This book is one of my firm favourites, but with the film due in October I decided to give it another read. It follows Charlie and his life as a teenage 'wallflower', charted through his letters to a mystery person who he has overheard people talking about in passing.
This is a genuinely beautiful book, I love how it's written and how well Chbosky gets in to the mind of Charlie and his innocent point of view. The storyline itself is just perfectly planned out, every time I've read this I've had to read it in one sitting because it just grips me. I'm quite excited for the film, but as usual I know it will never live up to the book, they never do!
Overall, this definitely gets a 10/10. It has a permanent place on my bookshelf and my Kindle.

Savages - Don Winslow
I bought this book in Tesco's 2 for £7 offer, I was mainly after the book after this, but when I saw this I thought it couldn't hurt to read it seeing as I was planning on seeing the film - it has Blake Lively in it, duh! This book was a surprise. It's based on the story of two marijuana growers Ben & Chon, along with their shared lover O. I'm not sure why it surprised me so much, I guess I just didn't know quite what to expect from it.
It's definitely a gripping book, the drama that goes down just has you wanting to keep turning the pages to find out just what happens. I'd never read any of Don Winslow's books before, but I think now I'm going to have to give some more a go!
Overall, I'd give this book a 8/10 - it's a great book but a bit short and not my usual genre of choice.

A Street Cat Named Bob - James Bowen
I'm not going to lie, the first thing that drew me to this book was the fact that it was about a cat. Crazy cat lady in the making here! But after I read more in to what it was about I knew I had to read it. I'd intended on getting it for my summer holiday reading but in the end I forgot, so I was super happy when I saw it in the 2 for £7 deal in Tesco.
This book is one of the most moving I have read in a while. It's a heart warming story about how a stray cat and a homeless, recovering drug addict called James change each other's lives. I'm not ashamed to say that I spent most of this book bawling my eyes out, it's such a touching story about friendship and life on the streets. It really opened my eyes to how difficult life can be, and how lucky I am. I definitely need to go and meet Bob and James!
Overall, I'd give this 10/10. How could I not?

So, that's just a little rundown of the books I've read this week. I might make this more of a monthly thing and just pick my favourites, what do you think? Plus, any book recommendations are more than welcome!



  1. I've been meaning to read the perks of being a wallflower but never got round to it! But I'm definitely going to get it on my kindle now. I recently bought 'Pretty Twisted' on the kindle for 20p and for that price I thought the plot was good and very well written :) xx


  2. I really need to get round to reading Perks of Being a Wallflower. I'm a total crazy cat lady, too, so I might have to give A Street Cat Named Bob a try. It sounds adorable!




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