Wednesday, 15 November 2017

The Last 4 Books I've Read

I've recently managed to pull myself back into reading. After being stuck in a rut of buying book after book and not actually reading any. So I have read quite a few good books recently and I thought it might be nice to share them with you. I don't know about you guys but if someone tells me how good a book is then it makes me want to read it even more. Then again maybe that's just me.

So here are the last 4 books I have read and what I thought about them. (No spoilers! Promise!)

HATE LIST - JENNIFER BROWN 

I first found this book on Goodreads. I added it to my to-read list and left it for ages before finally buying it in Waterstones. I have to say it didn't take me long to read it at all. I couldn't put it down, the more I read the further and further it dragged me in. The story is based around a girl and her boyfriend who make a list of all the people and things they hate. It's all just a stupid game until he decides to go into school one morning with a gun and shoot the place out. Now, this has already happened when the book begins, and the rest of the plot is focused around the main character going back to school and having to finally face all of the people that she and her boyfriend hurt.
This book was extremely emotional and I felt a large amount of empathy for the main character. While reading the book you feel as though you're living through what she is. The book is well written and the characters are interesting. Although I did find a few areas of the book a little less interesting and found myself wondering whether or not they really needed to be in the book at all.
However overall an excellently thought out emotional book about scars, forgiveness and healing.
THE SHINING - STEPHEN KING 

I am a massive and I mean MASSIVE fan of Stephen King. I've got an entire bookshelf dedicated to his books (which you can see here if you want to) and having already read a few of his books I couldn't wait to sink my teeth into this one. I've watched the film depiction of The Shining and although it creeped the crap out of me I thought it was brilliant. And I can confirm that the book is too! However the one thing I did find shocking was the lack of similarities between screen and paper. The book is completely different to the film! Like ridiculously different. The book seems to approach the Overlook Hotel as being possessed and having a mind of its own. Whereas the film focuses more on Jack and Danny's relationship and Jack's descent into madness.
Overall the book was just as chilling and action packed as the film. I wouldn't say it's my favourite Stephen King novel but it's definitely worth a read! Although I would definitely advise you to read the book before watching the film.

ONE OF US IS LYING - KAREN MCMANUS
I finished this book in a matter of days, I just couldn't stop reading it. This suspense/mystery book kept me on the edge the whole time. It follows the lives of 4 young individuals who enter a detention with another student, and he dies. They are all suspects but who actually murdered Simon?
The usual idea when reading a mystery book is spending each and every page trying to guess who did it. However as much as I tried and tried I just couldn't get it. The book kept me guessing until the very end. It was very well thought out and fantastically written. Each new chapter is written from a different point of view of one of the characters. Which is actually quite refreshing especially since some hefty novels can get a little dull when they are written from only one point of view.
This is probably the best book I've read for a little while, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. You won't be able to put it down until it's finished.

DUMPLIN' - JULIE MURPHY

This is another one of the best books I've read for a long time. It is just completely fabulous in so many ways. The main character is relatable to so many women, and it brings to life some of the thoughts and feelings some young women do have. The story line is compelling and the characters are well described.
The story follows the population of a small town that base their entire lives around a beauty pageant. This particular year involves a new contestants that break the mold.
This book has everything from pain to romance, selflessness to personal growth. It's definitely worth a read and i guarantee it'll leave you feeling good about yourself.


Hope you've enjoyed hearing about my latest reading adventures, and I hope you like these books as much as I did. Until next time!

2 comments:

  1. I have one of us is lying on my shelf. I just haven't gotten around to reading it. Your review makes me want to get to it!

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