Friday, October 31, 2008

Official Trailer for Confessions of a Shopaholic Movie

The official movie trailer for "Confessions of a Shopaholic," based on the bestselling novel by Sophie Kinsella and starring Isla Fisher as Becky Bloomwood.
Visit for more information.

OK if you are a fan of the Shopaholic Series like me you will be holding out for this movie ... But like all Hollywood based movies it will be nothing like the book .... ugh !!! They have based the whole movie in America which is not where it is set in the book ......!!!! Why Oh Why do they do this ( apart from the money aspect ) (they did the same with PS I love You)
I feel that I will prob like the movie as is and will enjoy it but the book I will adore because it will be so so different !!!

Things I want my daughter to Know by Elizabeth Noble (2)

What would you like to tell your daughter?

What do you wish you could tell – or have told – your mother before it’s too late?

How do you cope in a world without your mother?
When Barbara realizes time is running out, she writes letters to her four daughters, aware that they'll be facing the trials and triumphs of life without her at their side. But how can she leave them when they still have so much growing up to do?
Take Lisa, in her midthirties but incapable of making a commitment; or Jennifer, trapped in a stale marriage and buttoned up so tight she could burst. Twentysomething Amanda, the traveler, has always distanced herself from the rest of the family; and then there's Hannah, a teenage girl on the verge of womanhood about to be parted from the mother she adores.
But by drawing on the wisdom in Barbara's letters, the girls might just find a way to cope with their loss. And in coming to terms with their bereavement, can they also set themselves free to enjoy their lives with all the passion and love each deserves?
This heartfelt novel by bestselling author Elizabeth Noble celebrates family, friends . . . and the glorious, endless possibilities of life.

I have saw this book many times while I looked for other novels and I kept getting drawn by the Title of the book ... It did make my ponder what would I say to my children ... What Messages would I like them to know ???

The book draws on the four daughters left behind and the husband who are left to cope with Barbara's loss .... To me this was an average read .... I don't really know what I was expecting maybe some miraculous insights ... But sort of left me empty abit .... You can understand and relate to the family left behind and how hard it is for them to move on .... But through all the emotion and their differences they are brought to together ....

It is an Ok read ....

I rate this book 2 1/2 **

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Juggling the demands of her yarn shop and single-handedly raising a teenage daughter has made Georgia Walker grateful for her Friday Night Knitting Club. Her friends are happy to escape their lives too, even for just a few hours. But when Georgia's ex suddenly reappears, demanding a role in their daughter's life, her whole world is shattered.

Luckily, Georgia's friends are there, sharing their own tales of intimacy, heartbreak, and miracle making. And when the unthinkable happens, these women will discover that what they've created isn't just a knitting club: it's a sisterhood.

This book got all the great reviews but somehow I was left abit disappointed .... Not that it is a bad book to read just I didn't get the real emotion of the book ... It is an easy read but felt that there was just something missing ... The general concept of the novel is great and there are some nice characters especially Anita who I loved ... She was a motherly figure and really sweet ...

Georgia's character shows that even by oneself with a child you can pull through the other end with the support of friends ... And create a successful business to boot ...

It is a little Light hearted read and would be perfect for the beach or holiday read ....

I rate this book 3***

If you are a fan of Kate Jacobs ... the second part is on sale at the end of November

And there is now talk that it is getting made into a movie with Julie Robert playing Georgia Walker ... Mike Binder is adapting the book and it is in production ... Due for release in 2010.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Holly Denham New Novel

Just came across this if you are a fan of Holly Denham and following her life ..... the new book has just come out ... and again it is set in the form of Emails .....

Enjoy ....

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Calling all Jane Austen Fans ....

There is a really good series that is out at the moment called "Lost in Austen" which takes a girl back into "Pride and Prejudice" pages .... It is only 4 episodes long each lasting 1 hour ... There are so many funny scenes that I could spend all day listing them ... But by far would have to be the Water scene .... Totally priceless .... ( There is also the singing scene and also the card game scene or even the scenes dealing with brushing your teeth) If you are a fan of Jane Austen you are going to love it .... This series is not from the Book Lost in Austen but is based on a UK book called "Being Elizabeth Bennet Create Your Own Jane Austen Adventure " by Emma Campbell Webster which lets you pick and choose different situations so you are in charge of the outcome ... You will be faced throughout this book with delicate challenges and dangerous choices.

Whether you're accepting Mr Darcy the first time he professes his attachment, deciding to elope with Mr Wickham or avoiding a murderous Lady Catherine de Bourgh, this is a chance to rewrite Austen's most famous book. You decide who to marry and when. And if you have always preferred Mr Knightley's sophistication or have a sneaking admiration for the odious Mr Elliot then you can marry them instead. However, make choices with caution: "Being Elizabeth Bennet" is packed with characters and plot twists to thwart your happy union with Pemberly's most eligible bachelor. You must complete five stages - and successfully negotiate your way through Austen's five other novels - before can choose to accept Mr Darcy. But if the outcome does not suit, simply return to page 1 and create a new Jane Austen adventure.

The first meeting with Mr Darcy ....


Teaser Tuesday

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers

"As he wordlessly leans close and tenderly places his scarf round my shoulders, I catch my breath. None of this makes sense, but what if sometimes things don't have to make sense? That just because you can't explain it doesn't mean it's not real. Like UFO's and ghosts and crop circles ... and a character from a book come to life"

Pg 117 of

"Me and Mr Darcy" by Alexandra Potter ...

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Labyrinth by Kate Mosse (5)

In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny. July 2005. In the Pyrenees mountains near Carcassonne, Alice, a volunteer at an archaeological dig stumbles into a cave and makes a startling discovery-two crumbling skeletons, strange writings on the walls, and the pattern of a labyrinth; between the skeletons, a stone ring, and a small leather bag. Eight hundred years earlier, on the eve of a brutal crusade to stamp out heresy that will rip apart southern France, Alais is given a ring and a mysterious book for safekeeping by her father as he leaves to fight the crusaders. The book, he says, contains the secret of the true Grail, and the ring, inscribed with a labyrinth, will identify a guardian of the Grail. As crusading armies led by Church potentates and nobles of northern France gather outside the city walls of Carcassonne, it will take great sacrifice to keep the secret of the labyrinth safe. In the present, another woman sees the find as a means to the political power she craves; while a man who has great power will kill to destroy all traces of the discovery and everyone who stands in his way.

Well after reading this book I just want to be whisked away to France and to visit all the places mentioned ...

When I was in the Uk this book was on the Richard and Judy Reading List for Summer and it interested me as it was a mystery and talking about the Holy Grail ... And I am all for adventure and mysteries ... And this book did not disappoint ... Considering that this is Kate Mosse's first novel it is brilliant ...

It is abit confusing at the start as she introduces the characters and it does go back and forth abit but once you know who everyone is it flows alot better ... The world in which the book is set is modern times along with crusade times and Kate merges the two worlds brilliantly ...

If you like Dan Brown you are in for a treat this book is far better than any of his books ... I got totally carried away and read this book in 2 days straight ... Loved it ...

There is some talk of a movie being made which will be brilliant if it is true to the book ...

An excellent book to read and I loved it that much I went and bought the Hard Book Illustration version ... If you enjoy mystery, Fantasy, History and Romance then you are going to lap this book up ...

Kate Mosse has a website that is brilliant advise for budding writers or if you just want more information on her book the Labyrinth it is well worth the visit ..

I rate this Book 5*****

Friday, October 24, 2008

Wuthering Heights - Discussion Questions

1. To what extent do you think the setting of the novel contributes to, or informs, what takes place? Do you think the moors are a character in their own right? How do you interpret Bronte's view of nature and the landscape?

2. Discuss Emily Bronte's careful attention to a rigid timeline and the role of the novel as a sober historical document. How is this significant, particularly in light of the turbulent action within? What other contrasts within the novel strike you, and why? How are these contrasts important, and how do they play out in the novel?

3. In many ways, Wuthering Heights structures itself around matched, contrasting pairs of themes and of characters. What are some of these pairs, and what role do they play in the book?

4. Do you think the novel is a tale of redemption, despair, or both? Discuss the novel's meaning to you. Do you think the novel's moral content dictates one choice over the other?

5. Do you think Bronte succeeds in creating three-dimensional figures in
Heathcliff and Cathy, particularly given their larger-than-life metaphysical passion? Why or why not?

6. Discuss Bronte's use of twos: Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange; two families, each with two children; two couples (Catherine and Edgar, and Heathcliff and Isabella); two narrators; the doubling-up of names. What is Bronte's intention here? Discuss.

7. Many of the names in Wuthering Heights are strikingly similar. For example, besides the two Catherines, there are a number of Lintons, Earnshaws, and Heathcliffs whose names vary only slightly. What role do specific names play in Wuthering Heights?

8. How do Mr. Lockwood and Nelly Dean influence the story as narrators? Do you think they are completely reliable and trustworthy observers? Why or why not? With particular reference to Nelly's story, consider what might be gained from reading between the lines of the narration. What roles do the personalities of the narrators play in the way that the story is told? What does Bronte want us to believe?

9. Discuss the role of women in Wuthering Heights. Is their depiction typical of Bronte's time, or not? Do you think Bronte's characterizations of women mark her as a pioneer ahead of her time or not?

10. What role does social class and class ambiguity play in Wuthering Heights? To what extent is Heathcliff's social position responsible for the misery and conflict so persistent in the book?

11. Analyze the character of Edgar Linton. Is he a sympathetic figure? How does he compare to Heathcliff? Is Catherine really in love with him?

12. Who or what does Heathcliff represent in the novel? Is he a force of evil or a victim of it?How important is the role of class in the novel, particularly as it relates to Heathcliff and his life?

13) If Heathcliff had fallen in love with Jane Eyre or Elizabeth Bennett instead of Cathy, do you think his house would have burned down?

14) If Heathcliff were alive today, would he mention Cathy’s death on his Facebook page and change his relationship status to “It’s complicated”?

Sometimes it is difficult to Read some Classics so here is a site that is really good and gives you a run down of the story, Characters and also time line ..........

Looking forward to reading this book again as I read back in school and I hope to appreciate it abit better now !!!

So if anyone wants to join us this month in reading pick up your copy of Wuthering Heights

The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (5)

A royal fable celebrating the transformative properties (and a few of the unsettling consequences) of reading as an obsession.In a country of commoners, the uncommon reader is the Queen. She has never been a reader, because reading isn't something that "one" (as she invariably refers to herself) does. Yet an unlikely incident involving her dogs and a mobile library making its weekly appearance outside Buckingham Palace moves her to borrow a book. And then another. And another, until reading has become her life's focus. Perhaps the keenest insight here concerns her difficulty with Jane Austen, whose novels pivot so frequently on class distinctions that the Queen herself has never experienced. Those who love reading will recognize the process of the Queen's enrapturing, how one book inevitably leads to another, and so many others, and that the richness of the reading life will always be offset by the recognition that time grows shorter as the list of books grows longer.

This was a surprising book to read .... My husband had been at the bookshop and purchased me a vast aray of books and the lady behind the counter ( Because my husband had spend a few dollars) Give my hubby a FREE BOOK ... And this book was THE UNCOMMON READER ....

It is a short book only 121 pages long but boy it is a wee gem .... Not only because I got it for nothing but because it is so funny .... Loved it ....

It is a fictional story about Queen Elizabeth when she discovers books .... And how falling in love with reading books can be seen as a bad thing especially when it comes to the Queens Secretary ...

There are so many funny wee moments in the novel as you can totally envisage the Queen not only saying but doing ... I loved the whole book apart from one sentence that was crude and felt that it just didn't need to be put in the book .... So if I could tip-exed 7 words out the book it would be perfect ...

You could easily read this book in an afternoon and love it .... There is a surprising end which is so funny ...

A great wee book to read and one that I will read again ...

I rate this book 5*****

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Holly's Inbox by Holly Denham

Written entirely in the form of emails to and from Holly, who has just started work as a receptionist at a large London bank. Her colleagues are generally awful (apart from Jennie who Holly went to school with ... at least to begin with) and it's only the emails from her friends Jason and Aisha that are getting her through. Until she starts a flirtation with James, one of the company's Vice Presidents. A flirtation that will eventually change everything. (Duh duh duhhhh!)

Holly's Inbox is an extremely easy read, but a totally compelling one. Very little really happens - the plot-based emails are interspersed with the kind of emails most women working in offices get: horoscopes, offers of cheap flights, money-laundering requests from Nigerian princes - but Holly's voice is so real that I was just as happy reading about her struggles to get her broken washing machine collected by the manufacturer as I was to read about her weekend in Spain with James.

Well the idea to this book is really great ... The whole book is in a set of emails and is quite an easy read ... Holly is quite funny in parts and alot of the emails you could imagine yourself writing ... Especially the drama over the broken washing machine which I think every woman as been there ..... ( It is interesting to note that this book is written by a man )
If you want to take a quick look at the book without purchasing it you can go to the following website and read a few chapters ... Which is also in the form of emails ...

It is a quite a quirky idea and the book is funny in some parts but I found it wasn't the great phenomena that everyone was raving about ...
It is a cute wee read and would be a good holiday read just light and funny
I rate this book 3 ***

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

I read this book earlier in the year before it became a bookclub pick and I enjoyed it. Then I saw the movie after reading it and absolutely hated the film due to the major discrepancies between the two formats. After a while I watched the movie again, and because the book was no longer fresh in my mind I actually enjoyed the movie. This time when I read the book all I kept remembering were scenes from the movie, but I did my best to concentrate on the written story and really focus on what I was reading (even if the characters in my head looked exactly like Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler, LOL).
This story is about moving on after the death of a loved one. Thirty year old Holly lost her husband and soul mate Gerry to an unexpected brain tumor, and with the help of her friends and a series of letters from Gerry she is forced to pick up the pieces of her life slowly, and discover who she has now become while standing independently on her own.
The characters and the setting go along way to making this book an enjoyable read. Holly's family seems to be totally dysfunctional in a completely normal sort of way, and her friends each bring their unique personalities to the storyline to create some laughable moments. The book is set in Ireland, and many of the character's quirks come from their Irish heritage, which can be both annoying and endearing at the same time.
Overall the story is a sweet read with some charming moments that tend to hook you. It is not grand literature by any means, but it does get you thinking about what it is you are reading, and I like to take that as a sign that it is still worthy of the time I spend reading it. I didn't particularly like the ending, as the romantic in me still wants everyone to get their happy ending in a grand way, yet I think the characters did get what they each needed at the time. Some parts of the story seemed drawn out while other bits I wanted to know more about.

Three stars.

The Ten Best Days Of My Life by Adena Halpern

The basic story is this: at the age of twenty nine Alex Dorenfield unexpectedly finds herself in heaven with her dog Peaches after she has an unfortunate encounter with a Mini Cooper. In fact she is in the seventh, and highest level of heaven, where she is reunited with loved ones, has been given her dream home, lives next door to a handsome man and is now the proud owner of a closet enviable by all. Naturally there is a catch. In order to remain in seventh heaven, Alex must prove she led a fulfilling life by writing an essay about her ten best days on earth.
'The ten best days of my life' is classic chick-lit. It is a quick weekend read that takes little concentration yet provides plenty of smiles and some laugh out loud moments.
To give you a sense of how the story unfolds, Alex defines her ten best days as
1. conception
2. the day she met her best friend
3. a special night out with her family
4. her first kiss
5. the day she grew a conscience
6. the day she ended an engagement
7. the day she bought her dog
8. the day she found her career path
9. her last day on earth
10. the day she knew for sure her life was not a waste
The book is written in casual conversational style, and has a great deal of dialogue that focuses on Alex examining her short yet full life. There are plenty of moments where she seems immature and narcissistic, yet perhaps it is this immaturity that allows you to overlook her conversational shortcomings and just embrace her character as 'fun' and lighthearted.
In the end Alex learns that what is important both in life and in death is her family and friends, and the ability to learn who she truly is as a person by knowing what matters to her. The essay becomes a crash course in growing up where she realises she was far from perfect yet knows there is no doubt, that had she lived longer she would have gone on to lead a meaningful life, and much of that would be contributed to the people who surrounded her. This book is light entertainment, yet it does get you thinking.
Three and a half stars.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Teaser Tuesday

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers

Ok : Here's My Tuesday Teaser

"On their last evening a game of charades was hurriedly organised, the choice of each well-known phrase or saying apparently one of the lesser-known prerogatives of the monarch, and well known though they may been to her, they were a mystery to everyone else, including the prime minister. The prime minister never liked to lose, even to the monarch, and it was no consolation to be told by one of the princes that no one but the Queen could hope to win, as the questions (several of them about Proust) were set by Norman and taken from their reading. "

Quote taken from The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

Monday, October 20, 2008

Change of Book for November

As you all know we where going to read Charly but we haven't received all the copies of the book yet from the USA so we have decided to bring forward Decembers summer read of

Wuthering Heights

I am excited about this it is the first of the classics we are reading ..... And will post the discussion questions later on ..........

Rosewater & Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran (3)

Mehran's second novel (after Pomegranate Soup) resumes the story of three Iranian sisters making their lives anew in smalltown Ireland. Beautiful and creative Marjan Aminpour cares for her younger sisters, Bahar and Layla; together the three run Babylon Cafe, and few locals can resist its charms or the amiability of its proprietresses. Although Marjan rules the roost, her sisters have secrets of their own, and their growing independence forces Marjan to allow them their freedom and confront her own needs—especially after she meets handsome Julian Winthrop Muir. As Marjan gives her sisters more space, the suspicious and xenophobic local busybody Dervla Quigley remains determined to uncover whatever foul play the foreign women have up their sleeves. And when Marjan's friend Estelle reveals that she has rescued and helped a drowning girl, Marjan becomes involved in a secret that soon has Dervla plotting their downfall. Gourmands will savor the foodie passages (recipes, of course, are included), while the sisters' exploits will win over readers into lighter fare about making a new home and growing up.

Ok this is a gorgeous cover that just says .... PICK ME UP AND READ ME .... this is a nice wee read ... And even thought I had not read the first novel of Pomegranate Soup this novel stands alone ...

The novel is set in Ireland and is based around the life's of 3 sisters ... Who are from Iran ... It is a very easy book to read and flows quite well ... There are a few Laugh Out Loud moments with the character of Dervla who always sits peeking behind her bedroom curtains ... That's what you get when you life in a small town where everyone knows everyone and also knows everything about your business .. For example who you talked to, what you had for dinner and of course who you dated ...

I prob would have rated this book more but felt that alot of the story lines where not finished and left you hanging for what happened ... There was no real tie up's with this book so did make me wonder if there will be a another novel to follow on ...

It is a sweet book about sisterly love and friendship and how we need not judge one another ... I would recommend a read even though I only give it 3 stars it is a nice wee read ...

Plus got the extra bonus of recipes at the back of the book that where used in the Sisters Shop ... Very cute idea .... And the recipes are Yummy too ....

I rate this book 3 ***

Friday, October 17, 2008

It's a Kind of Magic by Carole Matthews (1)

Emma and Leo are complete opposites. Leo is unreliable, a bit childish and doesn't take life, love or his job too seriously, yet his girlfriend Emma is strict, reliable, tidy and enjoys her life being in order. This is why, when Leo turns up at Emma's 30th birthday drunk and incredibly late, she decides the pair are splitting up. But on his way home, a newly single Leo bumps into a lady on Tower Bridge named Isobel. Strange things then start happening to Leo and Emma, but neither can work out what is going on. Emma realises she wants Leo back but is it too late? And just who is the mysterious Isobel?

Ok I am enjoying reading some chick lite books now and again .... Just for some light reading where you can just read and enjoy without your brain going over time ... I had never read any of Carole Matthews books before so I was starting with a clean slate ...

I found this book abit confusing to be honest ... There is some swearing and sex in it but that was not what I found strange to read ... This book really just didn't flow for me ... And was abit odd and over the top ... I really cannot tell you the reason why because it would spoil the book if you decide to tell you ...

The two main characters are Emma and Leo ... To honest I really didn't gel with Emma at all and found her frustrating and leaned towards Leo who really was the bad boy in the novel ... It is supposed to be a love triangle but takes some really odd twists ... I think that is where I had the problem it really was all over the place and I really didn't know where to place the book in my head ... Love story, fantasy, humour ... Who knows ....

I have to admit that the last lot of chapters towards the end I was just skimming through really not caring what happened ...

Sorry to say I really didn't like this book that much .... Which is disappointing .... If you like chick lite Books you may enjoy this .... But I just didn't like the style of writing or the story line ...

I rate this book 1*

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage by Kate Kerrigan (5)

An extraordinary portrait of love and marriage "They say there is no such thing as a perfect marriage, but of course there is. A perfect marriage is where two people live together for most of their lives until death separates them. What there is no such thing as is an easy marriage. And when it comes to love, people have somehow come around to equating love with ease".

New York food writer Tressa returns from honeymoon worried that she has married her impossibly handsome new husband Dan out of late-thirties panic instead of love. In 1930's Ireland, her grandmother, Bernardine, is married off to the local schoolteacher after her family are unable to raise a dowry for her to marry her true love, Michael. During the first year of her marriage, Tressa distracts herself from her stay-or-go dilemma by working on her grandmother's recipes, searching for solace and answers through their preparation. Through the stories of these two women, RECIPES FOR A PERFECT MARRIAGE, challenges the modern ideal of romantic love as a given and ponders whether true love can really be learned.

I was recommend this book by a fellow book club member and I have to say I loved it .... It turned out to be an insightful and a deep book about the true meaning of marriage ...

You will love the two main characters both women and find yourself viewing your own marriage. I love that there are recipes at the beginning of each chapter and then interweaves these recipes into the story ... And I love that it is set in Ireland where I grew up and takes me back to spending time with my grandmother cooking ... And how cooking is and was a big part of family life ...

It shows that even though we are different stages of life in marriage we can each learn from each other ...

This wee book is just a pleasure to read and one that I will read again ... It is not just an average read ...

I rate this book 5*****

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I finally finished reading Firefly Lane after having it sit by my bedside for some time. Quite surprisingly the back of the book suggests it will be a book 'you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough on' but this didn't really turnout to be the case. I struggled to read the book even though I actually enjoyed it while reading it. This might seem strange, yet after thinking about it I realised that the complexity of the storyline probably had much to do with my inability to dedicate myself to finishing it. It is a 'big' book.
The novel covers a thirty-plus year time span and details the story between Tully and Kate who meet on Firefly Lane as girls and develop a friendship that will last through love, loss and the growing pains we all experience throughout life. The story is detail rich, and KH is able to bring to life the most ordinary of details with her vivid descriptions and recollections. One of my favourite aspects of the story was the way in which it was told (even though at times the language was a little too colourful for my taste).
From the very beginning you realise that these are 'big' characters, and they are playing 'big' parts. I have no doubt that they are meant to represent ordinary women, but there is very little that is ordinary about them, and I personally couldn't relate to either of their individual characters. The one thing that I could relate to though was their friendship.
Tully and Kate were women who came from different worlds, then fate stepped in and for a short time they shared the same world, and then they inevitably moved on to different paths that saw their lifestyles clash at times, and their worlds become miles apart. But it was the short time they shared together where their world was the same that created a friendship that could never be broken, no matter what the circumstances might be.
I have read reviews of the book were people hated Tully for being 'too much' and Kate for being 'not enough', suggesting their differences would never survive a true friendship. Perhaps that is one of the things I am willing to embrace. I know personally that a friendship I was blessed with as a young girl is not now, and never was based on 'sameness'. Friendship exists when two people share common bonds and when you can count on the other person to be there for you whenever the need arises- and there was no doubt that Tully and Kate shared a deep bond.
The story moves along and you find yourself an eyewitness to the character's lifestyle choices. Tully becomes a celebrity journalist while Kate devotes herself to life at home with her children. Each woman finds herself questioning the choices she made and examining the life that lead them to their final destination. Their friendship takes a few knocks in the process, but the ending is not one you see coming. Without giving the end away, you find yourself reaching for the Kleenex, and being ever so grateful for the women in your life you get to call 'friend'.
Four stars.

Extras by Scott Westerfeld (5)

A few years have passed since Tally Youngblood destroyed the establishment based on pretties, uglies and specials. Now popularity runs the world. Popularity means power. Each citizen is ranked by how much she or he is talked about. Cameras record everything as they vie to be the person with the most buzz.

Fifteen-year-old Aya Fuse has a pitiful "face rank," or popularity ranking, of 451,369, which makes her a society nonentity, commonly known as an "extra." Aya's older brother Hiro, on the other hand, is famous. But Aya has a plan to up her popularity ranking. She takes Moggle, her trusty (and kind of adorable) hovercam, to a party filled with tech-heads (in love with the latest technological goodies) and surge monkeys (who indulge in wild plastic surgery modifications on themselves).

Aya hopes to discover and film a huge story about a secret group. "Kicking," or spreading, the story on her feed should result in acclaim for herself, thus upping her face rank. Because of her parents' refusal to let her become a pretty before she is 16, Aya is stuck with her average looks, including what she considers to be a huge nose. So she disguises herself by wearing a gray, hooded robe and joins a group of similarly garbed Reputation Bombers, who join to chant the name of one member in order to bump up his face rank. In the meantime, she sends Moggle out to search for members of the group who Aya had seen surfing on top of a crazy-fast mag-lev train. Anyone who kicks the story of the train riders will be famous, and Aya aims to take advantage.

Finally, Moggle sends Aya an image she recognizes. It's hoverball champion Eden Maru, who happens to be one of the train riders. Eden is famous, with a face rank that once reached an enviable 10,000. But no one knows about her wild adventures with her secret group. Aya watches Eden via Moggle. As the hoverball player edges to the exit, an amazing boy speaks to Aya, calling her face "unique." He introduces himself as Frizz Mizuno. Frizz is not only beautiful, but Aya sees in her eyescreen that his face rank is an astounding 4,612! Why is he even associating with Aya, much less gazing at her with undisguised interest? But she can't stay to find out because Eden is leaving.

Aya hoverboards after Eden, who zigzags through the city's new construction with ease. She forces herself not to think about the intriguing Frizz but to concentrate on getting the story, as she follows Eden deep inside a dark tunnel. What they find there is a cataclysmic secret --- so huge that the fate of the Earth may hinge on it.
It's a happy day for fans when a stellar "trilogy" morphs into a series. Like the three books in Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies trilogy, EXTRAS is a fast-paced page-turner with many plot twists. It has all the elements of a terrific read: heart-pounding adventure, extreme sports, friendship, espionage, a bit of tender romance, strong and brave women, and the quest for popularity. It also includes much pointed commentary on society's celebrities, power, blogging, the environment, celebrity-based television shows and more.

Woo Hoo ... This was an unexpected fourth book in the Uglies series which I just loved ..And this book is no different.

We have new characters which you will love and the old favourites are back again ..

As always Scott Westerfeld touches on different topics that you can really discuss like the craziness of Celebrities and whatt people will do for FAME and to get noticed !!!

This books are great for Young READERS and also for us OLDIES as well

So glad that I came upon this series Great !! and I am looking forward to re-reading them all again ..

I rate this book 5*****

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern (4)

The million copy bestseller. Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mates. But not Holly and Gerry. Childhood sweethearts, they could finish each other's sentences. No one could imagine Holly and Gerry without each other. Gerry's death devastates Holly. But as her 30th birthday looms, Gerry comes back to her. He's left her a bundle of notes, one for each of the months after his death, guiding Holly into her new life without him, each note signed 'PS, I Love You'. As the notes are opened, the man who knows Holly better than anyone teaches her that life goes on. With some help from her friends and her family, Holly finds herself laughing, crying -- and being braver than ever before. Life is for living, she realises -- but it always helps if there's an angel watching over you.

I have to say I was abit dubious about this book ... I went to see the movie last year on a preview nite with a friend before Christmas and I was OK until about half way through the movie when they returned to Ireland and I saw the green fields ... That was enough for me the rest of the movie I just balled my eyes out ... ( Bearing in mind I have recently moved from Ireland where I grow up and all my family are still back there and to put the nail in the coffin it was Christmas to boot ... Maybe not the best time to watch this movie ...) But I did enjoy it

So when the book was chosen as a book club book I was abit anxious as how I would find it ... But I have to say I loved it ... I know all the places that Cecelia talked about because I had been there many times ... And I have to say that I even enjoyed how they spoke to one another as well ... OK enough of all the sentimental stuff back to the book ...

The movie is nothing like the book apart from the fact that there is a Holly and A Gerry and that he writes he notes ... That is about it really .... I suppose for the movie to be a blockbuster they had to Hollywood it abit but to be honest they totally left out everything really ...

The whole book is set in Ireland and has tons of more characters that are witty and funny ... When I was reading I was actually imagining people back in Ireland who I knew where like that ... There is no polite way or guidebook on how you manage when someone you love dies or how your friends re-act or try to help. I found myself in familiar territory when everyone doesn't know what to say or do and where no one wins ....

I really enjoyed this book actually I read it in a day and loved it ... It is sad, funny and real which is great ....

I rate this book 4****

Teaser Tuesday

What a great idea this is ........ thanks for letting us join in ........

TEASER TUESDAYS asks you to:
Grab your current read.
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers

Ok here's the quote "It was as though she had discovered a secret herb on the mountaintop and was keeping its tonic close to her heart. And if her sister found her peace in religion, then Marjan was not going to object" P174

From Rosewater and Soda Bread by Marsha Mehran

Monday, October 13, 2008

Days Like These by Rebecca Tyrrel (5)

The "Days Like These' column has appeared in the Sunday Telegraph Magazine since February 1998 in the UK and is now familiar to legions of fans. This new volume offers a wonderful portrait of the fictionalized life of an ordinary West London Household.

There are so many familiar characters and themes in this book - husband Matthew's medical neuroses; Tim, the ever-patient car dealer, George Sanders, Rebecca's imaginary shrink, who lives in the garden shed; son Louis's obsession's with trains; the elderly Hilda and her mysterious food packages; the unique gym treadmill-cum-clothes horse; and of course the infamous hunt for bread sauce ...

Well I picked this book up at a car boot sale a few years ago along with a few other chick lite books and it was the best couple of pounds that I could have spend ... Love, Love, Love this book ...

It is a collections of short (some only a a few pages long) of stories of a family life through Rebecca eyes ... So, So, So funny ... Because they are all short stories you can easily put the book down and pick it up again with no worries ... That is if you are not hooked like I was ...

I had loads of laugh out loud moments because I could so relate to alot of the stories ... To the much annoy-ist of my husband who I think I must have read him about 90% of the book aloud just to share it with him ... This is a great feel good book and will have you totally entertained from the moment you pick it up ... You know what they say Laughter is good for the soul ......... And this book certainly was ....

I rate this book 5*****

Book Club Meeting for October

Well girlies ... it is book club nite this Friday nite at 7:30 to discuss P.S I love you ........ Here's the trailer of the movie ... Enjoy and see ya Friday ....

I really love this movie its sad and on other hand its very happy. She Is A very lucky women to find 2 wonderful man in he life(This is like my husbands grand she was married twice the first for 20years and the 2nd for 30years)she was very happy with both...Question which one would you want to spend the enternities with...

Twilight Movie Trailer

So, So excited about this .... Looks great !!!! Roll on November

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Specials by Scott Westerfeld (5)

Tally is now a Cutter, a new branch of Special Circumstances. The Cutters, led by Tally's longtime friend Shay, arrive at an uglies party looking for outsiders crashing the festivities to stir up trouble. Tally and the other Cutters are disguised as uglies, which causes Tally to feel nostalgic as she watches the poor uglies awkwardly interacting.Tally has been completely remade. Her bones are now aircraft ceramic, light but indestructible. Her muscles repair themselves. She can hear the faintest, most distant sound through her skintenna. All her senses are supernaturally sharp --- and she actually smells the party-crashing Smokey.Smokies have been smuggling in pills with nanos, which destroy the brain lesions that keep pretties stupid and mellow. Unfortunately, the nanos can also destroy brains entirely (Tally has seen this firsthand when the pills destroyed her boyfriend Zane's mind).

Now Tally moves to arrest the Smokey, who escapes by zooming up into the air by use of a bungee jacket. The fugitive is rescued by Smokies on hoverboards, including a leader Tally well remembers: David.Immediately, Tally and the other Cutters are on their hoverboards in a thrilling race to capture the Smokies. An extra incentive drives Tally and Shay --- their personal vendettas against their mutual old boyfriend and now enemy, David. Even with the Cutters' many advantages, however, the Smokies shock them by retaliating in unexpected ways, ultimately leaving Shay and Tally to fight the outsiders in the most primitive manner. The Smokies have the advantage in the struggle, kidnapping Shay and another Cutter and stealing the Specials' hoverboards. Tally is alone and stranded in the forest until she recovers and is soon back on the hunt.

When Tally reunites with Shay and most of the other Cutters, she learns something astounding: The pills were to be delivered to one of the Crims, a troublemaking clique. That Crim is Zane, Tally's boyfriend. She is dumbfounded. Why hasn't Zane joined Tally if he's recovered?Tally and Shay visit Zane, who is still a pretty. He is also not quite right and is still damaged from the pills. However, he's helping the Crims pass out thousands of pills, resulting in a new breed of intelligent pretties. Tally asks Zane to betray his Smokey allies, and he reluctantly agrees to do it for her.While Tally still feels love for her boyfriend, she is also repelled by his disabilities. If she and Shay can help him escape, they'll all be in peril. Yet Zane may become a Special after he helps bring the Smokies down. Their mission begins with the most dangerous trick ever. Will Tally and Shay survive it --- and the consequences?

Packed with action in the face of relentless danger, the stakes continue to increase with each plot twist. During Tally's quest she discovers one surprise after another, but when she arrives at her destination, she's in for the most shocking revelation ever. This page-turner dishes up thought-provoking social commentary on government, cliques, humanity, appearance and redemption --- all wrapped up in a tremendous science fiction adventure ---

Well the end of the series and what an end ... Loved it ... I have to admit that I couldn't stop reading once I had started ... This is a great wee series of books and very thought provoking ... These are differently books that I will get my kids to read and then we can sit and discuss them ...

So glad that I happened upon this book it is hard to finds something that is suitable for young readers but is clean, interesting and makes you think ... I loved this series and would highly reommend this books ...

I rate this Book 5*****

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld (5)

Tally's story continues from the previous book, UGLIES, in this second installment of Scott Westerfeld's futuristic trilogy. Tally is now a pretty who lives only for good times. While attending a party at which she is to be voted into the Crims clique, she is followed by someone appearing to be a member of the ominous Special Circumstances team.Tally can only remember her previous adventures as an ugly outside New Pretty Town in brief disconnected snatches. She is shocked to discover that the person stalking her is Croy, an old friend from the Smoke. He has something for her, he tells her, but she must search for it later in a certain secret spot. She agrees, bemused by his repellant ugliness, including his big pores and tangled hair --- all the imperfections that the surgery to become a pretty transforms to beauty.Tally returns to her pretty life, concentrating on the fun she has with her friends. Her peace is disrupted when gorgeous Zane, leader of the Crims, asks her about David, whom she loved when she lived in the Smoke. In fact, Zane once knew Croy and had been determined to escape to the Smoke before his surgery. He regrets that he didn't go into the wilderness then.Zane is eager to accompany Tally in finding the mysterious object Croy has hidden for her. They must face strenuous, dangerous physical challenges in order to locate the gift, which is accompanied by a startling and eye-opening letter from Tally to herself, written before she underwent the pretty surgery and explaining to her future self her motive in becoming a pretty --- to save all the pretties. Zane and Tally also learn that the pretties' brains are altered during their surgery. When the two share what Croy left for Tally, everything in their lives changes, putting Zane's health at risk and infuriating Tally's friend Shay.

As with UGLIES, you cannot read this book without questioning values and mindsets prevalent not only in New Pretty Town in the future but also here and now. How much will people surrender in order to be pretty? What is the price of popularity and conformity? Can people who relinquish everything get a second chance? As in UGLIES, the plot pace is rapid and exciting, the characters are real, and the situations are truly frightening.

OK this is the second book in the Uglies series .... Which I am just loving at the moment ... Now that Tally has been made Pretty it comes with another new set of problems ... You would think she would be happy to made Pretty and party all the time .....

It introduces you to all new characters and some old ones ... And the ending is brill .... Don't want to say alot except loving this books .... Finished this book in a day And cannot wait to dive into the next one ....

I rate this book 5*****

Friday, October 10, 2008

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (5)

Tally has grown up in a post-apocalyptic world where, at the age of 16, everyone is given an operation that makes their faces and bodies perfect. Before the operation they are known as "uglies," and after as "pretties." After the operation they live in New Pretty Town, enjoying a life of constant partying and pleasure. Tally can't wait.

Shortly before her 16th birthday she befriends Shay, who tells her about the Smoke, a secret community of those who refuse the operation. When Shay runs away to join the Smoke, Tally is given a choice by the Specials, the secret police: help them find the Smoke and betray her friend, or remain an ugly forever.

Well I am drawn to young adult books at the moment ... What with Twilight and now this series ... Uglies is the first in a series of 4 books. And I loved it ...

There are so many different questions that arised in this book about beauty, perfection and what we are doing to our planet ... This is a great book for older teenagers ... Which they will really love and also gives you a chance to discuss the many issues that arises from it ...

What's wrong with wanting to be beautiful and have fun? Is the life of the Smokies better in some way? If you could choose to be a "pretty," would you?

I am really excited about reading the other books now ....

I rate this book 5*****

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The Book Thief - By Markus Zusak (4)

Winner of the 2007 BookBrowse Ruby Award.

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

I have heard so much about this book over the past little while and also because it is a writer from my native land of Australia I thought I would pick it up ...

It is told from the perspective of Death ... Yes Death is the Narrator of the book and he is both charming and Funny in parts ...

Mostly it is a story of a young girl called Liesel who has lost both her parents and brother and finds herself with a new foster Family in a small town in Germany in the middle of the war ... And how she survives through the hardship with the help of books ...

I have to say I really enjoyed this read although at the start it was abit confusing as who was actually talking but once you get used to how the author writes it flows beautifully ... Although this book was geared around young adults I would recommend adults to read it to ... He talks about the war and the hatred that goes along with it ...

There was a very touching moment where death is telling the readers about his many trips to many concentration camps and he lifted the people away ... He say "I took them all away, and if ever there was a time I needed distraction, this was it. In complete desolation, I look at the world above. I watched the sky as it turned from silver to grey to the colour of rain. Even the clouds tried to look the other way"

I feel it is important for our youth of today to understand war and history so that we may learn from it but most importantly that we never forget that we are never faced with the same atrocities again ....

I enjoyed this book although it not one of my favourite reads but would recommend it ....

I Rate this book 4****

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (5)

Cornelia Funke is a German author who is the third most popular children's author in Germany, behind the infamous J.K. Rowling and R.L. Stine. Good company to be in. I enjoy reading a well-written juvenile, especially one that is over 500 pages long, because a book that long has the high probability of following Heinlein's dictum on writing juvenile novels: "Take a young protagonist, write the best story you can, and leave out all the sex and bad words, and you'll have a saleable juvenile." Happily, this book meets those qualifications.

Meggie is twelve-year-old girl whose father is a refurbisher of books. Her mother disappeared when she was three, but she and her father, whom she calls "Mo", have lived a pleasant life enriched by a love of books and reading. Then one day a disreputable looking character named Dustfinger appears in their lives, calls Mo by the name of Silvertongue and tells him that Capricorn is after him and wants the book.

With that, their lives are changed forever.

Inkheart is the name of the book Capricorn is looking for.

Always on the look out for a good children's book I picked this book up over 3 years ago now ... Every Christmas a tradition in our wee family we travel down to the bookstore in the City and pick up a new book. On this particular year INKHEART was what I picked ... I loved the cover and the caption "DARE TO READ IT ALOUD"

Every nite in our house my children and I would be on the edge of our seats waiting to see what would unfold .... I would only read a chapter but to honest (that rarely happened because we wanted to know what happened so more like a few chapters ... lol ) Cornelia's style of writing is lovely and the characters are brilliant ... Takes me back to my days as a child reading the likes of Narnia .... New worlds, New Things, New Hero's

The girl in the book Meggie is just so like able and her father is lovely ... There is a great mystery as to what this book of INKHEART is and what power that it has ... Who is Dustfinger and these other strange names?

What if you had the power to bring to life anything you read out aloud .....

There is going to be movie coming out next year which is based on the trilogy ... Abit disappointed that they are not making them into 3 movies because that would be brill but know .... And there is a huge spoiler alert if you haven't read all the three novels and just go and see the movie as they have majorly condensed it ... Anyway enjoy the trailer ...

I loved, Loved, Loved this book and will write my reviews later on the other books ...

Brilliant Children's Book ... And excellent Adult read as well ... lol

I rate this 5*****

The Undomestic Goddess - By Sophie Kinsella (5)

I picked this book up for a light read and it really was that .... I loved it ... And finished it in a couple of days ... I actually borrowed it my mom to read which she did on a long haul flight and passed it to my Aunt who also read it within a couple of days and loved it ...

You may be aware of Sophie Kinsella by her other books the popular Shopaholic series ... This book the Undomestic Goddess has its own Heroine "Samantha Sweeting" a twenty-nine year old lawyer on the fast track to becoming a partner a law firm. She loves her job ... Literally she lives and breathes it and even misses her own birthday party ... But she is rewarded when she is made partner and life seems perfect until some papers are found buried on her desk that she apparently forgot to file lose one of her clients fifty million pounds ... Yes Fifty million big ones .....

She panic's and gets on a train and ends up outside London in a small suburb lost with no money .. And by chance ends up on the doorstep of Eddie and Trish who mistake her for a housekeeper coming to apply for a job ... Wanting to escape she takes the job ? But there is a problem Samantha can neither cook or clean and then the fun starts .....

This is an easy book to read and funny with it ... I loved just curling up with a hot chocolate and reading it .... Love it ..... Very funny

I rate this book 5*****

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Million Dollar Mermaid - by Esther Williams with Digby Diehl (5)

During Hollywood's heyday, big studios battled over the next box-office attraction. While Gene Kelly danced and Judy Garland sang, Esther Williams swam into the heart of America with her dazzling smile, stunning aquabatics, and whole-some appeal. Hand-picked for stardom by movie mogul Louis B. Mayer, Esther shed her wide-eyed innocence at what she affectionately calls University MGM, a unique educational institution where sex appeal and glamour were taught, a school where idols were born. Once a national swimming champion and struggling salesgirl, overnight she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood. And though fame came quickly, Esther's personal life was often less than joyous. Through troubled marriages, cross-dressing lovers, financial bankruptcy, she shares the ups and downs of her extraordinary career in The Million Dollar Mermaid, a wildly entertaining behind-the-scenes account of one of Tinseltown's classic dream factories.

This autobiography is great and I loved it ... It takes you back to the time of all the old movie stars ... Like Clark Gable,( Love love love him ) Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra and many more ....

I have to admit that Esther was quite open and honest in this book even about herself and her relationships ... It is really funny in parts and eye opening in others especially with the rumours that one hears of the "casting couch" .... did it exist ???

Miss Williams was what MGM called a "manufactured star" who is nonetheless a breed apart, a tough, levelheaded dame who survived the system that created her.

If you love the old movies with the movie stars then you will just lap this book up ... I loved it ...

I rate this book 5*****

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl - by Philippa Gregory (5)

Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king"s interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands. A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

This is another book club book and I loved it ... So much so that I have went out and purchased a few other novels of Philippa Gregory ... The story is told from Mary's point of view and boy do you feel story for her ....

It really was a man's world ... The court life has always fascinated me but to be honest although I love the fashions and houses I would not like to be brought up in that world especially as a woman ... It did make us wonder has times really changed alot for woman? Do we have better rights now? Anne stated in the book that "Nothing will ever be the same for any woman in this country again" and she was correct .... There are brief moments in the book that I started to feel sorry for Anne but then she disappeared fast !!! She really was a cunning woman who knew exactly what she wanted ... But to be fair no one really won in this world ... Henry lost Catherine, Mary lost William and Anne lost her head ... It is interesting to note that even though Henry never had a living son as Heir just the girls ... That one of the girls - Anne's Daughter "Elizabeth" became one of the Greatest Queens that ever lived ...

The Movie is different from the book in many ways and the events are mixed up and jumbled in the movie ... Please ... Please ... Please read the book far far better ...

Even if you know the story of the Boleyn Family this book is well worth the read ... Go on immerse yourself in the Tutor Period you will not be disappointed ...

I rate this book 5*****

Saturday, October 4, 2008

The Lieutenant's Lover - By Harry Bingham (5)

Isn't this a beautiful cover - Ok when it comes to book Covers I am abit of a Magpie - Anything pretty and interesting it has me hooked :) ...

This is a really beautiful book that I really loved to read and had me hooked from the beginning ... It is described as "An epic tale of love, war, separation and hope" and I totally agree ... It is a lovely book to read

The sort of big sweeping saga you can really lose yourself in. I recommend it to both genders. Harry Bingham is a good, old-fashioned storyteller with a beginning, a middle and an end, where you are drawn in and keep stealing time to return to. I loved it. Spanning thirty years from the Russian Revolution to the fall of the Berlin Wall, rich in incident and drama, it is a truly glorious read.

Starting off in Russia it tells of Misha a young aristocratic officer in the army and Tonya a nurse from a poor background and how they fall in love against all odds. Misha is forced to flee Russia and the story picks up 30 years later in Germany at the end of the war ... When Misha thinks he sees Toyna in a fleeting moment and the rest of the story is them both trying to find each other ... There is a one sex scence in the book but it is very tastefully done.

You will find your heart pleading with them to find each other .... This is a gorgeous book that I will re-read again ... A Lovely love story against all odds ...

I rate this book 5*****

Eat, Pray, Love - By Elizabeth Gilbert (2)

I was excited when this was picked as a bookclub book as I had already purchased it as I seen the writer on Oprah and it looked really good ...

It is about a woman's journey of self discovery as she travels to 3 different countries in order to find some balance in her life ... I don't really know what I was expecting from this book maybe some inspiring stories and some of my own light bulb moments ... Instead I found this book difficult to read ( to be honest I only ever kept picking it up again and again because it was a book club book ) There where moments that I could quite happily have thrown the book against the wall because I was that frustrated with her ... And found her totally selfish even at the end of the book I found her focusing on herself again ... And I found that it was amusing and telling that the three countries that she visited started with "I" ( Italy, India and Indonesia)

I did think that the way the book was divided into the three sections was clever and also the way that each section had their own 36 tales just a shame that I felt it was rambling at times ... Ok Italy section I really just wanted to scream at her .... I found it really depressing ... This is not a book that is easy to read and put down and pick up again ... Obviously she has just suffered the painful effects of a divorce which she says she will not write about but in the next breath tells you all about it ... I didn't find that much Eating really in Italy and was so relieved when she finally got on the plane to India .....

India is actually alot better reading and flows alot better ... But found it tedious with 36 chapters on Yoga sometimes boring ... There is one good character and that was the Man from Texas who if it hadn't been for him I would have fallen asleep ....

By far Indonesia was my favourite ... There are some really cute stories about the Island and their culture which where fascinating ... And by far loved the character of the Medicine Man and was hoping that there was going to loads of stories with him as that was the main reason she went there ... But know once she found a man on the Island he was dumped ...

I have been reflecting on why I did not really enjoy the book as much I had I hoped that I would and how loads of people are calling this book the "New Bible" for them ... And the only conclusion I can come up with is that reading this book as a Latter Day Saints woman alot of the "Light bulb Moments" that Elizabeth Gilbert was experiencing where life changing to her but where something that I already knew ... I was really hoping to have some of them moments myself but found I was thinking "Yup Ok I know that" - which left me frustrated ...

It is not a bad book to read just really difficult to get through ... It will be interesting to see what the movie will be like with Julia Roberts playing the part !!!

I rate this book 2**

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Time Travellers Wife - by Audrey Niffenegger (1)

"Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story"

Ok When you read the cover like this - This book sounds brilliant ... When we formed our book club each member was to pick a book so to start us off we all decided on this Book to read ... A little bit of a love story (Some even say that it the greatest love story to cross time) and a little bit of fantasy ( with the time travelling angle).

This book got so many good reviews and everyone seemed to love it that when I was half way through the book I thought I most be reading a different book .... There are moments in the book that I thought OK this could get interesting and then the writer wouldn't follow through with the story line .... There is some bad language and a little bit of sex in the novel as well ....

I was sorely disappointed with this book because the basic idea is really good and could have been a great book ... I was so frustrated and thought Henry the main character to be totally selfish that by the end of the book I couldn't have cared what happened to him ....

There is going to be a movie made of the book with lovely Eric Bana ... It will be interesting to see if the movie will be true to the book ... I am kinda hoping that it isn't .....

I rate this book unfortunately 1*

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Change of Heart - by Jodi Picoult (5)

June Nealon's world changes forever when her husband and only daughter, at the time, are found dead. The police arrest Shay Bourne, the Nealon's handyman, at the scene of the crime. Shay is found guilty of the double homicide and is sentenced to death.

At the time of the murder June is pregnant. Twelve years on June is a single mother raising her daughter Claire. But Claire is facing a death sentence of her own, she is in urgent need of a heart transplant and with time running out June is waiting on a miracle.

The miracle that June has been waiting for could be in the form of Shay. Shay believes his last chance at salvation lies with his heart.

This book explores the themes of foregiveness, capital punishment, religion and the law.

  • When does belief turn into religion?
  • Should we question our beliefs?
  • Do you believe in miracles?
  • Should law makers consider religion when making decisions?

I am a Jodi Picoult fan. She writes very topical books that provoke feelings and thoughts which you may not have come up against in your day to day life.

To read more about the book and the story behind the book click

Twilight Series (5)

I suppose I better join the bandwagon and review Twilight ... To be honest I hadn't heard about these books before 3 months ago ... We were having are usual book club meeting to discuss a the book for the month and one of the members daughter arrived half way through the discussion ... She mentioned that she was reading a brilliant book about Vampires ... ( To be honest I love the whole Fantasy angle so I was hooked )

Myself and other member the following day went and purchased the first three books as the fourth was not out for another month ....

I read Twilight in one sitting staying awake most of the night to finish it much to the frustration of my husband ... lol .... I just couldn't put it down ...

I also Read New Moon in one day and found it slow at the start of the book until about half way through and then it really started to pick up ...

I loved Eclipse and found it flowed alot better and finished it in one sitting as well ... Then came the dreadful wait of one month until Breaking Dawn was released .... I was kinda glad I only found these books as I don't think that I could have waiting longer than a month to find out what would happen ... I found the first bit abit slow again but then it picked up again ... I felt that because it was the end of the series that everything at the end of the book was squashed together to fit it all in ... I think I would have preferred to it split into two separate books that way you could really get into the characters and story ....

I have to say that Twilight is definitely my favourite by far of the whole series I was totally hooked from the first page to the last .... In general I love the whole series and would highly recommend them to anyone ... I am just looking forward to re-reading them but taking my time with them and really enjoying them ...

Love, Love, Love this whole series ....

I rate the series as 5*****

New Books

Well I had made a list of books that I wanted to read and my lovely hubby lifted the list and got them for me as a surprise ....

I have more coming that is on order ... It is going to be a busy summer I think reading ... With book club and all my extra books as well ....

But I am looking forward to sitting out in the sun and letting myself drift away in the pages of my new books ...

OK here is the list that I will be reading:

Eragon - Christopher Paolini
Eldest - Christopher Palolini
Brisingr - Christopher Palolini
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett
Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
Uglies - Scott Westerfeld
Pretties - Scott Westerfeld
Specials - Scott Westerfeld
Extras - Scott Westerfeld
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
The Glass of Time - Micheal Cox

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