Sunday, 14 December 2014

How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

'How to be a Woman' by Caitlin Moran

It's a good time to be a woman: we have the vote and the Pill, and we haven't been burnt as witches since 1727. However, a few nagging questions do remain...

Why are we supposed to get Brazilians? Should we use Botox? Do men secretly hate us? And why does everyone ask you when you're going to have a baby?

Part memoir, part rant, Caitlin answers the questions that every modern woman is asking.


One word comes to mind RUBBISH!! This is one of those books that I just cant believe I wasted any time reading it. I used to read all books I started even if I really didn't like them as I felt I should give it my best till the end, that was until I spoke to a friend who asked me why. She said for every book that I finished and really didn't like, then I was missing out on a book that was good. I read 1/4 of this book as it was my bookclub book and you know that 1/4 was so rubbish that I so regret even that much. This 1/4 was just about a teen girl learning all the fun things about her body and how she is so good at it!! (Without me spelling it out, I'm sure you can get the jist).

Will never recommend.

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

'The Fault in our Stars' by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.


I was recommended this book by a friend. When reading the blurb I really didn't think it was my kind of book but I read some reviews and thought I would give it a go. There has been so much hype about this book, (and now the movie) that I thought I would see what it was all about. This book is a teenager read but I do think it can be for anyone.

The story is about Hazel who is the main character and she has cancer. Her parents wrap her up in cotton wool keeping their lives on hold for years while helping Hazel who has been living with cancer for years. One of the other big characters is Augustus who is a cancer survivor. Together they both face their challenges, helping each other.

The story is well written and had me laughing and crying. It was a good story, the ending didn’t turn out as I thought it would. I know a lot of reviews have said it was a life changing read - it wasn't for me, it was just a good easy read and one that I would recommend.

Where there's smoke by Jodi Picoult


'Where there's smoke' by Jodi Picoult

Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she's an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.

When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage - to both her reputation and her show - Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.


I didn't know this was a short story (very short), I just downloaded on my Kindle as it was a free book. I was really getting into it and was really enjoying it then it ended!!! I was like 'What!!'. I even deleted it and then reloaded it again to see if it hadn't loaded right in the first place. I then checked on line to see how many pages the book was and that's when I found out it was only a short story, I was really disappointed, I wanted more!

A very enjoyable short story that leaves you wanting more. I have never read any of Jodi Picoult books but this short story has made me want to try.

If you want an easy hours read, would recommend.

No Turning Back by Susan Lewis

'No Turning Back' by Susan Lewis
Eva Montgomery is at the peak of her career when she is viciously attacked by a stalker. While still traumatised, she makes the biggest mistake of her life - one she can never turn back from.

Sixteen years later, Eva has managed to rebuild her life in a way that seemed impossible after the attack. Her home in Dorset, high on the cliffs overlooking the sea, is as elegant as she is, but bears none of the scars. To an outsider, her world seems perfect in every way.

Then the past invades the present - with shattering consequences.

Hurt, frightened and confused, Eva struggles desperately to put right the terrible mistake she made sixteen years ago and finally break free from a past that nearly destroyed her.


I did overall enjoy this book but I still felt that something was missing that would of made it a 5 star! I liked the way everything linked together but the ending lacked something. The storyline could of been out of some sort of women's magazine, the relationship between the sisters and husband could of actually happened and how the adopted son found his mother was believable too. But I think the storyline went off a little sometimes. And like I said the ending just lacked something. If this had happened to me I think I would of spent longer before I could forgive!

An ok read so would recommend if no other books on your read list first.

Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

'Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas' by James Patterson

Katie Wilkinson has found the perfect man at last - but one day he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

The diary was written by a new mother, as a keepsake for her baby son. In it she touchingly recounts the initial romance between herself and the child's father, and the unparalleled joy that motherhood has brought her. As Katie reads this moving account, it becomes clear that the lover who has left her is the same man as the husband and father in the diary. She reads on, filled with terror and hope as she struggles to understand what has happened - and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

An unforgettable love story - at once heartbreaking and full of hope.


This book was an easy read. The storyline was predictable but I still enjoyed the story, nothing wrong with a picture perfect love story with a nice ending sometimes.

Would recommend if you fancy a nice love story  

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Accident by C. L. Taylor

'The Accident' by C. L. Taylor

Sue Jackson has the perfect family but when her teenage daughter Charlotte deliberately steps in front of a bus and ends up in a coma she is forced to face a very dark reality.

Retracing her daughter’s steps she finds a horrifying entry in Charlotte’s diary and is forced to head deep into Charlotte’s private world. In her hunt for evidence, Sue begins to mistrust everyone close to her daughter and she’s forced to look further, into the depths of her own past.

Sue will do anything to protect her daughter. But what if she is the reason that Charlotte is in danger?


The story finds us looking in the past at Sue's live when she was in an abusive relationship. She believes that this past may help her find the answer surrounding her daughter suicide attempt. I wasn't keen on Sue's husband who didn't believe her when she felt her world was coming down around her with the return of the past. The characters didn't jump out to me, not very likeable.

Just an ok read - read if there is nothing else on the bookshelf

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