Searching through the shelves at Waterstones I saw this book by Marian Keyes. I've read for Marian Keyes once before very recently, a book by the name...moreSearching through the shelves at Waterstones I saw this book by Marian Keyes. I've read for Marian Keyes once before very recently, a book by the name "The Brightest Star in the Sky" and I set about buying more of her work. Luckily, I didn't only find a novel, I found a collection of articles previously published and unpublished all about the writer's life.
The woman is hilarious! I love her sense of humor and her wit. Her honesty in dealing with alcoholism, growing up, and weight loss. I could totally identify with some of her stories, especially the one about becoming the husband's finder of things, I actually sat my husband down and read him that part while shooting him daggers with my looks because apparently men are the same all over the planet. Plus, it seems we are not the only nation suffering in trying to celebrate Mother's Day, not everyone is happy about it it seems :p
I loved the book. I laughed out loud and kept laughing out loud while supposedly trying to sleep, jerking the poor husband awake from his slumber!
The book is a great read and I am more than glad to purchase the second book of its kind, "Further Under the Duvet". I'm only sorry it took me so long to realize its out there. Highly recommended.(less)
I've been seeing two books all over the place in the UK, 50 Shades of Grey Triology and Jamilia. Of course I had to pick it up and read it. It was a f...moreI've been seeing two books all over the place in the UK, 50 Shades of Grey Triology and Jamilia. Of course I had to pick it up and read it. It was a few pages long, less than a hundred, and it didn't take me much time to read at all.
How was it? Well, if you read the description on the back cover, you've essentially read the entire book. I'm still scratching my head, what the fuss is all about really? So its a translated Russian short story by Kyrgyzstan's greatest author, that doesn't make it a good story. There is barely any story to start with! I don't recommend it at all. (less)
One of my favorite books of all time is the timeless novel “My Best Friend’s Girl” by one of my favorite authors Dorothy Koomson. I have read it over...moreOne of my favorite books of all time is the timeless novel “My Best Friend’s Girl” by one of my favorite authors Dorothy Koomson. I have read it over and over as the loveliness of this books is just too overwhelming.
I just adore this book. It is so beautifully written, so realistic, so filled with emotions you would find your self lost in the pages. It’s the kind of book you wish you could lose sleep over so you could finish… it’s the kind of book you could forsace your social life just to flip it’s pages… If you ever took your life for granted and thought that you will stay the same for the rest of eternity… if you ever had a fight with someone and cut them off your life believing you will never cross their pass again… if you ever thought forgiveness was something beyond imaginable for a fatal mistake… if you cannot imagine your self becoming responsible for another human being overnight… This is the book for you… the message is loud and clear… Never Say Never!(less)
After the last book I read I needed a light read to lift up my mood. Something like a palette cleanser. Thankfully I had my second Randa Abdel-Fattah...moreAfter the last book I read I needed a light read to lift up my mood. Something like a palette cleanser. Thankfully I had my second Randa Abdel-Fattah novel with me to accomplish that task.
After reading Randa's debut novel "Does my head look big in this?" I went back to Jarir bookstore specifically to get her second novel, that's how much Ioved the first one. It was a light witty intelligent read filled with ironic laughter. What about the second novel then?
Well, it was good and drastically different from the first one. Jamela, a Lebanese Muslim girl living in Australia is known as Jamie in among her high school mates, who by the way do not now about her background nor that she is a Muslim from middle eastern origins. Protecting her identity is very crucial from Jamie especially given that her father is very strict and uptight. You can say that Jam is having an identity crisis -taking you back to the yucky high school years- and her way of facing discrimination in her home land is to try and blend in, be one of the crowd walking in the background, and laying low.
The writing is superb, the story is good, but its not as witty as the first book was. Nor did I like the ending that much. I felt that there could have been more to it, a few chapters perhaps. However, I did enjoy the book and will keep it on my bookshelf. I'm seeking out the rest of Randa's books for sure.
This would be a perfect read in breaks during a busy day or maybe for summer lounging by the pool while being interrupted one million times. No concentration required and no problem picking up the story line at all. (less)