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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thoughts: We Were Liars by E Lockhart


I always approach hyped books with some trepidation, YA hyped books even more so. They rarely seem to agree with me. So I was a little hesitant to borrow this one off my teenage daughter's shelf. But I'm glad I did.

As with most people, I knew virtually nothing about this book and was happy to go into it blind - I knew it was set in summer, based around 4 teenagers and one of them befalls a terrible accident. That's about the level of detail I like anyway, so it didn't bother me in the slightest, although I do understand those reviewers asking why all the secrecy ...

Anyway, I really enjoyed this story. It was a quick read, I really had no idea how it would turn out (I rarely do! I must be dim :)). I was intrigued and for the first time I can remember I actually physically literally came out in goosebumps! Definitely worth the couple of hours of your time this will take to read.

4 stars

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Under Hyped Reads Update/Wrap Up


So, as expected, I didn't get a whole lot of reading done for this readathon!  I did finish two books though, which I am pretty pleased with!  

First up was Bilgewater by Jane Gardam, which you can read a little bit about in this previous post.  At the time of reading this had 219 ratings on Goodreads. I really enjoyed this book and gave it 4 stars.  



At the time of reading this book had 25 ratings on Goodreads.  This was a quick read at around 200 pages.  The plot follows a private investigator as she investigates the case of a girl who went missing 20 or so years previously.  The action is non-stop in this short book and I really enjoyed the pace of the writing.  There was no waffle or pointless information, just a nicely succinct, intriguing mystery.  Another 4 star read and I would highly recommend this for anyone who likes mystery/thrillers.  This is part of a series, the 4th book I think, but I don't think it is necessary to read these in order.  (I have read the first in the series, but not the 2nd or 3rd, and I don't think I lost anything in the storyline).

After that I picked up The Ghost Hunters by Neil Spring, which I was surprised to find only has 356 ratings on Goodreads, but I only got about 50 pages in.  We were down at my mother-in-law's in Bournemouth with lots of family visits and stuff, so unfortunately I didn't have much time for reading.  I was enjoying this book but I have put it down for now as I feel I need something a bit more summery!  I'll probably go back to this around Halloween.

I loved this idea for a readathon, and I was very happy to see RamblingOfAnElfpire's video today saying she will be running this again in January!  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Under Hyped Readathon - Update

So yesterday was my day 1 in the Under Hyped Reads readathon ... as usual I was a bit late to the party, and I've just realised we're going to the in-law's at the weekend, so I won't get much reading done there, AND I will be distracted by the Commonwealth Games, so I really don't know how much reading I'll be getting done, but anyway ...

Yesterday I had to finish up the book I was reading before I discovered the readathon, and that was A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki.  More on this book in a later post!

I then picked up my first book for the readathon.  Bilgewater by Jane Gardam, first published in 1976 and having only 219 ratings on Goodreads (it now has 221 :))


My edition of this book had exactly 200 pages and was added to my Goodreads shelf in March 2010, though I think I've probably owned it for longer than that!

Bilgewater is the nickname of Marigold, a girl who lives with her father in a boarding school for boys.  It is a wonderful coming of age story with all the requisite eccentric English characters and adolescent angst.  It is the characters that take centre stage in this short novel - the plot offers no real surprises, although it does not suffer for this!  Jane Gardam's writing is perfect, and although this was written in the 70s I think it is just as relevant now.  I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking out for more of Gardam's work.  4 stars

Next up:  Stone Cold Red Hot by Cath Staincliffe (25 ratings on Goodreads).  I started reading this last night, but didn't get very far (page 10!)

Total pages read on my day 1: 210
Books finished:  1

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ahem ...

So, that book tubing videoing thing went down well, huh?!  :)  I think I've decided to give that up ... as much as I love talking about books, I just can't do it on camera.  I still want somewhere to record my thoughts on books and films and stuff, so I've decided to resurrect the old blog (yes, again!)

No promises about regular updates coz we all know I won't keep them!

I still enjoy watching booktubers on YouTube, and recently came across Ramblingsofanelfpire's underhyped books readathon.  (Watch her explanatory video here).  I absolutely love this idea so I decided to join in, albeit a couple of days late!  Looking through my books on Goodreads, I actually have rather a lot of books that are underhyped (according to the rules of the readathon books must have less than 5000 ratings on Goodreads).  I have an embarrassing amount of choice so I really have no excuses!  These are the physical (not Kindle) books I own that are under 1000 ratings (yeah, not even 5000) and from which I will choose my readathon books:



As I've never actually completed a readathon before, I have no idea how many I will get through, and as I'm already 2 days late in starting I should probably get off of here and get reading!  I do need to finish A Tale for the Time Being first though (I have around 100 pages left ...)