This was an impulsive library loan, I’m already half way through & loving it
Daphne Maurier’s Rebecca
I absolutely love the black & white film of this story
My nod to Halloween?
Can’t Be Arsed by Richard Wilson
is this month’s funny
Like any enthusiastic bookworm, I have a pile of books on my bookshelf that I turn to when I just want a care-free, stressless comfort read. These are books that I’ve had in my possession for years, probably that cost about a quid from a car boot or charity shop. They feed my desire for happy endings, and romance. They all get 5/5! This entry is basically a guide to some of the best go-to heart wrenching, terrific chick lit’s.
So these are just a few of my favourite love stories. They have the best plots, with just the right amount of sweet and sour. All of them bring something different to the table and each leaves you begging for more. The dynamics in these books are so realistic, it makes you feel like part of the drama. Enjoy.
Somebody stop me! How have I turned a lovely outing into a feeding frenzy for my biggest addiction?
I have got to stop buying books. My shelves are full and yet I find new and ridiculous places to stack them? I cannot stop collecting stories! Charity shops are my favourite hunting ground- I’m not a book snob & can easily fill my book bag for £10! It is amazing. I even try to placate myself by thinking ‘I’ll bring in some of the ones I’ve already read’- yeah right! As if I’d ever get rid of them?!
The ones I’ve read are some of my favourites, it isn’t unrealistic of me to re-read them 4 or 5 times. I like knowing the ending, I like knowing what comes next, it feeds my impatient personality.
And if I stumble upon an author that I learn to like, god help my local bookshop- as I simple have to have all that she ever wrote! I am insatiable.
Reading is my favourite thing to do ever, along with stuffing my face and writing. And I won’t give it up for anyone! It’s one of my quirks and you’ll learn to love it. This is why I am so thankful I met my husband, he will willingly let me satisfy my need to find ‘pokey little bookshops’ on our holidays. He never frowns in a “not another book?” manner when a book-shaped parcel falls through the letter box- much to my delight. 💙 And he also matches my attachment to books, word for word, cover to cover.
Nothing makes me happier than a new book for my shelf, it’s the little things eh?
It probably also doesn’t help that my best friend is also an enthusiastic little bookworm. We can swap reviews and chat about books til the cows come home; she’s another one I can blame for this affliction ! 💜
These are a few of my most recent purchases:
*Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman and How to Build a Girl
*Alexis Jones’ I am that Girl
*G D Falksen’s The Ouroboros Cycle; 1, 2 & 3 (have a look at my reviews!)
What books have you fallen for lately? Let me know in the comments.
Go on, go get lost in binding.
If you have seen this film, you will already know that this fairy tale is one of legend. It has everything; fencing, damsels, giants and torture! It is a favourite of mine anyway, so when I saw this book in Waterstone’s, I leaped at the chance to buy it.
It did not disappoint.
William Goldman has adapted Morgenstern’s story tremendously, he has captured all the ‘juicy bits’ from the story and bejeweled them to make them extraordinary. The characters are classically heroic and all have great dynamics.
Buttercup is our damsel, common but beyond beautiful and full of goodness, captures the attention of high-roller Prince Humperdink. After losing her only love, Westley; Buttercup insists she’ll never love again and so decides to find a compromise and decides to reach for a better life. Before the wedding, Buttercup gets kidnapped by a Sicilian, a Spaniard and a Giant.
But the three fugitives and the victim are quickly under siege by the Man in Black. And so begins the quest to save Buttercup; through the cliffs of despair, the fire swamp, and the pit of despair. The Man in Black fights for Buttercup and for his life, through all these obstacles and doing us hopeless romantics proud!
I give this story a 5 out of 5 stars!!
If you read this and you’re a fan: try watching the film!
I have finished The Ouroboros Cycle: A Cautionary Tale for Young Vampires by G. D Falksen. Due to my poor concentration and busy schedule, it took four weeks, but it has a fabulous crescendo. Leaves you begging for more!
Falksen has wisely kept the lead character from the first book; Babette, now known as Varanus; following the beginning of her journey into immortality.
The chapters alternate between two exciting stories. Luka’s in the east end of London and Varanus on family business on the Yorkshire Moors. Both are equally as thrilling and full of twists and turns. The characters’ personalities come to life with each page as we learn more about them. Ekaterine’s sense of humour is infectious and lightens the gothic elements in the story.
Luka’s life in the east end of London is grimy, action-packed and gang-filled and coincides with the time of ‘Jack the Ripper’. Falksen describes the location fabulously, right down to the accents. With the help of his pub landlord and prostitute friend Cat, Luka begins to bring peace to his territory, putting a stop to criminal activity and abuse.
Varanus travels to the desolate Yorkshire Moors with Ekaterine. She must settle her grandfather’s will with her distant cousins and fight for her inheritance but soon finds they hold a secret of their own. Her adventure at unraveling the mystery is gripping.
Enter: Friedrich. Babette’s son. A medical man himself, he has followed in the footsteps of his mother. Head strong and good hearted Friedrich brings a warmth to the story, and makes an end with a stunning twist you don’t see coming.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars- I enjoyed the first book more! But it was a good read. And the illustrations are awesome!
So, review number two.. Hey! That rhymes.
Tamara Goodwin is a spoiled teenage girl. Living with her mother and father in a fancy big house in Dublin, with her en-suite shower with a plasma TV, she could want for nothing. Then a tragedy occurs and she finds herself stranded at nowhere and not happening, so far away from her old life.
Spending time with her estranged relatives is not her idea of fun, so when the travelling library rolls up, Tamara jumps at the chance to escape. Finding a magical book that tells her more than just a story.
The depth of the characters draw the reader deeper into the story and as Tamara is forced to confront the questions in her life, we’re along for the ride. The twist and turns in this story keep you guessing, right up to the very end with a shocker you just won’t believe. The characters Tamara meets on her journey of self discovery and her relationships with them are complex; Ahern brings them alive as though they could climb right off the page.
The way Ahern describes the castle and the grounds in the story and Tamara’s reaction to it, the reader can feel how she relates, as though she is the ruin, she is the secret garden and the woods. Let’s the reader see a vulnerability to this story’s heroine which is refreshing.
Although I found it slow to start, the more I read the more curious I became and the puzzle becomes more enticing until I was dying to finish the book to uncover the answers to all the questions. I give this book 4 out of 5.
Quotes from this book that I love: