Posted in 2017, Books, Contemporary, Fantasy, Hauls, January, Reviews, Screenplays, Thrillers

January Summary

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I can’t believe it’s the end of January already. It doesn’t feel that long ago when it was New Year’s Day. Oh well, in terms of blogging and reading, it has been a great month. I’ve read five books, reviewed them all and kept up with my regular Friday posting!

So, to wrap this month before it ends, here is what I did in January 2017.

Books I read:

Hide and Seek by M. J. Arlidge

hide-and-seek-bookHere is my full review of this crime thriller.

I wrote this review differently than I would have normally because I finished it in one reading. No breaks. I finished it in four hours. So, I wrote my review as more of a thought process. I commented on the book itself as well as the complications on reading a book in one sitting. Overall, I thought Hide and Seek was a great crime thriller that made it difficult for me to put the book down. I strongly recommend reading the DI Helen Grace series to those who love good crime thrillers as well as strong female lead characters.

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman

be-safe-i-love-you-pictureHere is my full review of this military, contemporary novel.

Be Safe I Love You is a book I bought about a year ago and kept putting myself off reading it because I thought there were more interesting books. To keep to my New Year’s Resolutions, I decided to read it. It turns out it is quite a good book which deals with mental health, effects of war on its soldiers and family with well-written characters. It is a slow-paced novel which I feel won’t be to everyone’s tastes, but if you fancy reading this novel, then go ahead!

Devil in Disguise by Julian Clary

devil-in-disguise-picHere is my full review of this comedy, contemporary drama.

A slow-paced novel with a terrific ending! It is indeed witty with memorable characters. I have to say Julian Clary may already be one of my favourite characters, but I’ll have to read more of his work – I’m quite happy to do that! If you’re a fan of Julian Clary, I’d say give this book a go. I will say though that those who struggle with slow-paced novels may find this one incredibly slow, but its characters keep you reading until its end.

The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien

the-little-red-chairsHere is my full review of this contemporary drama.

This book has been widely praised since its release, and I can say that there are indeed excellent features about The Little Red Chairs, especially the writing about asylum seekers. However, I personally had some problems with it, mainly with its main character. It’s hard to say whether or not I should recommend this book. I will say though that if you love Edna O’Brien work, then give this a read. If you’re still unsure, you can read my full review for more details.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

fantastic-beasts-and-where-to-find-themHere is my full review of this fantasy screenplay.

Fans of J. K. Rowling should definitely read this book! It feels like it belongs in the Harry Potter universe with its interesting, lovable characters and its fantastic beasts (see what I did there?). I will say that its format and some parts of its scenes can be confusing to understand, but overall it’s an easy, fun read.

I’ve yet to see the film though…What kind of J. K. Rowling fan am I?

Book Haul

I haven’t bought a lot of books this month because I decided to focus more on my TBR pile, but I couldn’t help but get my hands on these two!

Replica by Lauren Oliver

replicaWhat got me interested in this book was the book itself. That alone that sounds a tad odd, but it’s two stories in one book. One told from the point of view of Lyra and the other told from the point of view of Gemma (not me, I swear!) and the way these perspectives are presented is in the form of a flipbook! You read one perspective in one way, then you turn the book upside down and turn over to read the other! I find that so clever, I had to get it! I will let you guys know on Twitter when I’ll be reading it.

The Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North

the-sudden-appearance-of-hopeThis was recommended to me by Sarah from thelittlecontemporarycorner.com and, again, I had to get it. Its plot is unlike anything I have heard of and the blurb leaves a lot to think about. I haven’t read anything from Claire North before, but I have faith in Sarah. I’m honestly looking forward to reading this!

Speaking of Sarah, she very kindly wrote a guest post on this blog this month, which you can read here.

And that is my summary of January! I can’t wait for February and see what it offers.

Thank you for reading!

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Posted in 2017, Books, Books That Have Stayed, January, Thrillers

Books That Have Stayed – The Treatment

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This post of ‘Books That Have Stayed’ features a book that is not only a well-paced, suspenseful crime thriller, but the only book I have read so far that has actually horrified me. Not in a way that spoils the book, of course. You see, despite reading horrors now and again, they don’t frighten me as much as horror films do. There’s nothing wrong with the horrors I read; it’s just that I’m not susceptible to horror books. They don’t scare me.

But there is a book that did… Continue reading “Books That Have Stayed – The Treatment”

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My Friday Thoughts – Books I Thought Were ‘Meh’ or ‘Okay’

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I have my own personal scale for rating books. I do have the star rating system for my blog, but I’ve always had my own scale that helps me to rate books in my weird, little way.

Here it is, alongside the star rating:

5 stars – I adore everything about this book!

4 stars – This is very good, actually.

3 stars – It’s okay, like.

2 stars – Meh.

1 star – Just no.

‘Meh’ is the shortened version of ‘Well…I did continue to read until the end. It did have some good features, but I felt had its problems and/or it just wasn’t my kind of book’. These are books I do not hate or love; they’re the books I thought were ‘meh’ or ‘okay’. The 2-3 stars.

I have read a fair share of these books, some I preferred more than others, and I thought I’d discuss some of them here.

Before I start, I would like to say that I do not think people who like these books are wrong to do so. In fact, I’d love to hear their opinions and why they love these books. I’m just explaining how I feel about these books.

Here are the books: Continue reading “My Friday Thoughts – Books I Thought Were ‘Meh’ or ‘Okay’”

Posted in 2017, Books, Fantasy, Harry Potter, January, Reviews, Screenplays

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay – Book Review

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So, I finally read my first screenplay after graduating! I read scripts when I was at University studying creative writing and, ever since, wanted to read more. When I heard that one of my favourite authors, J. K. Rowling, had written one, you bet that was on my TBR list!

(Before I start, I’ll just say that I keep typing ‘Fantastic Beats and Where to Fine Them’. I have somewhat previously mentioned this in my December 2016 Book Haul post, but I still find it funny.) Continue reading “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay – Book Review”

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The Little Red Chairs – Book Review

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Have you ever bought a book that was strategically placed at the till as a last second buy? Well, I did. I bought The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien.

There has been some much praise for this book and I’ll be honest in saying that this was both a good sign and a bad sign to me. Good in that ‘Yay! This book can’t possibly be bad at all with all this praise!’ and bad in that ‘I’ve fallen for this ‘so much praise’ before and it didn’t turn out so well’.

So, which sign turned out to be the correct one? Continue reading “The Little Red Chairs – Book Review”

Posted in 2017, Books, E-Books, My Friday Thoughts, Physical Books

My Friday Thoughts – Why I Prefer Physical Books to E-Books

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Now, I’ll start off by saying that I love electronic gizmos and thingamajigs. In fact, whenever I’m not reading or going outside, I am using electronic things. I use the internet a lot, watching videos on YouTube (none of that stupid clickbait rubbish, don’t worry) and researching incredibly important questions on Google like: do bees sleep, why aren’t purple carrots popular anymore and why do avocados have huge seeds?

However, in a slightly weird turn of events, I don’t read that many E-Books. When I first got my Kindle at the age of sixteen for passing my exams, I used it all the time. Some of my all-time favourite books are on there and I still have books on it I need to read. It helps to save a lot of space in my house too, so E-Books do have their advantages.

But, as I said in my Would You Rather Book Tag post, I would rather read physical copies than electronic copies.

And here’s why… Continue reading “My Friday Thoughts – Why I Prefer Physical Books to E-Books”

Posted in 2017, Books, Contemporary, Guest Post, January, Young Adult

The Best Introductory YA Contemporary Novels (Guest Post)

You might notice I’m not your usual content creator (I run TheLittleContemporaryCorner.com). Gemma has kindly allowed me some space on this blog to get some ideas out of YA novels, how exciting! I spend a lot of my time reading YA contemporary novels. For me, they are a great way to pull myself from a reading slump and sometimes just the kind of nice, fluffy story that I need to bring up my mood. Therefore, I’ve learnt very quickly that there are good YA contemporaries, and very very bad YA contemporaries.

YA has this awful stigma attached to it that they are not sophisticated stories that have detailed plot lines. The writing is bad and there is no character development. This could not be further from the truth. I have read some amazing YA contemporary stories that will stick with me for the rest of my life. If you’re just starting out in the contemporary genre of YA, here are some novels that you might want to get started with. Continue reading “The Best Introductory YA Contemporary Novels (Guest Post)”