Man, last week was not my best. I didn’t get through half the books that I wanted to read. I blame the fact that I have to work. Yep, the world would be a greater place if I had lots of money and free time. Ahhh, a girl can dream.

Anywho, the books that I did manage to get through included:

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin

The Snow Globe by Kristen Harmel

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond

Actually, to be fair four books is quite good.

I’m currently reading three books, they are

Us by David Nicholls (I’m taking my time with this one, I want to treasure very last page)

The First Year: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis by Jill Sklar (I figure I should probably learn a bit more about my lifelong chronic illness)

A Christmas to Remember by Jenny Hale (The first book in my new seasonal feature)

Other books I have to try and read this week include:

Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe (NetGalley Review) (208 pages)

Fat Chance by Nick Spalding (Net Galley Review) (289 pages)

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (NetGalley Review) (352 pages)

Seven Letters from Paris by Samantha Verant (NetGalley Review) (288 pages)

Rocks by Joe Perry (NetGalley Review) (432 pages)

Reunion by Hannah Pittard (NetGalley Review) (288 pages)

Althea and Oliver by Christina Moracho (NetGalley Review) (384 pages)

A Week in Paris by Rachel Hore (NetGalley Review) (358 pages)

Now this may seem like a lot of books but I only have one for review next week so I will pick up the pace then.

Also, this week it is a lovely book bloggers birthday, everyone should show Clare over at A Book and Tea some birthday love.

Have an awesome reading week.

L x

Ps I hang my head in shame, my NetGalley review percentage went down. Woe to the people.

Synopsis

In this modern day retelling of the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus we meet best friends Ella and Claire who spend their youth trying to grow up quicker. Things take an interesting turn when Ella falls for vagabond Orpheus. Their union signifies the end of Claire and Ella’s youth and also brings their impending lives fully into view.

Review

I was so keen to read this book. Having read Almond’s work before I am familiar and I awe how he can take the normal and make it appear mystical and atmospheric. Add to this the fact that the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice is my favourite myth you can see why I was so eager to devour this story.

Sadly, it didn’t blow me away. In fact, having finished the book I’m kind of at a loss to describe how I feel. Heck, all the elements were there; the atmospheric nature of his writing, the story that needed to be told, the amazing way in which Almond can captivate you – it all just didn’t quite connect for me.

I’m a little bit disappointed.

Give it a read and let me know what you think.

The Song for Ella Grey by David Almond is available now.

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Title: The Snow Globe

Author: Kristin Harmel

Pages: 16 pages

Synopsis

On the eve of his 16th birthday, our unnamed protagonist falls in love with a girl called Rose. Their love story unfurls in Nazi occupied Paris and when the couple are torn apart by war their love for ech other keeps the hope of reunion alive.

Review

I read this short story because I just needed to pick one for Short Story Saturday. Little did I know the magic that was contained within the sixteen pages. I did not know how much In would fall in love with the characters.

As you are aware, I am not a fan of the short story because I hate the unsatisfying feeling of being left wanting more. With The Snow Globe, Kristin Harmel managed to pull that feeling from me. – boo hiss but bravo too. I was screaming at my Kindle when it came to an end. Nope. I needed more. I needed to know what happened! Fortunately, the short story was really just a precursor to a novel…which I have now had to purchase.

I thoroughly recommend this short story. I know I have just gone on about how frustrating it is but equally, it is stunning. The innocence of young love against the backdrop of war is such a powerful juxtaposition. You couldn’t help but want to read on, read more.

It is a beautiful story and I cannot wait to read more.

Read this short story, read it now.

The Snow Globe by Kristin Harmel is available now.

 

Synopsis

The third book in the QI series, following on from 1,227 QI Facts to Blow Your Socks Off and 1,399 QI Facts to Make Your Jaw Drop is the consistently titled 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways and it is definitely a book that will keep you entertained for hours and make you “top-dog” at an pub quiz.*

Review

I won’t lie to you, I love a good factoid. I can’t help but feel a little smug and superior when I drop a little tidbit into conversation among my friends and watch as the th shock, awe and sheer impressiveness of the fact washes across their little faces.

Therefore, the QI books are, in my ever so humble opinion, perfect. The third in the series, 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways, is no less impressive. In all of the facts found in between the pages there was only one that I already knew.

My favourite of all the facts was the following:

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has towns called Intercourse and Paradise. It takes six minutes to get from one to the other.

Pick up all of these books to find out more.

1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways by John Lloyd, John Mitchinson and James Harkin is available from October 9th, 2014.

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Synopsis

When Valentine agrees to marry Gianluca on the roof of her New York home little does she realise just how much her life will change. As she faces the everyday problems of marriage, motherhood and being a business woman Valentine realises that the whole world does not revolve around her and her family.

Valentine learns the art of compromise, she learns that life is for living not for working and she also learns that there are more important things in life than being successful. But has she learnt all this too late?

Review

On Goodreads, Amazon and NetGalley I issued this book with a four star rating. I believe that it deserves this high rating because it is a beautifully told story which gives the reader an insight into the inner workings of marriage, an Italian immigrant lifestyle and a close family unit.

The storyline flowed well, you felt like you went on a journey with the characters. You became elated when they did, you became frustrated when they didn’t act the way you knew that they should and you hurt when they hurt.

It was good for all of these reasons and it is with these reasons that I encourage you to read this story and make up your own mind.

However, I can’t say that I fully connected with the book. I recognise that it is written really well but something just didn’t sit well with me. I wish I could pinpoint exactly what that was but I genuinely don’t have any particular reason for disliking it. So I don’t. Equally, I couldn’t give you a reason why I liked it either. It has left me feeling very indifferent.

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani is available now.

The Supreme Macaroni Company