I’m going to show off here; I read 3 of these books within a few days of each other. *wiggles eyebrows* Hey, what good is a Saturday night if you can’t spend it reading?
The List by Joanna Boulouri
This was a complete impulse purchase on Amazon. Seriously, if a book is 99p I’m probably going to buy it. I just can’t help myself!
The List follows Phoebe, newly single after finding her boyfriend in bed with another woman (ouch…). Determined to beat the heartbreak, she creates a list. But not just any kind of list. This is a list of all the things she’s ever wanted to try… naughty things.
A word of advice: do not read this on the train. *fans self* *fans self again* *hibernates in cold shower for 6 months*. I really liked how sex-positive this book was; no slut shaming nor did it revert to old stereotypes that women can’t enjoy sex. Phoebe knows what she wants and she’s going to get it. I really enjoyed this book and I’m now dying to read Joanna’s other novel. However, I am not letting myself buy any more books until my spending ban is over, or the to be read pile goes down. If you are looking for something funny, sexy and modern this book is for you.
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
A Feast for Crows is the fourth book in the mammoth A Song of Ice and Fire saga – the story of families in a fictional medieval world fighting for a claim over the Iron Throne.
If you know me in real life you will know that I have been struggling with this book for months. It was very slow and repetitive, and there were a few times I nearly gave up on the entire saga. However, after setting myself the challenge of reading one chapter a day, the book was finally finished.
In terms of the TV show, this book covers season 3 and 4. It is worth remembering that there will be some plotlines that do not feature in the show that are in the book, and vice versa. I am so glad I have finished this book, as it means I only have A Dance with Dragons left to read. The end of the saga is in sight!
Princess Diaries: Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot
I was so, so, SO excited when I heard about this book. The Princess Diaries series was one of my favourite book series growing up; as I grew up, so did Mia. I learned a lot from the later books, let me tell you *wink wink*. I even counted down the days to publication and when the day rolled around I instantly purchased it on my Kindle. However, that is where the excitement ended.
I thought that this book was rather boring, and flat. There wasn’t really a storyline, nor any suspense or tension. Of course Michael will ask Mia to marry him – the clue is in the title of the book! The sub-plot with Mia’s half sister seemed to be more focused on promoting her new book (Notebooks of a Middle School Princess) and didn’t have much bearing on the overall story. Mia didn’t seem as funny or as likeable in this book, and Michael had been transformed into some sort of overly-obedient doormat. Lily was as unpredictable as ever and Tina was a caricature of her old self. I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would, and that makes me feel quite sad. I feel like this truly is the end of my teenage years.
No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs by Tracy Bloom
Last year, I read the saucily titled “No One Ever has Sex on a Tuesday”. Whilst I’ll admit that this isn’t a book I would usually pick up in a book store, it was only 99p on Kindle and it had plenty of favourable reviews. I told you, when it’s 99p I’ll buy it! I downloaded it, devoured it and very much enjoyed it. During another dangerous browse of Amazon, I spotted the sequel – No One Ever Has Sex in the Suburbs. It did not disappoint. It was genuinely funny and relatable. I also love how it’ s set in Leeds – WOO FOR YORKSHIRE. I’m not going to say too much about it as you really do need to read the first one, but I would definitely recommend them both for a light hearted, laugh out loud read.
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