Posted in Book Reviews

In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker

Title: In the Skin of a Monster

Author:Kathryn Barker

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I read In the Skin of a Monster several years ago. When I saw that Kathryn Barker had a second book coming out this year, I thought I would re-post my review of her debut novel, only to find I hadn’t done a review. Which is crazy, because I loved this book.

Continue reading “In the Skin of a Monster by Kathryn Barker”

Posted in Book Reviews

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Title: Before I Fall

Author: Lauren Oliver

Ease: Moderate

Rating: 5/5

I instantly disliked the protagonist, Sam, in Oliver’s Before I Fall. She reminded me of the girls that made me so unhappy in school – and she had no problem justifying her behaviour. So I was presently surprised to find that, by the end of the book, I had come around.

Continue reading “Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver”

Posted in Blog, Book Reviews

Wuthering Heights

I’ve just finished reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. If you’re wondering how I could just have finished reading Wuthering Heights this week when I had just finished reading The Mouse and His Child last week, then all I can say is, it’s all down to a voracious appetite and a determined disregard for house-work.

I hadn’t read Wuthering Heights before. It’s another book-fair find for me. But of course I’d heard of it because, well, most people have. I always thought it was a love story between Heathcliff and Catherine but it’s really more a story of obsession, hatred and revenge. If it is about love, it’s a very twisted kind of love. And it seems that people either fall into two camps; strong but cruel and selfish or kind but weak and selfish.

All that said, I enjoyed the read. Possibly you’ll be forced to read it in English but if not, I’d still recommend finding a copy and giving it a read for your own pleasure.

wuthering heights

 

Have you read Wuthering Heights? If goodreads is anything to go by, it’s one you either love or hate. What do you think?

Everyone has an opinion

 

Posted in Blog, Book Reviews

The Mouse and His Child

I’ve just finished reading The Mouse and His Child by Russell Hoban. When I was little I watched the animated movie many times. There’s a scene in the cartoon where a rat beats an old wind-up donkey to death and, unsurprisingly,¬† it always stayed with me. I saw the book at a book-fair and picked it up for $2, for old times sake really.

mousechilddonkey

It was a brilliant book. While I recognised a lot of scenes from the movie (including the scene with the donkey) there was so much more to it. Even knowing how it would end, I couldn’t stop reading about the toy mice’s journey from the toy-store to the cruel word and their quest to become self-winding and autonomous.

And I would never have picked it up if not for the book-fair and a bit of childhood nostalgia.

We tend to be attracted to what’s shiny and new but old stories have so much to offer. The Mouse and His Child was first published in 1967 but it’s themes are timeless. The writing style of older books is very different to modern style, often with much more description and author intrusion, but they’re often beautiful and poetic because of an author’s artistic license.

If you get a chance, keep an eye out for The Mouse and His Child and in the mean time blow the dust off some older stories for a chance of pace.

mousechild

Posted in Book Reviews

A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho

Title: A Good Idea

Author: Cristina Moracho

Ease: Challenging

Rating: 3/5

Finley is determined to bring her best-friend’s killer to justice. He’s admitted to the crime, now she just need to get the town to believe him and arrest him. If it weren’t for his father’s influence and his victim’s bad reputation, maybe they would.

Continue reading “A Good Idea by Cristina Moracho”