24 April 2014

The year in books: April

It's almost May and I'm only just posting this! Tsk tsk. I've actually changed the format a little, which I cannot take the credit for since I saw it over on Vivatramp. Let's get started!


the rosie project - graeme simsion (2013)

date finished: 4 March 2014   |   ISBN: 1847375693   |   pages: 327 (Kindle)

I finished this in just 4 days; which is pretty fast for me. It was a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is how unconventional a love story it is that makes it pretty special! The language made it an easy read and the storyline kept me hooked, wanting to see what was to happen to each of the characters. Unfortunately, I can't give it five stars as I found the ending a little out of touch with both reality and the rest of the book. Don't read any further if you don't want to know what happens! I mean, I was really happy that they got together but for this to happen, Don essentially had to completely change some of his traits. In the book, Don is portrayed as having very strong Asperger syndrome and having dated someone with the syndrome, I know it isn't very realistic for someone like this to just change who they are and their approach; it simply doesn't happen as easily as the book seems to suggest. In addition, the ending felt quite rushed and without nearly as many details as the other events in the book. However, if I wasn't somewhat aware of how people with Asperger syndrome interact, I doubt I would've noticed this element. So, on the whole, a rather good read.

rating: ★★★★☆


Once again, to coincide with the book club I am part of via work, April's read is The Farm by Tom Rob Smith.
Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden, the country of his mother's birth. But with a single phone call, everything changes.

Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. In fact, she has been committed to a mental hospital.

Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow.

Daniel is immediately caught between his parents - whom to believe, whom to trust? He becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury. Presented with a horrific crime, a conspiracy that implicates his own father, Daniel must examine the evidence and decide for himself: who is telling the truth? And he has secrets of his own that for too long he has kept hidden...

Also read in March...

the book thief - markus zusak (2005)

date finished: 30 March 2014   |   ISBN: 0552773891   |   pages: 560 (Kindle)

I really wanted to like this. No, based on the reviews and others' recommendations, I wanted to love it! But the frank truth of the matter is I didn't. In fact, I really wasn't very moved by it at all. It's a sad and unfortunate story but sometimes I got quite annoyed with the meandering style of storytelling. See, I even want to write a longer review but I just don't really have anything left to say. Maybe it was the build up but this left me feeling a little 'meh' to be honest.

rating: ★★★☆☆

Reading now...

Bad Wolf - Nele Neuhaus


Want to take part in The Year in Books project?
Visit Laura's April link-up post at The Circle of Pine Trees blog to add yourself to the list and grab the button she's very kindly created. You can take part using the hashtag #theyearinbooks on Instagram and Twitter. There is also a Pinterest board and a Goodreads group. I know; great, right?


  1. Oh, I love your new format. Also, great cursive font...