When I’m on holiday I read a lot. This year, we spent a week in Jersey and I finished a grand total of eight new books as well as a few old favourites which has put me firmly back on track for finishing my Goodreads Challenge for 2014! Here’s a quick summary of what I read:
MAD ABOUT THE BOY – BRIDGET JONES #3 BY HELEN FIELDING
Bridget Jones is a fairly well known character, and while I enjoy the movies I’m not a big fan of the books. I was kind of gutted about a fairly large plot point (which I will not spoil for anyone who is unaware of it) and I guess I just didn’t feel like I could relate to it as I’m still young and haven’t been through the struggles of motherhood. To be honest, I was probably still bitter about the big thing that I’m not spoiling but I’m eagerly awaiting the movie instead. Bridget Jones seems to be one of the exceptions to the “book is always better” rule.
FAHRENHEIT 451 BY RAY BRADBURY
Fahrenheit 451 is one of many “modern classics” that has been on my to read list for quite a while as it’s another one of those dystopian novels that I just love. At the point of time this book is set books are forbidden as they are seen as the source of all that is wrong with the world. It focuses a fair bit on society’s enslavement by the media and how this impacts their lives & relationships. This was quite a short read but one that I really enjoyed. I did feel that it ended slightly abruptly but I was just too engrossed in the storyline to prepare myself for the end.
THE SHOCK OF THE FALL BY NATHAN FILER
The Shock Of The Fall follows Matt, a nineteen year old who is suffering with mental health issues, the system of care (or lack of) provided and a fairly large guilty conscience. This was quite a different book for me, and whilst I wasn’t blown away or overly moved by the plot itself it provided a valuable insight in to the life of someone struggling with an “invisible illness” such as schizophrenia. Some points were well written but on the whole I found it slightly difficult to read and kind of overhyped. It may be a case of it not being suited to my tastes as others seemed to have enjoyed it, so it could be worth looking in to it yourself and coming to your own conclusions.
MORE THAN THIS BY PATRICK NESS
I’d wanted to read this for quite a while but after Hayley & I got tickets to see Patrick Ness at the Edinburgh Book Festival I decided it was time to take the plunge and actually read it. Hayley told me that it was best to start this book with an open mind and not do very much research in to the plot beforehand, so that I did and I would recommend that you do to. It’s the perfect addition to my ever-growing collection of dystopian favourites and I really, really enjoyed it. It’s haunting, nerve-wracking and confusing. In the end, like me, you’ll be left wanting more. Read it. Read it now.
What books have you enjoyed recently?