Saturday, 17 November 2012

August Books

Again 3 very different books. (Yes there's only 2 in the pic. I've already disposed of 50 Shades, I was never going to read that again).

I was given 50 Shades of Grey for my birthday, or as I refer to it 50 Shades of Shite, & I would have to say, it is without a doubt, the WORST book I've ever read. I knew nothing about it when it was given to me, except that it was very popular. Yes well all I can say is 'The Emperor's New Clothes' syndrome is alive & well & it's a damn shame when trash sells so well, & makes some talentless hack rich. Shall I tell you how I really feel? Lol. 

Seriously this book is badly written, annoying tripe. It is repetitive & boring. As far as being titilating it had the opposite effect on me, I felt like I needed to shampoo my brain after subjecting it to this garbage. Yes I did finish it, I don't think you can sit & criticize a book if you haven't even read it & it may well have improved as it went along, it didn't. My heart didn't beat faster as I read, my stomach turned over a few times with nausea. If you want a book that will make your heart beat faster & put you in a romantic mood read Pride & Prejudice. I like my men to be men with a personality, give me Mr Darcy any day of the week & keep this troll with a never ending supply of condoms in his pocket!!!!! As for the bathtub scenario, was the bath just a few inches deep or did she have a snorkel??? Did anyone else wonder about this??? 

Now I'm sure there are people who agree with me & people who don't, cool. If you don't agree please feel free to blog your opinion of the book, on YOUR blog. I know a lot of people love it & that's cool, my only real concern is that young girls, or boys for that matter, are reading this & thinking that it's the norm & ok to be treated like this. Now that's a worry!

So after finishing that crap I needed to read a GOOD book so I chose Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy. I didn't think I'd read it before but soon realised I had, but settled to enjoy it again. What a beautiful, well written story about people I cared about. What a joy to read. It tells the story of Elizabeth, a little English girl who is evacuated to a big Irish family for the war, & the friendship that develops between her & Aisling the daughter her age in the family & follows their lives as they grow up. Over 600 pages it could have gone on longer, I wish it had.

The Wish List is an unusual book. A 'normal' family is suddenly thrown into a difficult situation when it comes to light the father is a drug addict, & has run up huge debts. While he is in rehab, his wife & 2 young sons, must sell up & move, & get their lives back on track. Things take a strange twist when one son takes it into his head that their elderly, grumpy neighbour is in fact Santa. This book is funny & sad & definitely a good read.


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Anonymous said...

Well Miss Bennett, I have to confess to not being as good as you. I read the review for 50 shades of grey on amazon and then a few articles in the press and decided to just go ahead and loathe it without reading it ;-) I usually agree with you - how can you comment on something you've not read - but this time, ugh! You're a braver woman than I! And I completely agree with you about the appalling attitudes it promotes amongst young women and men - definitely a massive step backwards for women - and men don't come out of looking too flash either. I did, however, watch Pride and Prejudice last night with Abby and it was so utterly enchanting that we both sat there mesmerised with happiness. Personally, my all time favourite romance scene is in Persuasion when Captain Wentworth takes Anne's hand in his. Oh be still my racing heart!

lily boot said...

I don't know why it posted as anonymous - it's me Lily Boot!

Jan Quigley said...

Hi lily, I guessed it was you. If I'd read the reviews I wouldn't have bothered with it. Dh gave it to me without knowing what it was about, just that it was popular. I gave it to him to read after me, as I was interested in his opinion, but he gave up after a few chapters. I had to laugh though when I received it & asked what it was about, ds Rowan said, oh it's just porn mum. Ah the well informed teenagers. No he hasn't read it & has no desire to.

Julie said...

Foolishly I pushed myself to the second book, thinking I must have been a bit of an oddity for finding it total rubbish! I wasn't foolish enough however to go for the third book!!!LOL