Saturday, 6 October 2012

Book Review: some favourites


A Thousand Splendid Suns~

From the same author who wrote The Kite Runner, it's a tale of two women, instead of The Kite Runner's two boys. They are Mariam and Laila; the story takes place over two cities, Herat and Kabul. Mariam's life is full of sadness as her story unfolds and contrasts with Laila's liberal upbringing. It tells of the Soviet occupation and the rise of the Mujahideen. It's not only a great story but it gives insight into the lives of Afghan women, and how they are and were treated in their country. I'd really recommend this anyone who loved The Kite Runner or just wants a good read.

The Hobbit~
I started reading this again because of the soon to be released film I'm a massive Lord of the Rings/ Hobbit fan, it's a tad geeky but oh well. I'm sure many will know the story but just in case; it begins in Bag End, the Shire, with Bilbo Baggins. A hobbit, who hates adventures and is a creature of habit- and comfort. One day he's disturbed by Gandalf the Grey, a wizard who whisks Bilbo away on an adventure of a lifetime with dwarves. It's a childs book, but no more than the likes of Harry Potter (and probably much better written!). If you liked the films of Lord of the Rings or adventure books, then you'll probably enjoy this.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night- time~
Another Children's book, this time from the point of view of a fifteen year old boy wit Asperger's Syndrome. You really do feel like you are in his head. The sentences show no emotion, but make sense from his point of view, just as starting from chapter 2 makes sense in his, Christopher Boone's, world. He notes the mundane as well as the brilliant, hence the title; 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time', it unfolds as he is accused of a crime.
A really interesting read that educates those of us who know nothing of Autism.

The Lovely Bones~
Probably the saddest book on this list. I'm sure many, again, will know this from the famous film starring Rachel Weisz, Mark Walhberg and Saoirse Ronan. It's about Susie Salmon, and she tells you how she died. It doesn't skirt over the details of her horrible death but it does describe from an innocent child's view. Her portrayal of life and death are childlike and that's what makes this book so special. You still feel her pain, but it's a child's description of it. While reading it you hope somehow she doesn't die, that it didn't happen, but you know it has to. She then goes on to tell of what happens after, her family and their grief, and the events that unfold.
I love this book and have read quite a few times and still find it an interesting and gripping read.

Hope you liked this book review, if you have read any of these I'd love to know your thoughts on them? Or do you have some you'd like to recommend? :)

Also thank you to all my followers, old and new. As I've reached a kind of milestone: *100 followers*!
So BIG THANKS

44 comments :

  1. I love the first and the last book, especially A Thousand Splendid Suns! Love Khaled Hosseini's books!

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    1. I do too! I hope he writes a new book soon!
      Daniella x

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  2. i love the first book :)

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    1. It's such a lovely story isn't it?
      Daniella x

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  3. I love the Hobbit and The Lovely Bones. :) Can't wait to see the Hobbit movie!

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    1. Me either! I keep annoying my friends, reminding them that it's coming out soon and that we have to see it!
      Daniella x

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  4. sounds awesome :) thank you for sharing!
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    1. No problem, hope you liked it
      Daniella x

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  5. nice nice books.. love the first book.. hehe
    let's follow each other...

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    1. Thanks, I love the first book too, and his other one- the kite runner
      Daniella x

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  6. I found it so hard to reas the lovely bones, i only managed the first chapter...
    Great Blog :)

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    1. It's such a great story once you get into it though, I hope you get past the first chapter :)
      Daniella x

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  7. I love The Lovely Bones so much, it's so wonderfully written and was definitely one of those books I just couldn't put down! I really want to read The Perks of being a Wallflower next, I can't believe I haven't read it before!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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    1. I agree, I couldn't put it down! I've tried to read The Perks of being a Wallflower a few times but didn't really like it. I saw the film last night and didn't like that much either! Hope you like it :)
      Daniella x

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  8. I really want to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time now, sounds so good, love books like this told from a totally different perspective!


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    Helen
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    1. It is a really interesting read, I love books like that too- that challenge your perspective on things
      Daniella x

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  9. i've been wanting to read the hobbit forever! not gonna lie, the book kind of intimidates me haha. but i already promised myself not to watch the movie until i read the book! :)

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    1. It is a bit intimidating but much less than LOTR! Hope you get to read it before the film, best start soon :)
      Daniella x

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  10. my friend would love this post, will share to her!

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  11. A Thousand Splendid Suns is one of my favourite books & I really enjoyed The Kite Runner too. I thought The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time was really sweet but I've only ever seen The Lovely Bones movie which was absolutely awful! I'd some more book recommendations :)

    Tara
    The Style Rawr!
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    1. I loved both Khaled Hosseini's books too- I hope he writes another soon! I'd definitely recommend the Lovely bones as a book, it's a great story!
      I'm trying to make book reviews a regular thing so hopefully I'll have more recommendations up in a bit :)
      Daniella x

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  12. Oh I frickin love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time... It is literally one of my favourite books, it's so withdrawn, the way it's written is amazing... ahhh love it!! I'm so glad you like it too :-)
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    1. Thank you! I really love the way it's written too. It's so interesting :)
      Daniella x

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  13. I really need to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time & A Thousand Splendid Suns - I must be one of the last people in the world to read them! x

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    1. Ooh yes do read them! They're such great stories :)
      Daniella x

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  14. Woo, congrats on the followers :D
    I haven't read The Hobbit but I've read the others and loved them especially the Dog in the Night time. My twin brother has Aspergers and although he's not very like the boy in the book (my brother has it less severe) the book describes Aspergers SO well xxx

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    1. Thank you!
      I thought so too, I don't know anyone personally with Asperger's but I feel I do from reading the book :)
      Daniella x

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    1. It's a lovely story isn't it :)
      Daniella x

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  16. I've got halfway through The Hobbit twice now, and never seem to be able to finish it!! Third time lucky, because it's such a good read and I cannot wait for the movie to come out! X

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    1. Good luck, I love The Hobbit and LOTR. The movies are one of my favs!
      Daniella x

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  17. A Thousand Splendid Suns is a fabulous book, love it. I've read it a few times now and have found new depth in it each time

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

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    1. I know such a good read! I love the insight it gives into what life was like for the characters.
      Daniella x

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  18. lovely blog darling~

    -liv
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  19. These are some of my favourites too! Huge congrats on the 100 followers :-) xx

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    1. Aw Thanks! It seems they're a lot of people's favourites :)
      Daniella x

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  20. I read the Hobbit when I was younger, I really want to read it again before the film comes out. I guess I need to get that project going, haha :)

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    1. Good luck, a lot of people want to do that it seems :). I tried to read the LOTR again before they came out but didn't quite manage!
      Daniella x

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  21. Really enjoyed the book review think I might just have a go at one of those books!!

    - ceciibabii.blogspot.ca *Cecii xoxo

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Hope you enjoy whichever book you read :)
      Daniella x

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