Currently Reading – 17th July 2017

Having recently cleared out my "Currently Reading" pile, I tried very hard to keep it to one or two books at a time. I failed big time. Now I am currently reading six books. Five of those are eBooks and one is a paperback. Five of those are brand new reads and the sixth is a re-read. I thought I'd share what I am hoping to finish and review over the coming weeks.

The Re-Read


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling

I hadn't planned on re-reading this just yet but my daughter asked me to read it at bedtime having finished The Chamber of Secrets a month or so earlier. Hence, my journey towards Harry meeting Sirius for the first time begins all over again. As well as the only re-read on my list at the moment, this is also the only paperback.


The New Reads

All of these reads were offered free on iBooks, therefore I downloaded them and decided to start them all at the same time.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

This one is off to an interesting start that's for sure. I bought this based on Facebook book group chatter alone, I'd heard it discussed multiple times so decided to start it.





Clockwise by Elle Strauss

This is a complete blind buy. Decided to try something I hadn't read before, and this fit the bill perfectly. Time Travel. We are off to a good start.





Sinful Cinderella by Anita Valle

Sinful Cinderella was chosen because I have an interest in retellings or reimaginings of Fairytales. I'm pleased with what I have read so far.





Memory Man by David Baldacci

I've heard good things about Baldacci's books but never gotten around to reading any of them. This is my first, and also, coincidentally, the one I have read the most of so far from this list. I'm loving the main character, Amos.





Lie with Me by Sabine Durrant

Again with this one, I had heard people mention it in book groups so when I saw it was the "book of the week" on iBooks, and they were offering it for free, I decided to purchase it. I like this one so far, and when I planned to read two chapters of each I actually ended up reading four of Lie with Me.

Once I've finished reading them, reviews will be posted here on my blog so stay tuned. If you want to see my progress, check out my Goodreads page.

Review: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Back to the HP world again, I love re-reading these books. Started this because my daughter wanted me to read it at bedtime, but she lost interest about a 1/4 of the way through so I carried on. Finally finished it.

After the latest re-read I do prefer this one to the Philosopher’s Stone. I feel like that as we know more about the characters having read all of the books, I could see how they had grown since the PS.

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Review: The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My biggest issue with this book was the lack of chapters. I found that although only a short story, the lack of chapters had me failing to find where each segment ended and the next one began. They sort of mushed into one another. I read rather slowly to being with, but once the story began to tie in with the Twilight books I found my interest reached its peak and stayed until the end as I had something familiar to link it to.

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Review: Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel

Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel
Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel by Malorie Blackman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had been told about the Noughts & Crosses series by a few friends and wanted to try it out. Seeing as I am going through a phase at the moment of reading Graphic Novels, I decided to go with this version to kick start the series.
Wow! What an intriguing story line. Imagine a world where people are divided into two groups – Noughts are white people and Crosses are people of colour. In this world, the Crosses hold all the power and the best jobs while the Noughts are manual labourers and servants. What a flip-side this story shows to the world history we all know.
A fascinating plot makes for a very interesting thought path. How different the world today could be if this was life.
The two main characters, Callum and Sephy, are from different sides of the coin yet they come together over and over in many different ways.
I definitely want to read more, the only question is now – Do I wait for Graphic Novel #2 or move onto the written novel?

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