The Dizzy Donkey Book Club

Me and Dizzy have re discovered our love for reading this year 🙂 (partly due to joining the wonderful Surviving Life Book Club), and we’ve decided to do a little review on the books we have read so far. 🙂

All the donkeys have been getting involved too! 🙂

Dizzy's donkey book club

So far this year me and Dizzy have read 5 books. 🙂

dizzythedonkey books

Dizzy’s very pleased with herself about this, keeps saying shes a highly educated donkey. 🙂

  1. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant

What is it about? This story follows the life of Eleanor Oliphant, a 30 year old living alone in Glasgow, who lives a very simple life. Becoming friends with a colleague at work, falling in love with a musician, and meeting an elderly man after he collapses on the street sets Eleanor on a path of discovery and transformation.

What did we think of it? Me and Dizzy really liked this book! Eleanor’s character shines through the pages and you can’t help but relate to her at times. It’s also one of those books that really does make you want to laugh and cry. We couldn’t put it down. 🙂

Dizzy’s Diamonds: 4.5/5

2. A Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

the husband's secret

What is it about? Cecillia, mother of three and wife to John-Paul, discovers a letter from her husband hidden in the attic, marked: ‘to be opened only in the event of my death’. Cecillia opens the letter which reveals a terrible secret about her husband.

What did we think of it? This book is really clever. It follows three people whose lives are all carefully intertwined. This really isn’t our typical type of book, but it surprised us and kept us hooked! I doubt we will read it again but it is a really good one off read. 🙂

Dizzy’s Diamonds: 3.5/5

3. Alan the Christmas Donkey by Tracy Garton

alan the christmas donkey

What is it about? This tells the story of Tracy, the adventures that led up to her opening the Radcliffe Donkey Sanctuary, and the story of Alan the little Christmas donkey (one of the donkeys she rescues). 🙂

What did we think of it? It’s a story about a lady who opens a donkey sanctuary. And the whole book is about donkeys. Of course we loved it! (Even though now Dizzy doesn’t understand why there isn’t a book like this about her… 🙂 )

Dizzy’s Diamonds: 5/5 (obviously 🙂 )

4. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

the night circus

What is it about? A mysterious circus arrives without warning, creating a magical world for all. This book takes you on an adventure of how the circus came to be, and follows the story of two people tied into a challenge for which the circus becomes their arena.

What did we think of it? We felt we should have loved this book, but we just didn’t. It took us a while to get into (I had the strangest feeling of deja vue during most of it, when I’m sure I’ve never read it before :/ ), and even though the descriptions were amazing, we just found them too much. We did get into it more towards the end, 300 hundred pages in…and poor Dizzy just couldn’t cope with all the changes in times and characters.

Dizzy’s Diamonds: 2.5/5

5. The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

the lie tree

What is it about? This tells the story of a young girl called Faith, whose father dies in suspicious circumstances. Shortly afterwards Faith discovers that he had been hiding a strange tree, a tree that when you feed it lies will bear fruit, which when consumed will reveal a truth. The bigger the lie, the bigger the truth it will reveal. With the tree now in her possession Faith sets out on a mission to discover the truth around her fathers death.

What did we think of it? We actually love this book! Unfortunately no donkeys, but for a no donkeys book it’s amazing. The way it’s written makes you want to keep reading (me and Dizzy could hardly put it down), and for us the ending was just perfect. 🙂

Dizzy’s Diamonds: 5/5


What books have you read so far this year? We’d love any recommendations that you may have. 🙂 And if you’ve read any of these books, we’d love to know how many Dizzy Diamonds you would give them. 🙂 xxx

44 thoughts on “The Dizzy Donkey Book Club

  1. Invisibly Me says:

    Ooo I’m quite tempted by The Lie Tree! Hadn’t come across that one. I quite enjoyed The Husband’s Secret for the SLH’s book club too and probably would have rated it similarly. Will make a note of Frances Hardinge, thanks! Just reading All The Little Pieces by Jilliane Hoffman at the moment & really liking it so far as it’s excellently written 🙂
    Happy reading!
    Caz x

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      • Invisibly Me says:

        It’s an American crime thriller (which I’m still addicted to…) about a woman who witnesses a girl in distress in the middle of a night in the middle of nowhere, then discovers that girl has become the victim of a serial killer. Can’t say too much on the premise without giving it away, but so far it’s very well written as it feels engaging, which is important when your brain is foggy and finds it hard to focus. I have high hopes for The Lie Tree now, it’s on my list! 🙂

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  2. Positively Alyssa says:

    I am glad to hear y’all have rediscovered your love for reading. I love to read a good book, you know the type you can not put down?! I discovered a fantastic author from Australia, Kelly Rimmer. Her latest book is “Before I let you go”. I would never tell her this, but it is better than her other books. I mean don’t get me wrong her other books are amazing, but this one is the BEST ever!!! I am glad you shared the books you have read, I am going to have to check into them! I hope you and Dizzy have a great evening! Much love to y’all!

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    • dinosaursdonkeysandms says:

      I love books like that too and ones you can just get completely lost in. I love imagining I’m off in different worlds and lands. 🙂 What’s ‘Before I Let You Go’ about? I haven’t come across it before, or the author. xx Hope you have a wonderful weekend Alyssa. 🙂 xxx

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  3. fearlessinjesuschrist says:

    In my book club, one of our members had us read the Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander Smith McCall. We read the first one in the series. I so enjoyed the first one, I’ve read seven more. I am not sure how many are in the series. But they’re not real long, and they are easy to read. Very entertaining! It is about a traditionally built Botswana lady who receives an inheritance from her father. And she opens up the Number 1 Ladies, Detective Agency. There is love and lost, laughs and tears. I have very much enjoyed them!

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  4. trippingthroughtreacle says:

    The Lie Tree sounds ace! Thanks for the recommendation 🙂 I’ve also read Eleanor Olifant, which I really enjoyed and am currently in the middle of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, which is great, a bit like Angela’s Ashes, if you’ve read that, but written way before that came out. Xxx

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  5. mswithmsalex says:

    Thank you for the heads up. I’ll have to pick one of these up. I hadn’t been able to finish a book in a while due to cognitive issues. But I do believe writing(blogging) is helping a bit with this. Thanks for the list

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  6. Lindsay says:

    I am in the book club and have been enjoying it, too! I skipped The Night Circus as I forgot to get it from the library until it was too late, but it sounds like I didn’t miss much. Great reviews – thanks for sharing!

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  7. anotetohuguette says:

    The Lie Tree is one I’m going to track down through our library system…I was recently without a book after reading The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, it’s part of a planned trilogy and I can hardly wait for the next one, thank you for the excellent review! And I’m glad there was a book for Dizzy to enjoy, too!

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  8. Carly Marcell says:

    Exactly what a enjoyable surprise First checked out from this author and I am now HOOKED! Fantastic character development and story telling. Cant wait to learn more books from this author. Love it! I also suggest to read Barbara James . Thank you so much P.S: I like this website.


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