Not Creeped Out Enough by: The Creeper Man by Dawn Kurtagich

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the-creeper-manWhen I first saw this book, I was so happy! Everything about it just screamed how perfect a book it is for me – from the eerie front cover, to the fantastically creepy blurb! I fell in love with the book before I even read it – and yeah, sort of before I even owned a copy.

I first came across this book on Ashleigh’s blog: A Frolic Through Fiction, where she posted a great review on this book.

I love horror films, as you might have heard me say – my favourites include The Conjuring, Insidious, The Woman In Black – I just love a good horror. But I haven’t actually read that many horror books. I’ve recently acquired a few though and The Creeper Man was amongst them. And I just couldn’t wait to read it.

Okay, so I didn’t realize that the book was formatted so uniquely – it is beautifully split into different quirky entries which include poems, notes, and these little paragraphs which have certain words highlighted in bold to spell a different sentence. So regarding how to book is put together, it is ingenious really, how everything fits to tell a story. The quality of the actual writing, I found wasn’t the best – I found that it relied a little too much on the use of big capitalised words to make a big statement, rather than being able to conjure tension and drama from description. Also, instead of fitting thoughts into the flow of the story, they were usually just stuck in a square bracket. I’m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing – it might really appeal to some people, however, I just found that things like this effected the flow of the story, just a tiny bit.

Silla and her little sister, Nori, have escaped their abusive father and come to live with her Aunt Cathy (who is slightly mad) in her big crimson-red mansion in the middle of the woods. Right from the off, it reminded me of a couple of things:

  • Okay, so the trees are getting closer! This reminded me of Macbeth a little; “Macbeth shall never vanquished be until Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Wood shall come against him.” I thought it was a really exciting idea to have the trees slowly closing in, so eerie and intriguing!
  • The Creeper man sort of reminded me of the concept of the monster in A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – again, both are great ideas.
  • And finally the setting – it reminded me of a film I watched a couple of months ago called Crimson Peak. I don’t really know why, it just did, haha!

Anyway, everything’s all fine – Silla and Nori are happy to live with Aunt Cath in her mansion, even if she is slightly deluded, and even if the house is a bit disgusting sometimes!

But lingering over them is a weird story that their Aunt tells them; about a man in the woods who will never let them leave…  Also, interwoven into Silla’s version of events is a tale from her Aunt’s childhood. There’s a lot going on!

So it’s all very fast-paced and interesting! The ending wasn’t anything I’d considered, to be honest, but it was satisfying, to say the least. So we’ve got a really promising start and an exciting ending – but the bit in the middle wasn’t the most enjoyable for me because not that much happened to be honest. And yeah, like I said in the title of the post – I just wasn’t creeped out enough!!

However, I enjoyed the book – it was unusual and gripping, and I’m glad I read it. I’d say it deserves four stars, just because I think it was lacking a little in some elements. But it was really good!

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Hope you enjoyed my review!

  • Have you read The Creeper Man?
  • Or have you read anything else by Dawn Kurtagich?
  • Is it something you’d like to read?

Thanks for reading!

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Discussion | Is it okay to Re-Read Books?

There is a ridiculous number of books in the world. There is a vast number of good books in the world. The truth is, we’ll never have time to get through them all because new books are forever getting published – it would be incredibly hard to keep up – or read all the existing books in the first place! So why do so many of us enjoy reading books we’ve already read over and over again? – when we could be enjoying different, new books.

But there is no denying it, I’m sure we’ve all re-read at least one book in our lifetimes. I, for one, certainly have! And I enjoy it, like I’m sure we all do. This discussion will be about whether re-reading books is a good thing or not. Enjoy!


– My Experience –

In all honesty, I love re-reading books. There’s something really exciting about returning to a world you’ve enjoyed exploring – sometimes it’s even more exciting than entering a brand new world!  Books I’ve enjoyed re-reading include: The Harry Potter series, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Pride and Prejudice, Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers series, and the list goes on! I like to leave it a few years before re-reading a book, because it can be a little boring if you can remember everything that happened, of course. Also, I prefer re-reading books when I don’t have much else to read rather than reading something I’ve already read, meanwhile having a bookshelf full of brand new, unread books in my possession!

– Good thing – or bad thing? –

The Good things:

  • It enables you to enjoy a book several times
  • You tend to notice things that you have missed the first time you read it
  • If you remember the ending, you will see the red-herrings and the way the whole book works
  • If you read the book when you were a child, it is nice to reminisce on those times and about what books you enjoyed
  • Your perspective on the story might change as your personality sort of grows and changes slightly
  • You can look forward to your favourite parts of the story
  • You know it’s going to be good!

The Bad Things

  • You know what is going to happen
  • You aren’t going to learn anything new from it because you’ve already read it
  • You could be reading a new book and learning different things rather than going back over something you’ve already read
  • Could be seen as a waste of time
  • The fact that you know what is coming might make your reading experience boring
  • You might have remembered it to be better than you think it is the second time which can be disappointing
  • You might spot flaws, which can be irritating and disappointing

– How Re-reading can be useful –

I sometimes find that if I’m feeling a little down in the dumps, it’s quite comforting and relaxing, revisiting a book that you have enjoyed, and I do it quite often, even if I don’t re-read the entire book; just a couple of chapters or so. I do this because it’s nice to know you’re going to read something good and something that you enjoy. Also, revisiting your favourite characters can actually be like revisiting old friends, aha!

Also, my other experience of re-reading books being useful is when I started studying Pride and Prejudice earlier this year for my schoolwork. I found the fact that I’d already read it, gave me a bit of a head-start and I already had a good idea of what the characters were like, etc, so it was very helpful.

– In Conclusion… –

Personally, I see no harm in re-reading books. It can be fun, comforting and relaxing, and it is something I do from time to time when I feel like revisiting an enjoyable book. Most of the time, however, I like the feeling of beginning a brand new book, not knowing what the conclusion to that story is going to be.

However, the thought of not being able to go back and re-read certain books is really sad for me, and I love having the option of being able to do that.

I think the reason some of us buy books rather than borrow them from Libraries is so we can have that little world on our bookshelf, just in case we ever feel like returning to that place…

– Now I’m really interested in what you think! –

  • Is re-reading books okay?
  • How many times could you re-read a book?
  • How long do you wait before picking it up again?
  • What is the most amount of times you’ve read a book?
  • … or is re-reading books a waste of time?

Thank you for reading this discussion!

Please let me know what you think in the comments!

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Another Magical Journey in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban by JK Rowling

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WP_20160902_15_59_46_ProOf course, I loved this book. I mean, it’s a Harry Potter book! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; there’s just something really comforting about sitting down with a Harry Potter book. You really can just loose yourself in the magic and forget about reality. It’s one of those things where you look at the clock one minute and it’s something like 8pm and then you look up and it’s 11pm! I could sit for hours reading this series.

After recently reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, I got into a bit of a Harry Potter mood and I’ve decided to continue reading the series from where I left off reviewing them, late last year. You can read my reviews of Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets if you follow those links. So, Prisoner of Askaban is one of my favourite films, so I loved reading this one. I loved the further detail that JK Rowling went into that the film missed out. One of my favourite parts of any Harry Potter book is the Quidditch matches – so I loved reading all about Harry’s Firebolt!

So Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban centres around an escaped prisoner called Sirius Black, who is on the loose and apparently hunting down Harry! In order to protect people against Sirius (who is said to be extremely dangerous), strange creatures called Dementors are acting as guards of Hogwarts and other places, in an attempt to frighten Sirius off. But the Dementors themselves are very dangerous, and Harry has a couple of near-fatal experiences with these dark creatures in this book. Everything is seeming much darker and dangerous than the previous two books in my opinion.

So much happens in this book! There are seriously so many sub-plots in this book, it’s unbelievable. There’s the mystery surrounding how on Earth Hermionie is tackling so many subjects this term – I mean, we all knew she was clever, but is she really clever enough to attend multiple lessons – at the same time of day!? Also, Oliver Wood, the Griffindor Quidditch captain is going all out to try and secure the Quidditch cup this year. Harry has acquired a very mysterious thing which is the Mauraders Map, which enables him to see exactly where everyone is in the castle – and also, it reveals several secret passageways from Hogwarts into different destinations. And then there is Ron’s old rat, Scabbers, who is fighting for his life on numerous occasions in this book, because Hermionie has a new pet cat, who seems intent on killing Scabbers!

Despite the fact that the subjects dealt with in this book seem darker and more dangerous than ever before, there is still an equal balance of humour, which is GREAT. The humour in these books is fantastic, and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban is no exception.

Another favourite scene of mine, from this book, is one of Professor Lupin’s lessons – when the children all have to face the boggart, which is again, a very scary thought, but very humorous when the boggart turns into Professor Snape!

There’s so much to say about this book, it is impossible to say it all in this review! But yeah, I thoroughly enjoyed it and in my opinion, it was faultless. Packed, until the very end, with excitement and intrigue – the best in the series so far, for me!

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What are your thoughts?

  • What did you think of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban?
  • Would you agree with my five-star rating?
  • What is your favourite Harry Potter book?
  • Have you read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

Thank you for reading my review!

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August Wrap-up


Hi Everyone, it feels like yesterday that I was writing my July wrap-up, where has this month gone?! And the worst thing is, my summer holidays are almost over and I’ll be having to go back to school again – oh no! 😦 But, it’s been a busy month for me. I’ve been away on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed a seven night’s break away at a gorgeous Cottage near Scarborough, which had a beautiful swimming pool and multiple acres of private land to explore. I loved every minute! I’ve also read a lot of books, this month – a grand total of four books (which might not seem many to some people, aha, but it’s more than usual for me), so it’s been quite successful. I also got my results back from my exams, if you remember me saying, I took earlier this summer, and you’ll be happy to hear that I passed them all (yey!!!) Anyway, enough of that personal news, lets get on with the wrap-up:

 pianoAfter You by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed Here

This book is the sequel to Jojo Moyes bestselling Me Before You and although I was very excited about it, I was also cautious because I was happy with the way the original book ended. But it was a nice surprise, because I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel! I enjoyed seeing what Louisa was up to after the events of Me Before You, but in a way, I also thought it contradicted the meaning of the last book: to just live, and to live an exciting life, because now Louisa works in an airport bar and is back living a sheltered life again. However, I awarded it a four-star rating because I really enjoyed the book, and there was just as much humour and everything, as there was in the first book.four star

 The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlishthe swimming pool

Reviewed Here

This book is an excellent, very summery thriller which I read in just a couple of days towards the beginning of the month. It is about the reopening of a local swimming pool in the town that the main character of this book lives, who has an aquaphobic daughter, and befriends a very stylish family – the new celebrities of the town. It was a really well-paced, compelling book and I loved the characters – and the stage of the plot, which was obviously the swimming pool. It was a really clever book and I actually didn’t want to finish it in the end! I gave it a very high star rating of five stars out of five, because it was such an enjoyable read, and also I’m surprised it hasn’t had more recognition, to be honest.

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WP_20160823_17_43_58_Pro_zps04q6yywpNever Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay

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As I mentioned in my review, I hadn’t planned on reading this book, I picked it up spontaneously (there’s actually quite a funny story behind it, if you read my review!) but I was pleasantly surprised. I mean, it was a good book, and better than I thought it would be – but certainly not up there with the bestsellers like Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train, etc, because I could see quite a few faults, however, it was entertaining, and there was a good plot behind it. However, the characters weren’t really developed as well as they should have been and the narrative wasn’t that good, to be honest. But I gave it three stars out of five, which I thought was a very fair judgement.

3 star rating

harry potter and the cursed childHarry Potter and the Cursed Child

Reviewed Here

I was cautious about picking this book up, because I didn’t really think a sequel to the original series was needed. The play was actually quite good, even though the fact that Harry didn’t seem his old self (he seemed much more moody, impatient and irritable, etc) spoilt it a little for me. But the idea about the time-turner and bringing back the subject of Cedric Diggory’s death was all quite clever, and I enjoyed it. But there was several flaws, which was why I only gave it four stars out of five. But it’s definitely something I was certainly recommend to fans of Harry Potter.

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Currently Reading:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban


Other News:

Guess what? I’ve reached 400 followers! I really didn’t see this coming, and I’m absolutely thrilled to think that there are so many of you out there that read my posts and stuff! Debating whether to do a post like some bloggers do when they reach a similar sort of milestone. Anyway, just a big thank you from me to all you out there that are following Poppy’s Best of Books – you are really appreciated!

 August’s Posts:

How Has Your August Been?

  • Have you been anywhere nice on holiday, etc?
  • Have you read many books this month?
  • Have you done anything else exciting this month?

Thank you for reading my Wrap-up!

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New Dark Secrets Surfacing in: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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harry potter and the cursed child When I saw that this book was coming out, I actually didn’t have high hopes for it. I’m not the sort of fan who is desperate for a favourite author to keep writing and writing. I suppose I’m a “quit while your ahead” person, and I’m always quite cautious about picking up a sequel to something when you were quite content with the way it ended. So the Harry Potter series – yeah, I was happy with the ending, but curious about the content of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. So curiosity got the better of me and I picked it up… and read it. Because, at the end of the day, what was there to loose?

Well, er, my faith in JK.Rowling, the ‘magic’ of the previous seven books, my perspective on the series…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set nineteen years after to the events in the original seven books. It is, of course, in the format of a script (why, by the way, did not put me off  in the slightest – I’ve read scripts before, and I love how quick and easy to read they are) so I enjoyed that.

But for me, it is the storyline of this play, which was the most important thing. And frankly, I just couldn’t see it meeting the standards of the earlier books. I also couldn’t understand how a Harry Potter play would work on stage, I mean, how are they going to get away with flying brooms and extraordinary spells without the special effects that the films had?

So, I had my doubts, but I was actually pleasantly surprised. This book, I mean play is actually really impressive and exceeds any expectations I had for it. The storyline is equally as mysterious and complex and the original storylines, and the characters are just as interesting.

So a majority of the play is set in Albus Potter’s (Harry’s son) fourth year at Hogwarts, and is about Albus’ escapades with his best friend, Scorpius – the son of Draco Malfoy. Although it is emphasized that he is in fact the son of Malfoy, there are rumours that Scorpius is the son of Voldemort, circulated by many characters, including Harry Potter. I have to admit, I was disappointed by the way Harry Potter was portrayed in this play. In my eyes, he had lost what made him such a likable character in the original series; his adventurousness, his kindness, his modesty and his patience, and had become an irritable, careless father who didn’t seem to have time for either his kids or his friends. He was obviously very overworked at the Ministry of Magic, his workplace, but my argument to that is: Hermionie, who had a much higher position at the Ministry – as in, the actual Minister, still had plenty of time for her child: Rose.

So anyway, regarding the actual storyline, this book was very good, in my opinion. It surrounds the death of Cedric Diggory, who died in the graveyard in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Basically, Cedric’s father, Amos, comes to Harry, begging him to use a timeturner to go back and save his son, however Harry says no, but his son, Albus, had overheard and becomes desperate to deal with the suggestion, himself. He and his best friend Scorpius team up with Amos’s niece, Delphini, to delve back into the past and recover Cedric Diggory from that terrible evening when Voldemort ordered him to be killed, and called him the spare.

But when they go back in time back to the Triwizard Tournament, small changes that they make in order to try and save Cedric, make enormous differences in the present day and it turns into quite a creepy adventure, in the end, certainly full of dark shocks and chilling surprises!

I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Harry Potter. It is witty, very clever and really interesting. Wish I could see the actual performance of it, but that isn’t likely to happen, I don’t think, ahaha! I’m giving this book four stars out of five, just because I was disappointed that Harry didn’t really resemble his original character in the first 7 books, but other than that, it was really good and I was very happily surprised. 🙂

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What did you think of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child?

  • Did it meet your expectations?
  • Was there anything you were disappointed in?
  • Are you going to go and see it at the theatre?

Thank you for reading my review!

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Never Saw it Coming by Linwood Barclay: A Little too Predictable

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Yep, the title wasn’t very apt for this book, in my humble opinion. I actually saw an awful lot of the plot coming, which is why I was actually really enjoying it … until the last couple of chapters and it went downhill a little for me.

But, I enjoyed it. It struck me as quite an easy read and quick to get through; I read it within around 4-5 days. It’s sometimes nice to read a shorter book (Nice for my Goodreads 2016 Challenge, too, which I’m really lagging in, so it’s good to get through a book quickly and have one more in the bag!)

Okay, so this book wasn’t on my TBR or anything. I bought it for just £1 in WHSmiths (with this voucher I got from a newspaper). But there’s actually a long story behind me having to get this book, involving my sister, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child , a fly, and the book being confiscated from me, but I’ll try and keep it short, aha!

(Short Version of the Long Story Behind Why I Read This Book)

So yeah, I was borrowing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child from my sister whilst I was away on holiday. She had devoured it within three days and she was desperate for me to read it so she could talk about it with me. It was all going well and I was 150 pages in and ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT. So this holiday home we were staying at (which, by the way, was AMAZING – it had a swimming pool and everything, it was just excellent) was right next door to some riding stables, hence, there was an awful lot of flies around, outside, in the house, everywhere.

Now, I can’t stand insects (like, I can’t even be in the same room as one), so when there was a big ugly bluebottle in my bedroom one night, I used the nearest available object (yep, you guessed it: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) to swot it… Honestly, I just panic and poor Harry Potter and the Cursed Child took the brunt of my phobia that night… Unfortunately my sister saw this quick swot as a serious offence which had damaged the book beyond belief (apparently there was blood and a squashed fly on the back of the book, afterwards 😮 ) and she ripped it off me, so I had to put that book on hold until I’d persuaded her to let me borrow it from her again.

But… do not fear… I will be reading that book at some point in the near future – even if I have to creep into her room at night and steal the book and read it under my duvet.

Just thinking…I really hope she’s not reading this post!! 😮

So I hadn’t brought any other books away with me, so I ended up buying Never Saw It Coming by Linwood Barclay… Phew, I told you it was a long story…

(And Now Swiftly Getting Back to My Review…)

WP_20160823_16_29_57_Pro_zpsri6vwu9dRight, back to Never Saw It Coming: it’s a thriller, and I was hooked by the mysterious blurb. The book is basically about a con-artist: Keisha Ceylon, who pretends to be a physic and goes to families that she has seen on the news, pleading for information about lost relatives, etc, claiming that she has visions about their whereabouts. And she asks for money upfront as a charge for this service.

When Keisha accidentally correctly predicts what has happened to a man who’s wife has disappeared, she puts herself in serious danger.

I actually didn’t expect this book to be quite as good as it was. I hadn’t heard anything about it before I picked it up and read it – or the author either, as far as I can remember, so I thought it might just be quite, I dunno, poor, badly written, unexciting, but of course, just because it’s not that well-known, doesn’t mean it is any of those things… The writing was actually really good, and I loved how fast-moving the book was. It was a good “quick read”. You could also dip in and out of it and not feel like you had to sit down and properly read it to get into it, so it was perfect for on holiday, really.

The weak points, in my opinion, were the characters, who weren’t very well-developed. The narration of the story; now this might be just personal preference, but I just don’t think that third person worked very well for this story, I think it would have been better told from first person. And finally, the predictability of the plot wasn’t good.

But it kept me entertained, and it wasn’t as if the weak points made the book unbearable to read. It was a good book, and I’m going to give it a star rating for three stars out of five. I can certainly see why it’s not up there with Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and one I read recently: The Swimming Pool, however, definitely worth a read! 🙂

So I hope that you enjoyed my review (and the bonus story that came with it, aha!)

Thank you for reading my review, everyone!

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The Entertainer Blogger Award


Hiya Everyone, I’m back from my holiday to… the rainy North East of England. How depressing! 😦 But while I was away, I’ve been nominated for The Entertainer Blogger Award and so I’m going to be doing this tag today. I’ve not really seen anyone do this award until Nielle from Nielle Reads Books tagged me – thank you Nielle, so this should be interesting! I’ll warn you that the questions are very… random… as long as you know, it wasn’t me who made them up, ahaha. 🙂 First of all: the rules:

The Rules

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Add these rules to your post.
  3. Answer all the questions below.
  4. Display the award picture in your post.
  5. Nominate 12 other bloggers who are funny, inspiring and most important of all ENTERTAINING!

Hope you enjoy this post, everyone!

the entertainer blogger award

The Questions

Q1. Why did you start a blog in the first place?

A1. There wasn’t really a specific reason, to be honest. I just knew I read a lot and would like to discuss books with other book-lovers. Also, I love writing and I thought reviewing could really benefit me, as a writer. And finally, I thought it might help me broaden my reading horizons a little, because I used to only read quite a small number of genres, so I thought that seeing other books that other bloggers were talking about, might encourage me to read different things, too. So it was a combination of things, really.

Q2. What is your favourite book?

A2. Ooh… this is a difficult one!

I’m tempted to say: the last one I read, because this really does seem to be the case with me sometimes… But I do have my all-time favourites. I am sorry, but I can’t just give you one specific answer, ahaha. So here is my (rather long) list of favourites: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs), Me Before You (Jojo Moyes), Dark Places (Gillian Flynn), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J.K.Rowling), Before I Go to Sleep (S.J.Watson) and… the one I read last… The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish!

Q3. What do you dislike the most?

A3. I’m not sure whether my answer should be book related or just general… My book-related dislike is when you have to read a book in an allotted amount of time (or feel pressured to) say if you have borrowed the book from the Library or lent it from a friend.

Q4. What is your favourite food item from the mall?

A4. Millionaire’s Shortbread… Yummy!

Q5. What is your favourite pastime?

A5. Writing, reading, exercising, spending time with friends/family, blogging, listening to music, etc, etc. 🙂

 I Nominate…

  1. Olivia Emily @ LibroLive
  2. Jasmine @ How Useful It is
  3. Grab the Labels
  4. Little Fantasy Land
  5. Dez @ The Fun in Reading Books
  6. Anne @ I’ve Read This
  7. Jo @ My Chestnut Reading Tree
  8. Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros
  9. Vivian @ Viviheartbooks
  10. The Orang-utan Librarian
  11. Lynn @ Lynn Thaler
  12. Jess @ JBelk Books

Thank you for reading this post!

And thanks again to Nielle for tagging me!

Hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂

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Dripping in Drama: The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

Woah – I did not expect so much from Louise Candlish’s The Swimming Pool. This is a book Ithe swimming pool recently borrowed from  a family member and devoured in four days (which is a short length of time to read a book for me). This book is surely the “must-read” of the summer. If you’re going abroad for days by the pool, or just staying at home dreaming of such places, then this is the book for you.

You all know, I love a thriller, and I haven’t read one for a while; starting The Swimming Pool was jumping straight back in the deep end (pun intended). It is so full of tension, intrigue and drama. I love a book that switches from one time to another and Louise Candlish pulled it off excellently in this book. And the characters… don’t get me started on how brilliant the characters were!

The narrator of this story is a middle aged woman called Natalie and the thriller is basically about her befriending a very glamorous family – the Channing’s, who are the reason behind the reopening of a local swimming pool. Lara Channing is an ex-synchronised swimming champion and she has been on a mission to reopen the local lido, and when it does open, she meets Natalie. They both become friends from the start, to the disapproval of Natalie’s husband, Ed, and together, they embrace a summer that they will never forget. But will that be for the right reasons?

So the view points of the story are all from Natalie’s point of view (except from the epilogue), but one p.o.v is in the present day, one p.o.v is from so many weeks earlier, and the last is from 1985, when Natalie was a teenager.

The book is fast paced and consistently interesting, and it quite hard to put down at times.

I thought that the stage of this book, the swimming pool, was really effective, and as I said, it makes it perfect for reading around this time of year. And the characters were so well developed, as the story progressed, which made it hard to think about accusing anyone of being a villain! Everyone seems to have something to hide.

Fabulous, just fabulous, loved every page. This thriller is stylish, addictive and perfect for summer evenings. I will undoubtedly be checking out more of Louise Chandlish’s books because I love the way she writes. I’m awarding this book 5 stars, because it’s something I’m not going to forget easily.

Thanks for reading my review, everyone! I hope your all enjoying some nice sunshine! We are – I’m on holiday at the moment in a gorgeous big house – with a swimming pool, ahaha! So you might not hear from me for a few days, haha ☺


After You by Jojo Moyes: Was there any need for a sequel?

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Hi everyone! Today I’m reviewing the sequel to what I have just decided is literally my book of the year so far: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I reviewed this book back in May here and told you all how I’d fallen in love with the characters, the setting of the book, the bond that Will and Louisa shared… Just everything, really!

It’s a beautiful story, so when I saw that Jojo Moyes had written a sequel… well I was quite confused really. I was quite happy with the way the first book had ended, all my questions were answered, except the big one which I thought Jojo Moyes would be happy to leave to the reader’s imagination: What happened to Louisa afterwards? Despite my love of Me before You, I felt cautious about reading the sequel, I didn’t want it to spoil the first book for me. But when I saw it in Waterstones half price, I decided to take the risk and buy a copy and read it.

When I read the blurb, I was then immediately desperate to read it – and I’m so glad I did! Before I go any further, there is a slightly big spoiler in my review for Me Before You, the first book (as if the title of this sequel wasn’t a big enough spoiler, haha) so just bear that in mind! But this is a spoiler-free review for After You. 🙂

So, at the beginning of After You, we discover that Louisa is working in the bar of an airport. Which disappointed me a little – what had happened to the whole moral of the previous story: Just live? Will had taught Louisa to live a whole life of adventure, he proved how much potential she had in her. But she had decided to work in a bar, after travelling hadn’t worked out very well for her.

after youShe has a flat close by, funded by her inheritance, and it seems that her life has dipped to the same boring level as it was when she was working in the ‘Buttered Bun’, the teashop back in her home town. And she is still very much grieving Will. 😦

But then things change; Louisa falls off a very high building and injures herself badly: (at which point, I had the whole story figured out; she hires a carer, who she falls in love with, and then figures that she doesn’t want to go on like this, so she goes to Dignitas… 😦 But of course, I was wrong – phew 🙂  ) Nah, but Louisa does meet a very… dashing… paramedic, who she rather likes the look of, in the process of her accident.

So yeah, when she’s recovered, Louisa goes back to working at the airport, tormented by a horrible boss, a highly humiliating uniform and still a big hole in her life where Will used to be. To try and sort things out, she starts attending a ‘Moving On’ club for people who have lost somebody close to them.

The humour in this book is just as brilliant as it was in the first book, but it also has a very sad streak running right through the entire book – unlike the first book, which is surprising because I suppose the first book deals with darker themes such as Will’s plans to go to Dignitas. But yeah, I had a tear in my eye several times during this book, mainly at Louisa’s lowest points, when she is grieving Will, and I missed him so much, too. Somehow Louisa just didn’t seem complete without his company.

There is quite a big surprise in this book in the form of a mysterious person trying to get in touch with Louisa, regarding Will. I really grew quite fond of this mysterious character, who becomes quite close to Louisa, and thought that it was a really clever idea to revolve the story around a “Will-related figure”.

Overall, this book went way beyond my expectations – I wouldn’t say it was as good as Me Before You, but it was a very good book and it was really interesting to see Louisa’s progress after Will’s death. I loved this book and I’m so glad I read it!

I’m giving it four stars out of five because it wasn’t as good as the first book, but I personally see it as a very successful sequel:

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Have You Read This Book?

  • Have you read After You? Were you impressed or disappointed?
  • Have you read Me Before You? Are you planning on reading the sequel?
  • Were you surprised Jojo Moyes wrote a sequel?

Thanks for reading my review!

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Discussion | Judging Books Before You Read Them

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all having a good weekend. I thought I’d do a discussion post today based on pre-judging books before you’ve read them. I’m guessing we’re all slightly guilty of this one! My post is going to be about all the different ways we could judge a book before reading it and whether it’s a good or bad thing. I hope you enjoy the discussion and I’d love to hear what your opinions are in the comments below – enjoy!

 judging books before you read them

Ok, so we pre-judge a lot of things in life in general – but would us book-lovers really pre-judge booksI think that the answer is yes, so I decided to do a post on just a few of the different ways in which we could pre-judge books. So are you ready to admit to some bad bookish habits?!

The Length of a Book


Go on – admit it! Have you ever been put off by the length of a book? There are some really long books out there now and I personally, just think that stuff like A Game of Thrones and the later Harry Potter books are so long, and I find it quite daunting really, picking up a book like that. I question if I will have the will-power to finish it and am put of by the fact that if I don’t it will have felt like a waste of time. But then I also think that people might be put off by shorter books too, guessing that they will be brief, maybe episodic and uneventful.

But of course, the length of a book shouldn’t be important. I get really attached to most books I read and I’m always wishing that they were 100+ pages longer, ahaha, so yeah, maybe length shouldn’t be such a big thing. However, I can empathize with readers who are discouraged by a very thick book because it can turn into a bit of a chore, rather than pleasure, ploughing through a book if it’s like twice the size of an average book.

The Cover of a Book


Despite the old saying: “Never judge a book by it’s cover”, we all love our book covers, and if it doesn’t look great, well, you’re not really going to feel compelled to pick it up and read more about it, are you, let alone buy it? There are some great covers out there, so I think it’s quite important to have a striking cover for a book – a cover is what draws you in and attracts you to the book, so it’s important that it’s good and sets the scene for the book.

On the other hand, can you really safely judge whether to buy a book or not based on the cover? My reply would be that no, you can’t. You see some great covers, but the quality of the cover doesn’t necessarily correlate with the quality of the book itself. But yeah, I would say that a cover is what originally draws you in, so it is quite important! 🙂

Issues the book deals with


Books deal with some touchy subjects nowadays, such as suicide, disability, illnesses, sexualities, etc, so if you saw that a book was going to be based around a certain subject like this that you thought might be uncomfortable or depressing to read about, you might be put off by it, however I’ve read some great books recently based on subjects that I’ve imagined I might not enjoy reading about.

A prime example for me is Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – a book about a man with a disability. I thought that it might just be really depressing and everything, however it was a very light-hearted and happy book, which was very refreshing to see.

I think it’s good to be open to subjects to read about and very open-minded, otherwise, you are limiting yourself, and missing out on some great reads!

WP_20160806_17_30_54_Pro Hyped up Books

There are so many hyped up books nowadays, it would be easy just to base your reading list off what other people are enjoying, but you shouldn’t be put off picking up a book that you haven’t heard much about. There are some fabulous books out there, that haven’t been given their due credit yet.

I mean, it’s absolutely fine to follow trends as we established in my last discussion post: Do you Follow Bookish Trends , but it’s obviously important to remember that not all the best books are the ones everyone’s talking about. So I would say it’s important to not judge books on whether they are up there in other people’s ‘favourites lists’. Each have their own tastes after all!

I’m Guilty of Quite a Few!

Well – them all really, to a certain extent, haha!  I’m a big lover of beautiful front covers – there’s something very special about carrying around a book with a lovely front cover – especially if it’s a great book as well!

My ideal page-count for a book is around the 350-450 mark, otherwise it’s either over too fast, or too dragged out for my liking – I’m so fussy!

I’m not really put off by subjects that books deal with, especially now I’ve discovered some really good ones dealing with issues I wouldn’t have once felt comfortable reading about, but no, now I am very open-minded, to be honest.

And, yeah, I am curious when it comes to hyped up books, but I don’t mind giving lesser well known books a try too!

How About You?

  • Do you sometimes find yourself pre-judging books?
  • Can you think of any other ways in which you could pre-judge a book?
  • Can you think of a time when you pre-judged a book and were proven wrong?
  • Did you enjoy this discussion topic?
  • Did you agree with the examples I raised?

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Hope you enjoyed this Discussion!

Thank you very much for reading, everyone!

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