Hello! I’m bringin’ books back… yeah! Even though my previous book posts were not as popular as I would have liked them to be, I thought that I would bite the bullet and give them another go. Books are a huge part of my life, and have been for as long as I can remember, so it would have been a shame that I couldn’t share that on my blog. I thought I would kick things off by blogging about the last 10 books that I have read.
A Storm of Swords 1: Steel and Snow and 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin
A Storm of Swords is the third book in the mammoth A Song of Ice and Fire saga by George R.R. Martin (you might have heard of the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones. It’s a small show…). Due to the size of the novel it is usually sold as two separate books. It took me about 6 months to read the first book as it was SO slow and I didn’t find it engaging. On the other hand, I flew through the second book. It was jam-packed with action, and every page seemed to bring a new death. In terms of the TV show, these two books cover Season Three and Four.
Recommend? I would recommend the A Song of Ice and Fire saga for fans of the fantasy genre and enjoy a challenging read.
The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting by Holly Bourne
I first came across Holly Bourne, and this novel, during a search for a book agent. The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting tells the story of Bree, a teenage girl who hates her life. She is being bullied at school, feels invisible to her parents, and her book keeps getting rejected by publishers. After one particular day, Bree decides she has had enough. She designs the “manifesto on how to be interesting”; a plan of action to drastically change her life. The plan involves steps such as “infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life”.
I loved this book, and I devoured it within a few days. I could not put it down. I was completely suckered in the world of Bree and I was desperate to find out what would happen. I thought the book was very relatable; I appreciated the way Holly handled certain issues with care and respect. I originally borrowed this from my local library but I recently bought the Kindle version of the book so I could give some support to Holly. I can’t wait to see what she does next!
Age, Sex, Location by Melissa Pimental
This particular book caught my eye in a train station WH Smith. It sounded like the modern take on dating and relationships I had been waiting for. This story follows Lauren, a twenty eight year old American living in London. After yet another relationship bites the dust, Lauren decides to turn her love life into an experiment. Each month, she puts a different dating guide to the test in the hope of finding the “holy grail of no-strings sex minus the heartache”.
I could not get enough of the first half of the book; it got to the point where I forgot it was fiction! However, the book seemed to go downhill in the second half, and it became quite embarrassing to read. There were certain scenarios in the book that just would not happen in real life. I felt that the ending was an embarrassment to the whole book, to be brutally honest. It was as if the author had remembered that she needed to wrap the book up, and slotted in the most cliche and predictable ending she could find, without any build up or tension. I know I am coming across as a bit mean here, but I am disappointed that this book ended the way it did. It should have ended in a way that stayed true to what the book was originally about.
The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos by Bryony Gordon
This purchase was enabled by one of my favourite people on Earth – Tea Party Beauty. The Wrong Knickers is the memoir of Bryony Gordon, and follows her life from adolescence to adulthood. I originally found the book hard to get into, but after a few pages I became hooked. This time, I had to remind myself that this book was a memoir, and not a work of fiction. There are certain scenarios in the book that are so outrageous that you initially will not believe that they are true, but they are. This book ended a little soon for me; I want to know what happened next. Sequel please?
Geek Girl / Model Misfit / Picture Perfect / All That Glitters / Geek Drama by Holly Smale
I AM A GEEK GIRL FANGIRL AND I LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT. The obsession began when I purchased the first Geek Girl book on Kindle during the Christmas period as it was on offer. I had heard a lot about the series, so I decided to give it a go. Geek Girl tells the story of Harriet – a self proclaimed geek who doesn’t understand why people at school do not like her. After being spotted by a model scout on a school trip, Harriet is quickly thrown headfirst into the fashion world.
I finished the first book in a day. I bought the second and third book the day after, and I read them both that same day. I checked Amazon every day for the release date of the fourth book, and when publication day rolled around I bought the book without hesitation. I even bought the small World Book Day Geek Girl special as I was so desperate for my Harriet fix. One of my favourite things about the series is seeing the development of Harriet over the four books; it’s like she’s growing up before your eyes *gets emotional*. It is aimed at a young audience, but do not let this put you off. I am 21 and I love it!
And the one I couldn’t be bothered to photograph…
Finding Cherokee Brown by Siobhan Curham
After the Great Ghost Writing Scandal of 2014, I thought I would see for myself who Siobhan Curham was, and I borrowed Finding Cherokee Brown from my local library. Finding Cherokee Brown is about a young girl called Claire Weeks who hates her life; her best friend has moved away, she’s bullied for having a limp, and she doesn’t feel part of her family. All that changes when a birthday card arrives from her long lost father, setting in motion a chain of events that challenges who Claire thought she was, and who she can be.
I’m sorry Siobhan. You seem like a really nice person, but I didn’t like this book. I didn’t warm to Claire at all, and I struggled to feel sympathetic towards her. Even towards the end, I still didn’t like her. That’s not good, is it? The book was also very predictable, and there didn’t seem to be any major disasters or turning points. I understand what the novel was trying to be about, but it just fell flat for me.
What books have you read recently?