This book mesmorised me from page one - I just couldn't put it down. After successfully managing to avoid all the hype around it until now I picked thThis book mesmorised me from page one - I just couldn't put it down. After successfully managing to avoid all the hype around it until now I picked this up a few days ago to finally see what the fuss was about now that it is out in the cinemas. I barely managed to stop for breath between the first and last page.
This is a beautiful and spell-binding love story between Bella and Edward, two highschool class mates in a school in Forks, Washington State. Nothing much unusual about that, but Edward is no ordinary teenager - he is a vampire. We watch them fall in love and the story is so tender and moving it completely draws you in. I may be in my late 30's (proving that this book is accessable to all ages) but I can still remember those heady days of watching someone across the food hall, memorising their time-table so you knew where they would be at all times and affording tiny glances across the classroom. The way that Bella and Edward fall in love is truly magical.
What makes this book so special is the brilliant mix of romance and adventure. There are plenty of nail-biting moments that make you keep wanting to turn those pages into the night.
My 5 stars are due to the fact that I found it such a page turner and couldn't wait to pick it up when I wasn't reading it. ...more
I am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella - she is the only author I have ever read where I am never let down. I always look forward to her books coming outI am a huge fan of Sophie Kinsella - she is the only author I have ever read where I am never let down. I always look forward to her books coming out as they are guaranteed feel-good books. Chick lit at its best!
In this latest offering Lexi wakes up in hospital thinking that it is still 2004 and she is going out with Loser Dave, has wonky teeth, loads of friends and works in a low paid job in a carpet company. In fact it is 2007 and she is married to a gorgeous multi-millionaire, has perfect teeth, lives in a huge penthouse overlooing the Thames and has a high-flying job as a Director (oh, and she is the bitch-boss-from-hell), only Lexi can't remember a thing about it. The story follows Lexi as she tries to fit in with her new life and fill in the gaps as to how she ended up where she did (and how she managed to alienate all her friends in the process).
All the ususal magic is here - young girl, a love interest (or two), nice clothes and shoes (v. important!)
While I agree that nothing can beat the Shopaholic series (who could replace Becky?), this is still a great book to get lost in. Thumbs up for Ms Kinsella once again....more
I really enjoyed this book. I got so quickly swept away by the narrative that the book flew by.
Changez is the narrator and he is having a conversatioI really enjoyed this book. I got so quickly swept away by the narrative that the book flew by.
Changez is the narrator and he is having a conversation with you in a Pakistani cafe. He tells you all about the years he spent in America, as a student and then at one of the most prestigeous companies in NYC. And now here he sits, in a cafe in Lahore with a beard telling you, a complete stranger, about this whole other life while you wait to find out what happened to make him come home.
I have to admit though, that I am still confused by the ending. I put the book down and said "eh?". If anyone could enlighten me I would be grateful. Am I just being thick here?
What a wonderful book. Lyrical and atmospheric, this book is a story told by Silvio about his family in the early last century who live in a little viWhat a wonderful book. Lyrical and atmospheric, this book is a story told by Silvio about his family in the early last century who live in a little village in rural France. What starts out gently and as a story of great love between the various family members quickly descends into secrets, lies, betrayal and grief.
I picked this book up this morning and read the first page to see how I liked it and before I knew it I have read the whole things while barely pausing for breath. A lovely book and I shall certainly be reading more by this author. ...more
I have just finnished this book and I write this review through tears. In the day it took me to read I have laughed, cried, felt uplifted and humbled.I have just finnished this book and I write this review through tears. In the day it took me to read I have laughed, cried, felt uplifted and humbled.
This is the story of 16 year old Tessa who is dying of terminal cancer. In her last months she makes a list of 10 things she wants to do before she dies (this includes falling in love and saying yes to everything for one whole day). Tessa goes through a range of emotions including anger (why her?) but the overriding feeling I got from her was an amazing spirit. She notices things that you and I forget to notice - the colour of leaves, the sound of a thunder storm, sunshine reflecting in a tea cup. These are the things that make her feel alive and she embraces them in a way that most of us who think we have years left infront of us don't.
This is a beautifully written and important book. It reminds us to live. ...more
The only saving grace to this godawful book is that it only took me a day to read. What possessed me to buy it in the fisrt place is another matter enThe only saving grace to this godawful book is that it only took me a day to read. What possessed me to buy it in the fisrt place is another matter entirely.
What a load of self-pitying, whining drivel this book is. Christopher Ciccone is nothing more than a name-dropping hanger-on with no backbone of his own. Case in point - page 241 - Christopher is worried because he has sent Madonna a vile, foul-mouthed fax where he vents about her lack of talent, old-age etc and it has just dawned on him what he has done: "As I ponder the professional repercussions, and my status in Hollywood, I know that I am fucked and have to somehow rectify the situation." Nice. Does he regret what he's done? Yes, but only because of how it will affect him: "I write a letter to Madonna in which I apologise profusely, although I don't mean a word of it".
Also, he moans about Madonna not flying him first class when she takes him all round the world on tour. Here's a thought - PAY FOR IT YOURSELF!
I can't bear to waste another moment on this peice of tripe....more
**spoiler alert** Oh dear! I did want to like this book after hearing good things and I persevered so hard with it but by page 143 I decided that I ha**spoiler alert** Oh dear! I did want to like this book after hearing good things and I persevered so hard with it but by page 143 I decided that I had had more than enough and have slammed it shut in disgust.
Little Red Riding Hood shags wolves and Snow White is fat, ugly and fowl tempered? NO, NO, NO!!!!!! It's ruining all my childhood memories. Call me old-fashioned but Snow White is pretty and sweet and Little Red Riding Hood is a dutiful Granddaughter who doesn't strip off her knickers in the forest for a wolf!
Maybe I have a problem suspending disbelief but I really didn't get this or find it funny at all. ...more
I was given this as a Christmas present and I have spent hours looking through it since then - it's such a beautiful book.
The book is set out by mon I was given this as a Christmas present and I have spent hours looking through it since then - it's such a beautiful book.
The book is set out by month and there are about 20 pages per month. In each section (month) it starts with a page overview of all the places that are good to visit at that time of year and puts them under headings (Festivals and culture, Unforgettable journeys, Natural wonders, Luxury and romance, Active adventures and Family getaways). Each destiniation (under one of these headers) then has a paragraph about why to go and then a web address so you can do further research (brilliant idea). It also has a weather watch for all over the world so you can see which regions might appeal to you (depending on whether you want sun or snow etc). The following 18 or so pages are dedicated to more indepth info on some of the destinations. For example there is a section in August on New Zealand and this page includes how to get there, weather, accommodation, how much it will cost 2 people per day on average and also a suggested itinerary. The book goes into detial of about 8 or 9 destinations per month.
Aside to the useful info (not just about what't there when you get there but where to go at particular times of year), the visuals are stunning, breathtaking even. I am a huge fan of the Eyewitness Travel guides anyway as I love to look at the pictures and read about the history and culture of places I have been to (and also places I want to go to) so when I was given this book I was thrilled. It's so much more than a coffee table book and it's one I will treasure for years to come - I can sit for hours looking longinly at the photos.
I highly recommend this book - especially as a gift (you'll be loved for it) or just treat yourself. I hope you enjoy as much as I do. ...more
This is a fascinating book about why we make the decisions we do (and why we think we're in control of our decision making but in reality there are faThis is a fascinating book about why we make the decisions we do (and why we think we're in control of our decision making but in reality there are far more forces at work that we realise).
The book is broken down into chapters including topics such as why we feel it's ok to take stationary etc from work, why we pay more for more expensive pain killers even thought the ingredients of the cheaper version are the same and why we would pay far less for something that we really want than we would sell it for if we won it for free.
The author, Dan Ariely, a Professor of Behavioural Economics, has carried out many experiments (mainly by the students at his college it seemed) which I found really interesting and with some unexpected results. The results, however, were often a little vague but I suspect that this isn't meant to be an Economics text book and therefore the average joe reading this won't be interested in graphs and decimal points all the way through, rather preferring to understand his findings in a non-economist-friendly way.
I really enjoyed this book, it takes no time at all to read and can be dipped in and out of, but more importantly it relates well to our own lives and there were plenty of "I do that" moments.
I would recommend this book for anyone interested in human behaviour. It's certainly accessible and requires no prior knowledge. ...more
I have just finished reading this and I am left feeling "is that it?"
The protagonist, Anna, has disappeared off to Italy without telling anyone whereI have just finished reading this and I am left feeling "is that it?"
The protagonist, Anna, has disappeared off to Italy without telling anyone where or why (leaving her 6 year old daughter at home - nice). The story then alternates between the one written by her best friend Estella who has had to drop everything to look after the daughter, and Anna (who just to confuse matters more, has two seperate stories going on simultaniously - one where she is kidnapped and another where she is onvolved in a fling with a married man -and we never know which is the real story). Confused? So was I!
I never felt like I knew any of the characters well enough, which led me to not really care very much about any of them. Certainly the kidnapper was very one dimensional and I never understood what his motives were at all, not even at the end.
It did only take me 2 days to read this book and it did have its page-turning moments but having finished it I really am left thinking "who cares?"....more
I read this yesterday in a day - I just found it impossible to put down. Although it's bleak I found it to be written in a gentle, almost dream-like wI read this yesterday in a day - I just found it impossible to put down. Although it's bleak I found it to be written in a gentle, almost dream-like way which I loved.
The story is of a man and his son (whose names we never learn) who are travelling south during the harsh winter. They set off along the road with their cart and all their worldly belongings in it. We never find out the reason that the road and the fields and whole cities are burnt and abandoned; we are left the imagine for ourselves if it is due to war, asteroid etc.
I didn't feel that the reason they were there was important - whatever had happened was years ago and clearly they had got past the "why?" etc and were just focused on survival. The books was like a snapshot in time which is why we never really find out anything other than what is going on right then.
The relationship between the man and boy is beautiful and so tender. It's one of the most touching and important relationships I can remember reading about.
I really loved this book and hope you will too. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I picked it up after reading something a little heavygoing and this was a light relief after that.
It is the story of frienI really enjoyed this book. I picked it up after reading something a little heavygoing and this was a light relief after that.
It is the story of friendship. Most of us will at some point have a friendship like this and there are lots of moments that made me feel nostalgic for my school days when I would share secrets, gossip, and grow up with my best friend. In The Myth of You and Me, Cameron (the narrator) tells us of her friendship with Sonia through shcool and college and their subsequent betrayal and fall out. It's a book about life and love and searching.
I did enjoy this and it was just what I needed for a quick, easy but satisflying read....more
5 stars is not enough. This book is amazing, incredible, breathtaking. Once I started it 2 days ago I have barely been able to put it down. This book5 stars is not enough. This book is amazing, incredible, breathtaking. Once I started it 2 days ago I have barely been able to put it down. This book has just earned a place in my top 5 ever books and deservedly so.
I admit to being concerned that I would find it difficult to overcome the lack of punctuation, but for commas and fullstops, and the lack of names (characters are referred to in such ways as the girl with dark glasses, the boy with the squint etc) but not only was it very easy to get used to this it actually added to the story. The fact that there were such long sentences and few paragraphs meant that the book drew me in as if I was "there" and it also means that you have a devil of a time putting it down! It's genius. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVED IT!!!!
Lovely book, very exocotave of 1950's English village life from the perspective of a 9 year old boy......until a shocking event happens that turns hisLovely book, very exocotave of 1950's English village life from the perspective of a 9 year old boy......until a shocking event happens that turns his world upside down.
I loved the first half, and found myself captivated but, disappointingly, the second half runs away with itself and I did find myself waiting for something to happen. Ending was disappointing too. Having said that, I did enjoy this and look forward to more from this first time author....more
Hmmm, I want to be more generous about this one as the idea for the protagonist is a great one, but I just can't rave about it I'm afraid. It's very fHmmm, I want to be more generous about this one as the idea for the protagonist is a great one, but I just can't rave about it I'm afraid. It's very funny in places and the character of Grace does come out with some great one liners, but I must admit to rushing through it just to get to the end. ...more
I just loved, loved, loved this book. It is so beautifully written that I wanted to read it slowly to savour every word. The story is of an Eastern EuI just loved, loved, loved this book. It is so beautifully written that I wanted to read it slowly to savour every word. The story is of an Eastern European man, Lev, who goes to London to look for work so he can send back money to his family. It is a truly humbling book that made me see just how much we take things for granted over here - work, acceptance, even dreams don't seem so far off for us like they do for Lev. I found it a really powerful book and although this is the first of Tremain's that I have read, it certainly won't be the last. I highly recommend this book....more