Feature: Pastime Pleasures #9 – War Horse

Feature: Pastime Pleasures #9 – War Horse

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. War Horse is a beautiful, moving tale told from the perspective of Joey the horse as he moves from a sleepy village in Devon to part of the Cavalry in World War I before being used in the German army. While aimed at a younger audience (9-12 years old), War Horse can be enjoyed by anyone. Told in a way that is engaging War Horse is not only a brilliant story but also is informative about what happened in World War I, that is appropriate for the reader age it is aimed for. Joey is someone who is a caring, loving and loyal character, who you cannot help but hope for him to survive and return to Albert, his master from Devon. While War Horse is about war, it is also about survival, friendship and loyalty. It is about finding happiest in the smallest of moments. As Joey says “If it […]

Review: Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

Posted June 11, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: Written in the Stars by Ali Harris

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. Written in the Stars by Ali Harris Series: Standalone Published by: Simon & Schuster UK on 5th June 2014 Genres: Fiction; Chick-lit Pages: 464 Format: E-arc Source: Netgalley Rating: **** About: Have you ever wondered ‘What if…?’ What if you’d taken that other job, gone on a date with that other guy, moved to a different city. Would an alternative life path have led to a happier ending? Now imagine if you could have taken both paths… When Bea Bishop slips while walking down the aisle on her wedding day, she is momentarily knocked unconscious. Her world splits and her parallel lives take her on two very different journeys. In one existence, Bea flees back down the aisle and out of the church. In the other she glides blissfully towards Adam, her intended. But which story will lead to her happy ever after? And will she end up in the same place? One decision + two different paths = how many happy endings? Review: This is a beautiful well written story, which effortlessly moves between Bea’s two stories. One story appears to focus on the life Bea feels […]

Bookish Gossip: Having Book Overload

Bookish Gossip: Having Book Overload

So I finished my exams late Monday afternoon, and so I was really excited to start reading a new book, when I found I had a problem. I couldn’t decide what book I wanted to read. I was overwhelmed with choice. The only thing I could decide was that I wanted an ‘easy book’, something that I could easily understand and easily devour. So this ruled out some of my old favourites, such as Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings. But I was still stuck on what book I actually wanted to read. Hopefully from the images below you will see the difficulties I face, as it turns out I have a lot of books I need (and want) to read. 1. Netgalley:   This is my current Netgalley ratio. It is ridiculously high, and is high on my priorities to sort out. Before my exams my ratio was a lot better (obviously) but as I requested books during the exam period without actually reading any books meant my ratio was bound to suffer. I also did not expect so many publishers to accept my requests. And I freely admit that Netgalley was one of the websites that I would […]

Review: See Jane Fall (Heart of Montana) by Katy Regnery

Posted June 4, 2014 by Charlotte in Escapades of a Bookworm, Reviews / 1 Comment
Review: See Jane Fall (Heart of Montana) by Katy Regnery

I received this book for free from the Librarything in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. See Jane Fall (Heart of Montana) by Katy Regnery Series: Hearts of Montana Series Published by: Boroughs Publishing Group on 28th March 2014 Genres: Fiction; Romance Pages: 337 Format: E-arc Source: Librarything Rating: *** About: When Trend magazine contracts Lindstrom & Sons to manage a fashion shoot in Yellowstone, easygoing Lars Lindstrom rolls his eyes. “Babysitting” supermodel Samara Amaya’s assistant sounds like a snore, even amidst the park’s lush wildlife and scenery. Little does he know that Jane Mays, Samara’s down-to-earth, smart-mouthed assistant and cousin, will be the most exciting person he’s ever met. Her smoky voice and surprisingly sweet heart rock his world. Jane has been hurt before, but this time it’s right. From loving the same music to their effortlessly sexy sparring, her handsome new tour guide gets her—and Jane is getting Lars right back until Samara blows into town. Used to living in her cousin’s shadow, Jane knows Lars will be nothing more than a notch in a bedpost if the spoiled supermodel has her way. In the past, maybe she would have stepped aside. This time she’ll find the strength to […]