Friday, 15 May 2015

Books That I've Read Recently

Have a nosy at what books I've been reading recently and which ones I recommend...

I absolutely loved The Rosie Project so I was excited to finally read the sequel. It started exactly as it left off with Dom and Rosie married and Dom's personality unchanged- bless him. Dom now has to get to grips with 'The baby project', and his approach to fatherhood is not the average approach! I was gripped all the way through and read it very quickly. It made me laugh out loud, cringe and feel sad in different parts, making it quite a rollercoaster that I was completely absorbed in. However, I didn't think it was quite as good as the first one and it made me like Rosie less which was a shame. I still enjoyed it though, and would recommend it to anyone who liked the first one. And, if you haven't read The Rosie Project yet, I would strongly recommend it as it's one of my favourite books! 
Would I Recommend Reading It? Yes.

This book is a very different kind of book. It's about a two people, Celia and Marco, who have been forced to enter a competition against one another by their respective magician mentors, who are battling to prove that their approach to magic is the best. Celia and Marco have no idea who their opponents are and must compete against each other for years, until their is only one survivor.  It is like no book I have ever read before as it is so unique. I was intrigued from the very first page and became completely gripped. Erin Morgenstern has a wonderful imagination and manages to interweave fantasy with real life, real problems and feelings, but not in a childish or contrived way. It is a book about obsession, competition, choice, magic and love. It works beautifully and is a fantastic book. 
Would I Recommend Reading It? Yes.

This book has a very unusual plot line and is based on a woman, Ursula, who comes back to life again and again (she is reborn, not just picking up where she left off). Each time she is born she lives her life (slightly) differently. She dies a number of times throughout the book, in various different ways, from illnesses to violent deaths. She is born in 1910 so witnesses the mid twentieth century and Second World War firsthand, but from several different angles in several different lives, which is fascinating. Sometimes I really wanted her to die so that she could end that life and start a new, better one, whereas others I wanted her to live as she was happy. This took me a while to get into but once I got to halfway through I was hooked. It shows how much the small decisions and actions that you take can have such a huge impact on your life, as not one of her lives are the same. The only thing that left me slightly disappointed was not having some kind of explanation at the end, but maybe that's the point? Anyway, I love stories like this, it kind of reminds me of Sliding Doors (the film) in that one tiny, seemingly insignificant event can change your whole life forever. 
Would I Recommend Reading It? Yes.

This book is set in New York in 1909 and the plot features Sigmund Freud helping to investigate a murder of young woman. I was really looking forward to reading this book as I love psychology, having studied it for A-Level, and I'm always looking for more fun ways that I can read about the subject. So, a book about Freud having a solve a murder seemed right up my street! Alas, I was disappointed. This book is over 500 pages long and I read 200 before giving up as I was just so bored by it. It just wasn't very fast-paced, the characters were not very likeable and there was a lot of description about buildings or early twentieth century New York. Sorry, just not for me.
Would I Recommend Reading It? No.

This was such treat to read! It is about an old lady, Maud, with dementia who insists that her friend Elizabeth is missing, but no one will believe her. It also combines the present day with flashbacks to her past where another mystery needs to be solved, that of her sister going missing. It made me laugh out loud in places, and also made me a bit sad in parts. Some of it really reminded me of my grandma, which made me smile as it was like being told about things from her point of view (such as being convinced her daughter is stealing her food as she's always clearing it out- something that my mum is constantly having to do for my grandma as she won't throw anything away!). It is a very fast read, and I found it hard to put down in places. Maud, the main character, is very loveable and I'd go as far as to say that this is the best book I've read so far this year. 
Would I recommend reading it? Yes, definitely!

What do you think of these books?
Let me know if you read any of them!
Any books recommendations for me? 
I'm going on holiday soon so want to take lots of good ones with me!

Rosy x


  1. I am half way through Elizabeth is missing and really enjoying it although it is sad too and definitely makes you think and count your blessings. Not read the others so will look out for them but just finished Girl on a Train which like Elizabeth was a mix of gripping and sad.

    1. Glad you're enjoying it! I know it is sad, I never want to get old! I'm really looking forward to reading Girl on a Train- that's next on my pile! :) xx

  2. Ps. Love your chair and bookcase by the way. So inviting!

    1. Aw thank you! It's lovely in the afternoon when the sun is shining through the window, very relaxing and warm :) xx


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