Friday, 13 July 2012

Recently Read

A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
I really liked this book. The basic plot line is that four strangers meet on new years eve whilst trying to commit suicide by jumping off a building, they talk each other out of it and it follows their lives after it. I love Nick Hornby's narrative tone and all the characters are well thought out. I would really recommend this.
 Fifty Shades Of Grey by E L James
Jumping on the kinky literature bandwagon here with this one. To be honest I was a bit disappointed with this. Everyone talking about it has been saying it's just pure filth, personally I didn't think there was that much sex in it. And considering this novel is about BDSM(behaviour & discipline / dominance & submissive / sado-masochism *ahem*) it was pretty tame. I mean a lot of heavy stuff was suggested in the book but there weren't any scenes that were too drastic. Either that or it is actually really kinky and I'm just such a kinky bitch that it just seemed tame to me. Either way I'd recommend it, it's still pretty interesting.


The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator & The Vile Village by Lemony Snicket
I thought I'd just talk about these collectively as they weren't serious reads. The Series Of Unfortunate Events series was my absolute favourite when I was a child so I've been rereading them. I still think they're pretty good and every now and then I even come across a word I don't know. I can't imagine what my 8 year olf self thought at the time. I would recommend rereading them if you already have but I wouldn't recommend you go out and by them as they are children's books after all.
 A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini
Wow. Just wow. I love Khaled Hosseini. This book follows women in Afghanistan and is a real eye opener. I finished this in a day, I just couldn't put it down. I'm not going to give too much away about this. READ IT. If you never read another book again read this. Seriously it is amazing!
 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Again Paulo Coelho had pulled it off. It's a really good book that's easy to read but still gives you things to think about. However I do think that this book is over hyped. People talk about it changing their lives and I don't think it's that good. I'd still recommend it though.

Being by Kevin Brooks
 This is one of the worst books I've read in a long, long time. I found it to be sloppily written and so unrealistic. I wouldn't recommend reading it.

Looking For Alaska by John Green
I've read this before and I decided to re-read it as it's one of my all time favourite books. It's a brilliant yet heart breaking love story that is fantastically well written. I would seriously recommend.

The Catcher In The Rye by J D Sallinger
This is one of the best books of all time. I think I've read it about 5 times and I love it. It's one of those books that is about nothing and everything at the same time. It really makes you think about things. I would seriously recommend it. Go read it. Now.
Slam by Nick Hornby
Standard teen pregnancy story. Interesting to read but not one of Hornby's best. I'd recommend it to younger readers and people that are stupid enough to think that they won't get pregnant even if they don't use a condom.

Matched by Allie Condie
Again this was another re-read for me. I recently bought the second instalment in this series, Crossed, and wanted to remind myself of everything that happened. It's a typical dystopian novel, it's a bit predictable and definitely an easy read but I enjoyed reading it all the same.
  
What have you read recently? 
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