50 Books in 2015 16 – 20

Saturday, June 06, 2015

16. What a Girl Wants – Lindsey Kelk

 I really wanted to like this. I love her I Heart … Series and I've read that out of sequence and didn't feel like I was missing and in-joke or 3. I didn't realise this book was the 2nd in a series and didn't find out till the very end when it suggested I read the first book. Maybe If I’d read them in order my feelings about the book would be different but I'm not in a rush to find book 1. 

3.5 stars

17. Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

I really enjoyed this. I'm trying to filter in some classic literature and this book has such amazing characters and themes. I can picture all the people and places mentions. 

4 Stars

18. What Would Mary Berry Do - Claire Sandy. 

This book brought back my love of reading. I was stagnating a bit and putting off picking up a book. I laughed from page one of this book. It was a quick and easy read. I really like the letters in between each chapter. I also liked it had a strong female lead with a career rather than PR girl / trying to find herself. There were some very cheesy bits and it was predictable but it was a nice journey and I need to remember to see if there are any other books by this author 

4 stars

19. Damages – Cathy Glass 

This book is a tough read, not that it’s hard or difficult to understand but the subjects it covers are harrowing and hard to digest. This is possibly the book I read the quickest and that is roughly 4 bus journeys and 3 baths. I don’t have real measures of time. The books follows Cathy a foster carer and her family take on the case of a 7 year old girl who is so disturbed and has been through 2 foster families in a month or so and an immeasurable number of social workers in her short life. Her behaviour is disturbed, her learning and development has been delayed and over the course of her book she reveals things from her past no human or animal should have to suffer. What I like most about Cathy Glasses books is that they are real cases over her career as a carer / fosterer and on her website she has an updates section where she will add notes following on from where the books end. 

5 Stars

20. Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert

 If the name sounds familiar it is because she is the author or Eat, Pray, Love. When I read Eat, Pray, Love. I said I never want to read anything ever written by that woman again!!! So what do I do I buy another book by her. Call it morbid fascination or stupidity on my part. In fact on my time hop shortly after I bought this book (£1 at a Scope charity shop in my defence) It came up about me never wanting to read her books again. Why didn't I listen to my younger self? This books is the follow up, chronicling where E,P,L left off and the trails and self-indulgences she went through in the year to her being forced to get married to the guy she end up with in E,P,L. I hate being negative and I know I could just right it was fine, lets all move along but I found this book to be a year long whine and whine about how she was force to get married to live where she wanted. In reality she could have left the US and moved anywhere to be with her love without the legal issues. They essentially married for a green card and while there was true love there surely the US government shouldn't turn a blind eye. I don’t know. Maybe I’m just a miserable cow. 

1 Star

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