Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Literary Ladies - Part One

I am so excited to link up today with Kay, Kari and Kristen for the literary ladies link up. 

When I decided to join in this challenge I honestly thought I wouldn't be able to do it but we're halfway through and I think I'm sort of on track...Lucky the competitive side in me has kicked in! If you want to know more about the challenge click here
If you just want to know about what I've been reading... Continue to read ... There's been some good ones ;) the categories aren't outline or in order but I promise to update this post sometime later today... {UPDATE - I have included the categories}

Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic - A book written by a comedian/ celebrity

I wasn't sure whether I should read Giuliana's or Kris Jenner's book for this category but I received some feedback saying read G's book and I'm so glad I took it. I love Giuliana she's funny and honest but the part I enjoyed most about her book was learning that she was such a naughty, sneaky teen! {Enter the car stealing example}. Also I'm such a fan of Bill and Giuliana as a couple so get the open and honest feelings about their relationship had me laughing, then crying and then laughing and crying...

Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen RejectionsGoing Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections by Giuliana Rancic
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To be honest I wasn't sure if reading this would make me hate G, I'm happy to say that isn't the case.
This isn't a book which the celebrity is fluffy and fake about her feelings, G shares personal stories and more insight into her life and her heartaches over lost pregnancies as well as the joy of her husband. I loved her and Bill before reading this but the truth is after this I respect them so much more for sharing their story. Giuliana is beautiful, naughty and an inspiration ...

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To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han - A YA book

Another one I wasn't sure about, despite the fact that I had marked it TBR for ages , so long ago that I don't even remember how I came across it... Either way, Laura Jean is so much like me that sometimes I just found myself laughing out loud... In public. Laura Jean is the middle child of a father run home, she's written love letters, officially ending her love for the guys she's loved in the past but these letters were never meant to be sent to the addressees. And of course they were sent so Laura Jean needs to clean up her literary mess. It's silly, sweet and entertaining. Can't wait to read the follow up.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm not sure if I'm being a bit generous with the rating of 4 stars but the truth is, I really enjoyed this story, Laura Jean grew on me as well as her sweet family. I'm not exactly taken with the perfection of Margeux but I found the rest of the characters endearing in their own ways. Kitty is definitely the show stealer with her sweet mischievous yet helpful ways... Can't wait to read the next installment

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney - A book which is or will be a movie

My cousins, aged 10 and 12 asked me to read this and although I haven't watched the movie I thought I would give it a chance. While the book was funny because I love sarcasm I found that there was no point to it and I really didn't grow fond of any of the characters. I don't plan on reading any more of the books in this series and I'm not even sorry. 
Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, #1)Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

My 10 and 12 year old cousins recommended that I read this book and because it seemed as if a few adults also read it I gave it a chance but while I found the sarcasm enjoyable for the most part I couldn't wait for it to be done. It was amusing but I don't have any desire to read the rest of the series.

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The Boys of Summer by CJ Duggan - A title with the word "Summer" in it

Update: I actually left this off my initial post even though it was one of the first books of this challenge that I read. I loved it! I really enjoyed the characters - main and supporting and I got it for free on Amazon so I thought it would suck. It totally does not. 

Tess needs this summer to give her some joy, her previous relationship has left her in a vulnerable social standing state and working with her bffs at the Oslow is exactly what she didn't want but definitely needed. All the Oslow boys are sweethearts and I truly enjoyed this summer read...

The Boys of Summer (Summer, #1)The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Technically it's a 4.5 stars rating.. I really enjoyed this book, I got it for free from Amazon so I wasn't sure what it would be like but I loved it.

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Seamless by RL Griffin (Re-Read) - Kickass Female lead

I found "Mending" and it was the end of the "By A Thread" series and before I could read it I had to reread Seamless so I could remember how the story shaped up. I LOVED this book first time round and I didn't realize how much I missed Stella.. 

Seamless (By a Thread, #3)Seamless by R.L. Griffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a brilliant way for this series to end. The evolution of the characters was seamless. Although I thought this last installment would be a predictable end but it was anything but. I am so sad that this series is done because Stella, George, Patrick and Millie have become part of my everyday life at times they almost drove me to drink right along with them but for the most part they were just good people. Love Love Love!

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Mending by RL Griffin -  One word Title

In many ways this book wasn't necessary because the epilogue rounded it all off in Seamless but then I started reading it and I was so grateful that RL Griffin wrote this... Realizing how much I missed these characters made me want to re-read the entire series... If only I wasn't a part of the reading challenge lol 

Mending (By a Thread, #3.5)Mending by R.L. Griffin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this book by mistake, I thought the series was over after reading seamless but R.L Griffin have a gift in filling in the blanks... I didn't realize how much I missed Stella and after reading Mending, a book which I didn't think was even necessary I understand that it was completely essential to round off the 6 years of Stella's life that we as readers spent with her.

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Diva Desle said...

Seamless sounds great. I really want to read that one! ;-)

Kay R. said...

You're doing so great!!! I really really really want to read diary of a wimpy kid. I might purchase it today!

Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... said...

I read Diary of a Wimpy Kid once and have had it read to me dozens of times! I use it in speech therapy with the kids on my caseload. Even now, I am chuckling over remembering the part about the "cheese touch."

Mattie @ Northwest Native said...

I might have to read that R.L. Griffin series! I had never heard of it but with reviews like that I feel like I need to check it out!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

good to hear Giuliana's book is good! to all the boys i loved before is on my TBR list, i read another Jenny Han book and I wasn't a fan but I heard this one is better.

Heather said...

You're doing great! Some of my favorite books have been freebies on Amazon, haha. I was not able to get into the Jenny Han book, so I'm glad to hear you liked it.

Erin of TexErin-in-SydneyLand said...

I've seen To All the Boys I've Loved Before over and over again at different times in the last couple of years...I feel like I should just read it already :)

Heather @ The Maritime Reader said...

Oh I might read the R.L. Griffin series...seems interesting!! I'm going to add you on Goodreads :)

Kari @ Oh, For The Love Of Stories said...

Wow, you're killin it! I also want to read To All the Boys I Loved Before, but I am kind of nervous because I read Burn for Burn and found it to be just OK. I assumed that was because Jenny Han had a co-writer for that series but now I just don't know. I'll end up reading it anyways because I already have it ha!