May + June Wrap-up 2017


The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer – 3/5                                                                                    “Thomas sees incredible things that no one else does – tropical fish swimming in the canal, frogs leaping through the letter box and angels that weep when his father hits his mother. Now Thomas is secretly recording his observations in a notebook, The Book of Everything, where he also writes down his greatest ambition: to be happy. In the fight against his father, Thomas’s spirit and the extraordinary power of his imagination are the biggest weapons he has. . .

This book was very well written but I really did not enjoy it. I found Thomas’s character very charming and I love reading the story from his perspective but I didn’t like the story. I think that this is the kind of book you either love completely or not at all. Thomas’s character is certainly unforgettable but I could not relate to him or any other character in the book for that matter. I gave it 3 stars because the writing was excellent and there were some parts of the story I kind of liked but mostly I did not find it enjoyable.


My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Piccoult – 5/5                                                                                        Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate- a life and a role that she has never challenged. . . until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister- and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable, a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. A provocative novel that raises some important ethical issues, My Sisters’s Keeper is the story of one family’s struggle for survival at all human costs and a stunning moral parable for all time.

Impeccably written and beautifully told, My Sisters’s Keeper is a story that will stay with you for a long time. It was one of the most stunning books I’ve read all year. Filled with suspense this book is a certain page-turner. The book is written in a such a way that you feel everything with the characters. It is incredible. I cried for about an hour after I read the last page. I threw the book down a couple of times because I couldn’t bear what I knew was coming. It made me think so much, it taught me so much about life and love and family. It is beautiful and it needs to be read.

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – 5/5                                                                                   NATASHA: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

DANIEL: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us.

THE UNIVERSE: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

Utterly brilliant. This book just made me love Nicola Yoon even more. Her writing is wonderful and her stories are completely original and so, so beautiful. This book deals with important issues and still manages to be the perfect amount of serious and light-hearted, a balance that is hard to find. I fell in love with it just as I fell in love with her first book, Everything Everything. It gave me hope, it inspired me. I could not put it down.


Rose Under Fire by Elizebeth Wein – 5/5                                                                                         Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels vividly alive while flying, she is forced to confront the hidden atrocities of war- and the most fearsome.

I read this book a few weeks ago now and I planned on writing a full review. I thought that I would have collected my thoughts a few days later. I was wrong. Its been weeks and I still haven’t got my thoughts together completely. All I can say is that this book needs to be read because the world needs to know. It is the most heart breaking book I have ever read. The book was nothing I expected it to be, it was so much more than that. Also, Elizebeth Wein deserves all of the recognition and admiration there is because her writing is immaculate.


Artistic License by Katie Fforde – 3/5                                                                                              Fed up with looking after a houseful of students, Thea Orville throws caution to the winds and take off to Ireland with Rory, a charming but feckless artist. But Thea’s old life isn’t so easily cut off. The arrival of Molly, her bossy friend, demanding to see Rory’s stunning paintings (and to find put what Thea is up to) is bad enough, but why did she have to bring Petal, Thea’s most annoying lodger, along for the ride? And worst of all, Petal is accompanied by her uncle, the enigmatic Ben, a man Thea has sworn never to like. The timing is terrible – Rory’s dog is about to have puppies – but even more alarming is that the more Rory pursues Thea, the more maddeningly attractive she finds Ben. . .

Katie Fforde books are always fun to read. This one was no exception. It was light, entertaining and extremely funny. I loved the characters and got wrapped up in the story. It is always nice pick a book up and just get lost in it for a few hours. However, this is the kind of book that provides entertainment only which is why I only gave it 3/5. I did find it highly entertaining and funny and I enjoyed reading it but that is all, there are no important issues discussed and it didn’t make me think a lot either.


And that brings us to the end of my wrap-up. Thank you for reading it if you did get to the very end (I know it’s very long). Let me know what you think if you read any of these and leave me some recommendations in the comments section.

xx                                                                                                                                                                tbn

**Disclaimer: All of the paragraphs in inverted commas (“…”) are the synopses as found on the back of each book.



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