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Hi everyone,

 

I thought a blog would be a great way to exchange book recommendations as I love reading and writing reviews. I've also started putting pen to paper, and have recently completed a creative writing course. Maybe you'll be reading one of my books down the line!?

 

If you want to share about what you're reading, or anything at all for that matter, let loose and go for it!

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

This is a fantastic charcter study. I'm kicking myself for having it for ages and not reading it.

Books...

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle

The Commitments - Roddy Doyle

The stage show of The Commitments was at my local theatre, but I couldn’t get a ticket as every performance was sold out, which got me thinking about the book. I’d always heard it was good and I love short books (it’s only 144 pages), plus it’s set in Ireland and I’m Irish. How could I not read it?

 

So, the Commitments is about a group of young men that want to form a band. They talk to their friend Jimmy (who ends up as their manager) about what band they should form and he says that Dublin needs a soul band, hence the Commitments are born.

They recruit an older man, Joey ‘The Lips’ Fagan who coaches them about what a soul band should be, as informed by his ‘extensive’ experience. He provides a lot of laughs and was one of the best characters in the story.

 

The guys take on three woman, who are known as the Commitmentettes (Ioved that name!), to do backing vocals and from then the reader follows the band as they rehearse and take their show live.

 

The best part of the book was the interaction between the characters and the general fun I had reading about them trying to get the band going.

 

There was a heavy focus on music which I loved, but sometimes it didn’t translate well to the written form. I felt I was missing out when I didn’t know a song. I would definitely recommend it, though, as this was the only problem in a book that was a lot of fun. Also, I watched the film right after I finished and I would highly recommend this, too. So much fun.

Reading progress update: I've read 28%.

Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng

I'm itching to get started on booklikes-opoly (it looks so much fun), but I started this book and have another couple to finish, so it'll be few days. Anyway, I've wanted to read this for such a long time and it's turning out one of the most compeling books I've picked up recently.

Quick Update

Hi all,

 

I have an internet connection briefly, so I wanted to let you know I'll hopefully (fingers crossed) be back properly by Wednesday. An engineer is booked to come out to my flat and fix the problem with my connection then. It's driving me mad having had no internet for over a week and I especially miss it here. I'm sorry I've missed all your posts. Can't wait to get back for real. Anything big I've missed?

Reading progress update: I've read 37%.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Sorry I haven't been contributing to any and all conversation about the book, but my internets been off. It's getting fixed, so I'll be back propery soon. I'm currently in a cafe, so I can post briefly. How are you all getting on? I just reached part 2 and although I know it's about Gods, I'm waiting to discern some deeper meaning! How are you all getting on? I like it a lot, but really couldn't tell you why!

Gives me more time to read

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Reading progress update: I've read 11%.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Shadow has the most elaborate dreams, describing statues in impeccable detail. In contrast, I dreamt about crisps last night!

Reading progress update: I've read 2%.

American Gods - Neil Gaiman

Count me in, as well. 

I'm with Hogwarts. What about you?

Reading progress update: I've read 68 out of 141 pages.

The Commitments - Roddy Doyle

I wanted something that'd cheer me up and this is ticking all the boxes. He's Irish too!

Reading...

Reading progress update: I've read 42%.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond

 

 

This uneven distribution of wealth is exactly what I hate about our current system and why it doesn't work.

 

 

 Tobin (the landlord) took home roughly $447,000 each year. He belonged to the top 1 percent of income earners. Most of his tenants belonged to the bottom 10 percent.

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Currently reading

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Progress: 47%
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Progress: 47%
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Progress: 42%
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Progress: 100%
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
Progress: 124/236pages