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Sunday, 17 July 2016

20 Books of Summer July Update



An update!!!! Books 8, 9 and 10 have now been read!!  Thankfully a burst of sunshine has arrived at the right time to give me a kick up the bum to get more reading time in, so I've put the rays of sun to good use and had some pleasant time to read and enjoy!!  So here's what I've been reading!!

BOOK 8  - 
THE STORIED LIFE OF A.J. FIKRY by GABRIELLE ZEVIN


THE BLURB

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.

MY REVIEW


This was a book I discovered on the internet only recently and had heard very good reports about and how could I not like a book that was set around a bookshop!!  And I loved it!!  Found the characters so wonderful and the journeys they all went on was so uplifting.  Read it in one sitting as I was so swept up in the goings on!

BOOK 9

THE SHOCK OF THE FALL by NATHAN FILER



THE BLURB

'I'll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name's Simon. I think you're going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he'll be dead. And he was never the same after that.' 

Debut novel about one man's descent into mental illness, following the death of his brother in childhood. Filer is a mental health nurse with a unique and startling insight into mental illness, and this book highlights a much-neglected subject.


MY REVIEW

I was intrigued to read this as I'd heard so many good reports on this book especially considering the subject matter.  But, for some reason that i'm still struggling to understand, I just couldn't get it!  I did find the use of different fonts and writing styles quite imaginative and clearly a very clever way of getting across the randomness of the issues the main character was going through, but I felt the storyline quite staid and difficult to connect with.  Mental illness is always a difficult subject to read about, and read about, but I found myself not feeling much sympathy with the characters as they all struggled to deal with Matthews schizophrenia, and the aftermath of his brothers' death when they were both children.  It all felt quite flat and just didn't grab me


BOOK 10

HIGH TIDE by VERONICA HENRY



THE BLURB

*Shortlisted for the RNA Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year 2016*
Pennfleet might be a small town, but there's never a dull moment in its narrow winding streets ...
Kate has only planned a flying visit to clear out the family home after the death of her mother. When she finds an anonymous letter, she is drawn back into her own past.
Single dad Sam is juggling his deli and two lively teenagers, so romance is the last thing on his mind. Then Cupid fires an unexpected arrow - but what will his children think?
Nathan Fisher is happy with his lot, running picnic cruises up and down the river, but kissing the widow of the richest man in Pennfleet has disastrous consequences.
Vanessa knows what she has done is unseemly for a widow, but it's the most fun she's had for years. Must she always be on her best behaviour?
As autumn draws in and the nights grow longer, there are sure to be fireworks in this gloriously engaging novel from Veronica Henry, author of A Night on the Orient Express.

MY REVIEW

I have always been a big fan of Veronica Henry, and this is another one of her fabulous stories! She seems to have a way of creating an inviting community and picturesque setting that immediately hooks the reader in, so that they become a fly on the wall of the goings on.

This book centres around 2 characters and their reactions to 2 funerals that have hit the village.  It has hit other characters too who thought so highly of those departed, so it is so interesting to see how the deaths affect the community, and how from the depths of grief, there can be hope and a new perspective on lives and loves.

Really enjoyed the pace of the story, and the number of characters and their storylines never seemed out of place and just gave me as the reader more to enjoy! I really hope there'll be more to follow from Pennfleet in Cornwall!


So i'm at the halfway stage in the 20 books challenge and it is further than I thought I would be! So I just need to keep hoping for sunny days, and to just keep letting the housework and 'real life' stuff pile up and stop from distracting me from the more important task of reading!!

Hope you're all getting on well with your book challenges!




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