5 Points Reviews- Things Bright and Beautiful and Two Steps Forward

Welcome to this new feature where I mention five things I liked/disliked about a new release! I like to do this to give a short and snappy view of the book. It may not be a full review but the book might be something that piques your interest.

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Things Bright and Beautiful

Two Steps Forward

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This Week In Books #105

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Two Steps Forward Look To Your Wife Lullaby

NOWTwo Steps Forward Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist– I’m currently a quarter of the way through this book. It’s not my favourite read, but it’s easy enough to read and I’m particularly enjoying reading about their journey.

THENLook To Your WifePaula Byrne– I put my review up for this book yesterday as it is releasing tomorrow. It is a really interesting read about the dangers of social media. I didn’t enjoy the main character, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

NOWLullabyLeila Slimani– I am eagerly anticipating this book because I’ve heard good things about it! 🙂 I’m looking forward to reading a ‘real’ book after reading on my kindle for the past week!

What are you reading this week? Let me know. Hope everyone has a fabulous week of reading! 🙂

Looking Ahead- This Month’s TBR List (April)

April already! Crazy, crazy. It’ll be Summer before we know it! I managed to read all of the books on my TBR for March. Woohoo. Go me!

Here’s my tentative TBR list for April! Thanks to Tina over at Reading Between The Pages for hosting! I do have 2 weeks off in April, so I’ve added more than usual. Let’s hope I can get through them!

Look To Your Wife- Paula Byrne

Look To Your Wife

Goodreads Synopsis:

Lisa Blaize – teacher, and would-be fashion writer, mother and second wife – feels out of place when her high-flying husband becomes the headmaster of a school in a country town. Isolated and far from her metropolitan upbringing, she turns to the one place where she learns she can be uninhibited.

But ‘Twitter may be my undoing’, Lisa discovers as her one-time private life becomes all too public. Soon she is dealing with an online stalker and her husband’s reputation is put at risk, but will she be able to give up her addiction?

From the gossip of the classroom to our obsession with instant communication, Look To Your Wife is witty and brilliantly observed, revealing the pleasures and pains of contemporary life.

I’m really intrigued by this book. I haven’t read any non-fiction by Paula Byrne, but for the synopsis intrigued me.

Two Steps Forward- Graeme Simison & Anne Buist

Two Steps Forward

Goodreads Synopsis:

Zoe, a sometime artist, is from California. Martin, an engineer, is from Yorkshire. Both have ended up in picturesque Cluny, in central France. Both are struggling to come to terms with their recent past—for Zoe, the death of her husband; for Martin, a messy divorce. Looking to make a new start, each sets out alone to walk two thousand kilometres from Cluny to Santiago, in northwestern Spain, in the footsteps of pilgrims who have walked the Camino—the Way—for centuries. 

The Camino changes you, it’s said. It’s a chance to find a new version of yourself. But can these two very different people find each other? 

In this smart, funny and romantic journey, Martin’s and Zoe’s stories are told in alternating chapters by husband-and-wife team Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist. Two Steps Forward is a novel about renewal—physical, psychological and spiritual. It’s about the challenge of walking a long distance and of working out where you are going. And it’s about what you decide to keep, what you choose to leave behind and what you rediscover.

I am intrigued to read more from Graeme after enjoying The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect. 

Things Bright and Beautiful-Anbara Salam

Things Bright and Beautiful

Goodreads Synopsis:

Mission House was not built for three people. Especially when one of them won’t stop humming.

1954, the South Pacific islands. When Beatriz Hanlon agreed to accompany her missionary husband Max to a remote island, she knew there would be challenges. But it isn’t just the heat and the damp and the dirt. There are more insects than she could ever have imagined, and the islanders are strangely hostile. And then there are the awful noises coming from the church at night.

Yet as the months go by, Bea slowly grows accustomed to life on the island. That is until an unexpected and interminably humming guest arrives, and the couple’s claustrophobic existence is stretched to breaking point.

Events draw to a terrible climax, and Bea watches helplessly as her husband’s guilt drives him into madness. It’s not long before Bea finds herself fighting for her freedom and her life.

Literary fiction scares me sometimes, but I couldn’t help but request this book. That cover and that synopsis! Yes please!

Ratburger- David Walliams

Ratburger

Goodreads Synopsis:

“Meet Zoe. She’s got a lot of things to be unhappy about:
* Her stepmother Sheila is so lazy she asks Zoe to pick her nose for her.
* The school bully Tina Trotts makes her life a misery – mainly by flobbing on her head.
* And on top of it all, the dastardly Burt has terrible plans for her pet rat.

I can’t tell you what those plans are, but there’s a clue in the title of this book…”

I’m really looking forward to this book from David Walliams for our kid-lit choice this month!

Saga Volume 3- Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Saga, Vol. 3 (Saga, #3)

Goodreads Synopsis:

Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

This is the book that has been picked for the Banned Books feature that I also do with my sister, Beth. I’m intrigued to see how Saga continues.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday- Favourite Relationships

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is Valentine’s themed, so I thought I’d go with some of my favourite relationships. I was open to listing friendships as well, but that would make my list so long, so I decided just to go with romantic relationships.

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Will and Louisa- Me Before You- Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

One of my favourite couples ever. Can you hear the sound of my heart breaking?!

Simon and Blue- Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda- Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon and Blue were utterly adorable. I love this book!

Olly and Madeline- Everything, Everything- Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I really grew to love Olly and Madeleine with every page.

Cain and Charlie- Four Seconds To Lose-K.A. Tucker

Four Seconds to Lose (Ten Tiny Breaths, #3)

This is my favourite couple from the series. I was behind their relationship from the beginning.

Liam and Ally- Behind The Scences- Dahlia Adler

Behind the Scenes (Daylight Falls, #1)

I believed in this couple!

Billy and Sophie- Billy and Me- Giovanna Fletcher

Billy and Me (Billy and Me, #1)

Love Giovanna’s writing and Billy and Sophie were fabulous characters.

Olly and Erin- Haunt Me- Liz Kessler

Haunt Me

I loved the whole Olly, Joe and Erin storyline. This book is SO worth reading.

Katherine and Matthew- Lauren James

The Next Together (The Next Together #1)

I loved them in every era!

Eleanor and Park- Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

Another favourite couple of mine!

Don and Rosie- The Rosie Project- Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1)

Love the quirky Don both alone and together with Rosie. I adored this book!

What have you done for your list this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten Books For Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels.  I love reading character driven novels so hopefully this won’t be too hard for me to complete!

As ever, click on the book image to take you to Goodreads!

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The Rosie ProjectGraeme Simsion– I’m so glad that this book is the first in a series, because I absolutely adored the main character. I can’t wait to see how his story continues.

Eleanor & ParkRainbow Rowell– I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It’s deeper than you’d think.

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The Curious Incident of The Dog in The Night TimeMark Haddon– This is one of my favourite books by Mark Haddon and possibly one of my favourites ever. The main character is so unique.

RoomEmma Donoghue- This book is another unique read. It looks like it’s going to be completely harrowing and it is in parts, but the character of Jack does inject some much needed humour!

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The HelpKathryn Stockett– I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve included this book in Top Ten lists. This is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s raw, it’s honest, it’s got amazing characters. Just read it!!

Heart Shaped BruiseTanya Byrne- Another unique read. This book made me somewhat understand why the character did the awful thing that she did… (I’m so vague! 😉 )

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryRachel Joyce– A beautiful book about an older man’s journey to find his friend.

The Time Traveler’s Wife- Audrey Niffenegger– This book took me a while to get into, but I ended up loving the journey that we went on with the characters.

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TeaseAmanda Maciel– This one is interesting because it’s from the point of view of the bully.

Wonder- R.J Palacio- Another wonderful character in a very hopeful book.

What are your favourite character driven books? Feel free to leave your link to your post and I’ll stop by!

The Rosie Effect

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Rosie Project

Synopsis:

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. If you were swept away by Graeme Simsion’s international smash hit The Rosie Project, you will love The Rosie Effect.

The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge.

Rosie is pregnant.

Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

As Don tries to schedule time for pregnancy research, getting Gene and Claudia back together, servicing the industrial refrigeration unit that occupies half his apartment, helping Dave the Baseball Fan save his business and staying on the right side of Lydia the social worker, he almost misses the biggest problem of all: he might lose Rosie when she needs him most.

Get ready to fall in love all over again.

Thoughts:

It’s always dangerous when you’ve really enjoyed a book and then find out it’s got a sequel. I think there’s always an element of very high expectations which is what happened for me with The Rosie Effect. Unfortunately it didn’t quite grip me as much as The Rosie Project. It’s not a bad book, but I don’t think it quite lived up to the wonderful first book. I still absolutely adore Don and Rosie as characters though, it was lovely to follow their story again. Don is just such a unique character. He’s so memorable and I’ve never read about anyone like him before.

The Rosie Effect continues to follow Don and Rosie. They’re now married and living in New York. Don is adapting to the new changes in his life. If you’ve read The Rosie Project, you’ll know that he doesn’t take change very well. As he’s adapting, Rosie drops a bombshell on him. She’s pregnant! I immediately panicked for Don and wondered how he was going to take the news. Of course, it does affect him completely differently if we compared him to how other’s reactions may be. Don is a planner, and has to readjust everything he had planned to accommodate for the new addition to the family!

The Rosie Effect is full of incredibly funny moments but I loved how it had some more tender, poignant moments too. Don and Rosie are characters like no other and their romance is never predictable or ‘traditional’. I can’t wait to read more of Graeme Simison’s writing in the future. His writing is witty, fun and unusual. The books I’ve read from him have been so unique!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars!

It didn’t quite match up to The Rosie Project for me, but it was great to catch up with such unique, lovable characters!

WWW Wednesday #86

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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My reading has really slowed this past week as I’ve been so busy at my pre-course placement before I start my postgraduate course on Monday. I’m hoping I can find a better balance between reading and university work. It’s early days though and at least when I start university I’ll have the commute time to read. I’m currently reading The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion. I’m about three quarters of the way through. I aim to finish it tonight! It’s lovely to catch up with these characters once more.

What did you recently finish reading?

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I recently finished The Snow Queen by Alana Albertson. Unfortunately, it wasn’t what I expected. My review can be found HERE.

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I have to admit, I don’t know much about Ten by Gretchen McNeil, so I’m excited to go into it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions or leave your link in the comments! Happy Reading!