A warm-hearted story about an unlikely relationship that develops between a young man (the author James Bowen) and a ginger tom that he finds hanging...moreA warm-hearted story about an unlikely relationship that develops between a young man (the author James Bowen) and a ginger tom that he finds hanging around the flats that he lives in.
James adopts the cat and names him Bob. Bob just has a larger-than-life personality which endears him to everyone around him.
At the same time, James is trying to overcome his drug addiction and this is his tale of the profound affect that this magnificent cat has on his life.
A quick and easy read which is inspiring and feel-good.(less)
Its taken me just over a month to read this and I've chosen to rate it 2 stars.
The sheer volume of the read 547 pages was intimidating but certainly a...moreIts taken me just over a month to read this and I've chosen to rate it 2 stars.
The sheer volume of the read 547 pages was intimidating but certainly accomplished. The subject matter (in this instance drugs related murder that Harry Hole is investigating) is very dark and heavy and eye-opening for someone like myself that has no reference to this sordid underworld.
The plot was interesting but just far to long for me personally and I found myself skimming through bits. I think the book could have been a bit shorter.
A typical Harry Hole read - always getting himself into tight corners!(less)
This is a sweet book set in troubled Kabul, Afghanistan and tells the tale of five women from different walks of life who become friends. The book foc...moreThis is a sweet book set in troubled Kabul, Afghanistan and tells the tale of five women from different walks of life who become friends. The book focuses on each lady and their past and concurrently tells the tale of what is happening present day in the book.
I enjoyed this read. At the end of the book, I thought to myself that it would never be plausible for such a business to be run in Kabul of all places and that by an American national also.
At the end of the book the reader finds questions that you can discuss within a book club context as well as an interview with the author filling in the background to writing this book - much is explained and certainly Deborah Rodriquez brings much experience and insight into life in Afghanistan, not only as a foreigner who has lived and worked there but also as a woman who had integrated in a society that largely discriminates and mistreats women.(less)
The books we choose are all driven by our mood at that specific time and certainly in the past month, I have opted for lighter, easier and humorous no...moreThe books we choose are all driven by our mood at that specific time and certainly in the past month, I have opted for lighter, easier and humorous novels.
Admittedly I did not read the first two Bridget Jones novels but did watch the movies. The new book came into book club and we were told it could definitely be a stand-alone book provided you knew the background to the movies at least.
I loved this book. Bridget Jones is now in her 50's, she has been married and has now tragically lost Mark Darcy leaving her widowed and back in the dating game (which we all know makes her terribly insecure and almost OCD).
I could relate to Bridget as she has 2 children that are my kids ages and with the crazy fast-paced life of a full-time mom Bridget endeared herself to me even more.
The story sees old characters from the previous books/movies making a reappearance and combined with Bridget's dating adventures, children's antics and her discovery of social media, its a hoot.
This is not going to be a Pulitzer Prize nominee but good reading fun!
I am fast learning that I need to take book recommendations with a pinch of salt because every reader out there is different and is touched in a speci...moreI am fast learning that I need to take book recommendations with a pinch of salt because every reader out there is different and is touched in a special and unique manner by an author's words and story.
I was expecting this book to be very sad since it is based around a girl who had Down's Syndrome according to a synopsis I received from a friend who had read the book. Certainly this is a key part of the book but the story is more about the family to which she is born and the dynamics within that family in the years to come.
Norah and David Henry become first-time parents one wintery evening. The book is set in the 1960's and neither are aware that in fact Norah is pregnant with twins. The first child Paul is born healthy and then later his sister, Phoebe is born.
The babies' father is attending to the birth as he is a doctor. David recognizes instantly that his infant daughter displays the signs of a child with Down's Syndrome. Not wanting to accept the child he asks the attending nurse, Caroline to please take her away and leave her at an institution instead. David proceeds to tell his wife that their daughter had died in childbirth and he doesn't allow her to see the child's body. Poor Norah has no closure and without knowing the truth, the act seals irreparable damage to the couples relationship.
As mentioned above, the story is more about David, Norah and Paul Henry and how they interact as a family. The loss of Phoebe is always an underlying note with David hiding his almost tangible guilt, Norah having no closure and still being very maternal but not allowed to express herself by having additional children and poor Paul their son, who drifts in between the story.
The novel has the best possible ending but I found this story to be quite drawn out in its telling if I have to be brutally honest.(less)
A very sweet and short story about Veronika, a young woman who doesn't seem moved by much in life. Veronika is living in a convent and decides to take...moreA very sweet and short story about Veronika, a young woman who doesn't seem moved by much in life. Veronika is living in a convent and decides to take her life by overdosing on tablets.
Expecting to see a bright light and being reunited with her maker, she instead wakes up in a hospital (actually a sanatorium) and discovers her attempt failed.
Veronika is told that the overdose has left her heart irreparably damaged and that she has a matter of days to live. Veronika decides to explore her new environment because she reasons that she wont be there very long and might as well as use the opportunity to be completely mad and without any self control or restraint.
She ends up befriending two women as well as troubled young man and together they put the pieces of life, love and the things that matter together.(less)
This book turned out very differently to my expectation of it.
It was the first time I was exposed to a Paulo Coehlo novel and while the story was ess...moreThis book turned out very differently to my expectation of it.
It was the first time I was exposed to a Paulo Coehlo novel and while the story was essentially quite sweet, I actually enjoyed his philosophy on life and romance as well as his views on human nature much more than the actual story itself.(less)
I selected this book as part of my Christmas Holidays 2013 reading.
I really liked the title of the book because of its exotic sounding nature and the...moreI selected this book as part of my Christmas Holidays 2013 reading.
I really liked the title of the book because of its exotic sounding nature and the cover also told a story within itself. The cover had a pretty and well-to-do woman in a 1950's full-piece golden costume sat on a striking yellow bench.The book had also been favourably reviewed by a well known South African journalist Jenny Crwys Williams.
The book is set in post-war America and follows three main characters initially: Nick and her husband Hughes as well as Nick's cousin, Helena. The story is laid out in chapters dedicated to individual characters and offering their views and perspectives as well secret activities. The readers also find the book yo-yoing back and forth in time.
A little way into the book another two important characters are introduced: Daisy who is Nick and Hughes' daughter and Ed Lewis who is Helena's son.
The novel is really about family secrets and certainly each of the senior members of the family have plenty of them. As one delves into the book, these become apparent.
There is a murder in the book which I found to be a total anti-climax as the characters are not really central and the significance to the entire plot is obscure.
I was also left with unanswered questions about some of the characters in the story - these are never addressed or tied up to me so there were too many loose ends.
The only character of interest in this book was Ed Lewis. Having sussed him out now, I would say he is somewhat autistic but incredibly perceptive and the writer does well at the end in telling the story from his side and letting the reader draw their own conclusions.
In all - I found it to be bit of a pointless read so I was disappointed.