Read // 6


The Miniaturist // Jessie Burton
There's a pretty big buzz around this book, but in truth....I just didn't care.  In fact, I could only stomach reading a page of this at a time.  To a certain degree I think in colour, and the image I got in my head whilst reading this was of a dark, lifeless house which made it really hard to want to keep reading on.  I felt nothing for the characters and felt like I was just waiting for something to happen.  I put out a tweet seeing if it was worth pushing through the finish this, and having no reply decided to let it go.  100 or so pages from the end, I was so glad to stop reading.
Rating: 1/5

The Wild Girl // Kate Forsyth
I love a historical drama, and when I bought this book I had no idea it featured real life characters.  It tells the tale of Dortchen Wild; the girl who told the Grimm brothers many of their famous fairytales and later went on to marry Wilhelm Grimm.  Set in Germany during the Napoleonic war, this was a period in time that I knew virtually nothing about and was surprised to find myself falling in love with the backdrop.  Filled with dark undertones and forbidden love, if I could sum up this book in one word I'd say enchanting.  I'm so glad to have found a book to enjoy again!
Rating 5/5

50 Shades of Grey   // E.L James
Seriously, who hasn't read this?  I was beginning to think I was the only one, and after watching the film I had to give it.  I won't give a synopsis (you all know it), I'll just say that I went to the cinema with vague preconceptions of the characters, fell in love with them and the love story, and ultimately am now obsessed.  In the book, I don't love them so much.  I find Ana's narrative hard to believe; she's slightly whiny and I'm sick of hearing about her inner goddess.  Despite having Jamie Dornan very much in mind, I find Christian hard to visualise and he comes across as cold and detatched.  It's an easy read though, and one that I enjoyed.  If you're put off reading this thinking it's a book with a one-track're right, although there's much more to the story than that and I'd recommend giving it a go.
Rating: 4/5

50 Shades Darker // E.L James
After finishing the first book, I got started straight away with the second.  I like how it picks up days after the ending of the first and enjoyed the fast pace of the story.  A lot happens in this book, and despite some of it being seriously far-fetched it was still fun to read.  The raunch is toned down a bit (in places) and a lot of the chapters end on a cliffhanger that left me no choice but to read on.  I started to appreciate this as a love story, but Christian's change of heart grated on me a lot by the end.  I found him clingy and slightly suffocating, and Ana doesn't get much more endearing either.  And I'm not sure what it says about me, but I actually preferred the dynamics of their relationship in the first installment.  I mean, they're still a dysfunctional couple, but the to-ing and fro-ing and angst of the start of the relationship in the first book was more up my street.
Rating: 4/5


  1. *hand up* Have not read 50 shades. Although speaking to you about I has swayed my opinions slightly and I MIGHT give it a go.

    Leanne x

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  3. Haha, I haven't read 50 Shades and really have absolutely no plan too. Thanks to the internet and the fact that I have been outside in the past two years I know the story anyway :)


  4. I've been thinking about reading "The Miniaturist" because of this big buzz about it--but, you've almost persuaded me not to.


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