I’ve got your number by Sophie Kinsella
I’ve rarely laughed out loud while reading, I’ve cried – yes, I’ve shouted – quite loudly, and I’ve fallen in love with characters from books I’ve read years before. I get a lot more involved reading books than movies, so it’s surprising that few books have gotten me to laugh out loud when they’ve pretty much forced every other emotion out of me. Until this book, well I recall there were a couple of books before, but I can hardly remember their titles. “I’ve got your number” is witty, honest and yes – laugh out loud funny! I loved how the main character, Poppy, thinks. She’s vivacious, likable and like so many of us – a total pushover. I saw parts of myself in Poppy and loved the take on a modern romantic comedy. This book is not without plot twists and surprises, I thoroughly enjoyed it! I haven’t read any of Sophie’s other books, but I can tell you I’ve now been converted in a loyal reader. I read this book in a night, seriously I was reading from 4pm til 2am in the morning non stop, and if anyone tried to interrupt me, I wouldn’t have a clue because I was so engrossed in the world of Poppy, Sam and Magnus. Recommended for anyone who wants a light, fun read and some awesomely voiced characters.
Magicians by Lev Grossman
I’ve only just started reading this book and about 1/5th way through, but so far I am already engrossed in the lead character, Quentin’s story. In the reviews ‘Magicians’ is described as Harry Potter for Adults, or as George R.R Martin puts it “The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea”. Sounds intriguing? Join me reading this fantastic book, released in 2009, there is also a sequel out. I will post another blog when I finish reading it with a full review 😉
Before I go to sleep by S. J Watson
Woooo! What a suspenseful ride it was reading this book. I loved the premise of this book “How can anyone function when they can’t even trust themselves?”. Waking up everyday with your memory wiped clean, who could you trust was telling you the truth about your life? I really enjoyed this book, it had me questioning what I would do if in the same situation? It really does make you think how much we rely on our memories, and even in our own states how the memory and the people in our lives can trick/manipulate us. The book was fast-paced and I pretty much read it in a night. Also, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before but I absolutely LOVE books that format/structure their story different than the usual first or third person accounts, stories told through letters (like Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern), or diary entries (think Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas) are at the top of my favorite book lists. And I think I’ll be adding this novel too!
Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
Reminiscent of “Mean Girls”, Lauren takes us back into the highschool court where ‘being cool’ at the cost of others humiliation is the ‘in’ thing and that one must ‘accept’ that’s just how things are. Repeating the same day over and over, you get to know Sam’s (the lead characters) innermost thoughts, ranging from shallow and self-consumed, unaware of the impact of her actions in the bigger picture, to becoming more aware, with each day having slight changes, someone who starts to care, who learns and in the end someone you will grow to like, someone who like us deep down is struggling to be a better person. You’ll read it thinking what happens after the 7 days? It is a teenage book but there are some complex relationships and a deeply meaningful message in between its pages. Some parts I really found a little whiney to get through, with me totally not liking the characters at all, but alas if I judge the book as a whole, I did enjoy it, and Lauren is a wonderful writer, I like her book ‘delirium’ much more. But if you’re into teen angst with a twist of something a little deeper you’ll enjoy it J
Boneman’s Daughters by Ted Dekker
Before reading this book, I read another of Ted Dekker’s books called: ‘The Bride Collector’ which I really enjoyed – he reminded me of a younger voiced version of Dean Koontz, where the mind is a main theme, and lovable characters play leads. Boneman’s Daughters was no exception. Delivering yet another gripping, suspenseful book that had you wondering what was going to happen next. Unlike Bride Collector, the violence is considerable more gruesome. It is definitely a thriller that’ll keep you up reading late into the night – with your blankets and duvet high up so you don’t feel such a chill, even the slightest breeze will make you feel totally creeped out.