Whimsical Reading – Family Relationships

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As I mentioned when I was talking about my aims and intentions for 2014, this year I’ll be continuing with my whimsical reading challenge, if you need a refresher of the rules, check out this page.  Today I thought I’d share some suggestions for the ‘Family Relationship’ category; there are tons you could pick, but here are a few I would recommend:

Mama Rose’s Turn by Carolyn Quinn

This fabulously written biography tells the story of Rose Thompson, the infamous stage mother of burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee and actress June Havoc. Rather than mulling over the already well publicized lives of her daughters, Quinn looks into the wild and controversial life of the woman who shaped their destiny.

Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens

Most people say their favourite Dickens novel is Great Expectations, but this is mine. I’d never been that interested in reading his work before I was given this as a set text, but I have definitely been converted! Check out my review (link above) for more ramblings.

Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler

Feiler’s memoir documents his battle with an aggressive form of cancer, and the way he chooses to deal with it – by putting together a group of men to help raise his twin daughters after his death. I know I’m making it sound quite morbid, but it’s more of a celebration of all the men that have influenced his life.

The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke

This was one of my favourite books read in 2013. I first decided to read it when I start the Richard and Judy Summer Book Club challenge, and I’m so glad I did – I absolutely loved it. The story starts as Katie finds out that her sister has died while travelling of what appears to be a suicide. Overtaken by grief, she uproots her life and follows in Mia’s footsteps, with only her journal as a companion. It’s indescribably well written, hugely emotive so unbelievably worth reading.

Granny is my Wingman by Kayli Stollak

Granny is my Wingman is based on the blog of the same name, and tells the story of Kayli and her Grandmother’s experimentations with online dating. It’s a fun light-hearted read.

Mother’s Curse by Thaddeus Nowak

This is the first instalment in a fantasy series by Thaddeus Nowak, which follows the quest of Stephenie, a princess with a curse, attempting to flee her evil mother and find her brother. Throw in a lost city, a ghostly love story and a few big betrayals and you have a recipe for fantastical excellence. Enjoy!

There really are soo many you could pick for this category… what would you go for?

D x

 

Whimsical Reading – Geological Formation

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I have a confession to make… over the past few months I’ve been neglecting my whimsical reading challenge. Good job there’s no time limit, eh? To celebrate my renewed efforts I’ve made a button (above), so if you’re playing along feel free to grab it!

Today I wanted to share a few more whimsical reading suggestions, this time for the category of ‘geological formation’. If you’ve already picked your book for this category, or just have an idea that would work, leave me a comment below… but here are mine:

The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

I’ve got almost a full set of Alexandre Dumas novels sitting between my shelf and my Kindle library and I’ve never read a single one! I’ve adored all of the film adaptations though, so I’ve promised myself I’ll start reading them soon.

Island beneath the Sea – Isabel Allende

This is probably my favourite of all the books I’ve read this year, and by a new-to-me author too… I’m now in the throes of collecting all her other books!

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – Grace Lin

Another book on my ‘to be read’ pile, described on GoodReads as ‘fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore’ it sounds like a nice light-hearted treat.

Island of the Sequined Love Nun – Christopher Moore

The premise of this book is utterly ridiculous but so much fun, if nothing else it has the best title ever!

Remember to leave me a link to any whimsical reading challenge posts and I’ll come check them out!

D x

{Recent Reads} Underwhelmed

I admit that sometimes I expect far too much from the books I read. Maybe I’m just a bit too invested in the whole reading thing… I always think that if I’m taking the time out of my life to read a book, then the least it can do is be half decent. I get really frustrated when I feel like I’ve wasted my reading time. I’ve had a few of those recently… and these are the culprits:

All My Friends are Superheroes by Andrew Kaufman

I was so disappointed by this book. I was promised something heart-warming and breaking. Instead I found it quite… nothingy. There were some potentially very amusing characters, but they just weren’t given the page space they deserved. I mean, it didn’t even take me a whole bus journey to get through…. there was just no time to bond!

Girl in the Polka Dot Dress by Beryl Bainbridge

Oh. My. Goodness. There was simply nothing compelling about this book. The one slight bright side is that it helped me tick of the ‘something to wear’ category of my whimsical reading challenge list. The was an illusion of slightly increasing suspense, but then the story just stopped. The characters were all pretty crap too. On the whole just not good.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

The first thing I need to say is THERE WERE NO RUBY SLIPPERS. But I think the main reason I found this book so underwhelming was because I’ve always adored the film, and I always expect books to be so much more spectacular than their film adaptations. This was just drab in comparison, I really wanted it to be so much more!

The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook

This was another whimsical reading challenge read (for the category of ‘hobby you don’t have’), and all I can really say is that nothing has ever made me feel quite so terrified about reaching middle age. It was just bleak. And the worst part was… it wasn’t even meant to be. The plot in a nutshell? Three women in their forties bond over laundry, lavender and country walks. Yes, really.

So are there any books that haven’t hit the spot for you recently? Please let me know what I should be avoiding!

D x