Thursday, 31 May 2007

Another week. Another Challenge! The Book Awards Reading Challenge is being hosted by 3M. You have to pledge to read 12 prize winning books between July 1st 2007 till June 30th 2008. Over at the site there is a list of eligible books.
My List:
1.) True History of the Kelly Gang, Peter Carey (Booker)
2.) A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth (Common Wealth)
3.) Gould's Book of Fish, Flanagan (Common Wealth)
4.)Small Island, Levy (Commeon Wealth)
5.) The Secret River, Grenville (Common Wealth)
6.) A Dance at the Slaughterhouse, Block (Edgar)
7.) Alias Grace, Atwood (Giller)
8.) Anil's Ghost, Ondaatje (Giller)
9.) American God's, Gaiman (Hugo)
10.) The Echo Maker, Powers (National)
11.) Cold Mountain, Frazier (National)
12.) Fugitive Pieces, Micheals (Orange Prize)

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

The Law of Dreams - Peter Behrens

This novel tells the young life of Fergus. Fergus is a young man running to escape the famine in Ireland to a place of hope, dreams and food. Yet Fergus doesn't know where England is yet alone America.Through the novel we travel across rural Ireland, the dark streets of Liverpool and across the sea to the land of hope, America. The novel is filled with fanastically vivid descriptions. In a few places I found that I was losing interest, yet then I was pulled back.In my opinion it should have been shorter, it went on for just that bit too long.

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Saturday, 26 May 2007

Summer Reading Challenge

I decided to join yet another challenge the Summer Reading Challenge this runs from June 1st till August 1st. I'm pledging to read at least 4 books that I have purchased this year and I have also added some spares if things go well - as its the 6 weeks summer hols for me it could be easy.
My List:
My Book of Lost Things
The Book Thief
Water for Elephants
The Testement of Gideon Mack

Gould's Book of Fish
The Poison Wood Bible
A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers
The Peacock Throne

Tuesday, 15 May 2007

Flowers for Algernon, Keyes

I read this for the Banned Books challenge and absolutely loved it. Certainly a book I would never have thought about picking up myself. This is about a boy with an IQ of just 68, untill science starts tryig to 'improve' him. His intellect increases dramatically but then Algernon, the test mouse for this operation dies and Charlie's future hangs in the balance.

WARNING: A real tear jerker!

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Saturday, 12 May 2007

Dystopian Challenge.

I'm joining in with the Dystopian Challenge hosted byBooks.Lists.Life. I'm pledging to read 3 of these books by November the 6th and set myself an extra 2 to tackle if all is going really well.

The Books:
Cloud Atlas, Mitchell
Z for Zachaiah, O'Brein
The Road, Cormac McCarthy

Do Androids Dream of Sheep, Dick
Naked Lunch, Burroughs

Friday, 11 May 2007

Silas Marner - Elliot

This book is one of my attempts at tackling the classics, and it didn't disappoint.
The book tells the story of Silas Marner a weaver who is a loner as a result of an incident earlier in his life, he lives a secluded life and is obsessed with the gold he collects. Then his life changes when he is suddenly the adopted father of a small child, Eppie. She brings into his life new joys and new people.
A well told story but I only gave it 3 stars, for most of the book is fantastic but it seemed to really drop off in the middle, and there was a few random chapters where I was completely lost and confused.
Definately worth a read.

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Monday, 7 May 2007

A A-Z Challenge, The City of Beasts - Allende

I was attracted to this book because of its eye-catching cover and was unaware that it was a YA book untill I started reading it as I brought it from the adults section of the bookshop. Despite this I thoroughly enjoyed the read, was a great relaxing read for the long lazy lay-ins of the bank holiday weekend.
The book tells the story of Alex a 15yr old boy from California, as his mother is seriously ill he is spent to live with his grandmother, a travel writer. He joins her in the Amazon in search of The Beast, a 10 foot tall creature who kills humans on sight with his stench. All sounds a bit far fetched but was a great fantasy novel.

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Saturday, 5 May 2007

Regeneration - Pat Barker

I read this novel for 2 reading challenges and really enjoyed it.
It is set during the war in a recovery centre for soldiers who have return from war as they are suffering some form of mental breakdown. The author builds this story up out of the real life meeting and relationships between the British poets Robert Graves, Seigfried Sasson and Wilfred Owen.
The book is fantastically well written and shows the horror of the war through the mens, memory and deteriation.
A 5 star read

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