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Read 100 books #7 – Dracula

My 7th book (hope I’m not confusing anyone with already having posted books 8 and 9 before this one! The girls and I read 2 other books while I was working my way through this one) and the choice for April was Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It was a free kindle download from Amazon.

It was written in the late 1800s so I expected it to be a hard to read but I was pleasantly surprised. It kept me hooked for most of the book but towards the end of April, and the end of the book, it started to drag a little; I felt the need to take a break from it so I started working my way through a sudoku book.

I finished it this morning and even though I had to take a break from it, I would still recommend it as a great read. After all, they say it’s a classic and I’d have to agree 🙂

My next book, which I’ve just started is The Dark Path by Luke Romyn. I’ll be back to tell you all about it soon!

Read 100 books – #9 – The Twits

Well we finished The Twits very quickly because the girls loved it that much, they kept asking for ‘just one more chapter’ whenever we came to the end of a chapter!
As with George’s Marvellous Medicine, they laughed out loud in lots of places and truly looked forward to story time each night.

They couldn’t decide whether to read Matilda or Charlie and the chocolate factory next so after a bit of discussion, they settled on Charlie and the chocolate factory.

We started it on Sunday night when they get home from Aiden’s dad’s and I’m loving it because as I said before, it was one of my favourite books when I was younger 🙂

Read 100 books – #8 – George’s Marvellous Medicine

I’m a little out of order as I’m still reading my number 7 book, Bram Stoker’s Dracula but I only read that at bedtime so it’s taking a while.The 8th book I’ve just read is one KayCee asked for; George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl.
Both KayCee and Ella loved it and laughed out loud in places, especially when Grandma shot into the air after having her first dose of the medicine.

Roald Dahl stories are brilliant. Charlie and the Chocolate factory was one of my favourite books as a child and I’m loving that the girls are wanting me to read them to them.

We’ve now started on The Twits 🙂

Read 100 books – #6 – Pride & Prejudice

I’ve just finished reading Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice. It was an enjoyable read, if not an easy one!

I downloaded it for free onto my Kindle from Amazon.

When I first started reading it I was surprised because I expected it to be written in a Charles Dickens style (which I find very hard to read) but Jane Austin was a little easier to read. In fact, the first couple of chapters had me laughing out loud.
There continued to be some funny moments throughout the book but I did find that sometimes I’d read whole pages and didn’t have a clue what I’d read!

I got through it eventually but I think nI’ll stick to watching the tv adaptations from now on!

My next book is Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which I also downloaded for free from Amazon 🙂

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #5

I’m not going to say much about this book. I got it free as I was one of the first 50 or whatever to reply to the email and even though I did finish reading it, (I had to because I’m weird and if I start reading a book I have to finish it!) I don’t want to talk about it!
If you want to find out what it’s about, Google or Amazon can help you out 😉

For me, it’s another book to add to my, Read 100 books challenge and now I only have 95 to go.

My next book reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin on my new Kindle and I have to say, I’m a lot happier with my reading material now!

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #4

The fourth book of the hundred I have to read for my Day Zero Project was Discovery at Rosehill by Kathryn Brown.

It also had the great honour of being the first book I paid for on my wonderful new Kindle. The rest I’ve got on there are all free ones.
I’d been wanting to read it since I found Crystal Jigsaw, (Kathryn’s blog) when I started blogging. I enjoyed her posts and when I saw she’d written a book about ghosts I couldn’t wait to read it.
I wasn’t disappointed. It kept me hooked, made me have a few late nights because I couldn’t put it down and gave me some tingles down the spine; the signs of a good ghost story in my opinion!

I’m looking forward to Kathryn’s next book 🙂

I’m planning on reading Pride and Prejudice next. I’ve always wanted to read Jane Austen and it’ll fulfill another of my Day Zero challenges 🙂

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #3

The Sweetest Taboo, by Carole Mathews was an easy, enjoyable read, however, it didn’t keep me hooked. I like a book that makes it hard for me to put down when I’m tired; when you know you should be sleeping but you just have to read one more page!
This isn’t one of those books and I actually read another book while I was half way through this one. I hardly ever have more than one book on the go but I was very eager to read ‘We need to talk about Kevin’ so when it arrived I left this one on the bedside table for the couple of weeks it took me to read about Kevin.
A good thing about it was the break didn’t ruin the story at all. I could pick up where I left off, as if I hadn’t had a break at all.
If you’re after some very light reading, where you don’t have to think at all, this is a book for you 🙂
For a description of the story, go to Curled Up With a Good Book

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #2

I’ve just finished reading Cuckoo by Julia Crouch

I really enjoyed it but was a little disappointed with the ending. It felt a little rushed and a bit of an anticlimax.
It started off as a real page turner but seemed to go downhill a bit towards the end. I started getting annoyed with the not knowing whether Polly was bad or Rose was paranoid. I wanted a definite answer and never got it.
As I closed the book after reading the last page all I could think was, surely she wouldn’t be so stupid again. It didn’t seem believable at all and the more I thought about it, the more annoyed I got.
It wasn’t like the ending of films where the big scary monster has been killed and than the final shot shows some eggs hidden deep underground; you’ve enjoyed the film so seeing the eggs means you’re really pleased that there’s a possibility of a sequel. No matter how many people have been killed, or buildings destroyed, you’re still fascinated by the monster and want to see more of it. However, you mainly want to see the humans triumph over the monster and you want to leave the book feeling satisfied that good overcame evil.
The thought that Rose would be so stupid as to let Polly anywhere near her family again made me angry and because I didn’t get any definite answers to the many questions I had, or that feeling that good won over evil, I didn’t want anything to do with any of the characters again.
The good thing about finishing a book is being able to choose a new one. You start with hope that it’s going to whisk you into a whole new world. I like that feeling and always look forward to checking out my ‘to read’ shelf to see where I’m going to be taken to next 🙂

Day Zero Project – Read 100 books – #1

I’ve just finished my first book from the 100 I have to read before my Day Zero time is up.

I read, We need to talk about Kevin and I have to say, it’s not one of the best books I’ve read but only because I didn’t like the writing style at all.

I thought the story was really very good but the writing was sometimes hard for me. The following is taken from a review on Amazon and I agree with the reviewer….
It would probably be deserving of 5 stars in my opinion but I did find the writing slightly off-putting and possibly even sometimes pretentious(almost using complex words for the sake of it). However do not let that put you off- this is a stunning book.
I put up with the writing style because I was hooked on the story before I’d even started reading it. The twist at the end totally shocked me.
I can’t wait to see the movie….I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

The next on the list is Cuckoo by Julia Crouch.

The following is taken from Amazon:

A dark, juicy, deliciously unsettling, read-it-in-one-sitting psychological drama.Rose has it all – the gorgeous children, the husband, the beautiful home. But then her best friend Polly comes to stay. Very soon, Rose’s cosy world starts to fall apart at the seams – her baby falls dangerously ill, her husband is distracted – is Polly behind it all? It appears that once you invite Polly into your home, it’s very difficult to get her out again…

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