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! 🙂
So far this year me and Dizzy have read 5 books. 🙂
Dizzy’s very pleased with herself about this, keeps saying shes a highly educated donkey. 🙂
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
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
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
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
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
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