Book Review | On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

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How are you?

Life has gotten a bit complicated. As I may have mentioned before that I work in the Post Office, in recent events my Manager has left the company. Leaving us all in the dark about who will take over and when we’ll start work again. As of this post, we are still in the dark. Hopefully, it will happen soon because I just want to get back to work and not sit at home doing nothing.

Anyway, on to the book review…

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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come and, unbeknownst t them both, the events of the evening will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

Published: April 2007
Published Edition: May 2018
Publishers: Vintage
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction

Pages: 176

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

Review

I was first interested in this book mainly because of the movie. My first impression of the book and movie was that it was about a relationship between the two main characters and for the duration of the impending nuptials one of them was unsure of the relationship which left with a change of heart. It’s not what I thought it was but it was close.

I found the book to be hard to get into at the beginning, you start with them already married and on their way to the hotel and once your there, you learn more about Edward and Florence.

The book unfolds the awkward and insecurities between the characters on their consummation. Both are afraid of what the other one thinks and also afraid to open up about what they really feel. It comes down to the saying “you can never forget your first love” your first love is everything everyone goes through. You remember how they feel, how they talk and walk. You follow both of these characters before they meet each other and you do see how they both felt for one another.

But it is also about their first time which is something that both of these characters are unsure of. They both want to do it but one is even more afraid of leading it the wrong way. It’s on the scale of “I want to do it” or “can I do it?”. I honestly felt that the book should have opened the door a bit more of the relationship, I am a person that likes to see a relationship unfold.

It’s a good book but just not for me.

What do you think? Have you read this book? Seen the movie? Let me know.

Book Review| Find Me by J.S. Monroe

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How are you?

I have to admit I have seemed to have read more books than I thought I did. I found that I have been able to read a lot more than I had in quite some time, I remember around Sept-Nov throughout the three months I think I read a total of 6 books which I have been noticing in my Bullet Journal that I have been reading aroundĀ 6 books or more in the last couple of months and I am very satisfied with that.

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Find Me by J.S. Monroe

A young man embarks on a desperate search for the truth in this chilling, razor-sharp thriller.

Five years ago, Rosa walked to the pier in the dead of night, looked into the swirling water and jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.

But is that what really happened?

Her death was ruled a suicide. But Rosa’s boyfriend, jar still can’t let go. He sees Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a figure on the cliff. He is obsessed with providing that she is still alive. And then he gets an email.

“Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…”

As Jar digs into the past, he enters a dark underworldĀ where nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted. He is soon thrust into the heart of a larger intrigue that may finally shed some light on Rosa’s death…even as it dangerously threatens his own life.

Published: September 2017
Publishers: Head of Zeus
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense

Pages: 400

Format of Reading: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating:

Review

One of my colleaguesĀ recommended this book to me, she described it as a conspiracy theory a man who believed the woman that he loved as a student faked her death and he wants to discover why. We both agreed that this book was quite cheesy in the first half of the book.

But I have to admit it, this book surprised me in the second half. Basically, you are time jumping back and forth from present day to the time when Rosa was in University. You are introduced to Jar who was in a sort-of relationship with Rosa when they were both in University, what I mean by sort-of relationship because you only see how they met and the beginning stages of their relationship but nothing much of their relationship and I felt it lacked in feeling upset about Rosa’s death and how Jar is feeling about the loss of Rosa.

The second part of the book is a game changer, it’s not like a sappy romantic boy and girl reunited and they prevented anything that could separateĀ them two ever again. No!, it goes very different. I don’t want to spoil it but I was very surprised that it went into that kind of twist.

I do recommend the book but don’t try and rush reading this book like I did I read about over 200 pages of the book from 9.00pm till 1.00am.

I hope you are having a lovely day xx

Book Review | Autumn by Ali Smith

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How are you?

Finally! My first book review of the year. I know it’s the end of January and I haven’t done much here on my blog but I mentioned in my book haul that I had been really ill last week and didn’t feel like doing anything except watch TV in my room.

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Autumn by Ali Smith

Daniel is a century old. Elizabeth, born in 1984, has her eye on the future. The United Kingdom is in pieces, divided by a historic once-in-a-generation summer.

Love is won, love is lost. Hope isĀ hand in hand with hopelessness. The seasons roll round, as ever…

Published: August 2017
Publishers: Penguin
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 264
Format: Paperback

Goodreads Star Rating: šŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸšŸŒŸ

Review

I had seen this book floating around on Booktube as well as Instagram. And it peaked my interest because I don’t read a lot of Contemporary Fiction.

I honestly can’t give a good description of this book because it didn’t have a specific plot story and it really focused on the relationship between Elizabeth and Daniel. Elizabeth met Daniel when she was a little girl, Daniel was her next-door neighbour, and she really considered him as a good friend. They would take walks in the park and talk about art and books. He basically gave her the perspective people, there is a mention of a pop star who was also a painter, somethingĀ along the lines of that.

There was also the mention of Brexit as the book is set after the summer of 2016 but it didn’t haveĀ much of a reason to be in the book, it was just there like a coffee cup left on the side overnight, it was just there.

It had a sense of making you think how the world has changed, how people have changed especially after Brexit where everyone was hating everyone. It made you think about not just the small details but also the big ones. While I found the book to be ok it’s not something I would think YAY! (HA that rhymed), I am unsure about reading Winter after this book but I might consider trying out more of Smith’s work.

Have you read this book? What did you think? I would love to know.

ā€œShe likes to read, she reads all the time, and she prefers to be reading several things at once, she says it gives endless perspective and dimension.ā€

See you soon XX