Katina – Roald Dahl (1/27)

This is the first short story in Volume One of Roald Dahlia Complete Short Stories. This book has twenty-seven short stories and I want to post a review for each individual one, that way I can give each one their due credit.

Katina is the first story in this collection, that have been put together in one place for fans of the amazing Roald Dahl. Katina was first published in Ladies’ Home Journal in March 1944, and it’s nice to see these little facts included.

Katina is the name of the little girl that is found alive among the rumble and dead bodies of 1944 war time (I’m guessing by the date this was written). She seems so out of place and she doesn’t speak English or the language of the soldiers. The little girl in the story resembles, for me, a little bit of light, or a distraction to the story and for the soldiers, among all the darkness, cruelty, death and bitterness that comes with war. She’s found amount such brutality and seems so out of place. So innocent.

I am not somebody who likes reading war stories, but knowing that Roald Dahl spent time in the war, you can really feel the truth in his words from his own vivid experiences in the words you’re reading. The descriptions and the writing is so vivid and expressive, you can imagine it all and feel it all. Then when the ending comes, you feel every word of it. It hits you and it’s so real, with no punches held back, just like war. You don’t get to decide the perfect ending, who lives or dies, you have to accept what happens, no matter how it makes you feel.

For a brief short story, it was unexpected, especially coming from Roald Dahl, when you’re used to reading about Everlasting Gobstoppers and made up fun children stories.

I am excited to read the rest of his short stories in this collection. . .

Mind Me, Milady – Anne Rothman-Hicks & Ken Hicks

​I was approached and sent a free copy of this book by the authors and publicist, in exchange for an honest and unbiased opinion of this book. 
I didn’t know what to expect from this book and I was surprised by how quickly I was able to immerse myself in this book and the world within it. The characters of Jane and Susan were strongly developed to the point that you start caring about them, which is what you want with this type of book. The same can be said with the male characters and the suspicion that surrounds them and the possibility that they could be the guilty character, the Gentleman Rapist. Not knowing who to trust. 
This book is surrounded in so much mystery, which is fantastic has it keeps you guessing right up to the last few pages. This mystery and these questions are answered in the last few chapters, which is where everything is so brilliantly brought together.
There were some editing issues in my copy where wrong names were used when talking about certain characters and so on, as though there were some last minute switches. These were just silly mistakes that could’ve been sorted with a once over, but it’s something I had to mention as it happened several times and it did begin to annoy me. But on saying that, it didn’t interfere with the story. 
I just discovered that this book is the second book in the Jane Larson series and I’m interested to read the first book.

Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian

What can I truly say about this book?

Throughout this entire book, it was such an emotional and beautiful masterpiece that, in my opinion, really should be read by everyone. It’s one of those books that just speaks to you and that you can learn from, especially when you’re a child and then if you read it again as an adult. This book teaches you about so much and when I finished reading this book, I was left thinking about countless of things. It teaches you about right and wrong, loss and heartbreak and so much more. The innocence only a child has, mixed with the anger and rage of the war. There was so much truth, which made this book just heated with emotion. As an adult reading this book you can see everything and understand it all, whereas a child may not and does not it this book, and that breaks your heart to see. To see such audacity occur to a child. It makes you ask questions and look at yourself a little deeper. 

The two main characters, William and Tom, are so different at the start of this book, but by the time you get to the end of this book, they have become so similar. You can see how these two characters have developed and grown throughout the entirity of the book, as their development is and plays a part of the story. I can’t point to anything negative to say about this book, because of how much great the writing, the plot, the characters, the story is. This book just emotes so much. What you are left with and what you take away is important. 
I saw the movie adaptation when I was younger and had such a strong bond with that movie, that I was hesitant to read this book because I didn’t want those memories tainted. This book just added to those and is one of the closest and truest book to movie adaptations I have seen. I give this book a massive 5 stars with a recommendation to everyone, no matter what age or what genre you like to read. 

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is a little curious read that I came across and recognised, because of the film adaptation I had seen a couple of years ago. I never knew that this movie was based on a short story, especially one written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, so this took my interest.

This is a book, that is in itself for a better word, curious. Benjamin Button is born, but he isn’t born as you would expect, or how his parents had expected. Benjamin is born old. He has a beard, he can talk. Not what you would expect from a new born baby. As Benjamin goes through his life and ages, his body actually gets younger. So, he is going through life kid of backwards. Now Benjamin and those close to him, have to deal with this bizarre abnormality and everything that comes with it.

I honestly wasn’t expecting much from this little read, especially when you think that this short story takes place over the whole of Benjamins’ life. What can you really get from a short story? Well, I ended up really enjoying it. For such a short read, it contained so much. The writing was so beautifully and carefully done, ensuring to emulate and capture the age that the character was at each stage of his life. The way that this book ended, with the pure gentle child like innocence, was literally breath-taking. The whole concept behind the idea of this book did make me think about what if this was my reality, or if this happened to my child.

I did believe that F. Scott Fitzgerald could have gone so much more into this story and made it into a novel, instead of the short story that it is. If it was done as a longer and more detailed novel, then there would have been so much more emotion at certain parts and made this a much deeper read. This is why I ended up removing a star. However, for the short story that it is, it was still a good read and one I do recommend for people to read and therefore I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. I can’t believe I’d only read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald before today, this one definitely beat that for me.

Have you read this story before? Or any of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s works? What do you think?

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25 Bookish Facts About Me…

Hey everyone!!
I came across a little post and I really liked the idea behind it, so I thought that I would do one about myself. The idea is to come up with 25 Bookish Facts about yourself and share it, so here are some little facts about me and hopefully this will be a good way for you all to get to know
me a little bit better. So, lets begin..

1) I am a slow reader and envy all those fast readers out there.
2) I am more of a night time reader, staying up until the early hours in the morning. This can be so peaceful.
3) I totally judge books by their covers.
4) I suffer with chronic migraines which sucks as a reader, as it can really damping the whole reading process. The joy can sometimes turn into misery.
5) I never read the Harry Potter series in the correct order the first time I read the books.
6) My least favourite genre is most probably Sci-fi.
7) I can’t read in a moving vehicle, especially a car, because I’ll either get carsick or a migraine. This doesn’t stop me from trying though!
8) I HATE lending out ANY of my books! I’ve had a bad history with this.
9) My favourite books when I was younger (the earliest I can remember) are; ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.
10) I love going through second hand bookshops and discovering little hidden gems.
11) My entire Roald Dahl collection was the first books I bought myself, setting up my very own account. I sadly don’t own those books any more.
12) My mother, a non-reader, once gave ALL of my books to a charity shop while I was at school, claiming I had too many books. I was FUMING!!
13) I 100% prefer physical books over eBooks or audiobooks, although I do read and listening to them all.
14) I can’t and won’t ever dog-ear, write or do anything that may damage my books.
15) I own so many books and I haven’t read about half of them. That doesn’t stop me continually buying more books.
16) Following on from *no15, that means that my current TBR list on books I already own is high. This is before including or thinking about any new TBR books I discover, or may have been released.
17) I will choose to read the book before watching the films adaptation, so there’s several films I still haven’t seen because I haven’t read the book yet.
18) I always have at least one book on me at all times!
19) I have a tub/box that’s just for bookmarkers and it’s almost full and sits on my bookshelf (one of them). But I still often use random things, eg. remote, my phone, another book as a bookmarker.
20) I love it when a book takes me by surprise.
21) My Amazon wish-list is a godsend. I can just add all the books I want or take my fancy, then when I think I deserve a new book, they’re all there in one place.
22) Sometimes I find it hard or it takes me longer to get into fantasy and dystopian books, simply because of their worlds.
23) I am bad when it comes to reading a book, to be constantly thinking and wondering about possible endings and twists, especially when reading a mystery, or a suspense. 9 out of 10 times I’m usually right, which can be good, but can spoil the ending of the book for me. Stupid overthinking brain.
24) There is no such thing as too many books. NEVER!
25) My Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2017 is 60 books. Fingers Crossed!

So there are just 25 little bookish facts about me and I hope you’ve gotten to know me a little bit better :). What are some 25 bookish facts about you?

Wishlist Wednesday – 6/9/17

Wishlist Wednesday is a meme where you post about one book each week that has been on your wishlist for sometime, a book that you are excited to buy, to read, etc. This is a post that is hosted by Pen to Paper. 

This is my first time making a Wishlist Wednesday post and I’m doing it today because I’m feeling inspired to do so and because I’m pretty excited and wanted to share that excitement with others. I have had a book on my Amazon Wishlist and have pre-ordered it such a long time and I’m finally going to be having it delivered to me tomorrow!!! What is this book?. Let’s get into it…

Godsgrave.jpg Godsgrave (#2) – Jay Kristoff

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.

Assassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

Set in the world of Nevernight, which Publishers Weekly called “absorbing in its complexity and bold in its bloodiness,” Godsgrave will continue to thrill and satisfy fantasy fans everywhere.

This is the sequel to Nevernight by Jay Kristoff and I have been waiting for this sequel since I finished reading book one. The way that book ended. Finally, it will be delivered tomorrow and I will be able to cross it of my wishlist and soon it will be crossed off my TBR list as well. This is one I can’t wait to see arrive in the mail, count down the minutes, (tomorrow definitely is going to drag), then to finally hold it in my hands and then to read it. Wish me some patience please!

What’s on your wishlist?