Monday, 27 August 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hello, dear readers!


This week, my main read was this book:


set in the 1950s. Oh, what a tragic tale!  The writing was exquisitely poetic, but the characters were so tortured by the cards they'd been dealt; mother's death, detached father, abusive father, alcoholic mother and stepmother, the list goes on, that it was difficult to read about them! There was a feeling of dread all the way through, because you never knew when the main character was going to fly off the handle, mainly in the form of self-harm with a razor. Depressing reading!

So after that, I raced to my TBR pile and picked the brightest, shiniest, happiest looking chick lit book I could find, with the hope that it would be a tad more fun to read! I chose this one:



and I am so glad! This is a great story, about missing persons and where they actually go. Cecelia Ahern is always a bit quirky and magical and I love her solution to this question. The perfect pick-me-up after a dark, realistic story.

I've also started to read this classic book, 


because it was referred to in the wonderful book I read last week - The Thirteenth Tale. Not that far in to it yet, but it seems promising. Spooky, Victorian setting, old houses, twins, hauntings - it's gotta be good!

Now I'm heading over to Sheila's blog to find out what page-turners are out there this week!


xx

13 comments:

  1. You're so funny!!! But I do the same; after reading a tragic or heavy, serious book, I head straight for the trashy girly novels. Because life is too short to be all sad and serious.

    PS: I am hosting a giveaway for Sedwick Studios on my blog, and hope you will enter! http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2012/08/sedwick-studio-giveaway.html

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    1. I have to swap and change genres, or I'd get too bogged down in the same type of story.:)

      Thanks for the opportunity to take part in the giveaway!

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  2. Cecelia Ahern's books usually give me a laugh, glad you enjoyed it. Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

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    1. I'm only about half way through A Place Called Here, but I'm loving the idea behind it and the characters. The story is still serious because it deals with missing people, but the magic in the story just makes it have a wow factor. Straight out realism is a bit hard for me to take.:)

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  3. I love Cecelia Aherns books too - I will have to add that to my list - I am currently reading Ralph's Party by Lisa Jewell

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    1. Definitely add it to your list! It's a goody. :)

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  4. Oh, I've wanted to read The Turn of the Screw for a while now, it sounds so marvelously Victorian gothic. I also have The Thirteenth Tale on loan from the library right now, but I haven't yet started to read it. It was actually recommended to me buy my mother.

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    1. The Thirteenth Tale was recommended to me by my mum too! :)

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  5. The Outcast and A Place Called Here sound interesting. I'm off to check them out.

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  6. A Place Called Here sounds good! I have never read Cecilia Ahern, although I have heard good things about her. Have a great week!

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  7. I totally understand reaching for something sweet and shiny after you've read something dark and sad. It's like you need a palate cleanser for your brain.

    Enjoy your books and happy reading this week :)

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  8. I have a Turn of the Screw to re-read. My favorite book this week was Ottoline at Sea by Chris Riddell. Please come see what I'm reading now.

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