Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Three books you should read

I haven't been reading as much as I would like to, I usually read on the bus but lately I have been squeezing in an extra little nap instead. Must get out of that habit. Anyway I have been able to read a couple of books lately and wanted to recommend some of them to you.


The Help: Kathryn Stockett
I am not going to ramble on about this book as it is the flavour of the month at the moment. I wasn't going to read it, I thought for some reason it wasn't my "type" of book. Boy was I wrong! This book is probably one of the best books I have read in a long time and if you haven't read it yet, order it straight away. The characters are so well developed that you can not help but fall in love with some of them and dislike others with a passion. I think it would have been interesting to have some of the chapters written from the point of view of the white housewives as well, just to add another dimension to the story. 

Little Bee: Chris Cleave
This book was recommended to me by Maggey and I happened to see it at the LAX airport so snapped it up. I had finished it before we landed back in Australia.It is the story of a refugee, Little Bee, and how she ends up in London and the people who got her there. I love that this story has lots of twists and is written from a number of characters perspectives.I expected more from the ending but overall its a really well written story.

Delirium: Lauren Oliver
I love a good distopian story and since the Hunger Games I really haven't found one I like quite as much. However this has come pretty close. It is the story of Lena and the world she lives in, where love is a disease and must be cured through an operation. Lena believes everything that society has told her about love until she meets Alex. I really couldn't stop reading this book, it is well thought out and has enough suspense to keep you interested but isnt too heavy in issues that it becomes overwhelming. Plus I may have a little crush on Alex...

I have just started to read The Glass Room by Simon Mawer. I have tried reading it before but couldn't get into it. So many people have said it is good though so I am trying one more time. What are you reading at the moment?


  1. Oh I love book review posts, so thatnk you :) I have the Help waiting to be read on my bookshelf, and have heard good things about it so I will be trying that next I think.

  2. i always trust your book reviews!

    i started the help many months ago and lost my place so re-started it again today - its like revisiting an old friend, hopefully soon i realise where i was up to!!

    will look into the other two.

    I have a sad confession regarding books... I am having hunger games/twilight/harry potter withdrawals so bought two books on book dep this week that are getting reviews like similar to hunger games.... i don't know when i started thinking it was acceptable to read teen fiction at 26!!

  3. I loved The Help too and want to watch the movie next

  4. Delirium has been on my list of maybe-to-read!
    I shall give it a try thanks to you!

  5. sadly i am not really reading anything at the moment (except the course book for an exam i am sitting way too soon!), but i think every woman should read 'letters to my daughter' by Maya Angelou, it is lovely.


  6. Thanks for the reviews! I haven't read a good book in so long and I'm feeling really down as a result. Will have to check out one of those!

  7. Thanks for the blog layout comment! I was really just trying to streamline the look between my lifestyle and my cooking blog!

    Spotify is based somewhere in Europe (I can't totally remember where at the moment), but I hope you can get it in AUS! I am OBSESSED. It's so fun to creep through friends' public playlists and get new music or just try things on a whim.

    I am also definitely looking forward to trying out some of these books. I'm always looking for a new read and am definitely looking forward to Delirium if it is anywhere near as good as the Hunger Games series!!!

  8. I've never read any of these - looks like I have some catching up to do!

  9. These look really good! I bought heaps of books to take away and I didn't read any. So I have to get through those before I buy anymore.

  10. I loved The Help and I quite liked Delirium too :) I haven't read Little Bee though but I will check it out.

    If you want more Dystopian stories Divergent is great.

    At the moment I'm about to read Inheritance which is the last book in the Eragon series.

  11. Thanks for the tips. I'm finally done with this year's exam and bigger projects = time to read :)

    (Oh, and I added you on Bloglovin')

  12. I loved The Help. It was wonderful.

    I'm currently reading The Girl Who Chased the Moon. It's weird, but I think I like it.

    Next up is The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay. I met her at a book reading on Monday night and she was simply amazing. I can't wait to read her new book. Have you read The Birth House? That was her first novel.

  13. A couple of my favorite books are: The Glass Castle; When God Was A Rabbit; Still Alice; and my all time forever favorite is To Kill a Mockingbird.
    I too have The Help waiting in the wings for me to pick up. Soon!


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