Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Goodreads 2015 book challenge - Week/books 5 to 9

I thought I should update what I've read so far, I'm still on schedule and The Book Discussion Scheme I belong to started up again last month, so at least one book choice every month will be from the BDS.

Week 5 - Book 5
Oh how I love this book, it's not the first time I've read it and it certainly won't be the last. I also watched the rerun of the TV mini series, perfect casting of Richard Chamberlain as Ralph De Bricassart I reckon.
"The Thorn Birds is a robust, romantic saga of three generations. It begins in the early years of this century when Paddy Cleary moves his wife, Fiona, and their seven children to Drogheda: an Australian sheep station, a quarter of a million well-stocked acres, owned by his autocratic and childless older sister. For more than half a century we follow their fates.

As background to the Cleary's family lives there is the land itself: stark, relentless in its demands, brilliant in its flowering, prey to gigantic cycles of drought and flood, rich when nature is bountiful. It is like no other place on earth, and binds fast those who have known it, however hard they try to break its hold."

Week/Book 6 

The concluding part to The Bridges of Madison country by the same author.
Not entirely sure how I feel about this, part of me says the author should have left well alone, then part of me says great we get some closure on the characters. But a big part of me is feeling a little sad because the romantic in me didn't get the happy ending I was hoping for. But then life can be like that sometimes, chances missed and moments lost. What I do like about his way of writing though is that he makes it seem as if it's all real and not a work of fiction at all. I remember Googling after reading The Bridges of Madison County, looking for Robert Kincaid, I wasn't the only one it seems. A sign of a good writer then perhaps, that he can make us believe it's all true.

Week/Book 7 
" A coming-of-age story set on the Gulf Coast follows the misadventures of Daisy Fay, a straight-shooting girl with an eye for the bizarre. By the author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe."
This was funny, frequently I had some laugh out loud moments. There were some flat moments but on the whole a good read. I will admit to not having read Fried green tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe or seen the movie, at least I don't think I have, something I hope to remedy sometime. I got the book because I loved the authors name, not sure the significance of 'Miracle Man' in the title has though? It was also released under a different title, Coming Attractions which makes better sense. If you want a light hearted, funny and sometimes a bit tragic read, then give it a go.

Week/Book 8
"What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? '

I have mixed feeling about this book, it was February's Book Discussion Scheme choice, 'I read to page 210 and the darkness came.....I fell asleep! If I wasn't reading this for the book discussion scheme I would have stopped. I found I was getting annoyed every time I read the line 'and the darkness came....' Just when I thought the storyline was gaining some momentum it ended and we started all over again, like Deja vu on steroids. Should the darkness come for me and I am reincarnated then I doubt I would read it again.' 
I wrote the above review before we discussed it at book club, it made for an interesting discussion and the group were quite divided on it. It was a cleverly put together book albeit confusing at time, it certainly demanded your full attention otherwise the reader would have been completely lost. Kate Atkinson does write extremely well, probably the main reason why I persevered. 
Don't overlook this book, give it a read, make up your own mind.

Week/Book 9
I didn't like this, I do feel for the awful lives they had growing up but I found it so incredibly depressing and yet I was unmoved by it, a contradiction in terms I know. It's hard to determine why I didn't like it, I read Dave Peltzer's books some years ago and was distraught after reading those, this didn't have the same effect for me, not that I was looking to be distraught of course.
I applaud her however for making a success of her life under such an awful start in life.

That's me up to date and I need to start the next book many books so little time.




  1. You do well to read so many books, I find it hard to read one chapter in the evenings as I fall asleep!

    1. I have a tendency to nod off when reading in the afternoon lol :D

  2. Everyone I know, who has read Life After Life has mixed feelings about it. I liked very much the quantum physics aspect of having the memory (sometimes) of previous life paths and being able to go back and take another fork in the road...the path not taken.

    I had to compel myself to finish the marriage to Derek, believing that it might compel me to acknowledge some other crap, but all it compelled me to do is abandon the rest of the book.

    Fannie Flagg was a very nice American actor before she started publishing her books, and admiring her is why I read her books. She writes about things that many families experience, but do not talk about. I like that.

    1. I thought of you when reading that section of the book xx I suppose the very fact that so much discussion is happening after reading it only goes to show that like it or not she made us all think about it. After 'that' chapter J there is no other reference to it again, although Derek gets one more brief mention at the end, it turns out alright :D xx

  3. I'm cheer-leading you all on your good reads! x x x


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