Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Read & Reviewed #4


Hello all, I'm back again with another Read & Reviewed post. I'm a little sad that I'll be back to uni in a couple of weeks and probably won't be able to read as much, but we'll see! 

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton - 5/5

The story is set in Amsterdam in 1686, Nella arrives at the home of her new husband Johannes, ready to start her new life, she finds her husband distant, although her life changes when he presents her with a cabinet sized replica of their home. At first I thought this book wouldn't be for me, I generally don't go for books based so far in the past. However this isn't at all a stuffy period piece. I loved the mystery in this book, it's full of secrets and revelations and is beautifully descriptive, you are fully immersed in the lifestyle. It's eerie and very raw, it might not be for everyone, but I loved it!

Looking for Alaska by John Green - 3/5

John Green is super trendy right now, I got this book last Christmas but only recently got round to reading it. Set around Pudge, who heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School, here his world becomes nothing like the one he knew, among others he meets Alaska, who pulls him into her world and steals his heart. I found this book to be an easy read, it was definitely a page turner. Although there was a lot of emotion in the plot, I didn't connect with Alaska (a bit like Margot in Paper Towns) and I generally thought the characters were underdeveloped, I didn't care enough about them. It's a classic John Green book, sad but uplifting, although it did't blow my mind! 

Wild by Cheryl Strayed - 5/5

I'm sure a lot of you will have heard of this book but anyway it's set around Cheryl, who thought she had lost everything in her life, with nothing to lose and no experience she decided to hike more than a thousand miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. I absolutely love that this is a true story. I found myself really routing Cheryl on during the journey, that is what this book is, the journey itself is the real gift, not the end. I absolutely love how descriptive this book was, the nature especially and Cheryl's ailments made you feel like you were there with her. If you're looking for a book that will really enrich you as a person, go for this one! 


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