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cook*create*read: July Wrap-Up

Friday, August 01, 2014

July Wrap-Up

After a bit of a reading slump, I was back to it in July, reading a total of 7 books, and the majority of them were really good!

Full reviews of all these books will be coming soon, but for now here are my star ratings and quick thoughts!

The Never List by Koethi Zan.  This didn't quite live up to the dark psychological thriller it was touted as.  Some parts were pretty gruesome and horrific and the plot was pacy with a good couple of twists.  4 stars.

Under A Silent Moon by Elizabeth Haynes, one of my favourite authors.  Fast-paced action with some quirky village characters thrown in, this is a quick read that delivers on its' promise!  4 stars.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  Ugh.  I had to force myself to finish this book.  What the hell is all the hype about?!  I do think this might be better as a film, so I might eventually get round to watching it ... 2 stars, simply because I finished it!

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki:  Absolutely loved this, well deserving of its' Man Booker Prize shortlisting!  5 stars :)

Bilgewater by Jane Gardam: I really enjoyed this under-hyped book.  At just 200 pages, a wonderful coming of age story with quirky, eccentric English characters.  4 stars

Stone Cold Red Hot by Cath Staincliffe: fast paced, non-stop action in this mystery tale!  4 stars

We Were Liars by E Lockhart: A much-hyped young adult novel.  I was pleasantly surprised and the ending brought me out in physical goosebumps! 4 stars

We also watched 4 DVDs this month.  Here's a quick roundup:

About Time (2013)
Starring: Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson
Written and Directed by: Richard Curtis

I really enjoyed this sweet, funny, touching tale about time travel and making the most of each moment.

A solid 8/10

Midnight in Paris (2011)
Starring: Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson
Written and Directed by: Woody Allen

I generally love Woody Allen films, and this one didn't disappointment.  Another tale of time travel, lots of fun with well known figures from the 1920s.  I did feel it was just a touch too long, and I kind of lost interest a little in the middle, but picked up again towards the end.  7/10

30 Minutes or Less (2011)
Starring: Jessie Eisenberger, Danny McBride
Written by:  Michael Dilberti
Directed by: Ruben Fleischer

Meh.  A couple of shining moments, but overall this was a bit weak on plot and pretty far fetched.  Nothing to write home about!


Non-Stop (2014)
Starring:  Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore
Directed by:  Jaume Collet-Serra

I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this one, but it was surprisingly ok.  Some tense moments, kept me guessing, but would have benefitted from a bit more (any!) eye-candy! (yes, call me shallow :))


Highlight of the month for me was A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, no contest!

What did you read or watch in July? Leave me a comment and let me know!


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