Sunday, 29 January 2017

Read & Reviewed #2

Hi there! I'm back again with the second instalment of Read and Reviewed; you can check out the first here. I've really loved getting back into reading this month, and making a dent in my 2017 Goodreads target of 60 books this year. Keep reading to find out what I thought of these 4 books - no spoilers included!

Room - by Emma Donoghue: 3/5

It's Jack's birthday, and he's excited about turning five. He lives with his Ma in Room, which has a locked door and a skylight, and measures 11 feet by 11 feet. He loves watching TV, and the cartoon characters he calls friends, but he knows that nothing he sees on screen is truly real - only him, Ma and the things in Room. Until the day Ma admits that there's a world outside...

Although the story was a great idea, especially with the whole thing narrated through the eyes of a fiver-year-old, I felt that the story ran out of steam. I'm annoyed that I didn't enjoy the book more than I did, as I did love the first quarter. But the rest of the book left me waiting for something bigger to happen; it's definitely worth a read though as it does really make you think.

Every Day - by David Levithan: 3/5

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There's never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It's all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin's girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with - day in, day out, day after day.

This book has a really interesting concept; who hasn't thought about what it would be like to be someone else? I particularly like the wide range of characters, each more different than the last, and I loved seeing who A was next. The problems created by each person made the story more realistic and really added something to the book. I also liked the message that the book left me with: be happy with who you are, what you have and for all the people around you.

The First Phone Call from Heaven - by Mitch Albom: 3/5

The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out. 

When I found this book about a small community getting phone calls from their loved ones in Heaven, I knew that it was a book that I had to read. It was thought provoking and made me reflect on faith, love, hope and unexplained 'miracles'. Not my favourite book but I really liked Mitch Albom's style of writing and I'm not disappointed that I spent the time reading it.

Bridget Jones's Baby - by Helen Fielding: 2/5

Before motherhood, before marriage, Bridget, with biological clock ticking very, very loudly, finds herself unexpectedly pregnant at the eleventh hour: a joyful pregnancy which is dominated, however, by a crucial but terribly awkward question - who is the father? Mark Darcy: honourable, decent, notable human rights lawyer? Or Daniel Cleaver: charming, witty, notable fuckwit?

I have always loved Bridget Jones; she will forever be one of my favourite heroines as the books and films are just like comfort food to me! However, in this case I felt that the film was better than the book; it basically followed the films plot, but with less happening and not explained as well. If you're a Bridget Jones lover like me, then I'd definitely recommend it along with the film.

I hope that you've enjoyed seeing what I've recently finished reading; even found a new book or two to get stuck into! What have you recently read? Thanks for reading,

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