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    GoodReads Reading Challenge 2017.

    I am finally coming up to the end of my GoodReads Challenge in 2017. As you might have noticed I upped my amount of books to 15 as I went over 12 earlier in the year. This may seem quite small but it is because I am going from; A person who would not touch a book, in months, to; A girl who is now reading pretty much all my free time (when not sleeping, volunteering at a library – with free access to more books, learning a language or studying at home.) The reason I choose the GoodReads Challenge was that I needed the motivation to read again. I…

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    [REVIEW] Cold Feet: The Lost Years – Carmel Harrington

    GIFTED* A trip down memory lane with the original cast! This book arrived nice & early with a press release explaining the publishing date, plus quite a bit of information on both the book and author. I then picked it up to read and here is my review… This book is centred around the lives of the original cast of Cold Feet. It is an easy read and is based on the time between the old first series 1-5 in the 90/00s and the beginning of series 6. The current series airing in 2017 on ITV (UK) is series 7. After reading a few paragraphs it is easy to slip back…

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    [REVIEW] Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

    One woman’s journey through Mental Health. Once I received this book I set about reading it. It only took me 2-3 days to finish this book because not only is it a short book but interesting. It is an autobiography; about the author, Susanna Kaysen’s few years spent within a mental institution (famous for housing Sylvia Plath) on a teenage girls wing. The reason I picked this book up was that I had already watched the film (with Angelina Jolie, Brit Murphy & Winona Ryder) which made me fascinated about how close to the book the film was. The film was brilliant, I wondered if the book was too? Yes,…

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    [REVIEW] Murder in Little Shendon – A.H. Richardson

    A quick murder mystery that keeps you engaged This story starts with a murder of a village person, who is well known but not liked, set not long after WW2. The story progresses well and it is a cosy mystery which is easy to read. A. H Richardson is a good author who creates suspense well and some soft humour added to the story too. At under 300 pages, this book is nice and small and should be quick to read. Mr Hazlitt and Mr Brandon fill the storyline well by being amateur detectives. It is fun and light-hearted, plus their investigations into various character throughout the story are easy…

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    [REVIEW] Vendetta – Jack McSparron

    GIFTED* Mafia, Murder and drugs; all in one book? This book caught my eye when it came up on my bulk emails (linked to up and coming authors & review ebook copies) as an advertisement. So I grabbed it before it disappeared. This book is a quick read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It took me just under 24 hours to completely finish this as it was so entertaining. The man character is a kick-ass woman called Maggie Black, who is incredible. Her partner in this book and part-time lover is Leon. I feel both have an interesting backstory which propelled the story on well. The story takes place mainly in…

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    [REVIEW] Harry Potter 1 (atPS) – J.K. Rowling

    A boy a cupboard …who becomes a wizard. Harry Potter is a book close to my heart. I remember reading this book while still in Primary school for the reading hour. It is still as exciting as it was all those years ago. We start at the beginning with a young boy being ignored and basically feeling unwanted by his adopted parents after his real ones perish. we are given a brief idea about how important this boy is to the world he was not able to be brought up in. It follows average peoples lives via his aunt and uncle with their son Dudley. The drama doesn’t really pick up until…

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    [REVIEW] The Betrayed – Casey Kelleher

    GIFTED* A modern tale of family & loyalty. Part 1 – 1982 The first 100 pages are fast-paced drama which kicks you right in the teeth with impact. Jimmy in the first chapters is what I would describe as borderline inhuman and quite evil, toward his own father. After the first two chapters, it settles down to a novel with romance for the first half of the book. Edel is the cliche mother figure; loveable because she comes across as a real human rather than a character just added to the plot. After Jimmy and Colleen meet, you see a different more likeable side to Jimmy. Although it comes across as…

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    [REVIEW] The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne.

     Set in World War 2 from a 9-year-old boy’s point of view. The beginning is just run-of-the-mill descriptions of family, life and friends, set in the early 1940’s. Nothing really happens except moving to new house in first 100 pages.  The part where it starts to get interesting is when the boy Bruno moves with his family to what he calls “Out-with” because of his father’s connections to the “Fury” which we know it as Auschwitz and the Fuhrer – IE. Adolf Hitler. It starts to get eerie & unsettling as an adult reader because we understand a lot more than Bruno. You can tell this book was aimed at children…