Month: May 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! May 2014

Feature: Monthly Round-up! May 2014

Monthly feature, linking everything that has happened in the last month, posted on the last day of said month. So this last month has been a bit hectic as I am currently in the middle of exam season, but luckily they finish next week which marks the end of my degree. I am jumping for joy at the thought and have Pimms at the ready 🙂 This means that at the end of next week I may have to make some proper grown-up decisions but for the moment next week seems really far away. Currently reading: OK technically I am only reading law books – been that way for the last month – but if I was reading Princess Bride would still be on my reading list! Reviews on the Blog: The Last Boat Home by Dea Brovig Diary of the Fall by Michel Laub Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick The Lost Boys by Liliane Carmine   Other Blog stuff:  It’s a Bookish Life – posted five quotes  Pastime Pleasures – explained why Stardust,  The Undomestic Goddess and Alone on a Wide Wide Sea are excellent books to while away the time.   […]

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #8 – Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #8 – Alone on a Wide Wide Sea

Welcome to my  feature, Pastime Pleasures, posted every other Friday. Here I will look at books that have given me great pleasure in the past. These are books I can read over and over again. The only rule is that the book must have been published five or more years ago. Morpurgo manages to weave a lovely story that mixes fiction with reality, giving an insight into the effects of being far away from home, while maintaining a sense of hope for the future. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea also shows that aftermath of war and how its repercussions are ongoing. Alone on a Wide Wide Sea shows the importance of family and how you should follow your dreams. In the beginning of the book Arthur receives a key from his sister Kitty showing the family bond but also the door you need to unlock so that you can achieve your dreams. Written in from two perspectives – the father as he grew up as an orphan in the Australian outback to the present day, and his daughter as she circumnavigates the globe in an attempt to find her father’s long lost sister. Set in the ‘real world’ Alone on a […]

Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Posted May 28, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

  How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff Series: Standalone Published by: Penguin on 30th June 2005 Genres: Fiction; Romance; Science Fiction; Young Adult Pages: 224 Format: Paperback Source: Own Copy Rating: **** About: Fifteen-year-old Daisy thinks she knows all about love. Her mother died giving birth to her, and now her dad has sent her away for the summer, to live in the English countryside with cousins she’s never even met. There she’ll discover what real love is: something violent, mysterious and wonderful. There her world will be turned upside down and a perfect summer will explode into a million bewildering pieces. How will Daisy live then? Review: Written in the first person perspective, how I live now is told as if Daisy is recollecting her thoughts and opinions rather than through a robotic format. Told with limited information, so that the reader feels as confused and lost as Daisy and her cousins in a world at war, adding to the atmosphere of the book. Once you get over Daisy’s and Edmund’s uncontroversial relationship – they are both under-age and cousins!- then this is a brilliant story of how two lovers are torn apart by war and how love can not only break a heart but also mend it. The major theme for this book […]

Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

Posted May 24, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick Series: Standalone Published by: Picador on the 10th April 2014 Genres: Contemporary; Fiction Pages: 304 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: *** About: A funny and tender story about family, friendship, grief, love and . . . Richard Gere. Bartholomew Neil is thirty-nine and lost. He’s lived his whole life, up till a few weeks ago, with his devoted mum, but now she has died Bartholomew has no idea how to be on his own. His grief counsellor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded learn how to fly? So Bartholomew turns to Richard Gere, the man his mum adored from afar, in the hope he can offer some answers. In Bartholomew’s letters to Richard Gere he explores philosophy and friendship, alien abduction and the mystery of women. The letters also reveal his heart-breaking need of a family, but when Bartholomew does manage to assemble a motley family of sorts, he seems to have taken on more than he bargained […]