I always like to see what Lisbeth is up to, but the main storyline in this book, was a bit like... 'whatever' and I didn't really care. Not the best one.
As a wife and mother, especially so.
I'm not sure I dare read any more Max Porter, but I think I'm still going to.
I really struggled to get into this. I went back to the beginning 4 times because I didn't feel like I had a hold of the plot or characters and must have missed something. Eventually I decided to just plough on, and things didn't get much clearer. I recognise this is likely a failing on my part rather than the book, which is a translation and filled with symbolism. A reader who is more aware of the history of Baghdad might enjoy it more.
I enjoyed the friendly way Ella shares her story and encourages the reader to make steps to improve their own health.
This book is, wow! At the start it had a sweet, child friendship vibe, but much like Harry Potter gets darker as the series progresses, by the time I was at the end of this book I'd been through so much with these characters that it seems laughable my initial thoughts were that it's a children's book.
It's Fantasy, Sci Fi, Cli-Fi, Magical Realism, Apocalyptic, Romance, Thriller, Drama.... what is this book?! It's amazing is what it is.
I liked this even more than Fight Club. I love the way Palahniuk's mind works. I'm excited to read more of his books.
Smart analysis of some of my favourite shows and some I am now going to check out.
I really like Louise Penny's characters in this series, and it was fun to spend some more time with them and see how they're doing etc, but this just didn't really come together for me.
This book is weird and trippy. I've not read Don Quixote yet, but plan to one day, and it will be interesting to compare the modern day retelling with the original - like watching Clueless before reading Emma.
I imagine it's a book that would hold up to re-reading as I feel like I'd have to read it a few more times before I start to understand what's really going on.
This genre is growing on me. It's like a cross between Roald Dahl and C.S Lewis. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman have created a modern classic. There are some hilarious lines, especially as I'm British and there's so much fun poked at us. The message of Good and Evil and how easy it is to mix the two up, is a powerful philosophy and encourages the reader to think about more than the story itself.
This novel is quiet and understated. The story is about a teenage boy and the affect war has on him, his family, his relationships and his future. There are a lot of beautiful sentences and the writing and story is so well crafted that I think it's a book that would hold up to being re-read several times.
As a fan of Margaret Atwood and the Handmaid's tale, I was excited that a sequel was coming. For me, it did not disappoint and I thought it a satisfying follow up to the original story. In The Testaments, we learn more about the rise and fall of Gilead and get to know an interesting back story. I would recommend this book to most people, but would suggest reading The Handmaid's Tale first to get the full experience.
The Handmaid's Tale is a modern classic. The story that's told jumps around quite a lot and can take some getting used to. What is especially horrifying is that while this is a dystopian novel, Atwood said that everything that happens in the book has happened at some point, somewhere in the world.
I really appreciated Eileen's rawness and honesty. They were willing to take a chance and lay their souls bare through their poetry. In my opinion, some of the poems are really powerful and others are kind of bizarre, but they're all true to the person they have been throughout their life.
I found this accessible and fun. Gemma Atkinson, writes like she speaks and her voice and character comes through clearly. I was quite inspired to make a change after reading this book and the recipes I've tried have worked well so far.
This book starts with the main character punching her boyfriend and best friend then sulking out on the street. For this reason, I was thinking this book wouldn't be for me. However, it then goes on to be rather nuanced and the black-and-white thinking puncher, goes on to realise that life consists of more shades of grey than she originally thought. This book also gets bonus points for having realistic disabled characters Overall I really liked it
Gotta love Corrie ten Boom. I wish I had known her in real life. I'm glad we have lots of her wisdom through her writings. This is a lovely, short and uplifting book. Would make a good hospital gift.
I really appreciated the philosophy of this book. So many of us are all or nothing, which usually results in nothing. It's heartening to hear that every little counts.
I listened to this on audio, so it was a bit like listening to a long podcast of hers. I like Anne Bogel and I like her book.
Interesting and a good guide to work by to be happier and more successful in all areas of your life.
I am already getting nervous about the day I run out of Karin Slaughter books because they're SO GOOD and she is absolutely at the top of her game within this genre.
This book explores hard hitting topics such as various traumas and the long term affects they can have on a person. It also develops great characters, and while the main character in this book is male, he s surrounded by many fully fleshed out female characters.
This book is impressive and I was left wanting more. Solid literary fiction which alternates perspectives of one woman during three different times of her life. I think the three daughters is referring to her and her friends, but it could equally be referring to the 3 different Peri's or Peri, her mother and daughter. That's the joy of literary fiction though isn't it - the layers, the complexity, the confusion!
I was sceptical about the idea that eating certain foods at certain times would be good or bad for you, but the way it's presented in this book is quite convincing and I am considering putting the it to the test. I did feel that the book was unnecessarily padded out and that the main message could have been condensed down to a shorter book, but I appreciate publishers like a 300 page book so I understand why that was.
This was quite heavy. The author is trying to make it accessible to the average reader and I'd say he accomplished it somewhat but it was still rather dense. Considering the content, I felt like the title should have been changed to 'The benefits of bacteria in our microbiome' - but I can see that 'Eat to Beat Disease' is more catchy.
Sigh. Maybe it's because it's the last book and I'm sad about it, or already know the ending, but HP7 just isn't up there with my favourites. JK is still a genius as always and no.7 is still head and shoulders above most books, but yeah, I was waiting for that fist pumping, “this is awesome!“ moment, and it didn't come. And that ending?!
This book is hilarious. I'm choosing to believe that this book is a parody of the serious etiquette guides that no doubt exist, although if the authors are not being ironic then this book is tragic. I live in the UK and there's no southern mother's here. God help all those who are afflicted with the real thing.
Wow! This is it! C-PTSD is still a relatively 'new' and unheard of ailment. Many people who suffer with it are left bobbing around various diagnoses and feeling even more broken for not fitting into any of them properly. If you've had a bad childhood - read this book. It might clear up a lot of things about why you are the way you are.
I read this for a book club. There were some who really enjoyed it and some who really hated it. I was somewhere in the middle. It's hard to describe this book without spoilers. It felt like it was two books and two genres; part YA part adult psychological thriller. That inconsistency didn't work well for me.
Most of the characters are female and none of the characters are particularly likeable.
I've not read much fiction based in Turkey, so it was good to learn about it's history and the links with Armenians.
There are loads of strong, diverse, female characters in this book and the men who appear are all unlikable in one way or another. I don't know if that is what the author is going for in general, or if that's just the way the characters worked out in this book.
I found this book charming.
I was looking for informative, so it didn't hit the mark there.
I checked this out digitally through a library, so figured it would be a well researched book. It isn't, but what it seems to be is a gift of recipes and validation to people (presumably like the author) who are struggling with inflammation. For that reason, I was happy to overlook what would usually be polished through publishing, and just go with it.
I want to shout my love for this book from the rooftops! The pacing is excellent and by half way through I was wondering how it could keep going to the same level of awesomeness, but Crouch pulled it off. This is my first book from this author and I'll be diving into his backlist ASAP. I want everyone to read this then come discuss it with me afterwards. Looking forward to seeing the screen adaptations that will inevitably follow. It's so good!
This book is aimed at American women aged over 40, which I am not. Still, I found some good actionable take aways from it (buy and wear more skinny belts). There is quite a lot of photos in this book, but I felt like there wasn't enough relevant photos. For example, there were childhood pictures of the author, but when describing the 10 ways to tie a scarf; no pictures to accompany what they should look like. All in all, it was OK.
I thought this book was never going to end. Not a quick read in length or feel. I would have DNF'd but I was reading as part of a challenge, and you can't quit on challenges.
Evaristo is a new author to me, I heard about through the Booker Prize and thought I'd see what she'd written previously.
This is a book like no other, and is funny, heartwarming and real. I whizzed through it as it was so enjoyable. I'm looking forward to reading this author's other works.
Some great information presented in an easy to digest way.
This is one of those books I want to gift to so many people. What are the chances of this whole situation happening to someone who is such a good writer. This book makes me grateful for scientific advances and all the brave people who have taken mental health seriously, including the author.
Historical fiction is the best way to learn about the world. I had no idea that Columbia had been through this difficult time, and it is powerful to have the story told from someone who experienced it first hand.
This book is about two amazing people who not only love each other but like each other too. They seem like a great couple and the world is a better place for having them be together.
This is a book like no other. Through the story of a woman who works at a convenience store (no spoilers there) it explores a person's value to society and challenges the expectations that are placed upon people. It is short and light on the surface, but has an undercurrent of something much deeper. I feel it will stay with me.