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2003

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

Published July 29, 2022

The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

Overall I think I enjoyed this book but I have to admit to find it quite slow going. There’s a murder and a mystery at the heart of it, but it seems to take such a long time to make any progress at any point. It has the problem of a non-police character getting involved where they probably shouldn’t but then as a relationship was developing with one of the detectives, it kind of worked. I liked the character building and really felt part of the family of Ericka and Anna, but, yea, it just seemed to take a long time to get to the big reveal.

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Published April 24, 2022

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

This is one of those books that is engaging and really draws you in to a world… but actually once you’re out the other side of it, it’s hard to say what actually happened. I listened to the audiobook which was wonderfully read by Meera Syal, and it was engrossing to hear about the difficulties for immigrants of trying to fit in alongside all the different societal pressures from their own culture and the one they’re trying to adapt to. It was well written, and well read, but I don’t know if I ultimately liked it.

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson

Published November 10, 2021

Best Friends by Jacqueline Wilson

Another Jacqueline Wilson adventure - at one point I was worried we were going down a really dark route with our two kids attempting to run away to London but thankfully they didn’t quite get there. Actually it was a really great way of reading and thinking about growing up and growing apart - it’s difficult to be separated from your best friend, but it can also broaden your horizons and make you see things differently. There were a LOT of cakes in it though, I felt sick just reading it.

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Published June 17, 2021

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

So brutal, and even more so than usual because as a book written for children, it uses simple language that just hits home the hardship and horrors of war. But underneath that there’s a wonderful heart-warming story about family and honour, about doing your best at all times, and about doing what’s right even if it’s not what everyone else agrees with. Sad, sorrowful but so important.

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Published November 4, 2004

The Guardian by Nicholas Sparks

Julie’s good, Mike’s too good to be true and Richard’s a regular psycho. They’re good characters but exactly as you would expect them to be, no surprises. It bugs me how simple the writing is. Sparks would rather tell you exactly how Julie is feeling about a situation instead of maybe writing about what is happening and letting you feel what she’s feeling instead.

Uptown Girl by Olivia Goldsmith

Published November 1, 2004

Uptown Girl by Olivia Goldsmith

The plot of this one is your traditional rom com - a guy earns a reputation as every girl that he dumps gets married a few months later. Kate’s friend wants to get married so they set her up, but as always, the course of true love doesn’t run smoothly and Kate ends up falling for him herself.