What I’ve been reading

I’ve been missing, I know. I think it’s like I mentioned in my first blog post, I do really well for a while and then hit a wall. I don’t know if I’m 100% back yet, from the wall, but I’m here now.

I go through phases with reading. I’m really into it and read heaps and then stop and won’t read for 6 months. I am currently in the phase of reading heaps and have managed to read 5 books in less than a month with no end in sight. I am halfway through my pile of ‘to read’ books and don’t want to stop until I have finished them all.

So while I’m at the halfway mark I thought I would share with you what I’ve been reading lately.

Wonder by R.J . Palacio

I had watched the trailer for the adaptation of my book and was almost in tears just in the trailer! When I saw it in the school library I picked it up and started reading it straight away.

Wonder follows August Pullman, a ten-year-old boy with facial differences who is entering mainstream schooling for the first time. This book reminded me of how cruel children can be, but also how brave and beautiful they are. If you’re after an easy read, or one to share with your older children, I definitely recommend Wonder, just make sure you have your tissues ready.

Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

I read this in one afternoon. I went to the school library last lesson on a Thursday (2:15) and had finished it by 4:00pm that day, all while stopping to read to children, watch children, send them home etc. So realistically it took me about an hour, give or take, to read.

Sister Heart is written from the perspective a young Aboriginal girl who is taken from her family and sent to an institution in the south. There she adjusts to her new life and finds strength in new friendships.  Sister Heart is written in verse and is an incredibly powerful story that covers the Stolen Generation. Again, another one I would definitely share with older children but just one to read if you’re after a quick but beautiful read, with tissues.

Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

I am going to start by saying I am not a fantasy reader. I wouldn’t say no to a fantasy book, it just isn’t a genre I reach to frequently. Matt and I bought this book because it is the book for a book club in Adelaide and I thought I’d give it a go. I was able to get it done in a very long car journey to Melbourne a couple of weeks back.

Song of the Current  is the first novel from Sarah Tolcser and follows a girl named Caroline Oresteia whose family for generations have been guided by the river god. Caroline hasn’t heard the river god speak her name and she wonders what her fate might be. After her father is arrested she agrees to take cargo up the river in exchange for her father’s freedom.

Some of the novel was difficult to read as it had quite heavy sailor lingo that I had to go slowly with and some of the scenes were drawn out and became a bit lost in the overall plot. Overall, it had a good story line and I could see where the writer was going, I would definitely be interested in seeing what Sarah Tolcser comes up with in the future.

Wilde Like Me by Louise Pentland

When I heard that Louise Pentland aka Sprinkle of Glitter was coming out with a book that wasn’t just a beauty, fashion or life FYI type book I knew I wanted to read it. I figured that if the book was anything like Louise then it would be bubbly and full of personality, and I wasn’t wrong.

Wilde Like Me follows the life of single mother Robin who is struggling to find her way in life, that’s the simplest way to put it. I really wanted to like this book but I found Robin self-absorbed and felt like the whole book was a bit of a ‘woe is me’ story. Don’t get me wrong, there were times when I laughed, genuinely, out loud, but those great writing moments were lost in the semi-non-existent plot. Louise’s personality was definitely embedded throughout this story and at times I couldn’t tell if she was writing from the perspective of a fictional character or herself. If you’re familiar with Louise Pentland you will understand what I mean by this.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here- Patrick Ness

I had two Patrick Ness books on my ‘to-read’ pile and the only reason I grabbed this one is because it didn’t fit on my shelf. I was initially drawn to this book because the edges of the pages are blue, and it was cheap. I had read a Patrick Ness book before but I found this one at QBD for around $10 and well, who can say no to a hardcover book for $10!

I’m going to copy and paste the book description straight from Goodreads because I can’t put it into words myself.

“What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions..”

Unlike other Patrick Ness books, it was boring, there was no real plot, the characters were annoying, did I say it was boring? The most exciting part for me was the synopsis at the beginning of each chapter about what was happening with the ‘indie’ kids, where’s that book? That’s what I want! I get where he was going, writing a book about the kids that weren’t part of the main spectacle, but it just fell flat.

Next on my list of things to read is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs.

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What have you been reading lately? What’s on your list of things to read?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

11 Comments

  1. July 22, 2017 / 12:57 am

    I’ve been thinking of buying that Louise pentland book but I’m hesitant of youtubers books. I might give it a read x

    • kathrynwest272@gmail.com
      July 22, 2017 / 10:44 pm

      I am too ever since reading Girl Online by Zoe Sugg but I have a real soft spot for Louise. It was okay, nothing special. I’m hoping her writing style improves in Wilde Like Me 2.

  2. July 23, 2017 / 4:06 am

    Thanks for the book recommendation I am always on the hunt of a good book. I was thinking about getting Louise´s book but wasn’t to sure about it, after reading your post I think I´ll pass.
    Great post!

    Vanessa x | http://www.springlilies.com

    • kathrynwest272@gmail.com
      July 23, 2017 / 8:09 pm

      Thanks Vanessa!

  3. July 24, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Ooooh love Patrick Ness. Can’t wait to read that one.

    • kathrynwest272@gmail.com
      July 24, 2017 / 10:20 pm

      I wouldn’t overly recommend it but give it a go and let me know what you think!

    • kathrynwest272@gmail.com
      July 29, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Yes! Just grabbed the next one written from the perspective of his friends, can’t wait to give it a read x

    • kathrynwest272@gmail.com
      July 29, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Thanks Kris! You too x

  4. eva maria
    August 11, 2017 / 3:26 am

    I really enjoyed how ”Wonder” was written- it was such an enjoyable read 🙂

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