It’s been a long while since I’ve posted about my book count so I thought I’d get my butt in gear and actually tell you what I’ve been reading over the past few months. I haven’t been able to read as many books as I would like as I’ve mainly been studying for exams for my college course but it’s been such a lovely treat to be able to read something else for fun! The book count is now at 11!
As you may or may not know I am a big Doctor Who fan; I even visited The Doctor Who Experience in Wales last year! Summer Falls is a book with three short stories; all linking to the characters we already know and love in the TV series, with Summer Falls actually being ‘written’ by Amelia Williams(POND). I love how each story linked to previous episodes in the TV series including a hint of The Impossible Girl, a pre-story to The Great Intelligence and a pre-story to Angels In Manhattan. All three stories were brilliant written and really kept me on edge with suspense very much like I would when watching the show! With the book I was able to get my Doctor Who fix whilst I wait for the new series to start on the TV.
Journey to Jo’burg is a Collins Classic and there is a reason why. It’s a short book based on two children’s search and journey to the city of Johannesburg to find where their Mother works to bring her back home as their baby sibling is really poorly. However, all of this takes place during the Apartheid and this family are not white. The children realise their struggles and how unfairly they are treated but with their strength and hope it really helps the reader to appreciate how difficult times were. I guess in some places in the world things are still like this and I’m lost for words I couldn’t imagine my children being treated so unkindly purely for their colour of their skin. I thoroughly recommend you read this book!
I picked up a copy of The Rise and Rise of Tabitha Baird whilst at Blogfest ’14 and was chuffed to find that the book was signed by the lovely Arabella Weir; I was gutted I’d missed out on the chance to get my book signed from her by ten minutes. #happy dance# A book based around a young girls struggles to adapt to life living with her Grandmother with her Mother and Brother and going to a state school after her parents split up. Having moved from a beautiful town, living in a large house and going to a private school it’s a big shock but most of all she almost seems glad to be away from her Father, an alcoholic. Her Mother does all that she can to appease her Daughter but Tabitha simply acts out at home and school in her attempt to fit in and be the cool one for once. I am sure we can all relate to this at some point or another. I really can’t wait to read the next both Arabella Weir writes.
Lastly we have the amazing Viva Voluptuous written by the ever so amazing Sarah Clark. Sarah contacted me her self asking if I would like to read and review her book and I jumped at the chance. She sent me over a PDF copy for free and I was engrossed every chance I had to read.
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer, editor and even writes a blog (how many hours in a day does this lady have?!) who started to get rather annoyed and frustrated with the lack of books and ‘positive’ articles featuring larger women so she did what any one else would do and decided to write her book, as you do. I can not explain how fabulous this story was and so very well written!
This book is all about the gorgeous Ellie. A divorcee having just been dumped by what seems like a rather idiotic man she happily calls The Weasel. She had spent so long building up her confidence as a plus size blogger to then feeling like a giant unattractive un-sexy woman. Her ex husband had left her because of her size and The Weasel didn’t seem to want to get intimate with her. Ellie is not a happy bunny and whilst procrastinating instead of working she finds that the people on the internet really do not agree with her original theory that being bigger doesn’t mean being ugly or unhealthy but big can be beautiful. Being fired up and passionate about helping other women she embarks on a nationwide campaign with the help of her two plus-sized best friends to bring the sexy back in being big. There are so many chapters I can relate to in this book and it really made me feel positive about my body and there’s quite a few funny tid bits too. The Viva Voluptuous campaign seems to be a success but does Ellie really feel that comfortable in her own skin and does she find love again? I’ll let you find that out for your self!
Have you read any of the above books? Do let me know what you think!
As ever, keep random,