Just realised I haven't posted a wee reading round up since June. I can't travel around Europe or go to nice places to take photographs, but I can still read books. Although, work has been pretty busy lately, and I haven't read anything for around a fortnight now. But maybe that's also because the Kindle has made me super lazy when it comes to holding an actual book, and a few weeks back I bought three paperbacks that had been on my Amazon wish list forever and aren't available on Kindle. I'll get around to picking them up soon, I hope. It's been so long since I read most of these that I barely remember what I liked, or disliked about them - so this will be pretty brief and pointless!
My reading habits have most definitely changed over the last couple of years. Fiction wasn't really my thing before, but now I quite like it - and sometimes the trashier the better. A good example of trashy fiction I surprisingly enjoyed is Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern - the entire book is made up of emails, letters and text messages. It's quite predictable, but it's nice to read a book where you really don't have to think much about it.
I found The World According to Bob slightly disappointing. There wasn't much to it and it just seemed a bit of a filler riding on the success of the first book. Maybe it's just me - because everyone else seems to love it, but I guess they're all, like, OMG CAT!
The two Tom Chesshyre travel books I read were okay. How Low Can You Go? follows Chesshyre around the unspellables in Europe reached by low-cost airlines. It almost made me miss hanging around Stansted Airport for hours. To Hull and Back wasn't quite as interesting, but that's because I'd rather read about Szczecin than Slough. The only reason I picked it up was because I wanted to read what he had to say about Salford, and I had to force myself to read the remaining chapters.
Seriously, one day I will learn how to write a half-decent review of a book I've read. I'm struggling to put into words what I liked about the books I, err, liked the most, so I suggest you read the synopsis and/or reviews on Goodreads. My favourites from the above are: The Bean Trees, The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing, Tampa (although the subject matter isn't for everyone - it's not a book I'd necessarily recommend), and Kiss Me First.
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