I wrote a post a few weeks ago with my favourite books to curl up with as I’ve always thought that this time of year is the perfect time to cosy up with a good book. It seems I’m right as I’ve read so many books over the last few weeks – isn’t it funny how sometimes you just catch the bug and you can’t stop reading?! I have a few heavier books on the go at the moment which is why I’ve read a lot of young adult fiction, they’ve been a good distraction, all easy to read and entertaining.
RUSH OH! – Shirley Barrett
Rush OH! is set in Australia and and is based on a real life community of whalers and their families in 1908, the author has noted the tales that are true but most of the story is fiction. It’s told as if it’s a memoir of the daughter in the main whaling family and the story is fascinating. It’s an insight into a practice that most people would find hard to deal with but it’s written with such honestly and innocence I didn’t find it difficult to read. It’s totally different to anything else I’ve read this year, although I enjoyed it I didn’t like the ending – there were too many questions left unanswered.
THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL SOCIETY – Mary Ann Shaffer
This book is probably one of my favourites of the year; I didn’t expect much when I picked it up and then went on to read it in a couple of days. It’s a fictional story but set in Guernsey just after the German occupation in World War Two so it is based around true stories. It’s written as a series of letters between the characters and I found it so sweet, interesting and eye opening. I fell in love with the characters I think this is one of those books most people would enjoy.
I picked this up and thought I’d just read a few pages then get bored, I didn’t expect to finish it. I totally underestimated it – I fell in love with story, the characters and read it in a couple of days. A sweet tale coupled with a reminder of the importance of human kindness, probably one of my favourite books this year and proof that you shouldn’t always judge a book by its cover 😉
THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS – M.L Steadman
I’ve gone back and forth on this book, there is so much to love about it. I think the writing is beautiful, it’s almost like poetry and you get swept away with the characters right from the start. The film is about to come out so you may have seen the story but basically it’s about a lighthouse keeper and his wife, they can’t have children and end up keeping a baby that washes up in a boat by the lighthouse. They come to learn it’s the child of a woman still alive on the mainland and we see the decisions the characters make. I found it heartbreaking to read, it’s not my usual thing but I do still think it’s a great book.
I have so enjoyed reading these even though I wasn’t sure at first. It took me a while to get into The Red Queen, I’d tried it months ago and have only just come back to it. I’m not sure if it’s a series or a trilogy but the next book comes out February 2017. They aren’t the most original fantasy story you’ll ever read but it doesn’t make them any less enjoyable. It is very similar to The Hunger Games or The Magicians Guild Trilogy but there is enough in there to set the story apart. I just hope it ends well as sometimes these fantasy series start off strong then end so badly, if you’ve read the Divergent series you’ll know what I mean.
CINDER – Marissa Meyer
I’d spotted this Goodreads, I can’t remember who had read it now but I thought it sounded a little different and it is! It’s a fantasy re-telling of Cinderella with cyborgs and is every bit as odd as it sounds but weirdly engaging and fascinating. It is the first in a series and I’ll definitely read the others.
JANE EYRE – Charlotte Bronte
I’ve read this before, many times but I just fancied picking it up again. I’d watched the BBC adaptation with Ruth Wilson again recently and it made me want to read the book. I still think amazing that a book written about an ordinary women in the 1800’s is still something women can relate to today. It’s one of my favourites and if you’ve ever thought about giving it a go please do, it’s such a great book.
MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs
This was recommended by a friend and I thought it was amazing. I know it’s been compared to a lot of other stories but that didn’t matter for me, I still liked it. The idea is similar to X-Men – a group of special and gifted children are kept safe by Miss Peregrine but it’s set on a tiny island off the coast of Wales. I think this is one that you need the real book for as it uses photographs throughout the story to show the ‘peculiar children’ – they are real vintage photographs that the author has collected and searched for to illustrate the story.
COGHEART – Peter Bunzl
When I read book like Cogheart I always wish they’d been around when I was younger, I’d have loved a book like this! It has a steampunk vibe and the story telling reminds me of Philip Pullman. It is probably a little tame for adults but it’s full of fast-paced adventure and mystery, perfect for older children.