The main reason I started this blog was to share book reviews but I don’t think I’ve written a single post about books yet this year. That’s mainly because I don’t think many of the books I’ve read so far have been review worthy, but it feels wrong to not write about what books I’ve been reading! 🙂 So today I thought I’d share with you the books that I’ve read so far this year.
Game Ranger in your Backpack
Ok, so this was more of a skim read through than a proper thorough read, but before I went to South Africa I decided to have a little read up on some of the animals I could expect to see on safari. Mum had this book from previous trips to South Africa and I decided to give it a read. We actually took it to South Africa with us as it was more useful in context rather than reading it as a standalone book, but it was a great book which was easy to read and gives a good deal of information about the most common animals found on safari in South Africa 🙂
The Fault in Our Stars
I bought this last year when it was on the Kindle daily deal for 99p as I knew I wanted to read it one day. I read this while on South Africa and I quite enjoyed it. I mean the film was obviously very true to the book which was really good to see, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed reading this as I didn’t particularly enjoy the film that much!
Happy Mum, Happy Baby
Firstly I will say I’m not pregnant and am not planning to get pregnant in a hurry! I love Giovanna Fletcher, I think she is such a lovely, wonderful person. When this was again in the Kindle daily deals for 99p I decided to buy it. It was an interesting read, and actually I think it was more about Gi and her family rather than like pregnancy and a parenting guide. But it was an interesting read even for someone not pregnant/with kids!
Blue Planet 2
My brother bought me the book to go alongside the Blue Planet 2 series for Christmas and it took me a while to get through, mainly as I was away for a lot of January and it isn’t exactly a portable book! Anyway, it was a good read with lots of great photos but it wasn’t really any different to the TV show, in that you don’t really learn anything new that you haven’t seen in TV. Maybe I’d have been better off reading it a while after watching it on TV, but still it was a good book to read.
All That See Can See
Again, this was another Kindle book that was a daily deal for 99p and I finally got round to reading it. This is the first of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s novels that I’ve read (I’ve read All I Know Now), and I wasn’t too sure what to expect really having seen quite a lot of mixed reviews. Anyway, it was quite an enjoyable read, more so than I was expecting! It was a bit of a strange story but not awful or anything!
Walking the Himalayas
I watched this series in TV back in 2016 and found it fascinating and since then I’ve enjoyed all of Levison Wood’s adventures. I also read Walking the Nile last year. Anyway, this was an enjoyable and really interesting book which I’d really recommend to anyone who loves a good travel book.
Eddie the Eagle: My Story
Whenever I’m feeling a bit rubbish about things in life I watch “Eddie the Eagle”. It is an incredibly uplifting story. I remember the first time I heard of Eddie the Eagle when I was quite young when we were visiting an old Olympic ski jump in Austria or France or somewhere. I’d been looking at the wall and I’d asked mum if there had ever been any British ski jumpers as there weren’t any on the wall. Anyway, since then I’ve been quite captivated by the story. I think with the Winter Olympics on I was in to it all a bit more, anyway, I found that Eddie the Eagle had released an autobiography and I decided to buy it on Kindle to have a read. It was quite a short but enjoyable read where I learnt more about the real story (not the story in the film).
The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital and The Carnivorous Carnival
I grew up with A Series of Unfortunate Events and I don’t think I’ve ever re-read the series. With the new Netflix episodes due out at the end of this month I decided I wanted to catch up with the books again after I’d read books 1-4 for the release of the first episodes on Netflix. So I started reading books 7-9 again (I read books 5 & 6 last year). It is funny how hard and different books seem when you’re 10. These books took me little time at all to re-read and although I quite enjoyed them I realised actually how little storyline there is to each individual book. But that said, I’m glad I’ve re-read them and I’m looking forward to the new Netflix episodes coming out in a couple of weeks 🙂