Monday, 3 September 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

Hello my blogging friends!

I have a new Favourite Read of the Year! While I still think 11/22/63, by Stephen King, and Jessica by Bryce Courtenay are still absolutely brilliant books, this book

is my new number one! 
Because it made me cry and cry, and I haven't cried like that over a book since reading the final book in the Narnia Chronicles when I was about 14! 

The premise is fanciful: a girl who is always losing things, starts a missing persons agency, and while looking for a missing person, stumbles into a portal which leads her to the place where all missing things go. But, oh, the heartbreaking moments when she finds things and people that have been lost to her for a long time!

You have to read it to find out who and what she is missing, and who is missing her. 
There are references to The Wizard of Oz (one of my all-time faves!) and the desire to want to go home, and it is edge-of-your-seat stuff to find out if she even can get home.

I cried about people missing from my life. 
I cried about my bestfriend from high school who died last year from a brain aneuyrism.
I just cried and cried until I felt as though she knew I missed her.

It is so important to realise that not everyone recovers quickly from losing people.
And this book, in its simple way, made me think about that, and cherish those people who are gone 
and mourn them. For a book to be able to do that, without making you depressed, and actually bringing you peace, is genius.

I also read a spooky horror book, which was a bit too much for me, with all the swearing and sex scenes, but it was still a page-turner and had a satisfyingly creepy ending! And to think, it is based, somewhat on a true story and a real ghost! 

Also I read The Turn of the Screw, and while it was also a creepy ghost story, it was not so much of a page-turner because of the antiquated language. I wasn't particularly satisfied by the ending either. It finished abruptly and many questions were left unanswered.

Not sure what I'll be reading this week. Maybe I'll pick up some of the books I've already started and try to get into them!

In other news, this is the second week this term that I have had laryngitis, so I've been feeling a bit sorry for myself and not been visiting my readerly blogging friends as much. Hopefully, I'll get around to more of you this week.:)

Dropping into Book Journey now, to see what you're all up to.



  1. I''ve put a hold on at the library already!!
    I'm reading Poets Cottage by Josephine Pennicott which I thought I was going to love but it's only so-so.

    1. Oh, I got right into Poet's Cottage, but I think it could have had a better ending. :)

  2. I love the idea of finding all one's lost things. It almost makes me cry, just thinking of it.

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?I hope you will stop by!

  3. These books all sound good. I read Aherne's previous book and you make me curious about this new one. Have a good week!

    1. I've read a few of her books, but I think this one is definitely her best. I love the way in each book, she makes the characters take a good long look at their lives. I'll be on the lookout for the rest of her books now! :)

  4. I enjoy Ahern...and A Place Called Here is one of her first books I read.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    1. I just loaded all the samples of her books on to my iphone. Now I'll have something to read! :)

  5. Looks like Cecilia Ahern's book is great for the grieving process. You know, those books that make us cry and purge all those pent-up hurt feelings. I'm adding it to my overflowing TBR list.

    1. Now I think of it, all of her books have something to do with managing grief or for gaining insight into your own life. Quite philosophical, in a chick lit way.:)

  6. I just love the way you described A Place Called Here :*) I need to read it! I hope you feel better soon and have a wonderful week of reading!

    The Relentless Reader

  7. Guess I am going to have to get A Place Called Here after reading your thoughts. I've got to get back to 11/22/63, it was too heavy to hold while in the lounge chair! ;o) Have a great week of reading.

  8. I hope you feel better soon! I read The Turn of the Screw earlier this year and was relieved to find it not as creepy as I had expected. I don't do too well with spooky stories!

  9. Henry James IS very wordy, but I think it went with the period. I haven't yet read Turn of the Screw, but I do have it downloaded. I just put A Place Called Here on my to-buy list! I thoroughly enjoyed 11/22/63, and, big as it is, I FLEW through it - one of King's best.

    What a great reading week for you!

  10. Laryngitis uggh ... hope you feel heaps better soon!! I have a Place Called Here, you've made me want to drop everything and pick it up right now! Have you read read Thanks For the Memories, it had me laughing out loud and crying?
    Happy reading whatever you decide on :)

  11. I've been planning to read Turn of the Screw for a while now, I'm sad if the ending is unsatisfactory! :( I think I'll read it anyway, for the mood if nothing else.


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