What I've Been Reading

I've been reading a lot more recently. I like to have a read on the train to work as it's the only time I get chance to sit down and get into a book! I was quite glad to see this as a topic on the #BigBlogmasProject2014 as I haven't done a book post in *quite* a while so here is a round-up of what I've been enjoying the last month!

A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
I don't even know where to start with this one. I had read The Kite Runner, also by Khaled Hosseini, a few years back as part of my A-Levels and fell in love with the way  Hosseini writes so I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read this book by him!
It tells the story of Laila and Mariam, two women in Afghanistan, and the troubles they face because they were essentially born female. It is tragic and heart wrenching. There are times I've had to stop reading because I am that shocked and upset by what I've just read. I'm not that clued up on the politics of the country it is set in however Hosseini does a great job of sympathetically explaining the country's status during the years documented in the book (a lot changes as it follows the girls from childhood to adulthood). The character descriptions are amazing and you can really empathise with the girls and some of the male characters too.
I couldn't put this book down, it had so many twists and turns and I had to keep reading despite some of the content being quite challenging. I laughed and cried. A truly amazing read that I 100% recommend.

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves - Karen Joy Fowler
I was recommend this book by a good friend of mine and I'm so glad she suggested it to me. The story is narrated by  Rosemary Cooke, a college student with a mysterious past as she was her family's experiment. We learn that her brother and her sister have mysteriously disappeared; something in which no one ever seems to talk about until Rosie learns the truth about their disappearance.
I was told there was a shocking twist in this book which there was but I was a little let down that it happened so early on in the book. I mean the rest of the book wouldn't have made sense had the twist not been revealed so early but on reviews everyone raves about this twist and it's over so quickly! Having said that, i did not see the twist coming at all and it is a very intelligent book. It's about a cause I feel extremely strongly about and it was nice to see a book tackle the problem head on without hiding the facts.
It's a great read, if a little slow at times, and it's worth picking up if you're after something that will make you question some of the ethics of science practise we conduct.

The One You Really Want - Jill Mansell
I hate chick flicks. I can watch the films but I have not read a single romantic comedy book that I've liked however this book was free on iBooks so I thought I'd chance it as I had nothing at all to lose.
The story focuses on a group of young people going through various break up scenarios (divorce, widowed, etc) and how they all meet new partners. I found the book really predictable but I actually quite enjoyed it for a light read. The characters weren't too sickeningly sweet like they usually are in these types of books so it was easy to get into their stores. It is a little unbelievable however it is definitely not the worst book I've read so, if you're after a nice, heart warming, light read, download a copy of Mansell's book.

What have you been reading recently?


1 comment

  1. Ooh I like the sound of the second book! Might have to get that with my Christmas money! :D



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