Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Recently Read #7


I actually managed to read some books lately while still doing heaps of uni coursework! Yeah okay so most of them were kids books but hey at least I'm reading something other than books about creativity and the psychology of learning right?!

Boy by Roald Dahl
"Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true."
I just needed some easy to read fun books to read while I was trucking through those intense theory books for uni and after getting a great deal on these Roald Dahl books they were just the thing. I read this for English class in year nine so I constantly had those activities we had to do in my head, like writing poems about characters and doing lots and lots of comprehension. While it wasn't as great as the first time, it rarely ever is, I still enjoyed it. It's probably one of like two or three books I read at high school and liked, even after all the work and essays around them.
7/10

The BFG by Roald Dahl
"Captured by a giant! The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It's lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater, the Bonecruncher, or any of the other giants-rather than the BFG-she would have soon become breakfast."
I swear I read this as a kid but I don't remember reading it at all. The movie on the other hand was one of my favourites so of course I remembered the storyline well just not exactly how it happened in the book. I'm so excited for the live action movie coming out soon though! Was it just me or as a kid if the main character had your name it just meant that story was one of your favourites. Well that plus the fact the BFG is the cutest little fella (while not exactly being a little fella really) and all the fun with the frobscottle and dream catching and all that. I will say, although I don't say this often, I prefer the movie over the book.
5/10

The Villa Girls by Nicky Pellegrino
"This is the story of four young women who decide that wherever they are in the world, and whatever they're doing, they'll meet every few years for a holiday together somewhere sunny. Despite life taking them in very different directions, their snatched days in the sun in little hidden villas are crucial to them all. Escape, celebration, recovery—over the years the holidays change their lives." 
Okay so after reading Under Italian Skies and seeing that Nicky had more books that kinda interrelated I had to read more of them. So after conveniently coming across this one in an opshop for a whole $3 I knew it was going to the top of my to be read pile. I don't know what it is about Nicky's writing but it just whisks you out of reality for a wee while and sends you waltzing around tiny Italian towns on fab adventures. The overall story isn't that jaw dropping and amazing but it's interesting and easy to read and well it's worth a read just for the writing.
8/10

Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
"If you broke Elena's heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she's expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does. What she's not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels."
Seeing everyone loving this new short story by our lovely Rainbow Rowell released especially for world book day I had to get my hands on it. I'm not 100% about the ins and outs of this release but people are seriously struggling to get their hand on it, some are getting it especially shipped from friends in the UK. Anyways I got a hold of it and I loved it! It's only like a 20 minute read really but it's so lovely. There was so much more involved than you would think from a 96 page book, there's so much humour, and a wee bit of cheeky flirting. I didn't actually realise going into it that it's all about star wars but hey didn't stop me loving it. If you can get your hands on it totally read it, it'll barely take any time!
9/10

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Illustrated) by J.K Rowling
"Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay's dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in this full-colour illustrated hardback edition of the nation's favourite children's book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Brimming with rich detail and humour that perfectly complements J.K. Rowling's timeless classic, Jim Kay's glorious illustrations will captivate fans and new readers alike."
I've mentioned a few of my views on this book on one of my previous posts but gosh it's beautiful. I'm just gutted it's over again, like it almost felt like I was reading a new Harry Potter story and now it's over and I'm sad all over again. I don't know where to keep it either, it's so pretty I want it on show but I also don't want it getting ruined... first world problems right.

I'm currently reading the second Game of Thrones book Clash of Kings so lets just say it may be a wee while until Recently Read #8 comes out haha. It's great, just flipping large! What are you currently reading?

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