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Book Review: Addition

Addition
Addition by Toni Jordan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I thought it was going to be too chick-litty for me but it was most enjoyable. I think the test of a a book is whether it is memorable or stands out in some way and this was and did. Grace was an interesting character and although there was a romantic element to the book there was enough humour and seriousness in the subject matter to give it balance.

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Books I read in 2013

In 2013 I read 51 books. Less than the 65 I read last year but still, not too shabby.

Here are 7 that I remember the most or were more notable for some reason or other.

How To Be A Woman – Caitlin Moran

Marmite Moran, loved and hated on Twitter. I loved this book and wasn’t really expecting to. I’ve not read much about feminism before I admit and there’s a lot more I could venture into I’m sure. I would like to be her friend. In a ‘she seems cool’ way not an ‘I haven’t any friends I’m going to stalk her’ way.

Unbroken A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption Laura Hillenbrand

Amazing book. Wikipedia Louis Zamperini the real man behind the true story. Incredible.

Coraline, The Graveyard Book, Neverwhere, Stardust, Good Omens – Neil Gaiman

I discovered Neil Gaiman! How I hadn’t before I don’t know and I felt late to a freaky party (Yes, yes, I know 5 at once makes more than 7, it’s sort of cheating but this is my blog and I can do what I like). I think my favourite was Neverwhere. I watched Coraline over the Christmas holidays and I don’t know what disturbed me more, the book or the film. Just weird. It’s those button eyes. Arrggh! My favourite was Neverwhere or Stardust, I can’t decide.

American Psycho – Bret Easton Ellis

The majority of the books I read tend to be thrillers or horrific in some way but American Psycho is bloody horrible. Also ace. I need to watch the film but haven’t got round to finding it. One day I’ll use that thing they call ‘The Internet’ and maybe order it online.

The Magicians – Lev Grossman

This was a strange one for me to read but it was different to other books and kept my interest all the way through.

My Mad, Fat Teenage Diary – Rae Earl

A fun book but with a serious topic of mental health. It was made into a Channel 4 programme and series 2 starts soon. Worth a read and a watch.

Asylum Matt Drabble

’13 Tales of Terror’. I don’t usually read short stories but this is 13 stories within a story and it ties together well. An ex-journalist goes to work in a mental hospital and the tales are of patients who reside there. Scary and freaky, just the way I like it. Matt Drabble’s other books are also well worth a read if you like horror fiction. You can also follow him on Twitter @MattDrabble01

So I suppose my aim for 2014 is to read even more book and try and be as varied in my genres as possible.

I’ve just started using Goodreads too so you can find me on there.

Stace

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My Goodreads bookshelf

Angels & Demons
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Lady Elizabeth
The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers
Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII
The Midnight Palace
I, Michael Bennett
East End Angel
Fractured
Charlotte Street
Dead Man's Grip
Play Dead
The Secret History
Sister
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Coraline

 

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Books! A meme about books.

I wanted to write a post about books so I went on a meme hunt and found this…

Book Meme

So here goes…
1. One book that changed your life?

Hate to say it in a way but I read The Secret when I was trying to decide whether to give up work to become self employed and this book helped me make the decision. I wrote this post about it at the time.

2. One book you have read more than once?

I tend not to re-read books, even ones I have loved. I don’t really see the point. I would rather have a new experience with a new book.

3. One book you would want on a desert island?

Well I suppose it would depend on how long I may be stuck on the desert island. I read pretty quickly so one book won’t cut it so I’m going to cheat and take my Kindle. If it was some sort of plane crash scenario I would be sure to have it with me anyway. The battery lasts long enough for me to read quite a few books without it dying and once it did run out I could maybe use it as some sort of tool until I’m rescued. Then I’d write a book about my experiences and make it available in paperback and in Kindle format!

4. One book that made you laugh?

Last year I discovered some books my a man Terry Ravenscroft. His book suited my humour so if you want something ligjt to make you laugh try Dear Coca Cola, Stairlift to Heaven and the James Bond spoof Stockport Is Too Much

5. One book that made you cry?

The Time Traveler’s Wife. It’s one of my favourite books which is weird considering I mostly read books about grim murders. I’ve never sobbed so much at a book!  They made it into a film too of course. Meh.

6. One book you wish had been written?

Making a Million and Saving the World by Stacey Smith

7. One book you wish had never been written?

That God awful Twilight mini book thing, what was it called? *consults Amazon*………The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella. Utter pants. I’m not even going to link it for you. Just don’t bother.

 
8. One book you are currently reading?

I started Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand last night and I’m also dipping in and out of The Complete Book of Running for Women which is giving me some handy tips and motivation.

9. One book you have been meaning to read?

I’d like to read Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class by Owen Jones but it’s not available on Kindle yet.



10. Now tag five people.

I’ll tag my cousin and readaholic like me Charlotte @LottieB123, my Mom Wendy @wendy2918 who should read more, my friend Kathryn @allfivehorizons who blogs about books too , my Twitter friend @Raychybabe who shares my love of crime thrillers and erm…. no that’s just four, oh well, sue me : p

Thanks for reading my post about reading

Stace x

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Quick review of the books I read on holiday

We’ve just spent 10 days in Corralejo, Fuerteventura. As planned we just wanted to chill out and as such we went to the beach most days. This meant loads of time for reading. Hoorah. I ended up reading the following 16 books. Yes 16! A beachy reading holiday. I read 11 on my Kindle and 5 real life wooden ones although the links I’ve provided are all to the Kindle versions. I haven’t the time to review them all properly but anything above 7/10 is worth a read I would say.

I’m into thrillers mainly especially if they’re not too predictable, I love a good murder. I also like funny books and the less serious self help books too.

Deffo give Dawn French a go, I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was and my new hero is Terry Ravenscroft. He is a comedy writer and I’ve previously read two of his other books Dear Coca Cola and Dear Air 2000. His humour really appeals to me.

A Tiny Bit Marvellous – Dawn French 9/10

James Blond – Stockport Is Too Much – Terry Ravenscroft 7/10

The Resurrectionist – James Bradley 3/10

How to Do Everything and Be Happy – Peter Jones 7/10

Dusk – Maureen Lee 8/10

Lethal Legacy – Linda Fairstein 5/10

Someone to Save You – Paul Pilkington 8/10

The Facebook Killer Part One  – M.L Stewart 8/10

The Facebook Killer Part  Two – M.L Stewart   8/10

The Outcast – Sadie Jones 9/10

Touch – Mark Sennen 8/10

Deadly Sanctuary – Sylvia Nobel and Christy Moeller 7/10

The Penal Colony – Richard Herley 9/10

Bullies, Bitches and Bastards -Eileen Condon & Amanda Edwards – 8/10

Stairlift to Heaven – Terry Ravenscroft 9/10

Broadmoor Revealed: Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum 7/10

So there you go. If you were thinking about what to read next, give some of these a go.

Stace x

Kindle Books of 2010

On Christmas Day it was my Kindle’s 1st birthday.  Here are the books I have read this year. I’ve provided links to  the best ones.  A lot of people have asked me about whether having a Kindle is worth it and my answer is unequivocally YES!

In chronological order. . .

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest – Stieg Larrsson

The third in the Millennium trilogy.  All great books, I loved Salander as a character. Wouldn’t mess with her though!

Wolf Hall – Hillary Mantel

Hard to get into but worth a read.

Blood Sweat and Tea – Tom Reynolds & More Blood, More Sweat and Another Cup of Tea – Tom Reynolds

Nice easy read books. Real life accounts of an Ambulance man.

Amsterdam 2010 – Ruth Francisco

Dead Until DarkCharlaine Harris

You’ll see quite a few of  these True Blood books by Charlaine Harris in this list. Worth a read but strangely for me I prefer the TV versions. (Probably because of the nakedness though!)

Living Dead In Dallas – Charlaine Harris

Basic Dowsing – Rhondalyn Teel

I bought a dowser at this year’s Mind Body Spirit festival so I thought this book may help me to get my head around it.

Club Dead – Charlaine Harris

Mark Thomas Presents The People’s Manifesto – Mark Thomas

Coincided with the General Election. Most of this made more sense to me than any of of the existing crap we have to vote for.

Dead to The World – Charlaine Harris

Dead As A Doornail – Charlaine Harris

Definitely Dead – Charlaine Harris

All Together Dead – Charlaine Harris

The Surgeon – Tess Gerritsen

Gruesome in places as the title suggests, it’s about a serial killer in Boston. Great read.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner – Stephanie Meyer

Shite.

The Silver Linings Playbook – Matthew Quick

As recommended by my bookworm cousin Charlotte. Ace.

Hide – Lisa Gardner

59 Seconds – Richard Wiseman

A self help book for those that can’t be bothered to read other self help books. I mean that as a compliment to him. Loved it.

Anyone Can Do It – Duncan Bannatyne

The tall Scottish one off Dragon’s Den. Inspirational. Makes you actually believe anyone can do it. Cliche but true.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

This one kept popping up in my recommendations and I kept putting off getting it but I’m glad I did. Really lovely book. Interesting characters in a different setting and time to other books I tend to read. Brilliant.

One Day – David Nicholls

I liked the style of this book and I missed the characters when I had finished it.

My Shit Life So Far – Frankie Boyle

Good book, funny in parts as it should be. He’s still let me down with Tramadol Nights though.

Confessions of a GP – Benjamin Daniels

Wasted – Mark Johnson

I read as a way of switching off so rarely read that many drug related books in my spare time but this for me was my book of the year. I wish everyone would read it. This is a real life story of someone who went through so much with his drug use, offending and homelessness and has come out the other side. Awesome.

In Stitches – Nick Edwards

Soul Identity – Dennis Batchelor

Strange.

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

Despite reservations it really helped me and I would go as far as to say was instrumental in my decision to leave work. This is my post about it.

The Snowman – Jo Nesbo

Scary, gripping, exciting.

Gone for Good – Harlen Coben

Harlen Coben’s book are always a good bet if you like thrillers.

The Final Detail – Harlan Coben

The Redbreast – Jo Nesbo

Not as good as The Snowman but deffo worth a go.

F**k It – John C. Parkin

Well, it’s called F**k It, of course I had to read it. Enjoyable.

An Idiot Abroad – Karl Pilkington

Oh he makes me laugh so much. It helped to watch the series as well just to picture his expressions and the amazing places he travels to.

The Last 10 Seconds – Simon Kernick

The Basement – Stephen Leather

All three of his books were quick and easy reads and cheap too. Bargain.

Once Bitten – Stephen Leather

Still Missing – Chevy Stephens

Dreamer’s Cat – Stephen Leather

and the final one of the year…

Sister – Rosamund Lupton

Really enjoyed this but the news coverage of poor Joanna Yeates made it a bit too possible.

Here’s to another year of reading some great and not so great books.

If any of you have any to recommend then I would love to hear about them.

Stace x

I heart my…. Amazon Kindle

JB bought me this for Christmas. We’ d seen it on the Gadget Show a few weeks before but I had no clue he’d managed to get me one until Christmas morning. I love reading and often get frustrated if I ‘run out of book’. This solves that problem. It is 3G Wi-Fi connected so you can download books within a few seconds directly onto it. The only flaw at the moment is that because it’s not long been available in the UK (has to be shipped from US) it means it connects to Amazon.com. You can browse for books in the same way as you would on the website via the different catergories but as it has a QWERTY keyboard you can just type the author or book you want  in and it finds it for you. Magic!

I am lazy and mainly read in bed so the best thing is that you just press a button to turn the page. There is an option for it to read to you but as I have already been concerned about this non-traditional way of reading I prefer to read the words myself, it’s the least I can do! Unless Stephen Fry was the voice, then I may reconsider. 🙂

The battery lasts ages and you can store 1500 books on it so it will be great for travelling too. You can buy accessories for it like covers to keep it safe and warm.

In conclusion I heart my Kindle. Buy one!

Peace, love, empathy

Stace x

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