Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Books and more books

Reading has been a bit slow in my world over the last few months. So I am grouping the books from June to August. I have read quite a variety of books - I am sure you will find something here that you can enjoy.

I loved "Wolf hall" - the first book in the series about Thomas Cromwell and Henry the 8th and his escapades. Granted, Mantel is not everybody's cup of tea and the writing style is something to get used to. Bring up the bodies is as brilliant as "Wolf hall". Full of intrigue, mischief and odd old customs and backstabbing. I have to mention that in general I am not one for historical fiction but these books are pure brilliance. It took me ages to get through but I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. 9/10

A story about a mother and daughter and their lives in a little knitting shop in New York. I would classify this under womans fiction and it is a good enough read (best description I can think of). I enjoyed it to the end but will not recommend it to all and sunder or go out and buy it to read again. Sort of a good read if its lying around in a holiday cottage. 6/10
I have learned that not all Jojo Moyes books are created equal and if you are looking for "Me before you" or "The girl you left behind" in every one of her books you will be disappointed. Read them for what they are and they will all be good books - maybe not brilliant but good staple well written reads. I got this one for free on Kindle from Amazon one day and it was truly a nice light and relaxing read.
7/10
'n Wonderlike jeugboek wat temas soos eerste liefde, siekte en die dood op 'n gemaklike manier hanteer. Ek lees nou en dan kinderboeke wat my kinders spesifiek geniet en is regtig bly dat ek my dogter van 10 se advies geneem het en hierdie boek ook gelees het. Behalwe dat dit vir my ook 'n heerlike leeservaring was het dit my baie insig gegee in hoe kinders rondom siekte en die dood dink en funksioneer. Wat ook insiggewend is is hoe kinders na mekaar kyk en die verskillende faksies wat daar in die kinder gemeenskap heers. Hoe dit voel om miskien effe "anders" te wees of dalk baie gewild te wees. Lees gerus - selfs al is jy n grootmens en veral wanneer jy kinders in die 10 jaar plus ouderdomsgroep het. 9/10
I had this book lying around in the house for a while and when I was down with a tummy bug and basically to weak to read anything that required much thinking I grabbed it. What a delight to visit Mma Ramotswe once again in the delightful Botswana that is so very close to her heart. This series has no intentions to ever be high literacy but is delightful and fun to read. BTW ever seen the British TV series? Just as delightful. 7/10
I have never read a Karin Slaughter book before and was so pleasantly surprised. She is such a good crime writer - I am planning to find and read more of them. A story full of intrigue and great characters. 8/10

What a book and what a story! I was totally gripped by it and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Warped and unusual characters and a great ending. I have to say that I liked it a lot more than Gone girl and think it is a better story too. It is however a very disturbing read. Absolute brilliance! A must read if this is your type of book.9/10


So, what are you reading at the moment? I am as usual busy with 3 books at the same time. And do you ever read more than one book at a time? Have I inspired you to read any of the books above?

15 comments:

  1. I have finished "Girl on the train" and "Disclaimer" this month. That is a lot for me...considering my busy schedule and study of Revelation. At the end of the month we are off to our 2 weeks in Plett...and lots and lots of reading xxx

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    1. I have Girl on the train in my to read list

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  2. I think I may have read that knitting club book :)

    The rest is not my style (now) except possibly the Jojo one. I have still only read Silver Bay. I was a BIG crime reader pre-kids but I just can't read it any longer. Psychological thrillers yes (but also not a lot - maybe 2 - 3 per YEAR!).

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  3. Karin Slaughter is one of my favourite authors. Read them her books in order if you can. :)

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    1. I think I may have to do just that

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  4. I'd LOVE to get my hands on a copy of that Afrikaans teen read! My Megan would love it and could use the practice! (As a bilingual, j have failed my children in terms of their language acquisition, as we have simply never spoken Afrikaans to them... :-/ )
    Also, can't wait to get hold of Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects!
    I don't read more than one book at a time, purely because reading time is at a premium in my life and I like to immerse myself fully in whatever story I'm escaping into at a given time...

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    1. There are so many great Afrikaans teen reads

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  5. A few here that I will look out for, but I'm not sure about Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies

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    1. They are definitely not in the "light reads' category but are modern works of art.

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  6. My time management skills must really stink, because I haven't read a single complete book in the three years since my eldest was born, haha! Just a quick magazine article here and there, and that's heavenly :) . (I love reading!!)

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    1. I made a very conscious decision after the kids to start reading again and have a goal of 36 books a year (3 a month) which was what I used to read before kids. I have in all the years never managed to get to that 36 but I have come pretty close.

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  7. i haven't read a book in ages, i have a huge pile sitting by the side of my bed waiting to be read

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  8. Some interesting reads to add to my list.The last two sound like my cup of tea.

    I often also have two or three at a time but I have been so busy this past few weeks that I don't have one started at the moment.

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  9. I have been meaning to read Gillian Flynn's Sharp Object - now I definitely will. Have a long flight coming up next week and that might just be my chance to

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