Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Two more finishes from me!

Hi de Hi fellow readers ^_^

Two more finishes from me! First...

Enchantment. The Life of Audrey Hepburn by Donald Spoto.

I loved this book. For me Audrey Hepburn is a truly beautiful person. This book does discuss her movie career, and the movies of hers that I have seen I have enjoyed, but it is her life outside of movies that I find so inspiring. In her work with Unicef in seems to me she found her purpose. It was something she could understand, something she had experienced, and something she felt deeply as her own childhood had been touched by war, and want, fear, suffering, and pain. She knew the fear of a thing and so later in her life when she had the opportunity to make a difference she chose the thing that was close to her heart and her own understanding and made the greatest difference to many lives. She understood that she could not forever change the world, but she could mend small parts of it and hopefully by her doing that other people would do the same. I think it is a truly beautiful person indeed who can use their own experience, whether good or bad, and put it to good use in helping others in a similar situation. It has been a joy to read of such a beautiful life.
A beautiful thing she said rings so true:
‘My one wish for Christmas would be peace. Peace especially for the children of the world. Only then will the water we provide quench their thirst, the food nourish their bodies, the medicine make them well-and only then will they live to play and learn, and their parents will live to love them’
It took me a while to get through this book, but I have absorbed every word of it. A lovely read.
  


And second...
The Boy with the Cuckoo-clock heart by Mathias Malzieu.
At first I thought this was a bit odd and quirky! Even too quirky for me!! But as I read more it's actually quite clever. I think it's portraying how someone can be convinced they are a certain way and they can believe it with all of their heart even if it's the most bizarre of notions....or! It might just be a quirky read and mean nothing more than is actually written on the page ^_^ Kinda sweet, kinda odd!


I have now started reading Game of Thrones ^_^

XOX

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Update not really

Not an update post
Just wanted to share my books on here , collected them on Thursday , have to sign them all before letting them go ,
By the way , sorry if you,ve let me know but have I got your new address Laura ,I know you have moved house recently and don,t want the book to go astray also Kerry have I got your address somewhere ,

I,ve just started reading Anne of green gables , my daughters favourite books , it was a bargain download to kindle, 77p for the whole set , yes only 77p , hard not to really

Anyway enjoy these books, you will soon be reading them , perhaps we can have a read along Laura?



Wednesday, 3 April 2013

More finishes from me!

Hello everyone! Three more finishes from me, gulp! I'll definitely have to do a 100 book challenge at this rate or I'll be in trouble ;-) Haha. Well I re-read the second and third books in the Hunger Games trilogy- Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I think I still prefer the first one in the series but I do like them and would definitely recommend them- it's a very clever idea and definitely a page turner. Then I read Philip Pullman's controversial rewriting of the life of Christ called The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. It was very controversial when it was published- and I can see why! I thought it was intelligent and moving but certainly not for everyone. I'm currently reading HHhH by Laurence Binet which is a sort of novel-biography-history about the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich during the Second World War. I'm enjoying it so far although sometimes I think it's trying to be too clever for its own good! I bought one or two novels in the Kindle spring sale (sorry if you didn't know about it and are now scurrying off to spend loads of money!!) I got the first CS Lewis Narnia book in the daily deal at the weekend (Magician's Nephew, I've read it before but when I was little) and then I bought Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville (she's an Australian writer who won a Booker prize, or similar, for her novel The Secret River which I absolutely loved), Little Girl Lost by Brian McGilloway (59p, can't argue with that!), and the Wizard of Oz books (77p!!) Well that's all from me. Happy reading everyone!

1. P.D. James, A Mind to Murder
2. George R. R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
3. Alan Hollinghurst, The Stranger’s Child
4. Jeanette Winterson, Why be Happy when you could be Normal?
5. Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit
7. George RR Martin, A Storm of Swords
8. Eowyn Ivey, The Snow Child
9. Jonas Jonasson, The Hundred Year Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared
10. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel’s Tale
11. Scarlett Thomas, Bright Young Things
12. Yann Martel, Life of Pi
13. Nick Alexander, The Half-Life of Hannah
14. John Lanchester, Capital
15. M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death
16. C.J. Sansom, Winter in Madrid
17. Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
18. Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
19. Anna Questerly, The Minstrel’s Tale II
20. Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire
21. Philip Pullman, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ
22. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay

Monday, 1 April 2013

For a re-read....

...this took me an age to read!!lol Finished Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams last night. Love it! It's whacky and fun and clever. If you want to escape I recommend it ^_^
Reading a book about Audrey Hepburn now which I borrowed from the library and some silly sod has taken the liberty of adding little notes in!! Am I the only one who that bothers!! It makes me grouchy! lol. The Agatha Raisin books I borrowed from the library had been completely censored! Someone took it upon themselves to blot out, and I meant totally obliterate!, any swearing! Buy your own books and vandalise!! OK! rant over..where was I!?! Oh, yes, another finish from me then ^_^
Happy reading fellow book fans ^_^
oodles of hugs
XOX