Sunday, 17 May 2015

The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart

Another audio book enjoyed with my kids.

Despite the harsh reality of the main theme of this story, I loved the description of Mark and the urge behind his journey.
I loved his love of haikus and photography, the strong bonds between boy and dog and Mark and Jessie.  
Loyalty rang strong throughout and his brief encounters with others along the way were poignant.

There were desperate moments and emotions, scary and heart wrenching ones too.
A touching tale of love, hope, illness and alienation, frustration, life and death, small miracles, strength, courage and a big journey of self discovery.

The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third audio book I have indulged in recently and was borrowed on a whim.

The description gave little away of the story and as I listened I became more and more intrigued about the mystery of it all and what would happen next.

It was adventurous and exciting with moments of suspense, full of well written characters that I either loved or despised accordingly.  Rose is a wonderfully strong female lead and I loved the mischievous elementals.  Eventually there were some predictable happenings as well as some surprises but I wasn't disappointed by anything and enjoyed it so much to finish off the 11 discs in a couple of days.

Loved the imagery, the fantasy, the magic, the would be amazing on screen with a dash of steampunk perhaps.
Look forward to reading more in the series.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

The Gallery of Vanishing Husbands by Natasha Solomons


I loved this story.
I loved each characters mystery and quirks.
I loved Juliet's boldness in a world of expectations.
I loved her fascination with how people, things and places are ween through an artists eyes, with portraiture capturing ourselves and others.
I loved the talk of art and the urge of it under the skin of each artist or beholder.
I loved the secrets.
I loved that Juliet's father eventually realised that he was proud of her individuality.
I loved the sense of community and the sensation of feeling out of place, out of your depths, of not belonging - so human, so real and true.
I loved the pace of the story.
I love the title.
I love the friendships, the admiration they had for each other.
They remained true to themselves, not really trying to change just adventuring alongside the borders of new and different territories.

Beautifully inspiring.

Love in Small Letters by Francesc Mirailles

This is one of the nicest books I've read in years,
absolutely loved it from start to finish!

The title caught my eye straight away and the chapter titles continued in style.
I would have devoured it straight if I hadn't started reading it aloud to my kids!

Very real and human.
It touched so many emotions and all the wonderful cultural references made it thought provoking and inspiring.
I loved these unusual and eccentric characters all amusing and attractive in their individual ways including Mishima who rubs his way through the legs of the story with impeccable timing.

Often I don't want a good book to end or I become nervous as the end approaches hoping it won't be disappointing but I must say that this is one of the best endings I've ever read.  I found it to be clever and satisfying, with a lovely completeness about it.

Will be reading again soon.

Serial poetry

Petits pas = arriver

My singing eye
Dances to the din
Of dizzy dandelions
Wishes colliding
On the tapestry
Of life.

Become a serial letter writer!

The Robe of Skulls by Vivian French

Two wonderful evenings spent listening to the audio version of this book with my kids, in the car and at home.
I have been reading to them for 12 years so it was such a treat to experience being read to again!
Lovely quiet, calm and relaxing.

The Robe of Skulls...we loved it.
Fantastical adventure, an array of interesting, curious and likeable characters including an excitable path!
Great descriptive imagery especially Gubble, all brought together by Nigel Planer's reading.

Lots of smiles and laughs for us.
Will be looking for the next in tales of the five kingdoms and using my costume skills to design a robe of skulls!