read // 8


The Gospel According to Drew Barrymore // Pippa Wright
Classic chick-lit, this book was a light, easy read.  It blended present day narrative with flashback, coming of age-type segments which I really enjoyed.  I've said it before, but I love when a book spans a long timeframe and doesn't feel static....and this book certainly did not.  The premise is simple; when Laura goes missing, it's up to bff Esther to delve back into the secrets of their friendship and piece together what's happened to her.  And where does Drew Barrymore come into it?  Well, it's more of a USP to be fair - since they were younger the girls have been fans of Drew and try to live their lives by asking "What would Drew do?"  It is and isn't an integral part of the story, but I appreciated the way that Wright weaves in Barrymore films to tie in with key parts of the girls' lives.  A nice girlie read, with something a little different added in.
Rating: 3/5

The Moth: This is a True Story // Catherine Burns, Neil Gaiman
I love unique books, and The Moth certainly is that.  It's an American phenomenon - if you have a true story that happened to you, you can pitch it at one of The Moth's live storytelling events and this book gathers together fifty of the best.  At first it felt a little random; the stories are short and random.  Some are forgettable, but the majority are emotional, wide-ranging, inspirational and thought-provoking.  This book is nothing like I'd usually read but I'm so glad I picked it up.  It's one I've recommended to lots of people!
 Rating: 5/5

One Small Act of Kindness // Lucy Dillon
I'd been eager to read another Lucy Dillon book after falling in love with A Hundred Pieces of Me, so when One Small Act of Kindness was released last month I went straight out and bought it.  It's chick-lit at its finest, but I found this one to be lacking the spark of A Hundred Pieces.  There are similar themes in both - re-invention, a fresh start and....dogs.   Dogs are clearly a passion of Dillon's, featuring in most of her books (from what I can gather) but I began to find it a bit gimmicky the more I read.  It's a well-written book which left me with that warm, uplifted feeling, but didn't live up to my expectations.
Rating: 4/5

Ostrich // Matt Greene
I've never before read a book where the blurb didn't seem to match, but that's what happened here.  I was expecting a coming of age novel, with aspects of mental health thrown in, but what I got was a book very similar in style to The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time.  Written from 13 year-old Alex's perspective, it was a very disjointed book.  Alex has a brain tumour, and although it's never addressed, from the way the book is written I'd hazard a guess that he also has autistic tendancies, due to his train of thought and use of facts.  It was a touching story, if a little hard to follow at times.  I'm still not sure I fully understood the story, and am reluctant to say too much for fear of giving anything away.  What I will say is that, on reflection, I get the feeling that despite being the main character Alex is just a small part of the bigger story this book conveys.  It's mysterious at times and the ending is just as abrupt, confusing and unexpected.  I'm not sure I'd have picked this book up had I truly realised what I was letting myself in for, but it was interesting nonetheless.
Rating: 3/5


  1. Love book recommendations! The Moth book sounds really interesting x

  2. Great recommendations, I definitely think I might pick up The Moth! H xx


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