Wednesday, 20 March 2013

BOOKS: Mini Book Reviews #3

Hi!
I know there's always quite a bit of time that passes between these post as I review for books at a time and review them in full on my other blog. So incase anyone is new to these posts, I'll just remind you that there will be a link to the full review under each book. On an unrelated note I'd love it if you could follow Bits and Bobs on Bloglovin (if you want to that is!) just incase GFC does go!

The four books I'll be reviewing on this post are: Don't Look Now, Tuesday's With Morrie, Room and The Forgotten Garden. 

Don't Look Now (and other stories) by Daphne du Maurier
A collection of five short stories with an overarching theme of the strange and paranormal. Out of the five novella's my two favourites had to be Don't Look Now and  A Borderline Case which were full of suspense and perfectly written. Although only 52 pages long the title story manages to achieve more than what some writers do in a whole novel. It had a very strange ending that was so far of anything I expected giving it a brilliant twist.
Full review here.
★★★★☆

 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The true story of one man's love for his mentor. When Mitch discovers his old college tutor Morrie Schwartz is dying he rekindles his friendship with him for one last lesson, a lesson on living. The book covers all the topics Mitch was eager to learn about before it was too late. Throughout Morrie offers some beautiful mantra's to live by and there's something for everyone to learn a lesson from. This is the second time I've read this book and it will forever be my favourite book. I urge everyone to read this book and I have no doubt you'll fall in love with Morrie too. You'll laugh and cry in equal measures but you'll feel uplifted too. 
Full review here.
★★★★★

 Room by Emma Donoghue
Room is narrated by five year old Jack which adds an innocence to the story. Jacks world consists of Ma, Room and Old Nick the man who brings food, it's such a small world yet it's everything to Jack as it's all he's ever known. Until Ma tells him that there's a whole world outside of Room. The first half of the novel is very intense and I couldn't put it down however I did find some of the events a little too far fetched for my liking. The second half takes on a slower pace to reflect Ma and Jack's new life. Room has a few faults but it's well worth a read.
Full review here.
 ★★★★☆

 The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Set across several different periods in time, The Forgotten Garden turned out to be a pleasant surprise of a book given that I'd had it on my Kindle for ages and never given it much thought. The story centre's around the story of Nell who dies not knowing the truth about who her parents were. It goes back in time to follow Nell as she attempts to discover the truth about her life and even further back to piece together bits about her family. It then jumps to 2005 as Cassandra, Nell's granddaughter finishes off what Nell started. Despite the many shifts in time there's no confusion although I feel some of the major characters lacked description. I also guessed the big secret about a quarter of the way through the book which I don't think was supposed to happen as it's still built up to be a big reveal at the end. The Forgotten Garden isn't overly original or groundbreaking but it's an enjoyable book if your after an easy read.
Full review here
★★★★☆



5 comments:

  1. I Loved Tuesdays With Morrie x

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  2. Ah I'm named after Rebecca by Daphne De Maurier, I love that book it was so spooky, that and Wuthering Heights were when I realised I could be scared by books! My mum really recommends Room and after the snippet you've written I'll have to give it a go soon xxx

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    1. Oh wow! I loved the film but I've never read the book, I really need to. Don't Look Now is really good as is Room xxx

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  3. You're quite the reader! I so want to read "Tuesdays with Morrie" now, your review makes it sound so amazing! May pop by the bookstore on the way home... :)

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