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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!

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Bout Of Books

I really like the idea of read-a-thon's, but I tried one a little while ago (24in48 readathon) and it just didn't work for me. This one is different, though. It takes place over the whole week and is really low pressure, so I'm going to give it a whirl and try to do all the challenges etc.

 

Here's the blurb: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 19th and runs through Sunday, August 25th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 26 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

 

Halloween Bingo

Wee Rockets - Gerard Brennan

I'm just wondering if there's a murder in this so it'd qualify for the Murder Most Foul square? Tigus? Many thanks.

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Reading progress update: I've read 13%.

Fleishman Is in Trouble - Taffy Brodesser-Akner

'Or maybe when we get married we have no ability to know how long forever could possibly be,' he said as he ate an egg-white omelette. 'Think about all the times something feels like it lasts forever. Forever seems like the duration of high school, which is four years but that's only because we've only been alive for sixteen years and so four years of that is a huge chunk of our lifetime-a quarter of it. By the time we make this decision, to hook ourselves to a person for the rest of our lives, we're what? Twenty five? Thirty? We're babies. We don't even know what we're dealing with. How could we fathom what it would be like to be on our best behavior for that long? Or know what is funny or charming to us now but intolerable in the future? How will we know what we need? Your tastes in TV haven't even changed yet. I loved Friends when I was young and then I loved Friends in reruns in my twenties and now if I hear the sound of the opening music I want to die.'

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Atonement by Ian McEwan

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Atonement was a difficult book for me, to read and rate. There were some points I enjoyed it, but overall the experience was a bit of a let down.

 

The book is told mostly from Briony’s perspective during the period of the Second World War in England. There are also sections a few years on from her sister, Cecilia and Cecilia's partner Robbie.

 

When we first meet Briony she’s a child who’s planning to put on a play for a family member who’s coming to stay. She’s heavily interested in writing and as such has a vivid imagination. This imagination is the catalyst that dictates the events that shape the rest of her and others lives.

 

It took an awfully long time for anything of worth to actually happen and when it did it was a bit of a let down, however the quality of the prose sustained me. At times the writing was beautiful, but there was far too much description. I’m aware that much of this impatience for something of worth to happen is largely due to the way we live our lives today and have been conditioned to expect returns quickly, but the book was just badly paced. In today's world where every scene in a book should have a mission, this was largely absent.

 

Once I got further into the book, specifically when I was reading about Robbie’s experiences of the war, I became very intrigued. It did however go on for far too long, seeing my interest dwindle. In the end I just wished it'd be over. This was a typical pattern. This pattern of over long sections occurred throughout the novel; portions were much too long with little happening.

 

None of the characters were particularly likable, which was a chief reason I found the book tough to read. I need to care about at least one of the characters and I did when it came to Robbie’s part, but alas this was too little too late and the majority of my dislike of the book had been cemented.

 

There’s a film adaption but there’s no way I’m going anywhere near that right now. I may watch it at some point in the distant distant future, but for now I’d rather forget about it and find a great book. I detest these periods where I read things that are just okay and long for a great book.

 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Nine Perfect Strangers - Liane Moriarty

I was a bit anxious about going on my recent trip, so I wanted something that’d be easy to sink into, so I gave this a go. It follows a group of people from various walks of life that go to a health retreat for 10 days.

 

The book was told in multiple viewpoint, from the perspective of the guests at the health resort and the employees of said resort. There was a large amount of narrative devoted to Frances, a romance author. She was my favourite character. She was funny and quirky and I really enjoyed reading about her.

 

Everyone who was at the resort had significant issues in their past and hoped to overcome or deal with these problems while staying there.

 

There’s not too much to say about this book. It was interesting and held my attention, but it didn’t have an awful lot of substance. I enjoyed the mindfulness and meditation angle a lot, but the focus was with the characters. The characters were the best element and this is where the author shines for me.

 

It got a bit crazy towards the end and I had to suspend my disbelief to stay with it, but I’m glad I did as it wrapped up nicely.

 

Overall it was an enjoyable experience, but I think I’ll give this author a miss for a while.

Reading progress update: I've read 10%.

Little Women - Louise May Alcott

The sentimentality is already getting on my nerves, so I think I'll give this a miss.

Currently reading

The Rotters' Club by Jonathan Coe
Progress: 15%
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
Progress: 30%
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde, Richard Allen Cave
Progress: 10%
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: or, How Capitalism Works-and How It Fails: or, How Capitalism Works-and How It Fails by Yanis Varoufakis
Progress: 43%
The Secret Barrister: Stories of the Law and How It's Broken by The Secret Barrister
Progress: 42%