Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case Of Benjamin ButtonThe Curious Case Of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve just finished reading this as my choice for this months theme (Book Club) “Read a book published before you were born”. The original story was published during the 1920s/1930s.

It’s definitely an interesting story and good to put words to the idea that was behind the film. It was also only a very short story.

I did start out listening to it via audiobook through Loyal Books public domain site thinking as it was only around an hour long I would be able to manage it, but I just couldn’t do it, I lasted 18 minutes and 3 seconds. So I found the eBook version via iBooks and continued on there.

I did enjoy it actually even though it was short. Fitzgerald managed to grab my interest right at the start and keep it going until the end.

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What My Kids are READING

My kids read. A lot. This is one thing (amongst many many others) that I am super proud of them for. Of course, this stems from my own love of reading. If I didn’t read, I don’t think the amount they read would bother me as much so to see them curled up with a book is pretty amazing.

My son is 8. He has really come on in his reading over the past year and is starting to venture into the kind of books that I would have read when I was his age. My daughter is 4. She is currently into picture books but I imagine when she starts school in September that will change (hopefully, and if not then so be it. It won’t matter to me if she decides she isn’t much of a reader).

I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. I was reading Stephen King books at age 11 so it has always been a big part of my life no matter how little I read sometimes. I love nothing more than sitting down with the children and reading with or to them. I am currently working my way through the Harry Potter books by reading to them at bed time. Not only is fun for me as I get to re-read the stories, I also get to see them through their eyes. I only wish we had Harry Potter when I was their ages. Instead, I had Alice in Wonderland. It still remains one of my favourite books to this day.

Anyway, the point of this post is really just to share what the children are reading.

What are your children reading?

July 2017 Reading Summary

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I read 6 books in July 2017. It was a somewhat slow month for me. However, on a brighter note, I did manage to reach and beat my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year. I am currently deciding whether to increase it or leave it as it is.

I’ll talk a little about each of the books, ranked according to my favourites.

Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

This was a book of short stories that I stumbled upon by accident, whilst browsing my local libraries app. I’m glad I did because it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. I even managed to convince someone else to read it so I must have done a good job at writing my review.

Memory Man by David Baldacci

This is the first crime thriller that I have read in a long time and I must say that I really enjoyed it. David B managed to grab my interest very early on and keep me enthralled right until the end. This is why this one makes my number 2 for this month.

Paper Girls #1 by Brian K. Vaughan

This series of graphic novels has been on TBR pile since forever. I was super excited when the first issue became available for free via Amazon Kindle. I really enjoyed this and have now added the second issue to my TBR pile (who knows, maybe that one will end up free).

Gotham Academy Second Semester Volume 1 by Brenden Fletcher

This series has also been on my TBR pile for a while, further down than Paper Girls but still there. However, I was unsure whether I’d like it, so when this version was available through Netgalley I decided to go for it. As this is the second semester, I plan on going back to the beginning and reading them all.

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

This is another short story collection, from Netgalley this time. Falling within the horror category there was a good mix of decent stories. I like short stories at the moment as they are quick to read, usually at the most taking only a couple of days to read each one. 

The Rage For Life by David Taransaud

This book was created as an aid for psychologists and councillors when approaching difficult subjects with children. The only reason that it is at the bottom of the list is that it is the one that I connected with the least. It was a complete blind download, again free from Amazon Kindle.

Stay tuned for more posts soon, I’m on a go slow at the moment at the kids are at home for the summer holidays

 

 

 

Review: Dark Screams: Volume Seven

Dark Screams: Volume Seven by Brian James Freeman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

First of all, thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the review copy of this book.

Now, onto my review.

So, my reading diary on this collection of short stories went something like this:
23:35 28/07 Lizardman
23:45 28/07 A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – Feat Christopher Robin
04:01 29/07 Furtherest
00:01 30/07 West of Matamoros, North of Hell
14:04 30/07 The Expedition
14:15 30/07 Snow Shadows

What did I like about this book? The majority of the stories were interesting. Only the West of Matamoros wasn’t really for me, the others were more my kind of thing.
I found all the stories were quite quick reads, which is what I expect from a book of short stories.

My favourite? A Monster Comes to Ashdown Forest – feat Christoper Robin. Easily the best story in this collection in my opinion. Fans of Winnie The Pooh will never look at the stories in the same way again. I loved this twist on an age old children’s story. Absolutely fantastic.

I definitely recommend reading this if you get the chance.

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Review: Memory Man

Memory ManMemory Man by David Baldacci

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book fell into “firsts” for me. The first crime book I’ve read in a long long time (I used to read a lot of them) AND the first book by David Baldacci.

I found the story interesting and it kept me wanting more as I read further.

I will definitely be looking to read the next book in this particular series. I loved the main character, Amos, and totally loved the way he dealt with his condition.

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