I'm just going to come straight out and say it. I loved this book. I bought it a while ago and only wish I had rOriginal review at Reading in Progress
I'm just going to come straight out and say it. I loved this book. I bought it a while ago and only wish I had read it sooner!
We follow Pat following his conditional discharge from a mental hospital where he had been staying after a breakdown. When he goes back to live with his parents he seems shocked at the amount of changes there are in the world when he believes he has only been in hospital for a few months.
This story was really well written and really captured Pat's feelings and frustrations about the world and some of the people in it. He learns to live again, but not without a few more ups and downs to tackle first.
When I read this book I literally could not put it down and flew through it. It was tragic and horribly sad in parts and in others it was humorous and had a real feel good feel to it.
I would definitely recommend this book and loved the fact that on top of all of the other good things about it, it is a book about books! Definitely one for me. ...more
I was looking forward to trying this book as I had heard so many good things about it. I was a little apprehensive as it is totally outside of the typI was looking forward to trying this book as I had heard so many good things about it. I was a little apprehensive as it is totally outside of the type of books I normally read and I usually avoid young adult books.
I had a very pleasant suprise with this book.
It is really well written and creates vivid imagery for the reader without being over descriptive. It is fast paced and gripping and accurately portrays the relationships between characters.
I thought that the story itself was really well thought out and I liked that it was a really well rounded story that could be a stand alone as well as part of a trilogy.
The main character Katniss is stuboorn, but very likeable and I think she would appeal to most people in one way or another. Her relationships with other characters are really well described and you can feel her happiness and pain throughout the book.
I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy....more
I started reading Atonement around the time of the film release and just didn’t get it. Last year I decided to give it another go and managed to get hI started reading Atonement around the time of the film release and just didn’t get it. Last year I decided to give it another go and managed to get hold of a copy on Read It Swap It. I have been looking at it ever since until I picked it up to read last week.
The book is split into a number of parts, each set in a different time or place and told from the point of view of different characters. The first part is set in 1935 at the home of the Tallis family in Surrey, and it is here that we get introduced to the main characters, Briony, Cecilia and Robbie.
Briony is a precocious 13 year old girl who gets into a rage when things don’t go her way and lives in world that is half fantasy. She has great visions of grandeur about herself and seems to get the things in her imagination confused with the real world. Cecilia is her big sister and a university graduate. She seems glamorous and very comfortable with herself, particularly in the scene by the fountain with Robbie. Robbie is the son of the family cleaner and lives in a cottage on their land. He has become something of a project to the girls’ father who has paid for his education and has dreams of going to medical college.
I found the first part of the book a little slow, but wonderfully written. Once I had the time to concentrate on it I couldn’t put it down.
My favourite parts of the book were the parts set in the wartime era. We followed Robbie as he was evacuated from France via Dunkirk in the D-Day landings. This section of the book was heartbreaking and really made you think of the horrors faced by the young men fighting in both of the World Wars. The next part of the book was set in wartime London and gives the reader a different view of the home front and the jobs that women undertook.
Overall, I really loved this book and once I had got into it, couldn’t put it down. It is beautifully written and really pulls you into the world of the characters. I think the story will stay with me for some time and I am extremely glad that I gave it a second chance. A fantastic book. ...more
I was expecting good things from this book when I started it, but never expected it to be as good as it was!
We meet George who is a loveable father fiI was expecting good things from this book when I started it, but never expected it to be as good as it was!
We meet George who is a loveable father figure who is just a little eccentric, and his wife Shelia and daughter Sam. They are a fairly typical family with their fair share of dysfunctional attributes! George, the downtrodden husband finds an old radio that he starts tinkering around with while his wife and daughter go out and have fun while he looks after his grand daughter. The tinkering becomes a bit more than that when he and the radio become inseparable and it becomes the most important thing in his life.
Some parts of the book had me laughing out loud, most had me chuckling, but some bits were desperately sad. The book was fabulously written and it was a real pleasure to read. It's easy going style and good pace kept me gripped and I finished the whole thing in a day. I'd love to read more about George and his family, and a little birdie had told me that there is more to come.
A fantastic book which is comparable to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Lost and Found. You should all go and buy it now!!...more
This was my second foray into reading Chevalier's work and it was just as good as the first!
This book is set just post-Victorian era following the death of Queen Victoria and we follow it right through to the rallies held in London by the Suffragettes. The story is told from a number of characters' points of views and we meet a number of people along the way.
The detail of this book is brilliant, and I liked the fact that it was based around the subject of death, something that the Victorians treated very differently to how we do today. However, it is not morbid or dark in any way. It just shows a different view of life and how people dealt with it back then.
The descriptions were really evocative without being overly wordy and the characters were all really well developed, even if some were a little infuriating!
Chevalier is fast becoming one of my favourite authors and I would definitely recommend her to fans of Sarah Waters. ...more
I was a little bit wary about reading this book as I was worried that it could be upsetting and a bit depressing as it is about a teenage girl with caI was a little bit wary about reading this book as I was worried that it could be upsetting and a bit depressing as it is about a teenage girl with cancer. I need not have worried.
This book was my firsty foray into reading some of John Green's writing, and it definitely won't be my last! I was drawn into the story straight away and really loved the friendly writing style. In fact, I could barely put this down when I was reading it.
We follow the story of Hazel who is a 16 year old terminal cancer patient. She is convinced by her parents to join a support group to meet some fellow sufferers and give her chance to get out of the house. She meets a new friend in Isaac and subsequently meets his best friend Augustus. Hazel gets close with Augustus and they eventually start going out.
The book is very funny in parts and there are also parts that made me cry. It is wonderfully written and I especially liked the parts about Hazel's favourite book and going to meet the writer. A lot of the time you were able to forget that she was any different to other teenagers, until something popped up to remind you.
The book has a bittersweet ending, and I will warn you, don't read it in public, you may not want to be around people when you read it. The book is in no way depressing and leaves the reader wanting more. This book will stay with me for a long time and I would certainly recommend it to others to read. ...more
In this book, Agatha is approached by the murderee (whilst still alive) as she believes one of her children is out to murder her before she can get aIn this book, Agatha is approached by the murderee (whilst still alive) as she believes one of her children is out to murder her before she can get a chance to change her will to cut them out.
Lo and behold, Mrs Tamworthy is suddenly found dead and super-sleuth Agatha is put on the case by her daughter in law.
This book is a fun romp to find the wrongdoer and has an impressive body count of 6, although not all are related to the main plot.
My only disappointment with this book was that the title was slightly misleading. I was expecting a festive murder but the Christmas scenes had no relation to the main story and seemed to be tagged on at the end, hence my reason for deducting a star. Still a fun and enjoyable read! ...more