100 Book Challenge? – It Definitely Was!

Well I set my self a lofty total of 100 books in 2012, which turned out to be a little too high. I made it to 67, but I’m still quite happy with that. I started off the year with the best intentions and I managed to keep up until about June. And then Cameron moved back from Huddersfield and I was round at his house or going out more often, and the books kind of stopped flowing (I only read one book in July). I managed to pick it up again a...

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Review: Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

I’m quite ashamed to say that I have never read this book before – the only way I actually knew this story was from watching The Muppet’s Christmas Carol film each Christmas, but I’d never actually read the proper story. Somewhat more embarrassingly, I’ve never read a single Dickens book. I’m going to rectify that situation next year, I’ve downloaded a lot of Dickens books onto my tablet so that I can...

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Review: Olivia Goldsmith – Uptown Girl

This is another kindle book, read on my phone whenever I’ve had a spare few minutes. It takes quite a while to read books this way, but it’s better than the crap I would be reading if I was just checking Facebook in those spare few minutes (sorry if any of you are my Facebook friends – I don’t mean you). This book was definitely a typical chick-lit book, although the storyline didn’t go in quite the direction I...

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Review: Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child

I almost have no words for this book, but here’s a few that spring to mind: beautiful, enchanting, haunting and captivating. The book is set in 1920’s Alaska. Jack and Mabel moved to Alaska with the dream of setting up a cosy homestead with just the two of them, away from the constant reminders that they have remained childless. They did have a child once, many years ago, but the child was stillborn and this has haunted Mabel ever...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Deadlocked

I’d somehow managed to convince myself that I’d already read this book, so every time I’ve seen it in Waterstones I’ve just ignored it. But last week I realised that I’d not actually read it yet, so I had to buy it and read it straight away – the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series is my favourite set of books. Once again, Harris has written a book that keeps you enthralled from beginning to end, I just...

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Review: Pittacus Lore – I Am Number Four

I’d watched this film last year, ashamedly for no other reason than I liked the main actor, Alex Pettyfer. But when I watched it with my brother and my dad, I realised that I really liked it and I wanted to read the book it was based on. Admittedly it has taken me quite a while to get round to it, but I’m glad that I finally did! The book is about a race of people from the planet Lorien. When their planet is invaded and destroyed by...

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Review: David H. Martinez – The Book of Baseball Literacy

This book was quite a change from my last one and I was undecided about whether to include it in my ‘100 books’ as it most definitely a non-fiction book rather than a novel. But, I am 25 books behind on the challenge, with no chance of making it to the end, so I guess it doesn’t harm to include it. The book was a guide to all things baseball, including some of the basic terms (like single, double, walk-off etc), along with a...

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Review: Anna Sewell – Black Beauty

This is another book read using the kindle app on my phone. I have to say that it is definitely quite useful to always have a book available, like when I had to wait in the hairdressers for ages while Vicky had her hair done. I’m still not going to back away from my real books though – sorry Cameron! I have heard this book talked about a lot of times, and I knew that it was categorised as a children’s classic, but I actually...

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Review: Jane Green – The Love Verb

Well I’ve now realised why it’s a bad idea to use the back of the book to decide which book to read, as the major ‘surprise’ plot point was given away on the back of the book, even though I read almost 200 pages before it was revealed in the book. It kind of spoilt it because I spent 200 pages waiting for it to happen. I’m going to give away spoilers now though, so if you don’t want me to spoilt the book for...

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Review: John Grisham – Calico Joe

When I saw this book on the book people, I was intrigued. I knew that Grisham was more of a legal writer – I know my dad had read a lot of his books. But the description said that it was completely different to those books, and of course the cover drew me in straight away. Now I don’t know what his legal books are like, but this book was very emotional. The start was a little confusing with two seemingly unrelated stories running in...

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Review: James Corden – May I Have Your Attention, Please?

I do love reading a good autobiography, getting a glimpse into someone’s life is always pretty cool, and for someone as funny as James Corden, I knew I was in for a treat. I was expecting to be laughing the entire way through the book, but James was refreshingly honest about the harder times in his life too. Often when you think of celebrities, you don’t think about how hard it was before they finally made it to the ‘big...

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Review: Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden

This is a book that I started many times when I was younger and staying at my uncles house, but I was never there long enough to finish it and there was always something more exciting to do. So I guess 23 years old is as good a time as any to catch up on all those children’s classics that I’ve never read (Black Beauty next I think). All the way through this book I felt very connected to little Mary; at first she was a spoilt little...

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Review: Kristin Cashore – Graceling

My best friend Abi bought me this book for my birthday with the promise that I’d love it. She’s really into Fantasy books, and I’m always looking to discover genres that I’ve never tried before, so I was looking forward to this. The quote on the front which said it was an “exquisitely drawn romance that would slake the thirst of Twilight fans” had me a bit worried about the writing, because as much as I liked...

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Review: Nicola May – Working it Out

Well as much as I hate to confess it, this is another Kindle book, read on my iPad. After being forced into reading the Aurora Teagarden books on my iPad, I downloaded a few more books to see if I could get into it properly. Now I’m not saying that I’m giving up my books (as much as Cameron might want me to), because that’s just not going to happen, but maybe it’s not too bad to read e-books as well. It is far more...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Poppy Done to Death

Finally the last book in this 8 book series. I’ve got mixed feelings over it ending, because although I’ve really enjoyed the series and I quite like the main character, I can tell that it’s not Harris’ best writing, and I’d much rather read the Sookie Stackhouse books (again). This book starts off with Roe’s step-sister-in-law being murdered in her own house. Roe and her other step sister are going over to...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Last Scene Alive

This book starts off a few months after the end of the last one, with Aurora still grieving the massive loss at the end of the last book. She decides that she has had enough of living her life under a cloud of misery and that she needs to start getting back to normality. How convenient, then, that her old flame Robin gets in contact with her and wants to meet up. At first, she thinks it’s because his new movie (which incidentally is based...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – A Fool and His Honey

I had two very conflicting reactions to this book. The story was fast paced and thrilling and wouldn’t let me stop reading until I had finished. It’s the quickest I’ve read a book in a long time. But then there was the writing, and you could definitely tell that this is one of Harris’ earlier books. There is a lot of repetition, and detail in places where it is not needed (like too much focus on her hair or her glasses)...

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Review: John O’Farrell – The Man Who Forgot His Wife

When I decided to read this book, I thought it was going to be quite a serious book about the effects of memory loss, but it was anything but serious. Vaughan finds himself on a tube with no idea who he is, where he is or what he is doing there. He’s experienced a ‘fugue’; he has lost every personal memory that he had, although he can still remember general facts about world history etc (which is pretty useful since he finds...

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Review: Hillary Jordan – When She Woke

I know I’ve probably said this before a million times, but I am a sucker for a nice looking book. When I was walking around the Waterstones in Kendal (yes, I did drive all the way to the Lake District and end up in a book shop), this book jumped out at me straight away because of the red edges on the pages and the girl staring out at me from the front of the book. A quick read of the back of the book convinced me that it would probably be...

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Review: Charlaine Harris – Dead Over Heels

Well this is the first book I’ve ever read in digital instead of as an actual physical book, and it’s totally put me off buying a kindle. The actual book was going to cost £30, but the kindle version was only £9.99, so I bought it on kindle and read it on my phone/iPad. Yes, it was quite convenient because I always had my book with me, and yes, my bag was a lot lighter without carrying a book around all the time, and yes, it gave...

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Review: Nicholas Sparks – The Best of Me

I usually look forward to Nicholas Sparks books, but this one left me feeling a bit disappointed. The book was about 300 pages long, but I didn’t actually start to enjoy the story until more than 150 pages through. I would have stopped reading but I hate stopping a book half way through, instead it just took me a long time to read it. I’m not sure why I didn’t get along with it like I usually do, maybe it was because the two...

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