Bridget Jones’s Diary ~ Helen Fielding


Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Author: Helen Fielding

Publisher: Viking

Pages: 267

Where I got it: Bought it while I was in the States

Goodreads blurb: At the beginning of Helen Fielding’s exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, “get up straight away when wake up in mornings.” Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into–a suburban fest full of “Smug Marrieds” professing concern for her and her fellow “Singletons”–she’ll have made a good start. As far as she’s concerned, “We wouldn’t rush up to them and roar, ‘How’s your marriage going? Still having sex?’”

Rating: 5

I would like to just say from the start that I am giving this book five stars because I loved it. I rate ALL books this way. I don’t rate books on their brilliant contribution to literature – I am truly not so arrogant that I feel I have the slightest clue as to what does and does not constitute good or brilliant writing. What I DO know is whether or not I like something. And yes, I did like this book a whole lot more when I read it for the first time ten years ago (strangely I related to Bridget more when I was 19 than I do now that we are closer in age!) but I do still love Bridget and think that as long as you don’t watch the movies just about any girl would sort of love her too. I must admit though that after a week of watching Will & Grace while at the same time reading Bridget Jones, I seem to find myself thinking that I should really take up smoking an alcohol abuse.Alcoholic smokers do seem to be much happier people… Oh an pill popping! And of course I MUST marry a very rich fat man who will not live long just like Karen Walker (who has nothing to do with Bridget Jones – I only mention her because both women have been inspiring me to drink more wine… I don’t know why….)

The Reptile Room ~ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (book #2)


Title: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 190

Where I got it: Borrowed from Lana

Goodreads blurb: After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.

Rating: 4

I really do love how despite the dreadful events portrayed in this story you never feel like you’re about to fall into a heap about it. Just read and enjoy :)

The Bad Beginning ~ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (book #1)


Title: The Bad Beginning

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 162

Where I got it: Borrowed from Lana

Goodreads blurb:

Dear Reader, 
I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune. 
In this short book alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, and cold porridge for breakfast. 
It is my sad duty to write down these unpleasant tales, but there is nothing stopping you from putting this book down at once and reading something happy, if you prefer that sort of thing. 
With all due respect, 
Lemony Snicket

My rating: 4

There’s something so deliciously wonderful about the narration of Lemony Snicket. It’s not merely narration, it’s Lemony’s narration. How can you possibly help but feel as if he is the room reading to you himself?

The Spiderwick Chronicles #5: The Wrath of Mulgarath ~ Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi


Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles #5: The Wrath of Mulgarath

Author: Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Pages: 136

Where it I got it: Still don’t know

Rating: 3

Loved this series. I am quite sure the books are different to the movie though. I need to watch it again to see since I don’t remember it all that well. Still, a great set of books for kids aged 8 to 12.

The lovely bones


Title: The Lovely Bones

Author: Alice Sebold

Publisher: PICADOR

Pages:324

Where I got it: From my sister

Rating: 5

 

Susie Salmon was raped and murdered at the young age of fourteen. She finds herself in her own personal heaven where she looks down on her family and how they deal with her death. How they try to unravel the mystery behind her killing and how life goes on without her. The story is told from her point of view and how she has to face the interaction between her family and the man who killed her.

The story is feel-good and heartbreaking in the same sentence. Sometimes slightly nerve wrecking, but luckily, Sebold spared us most of the gory detail. What I really liked about it was how the author described Susie’s heaven and how she made the interaction between heaven and earth so real and possible. It makes one think twice about the shivers you get when no wind is blowing, the kiss you feel on your forehead at night when you lay in bed and you know no-one else is awake. It makes one think about life and death in general which is really kind of great from someone else’s perspective for a change.

The Spiderwick Chronicles #3: Lucinda’s Secret ~ Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi


Title: Lucinda’s Secret

Author: Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Pages: 108

Where I got it: My own copy (can’t remember where)

Rating: 4

Again there is stunning imagery in this one. The faeries are possibly my favourites. The bond between the children carries on growing as well which I really love.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #2: The Seeing Stone ~ Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi


Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #1: The Field Guide

Authors: Holly Black & Tony Diterlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Pages: 104

Where I got it: I bought the box set a few years ago. Not sure where.

Rating: 4

There is a lot of amazing imagery in this one. I love the scene with the cages.I also love how the relationship between the siblings is starting to strengthen. It’s rather true to life that a shared adventure is an incredible way to bond people together.

The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #1: The Field Guide ~ Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi


Title: The Spiderwick Chronicles Book #1: The Field Guide

Authors: Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi

Publisher: Simon & Shuster

Pages: 104

Where I got it: I bought the box set a few years ago. Not sure where.

I love this series. The simple writing makes it perfect for kids who are just starting to read books for pleasure. TSC follows the adventures of the Grace children who have moved into a new and rather decrepit home after their parents divorce. They soon discover that they are not alone and that they are sharing their home with a bunch of magical creatures.

LOVE THAT DOG ~ Sharon Creech


Title: Love That Dog

Author: Sharon Creech

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Pages: 86

Where I got it: Randomly picked it up at Bargain Books (can you tell I go in there too often?)

Rating: 4

I absolutely adored this book. The entire thing is in a genre of it’s own, but it sort of reads like a love letter or a diary. It’s one of those things you have to read to appreciate. I imagine it is considered a children’s book but I imagine it will be appreciated for it’s beauty mostly by adults.