Story Time!!

I thought since I haven’t posted in a while and I’ve been struggling to find something to write about, that I’d do a bit of a book review. Now I don’t read nearly as much as I’d like to and only really make time for it when I’m on holiday, but while I’ve been home – and ill – I’ve finished my most recent book and now I’m on the hunt for another (hint please leave suggestions)!

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The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night Time:

I was recommended this book by one of my close friends and I read it while away last summer. It was a good book, to be honest. It was different to ones I’d normally read, but I quite liked the detectiveness about it and it was very interesting to, not only read about and share the experience with the boy in the book but to learn the thoughts of a child with Asperger’s/Autism. Knowing very little about autism indeed, I found that the book was very cleverly written and it was intriguing. When trying a new book I find it difficult to stick with it, but this book was easy to read and understand and as I got into it I felt very interested and wanted to keep on reading to find out what happened next! 

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Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Now I’m sure(/hoping) that many of you have already read this fantastic series, and slightly more certain that you’ve seen the films. Personally I love the entire series but Catching Fire (book number 2) was definitely my favourite. I think it was the perfect mix of deep, exciting storyline description together with the adventure and action of the Games. Of course if you’re going to read one of them you have to read them all but nevertheless, this one’s my fave.

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Where Rainbows End

To finish I had to recommend this book, by Cecelia Ahern. A lot of the books I’ve read are the big, fantasy series (Hunger Games and Harry Potter) and I do love them, but this book was sort of a romcom story and I really fell in love with it! It’s written entirely out of letters, emails, notes etc involved in the lives of Rosie and Alex, which I think is a really clever idea and it not only encourages the reader to make sense of what’s happening but enables you to anticipate what’s going to happen (the way you do when watching a TV drama) which I feel makes the reader more involved and means you can’t stop reading because you need to keep on going to find out if what you think is right! It’s quite a romantic-comedy-drama-type book, basically telling the story of the relationship between these two people as they grow from 5 years old to into their 60s-70s. I’ve read this book twice now and in both cases I couldn’t put it down! I remember reading it the first time when I was 13, and I took it to my cousin’s wedding (it was a weekend do) and I remember reading it all the way down in the car and all the way back and at every opportunity I could find! The idea sounds a bit soppy, (although I admit sometimes I like soppy romantics) but I can’t say I cringed during any of it nor did I think ‘that would never happen’ (as I do find myself thinking with some of these romantic stories). It all sounded like genuine life circumstances (some unluckier than others). I do believe there is a film of this now out called ‘Love, Rosie’ (starring Finnick from Catching Fire, just saying) – which I am yet to see – but I still recommend this book, especially to those who haven’t seen the film because I did really enjoy reading it, and apart from the classic HP I would say it’s my favourite book!

So there’s my review of 3 pretty different, but all brilliant books, which I recommend to all! If you have any book recommendations or books you’ve been loving I would be very interested to know!



  1. A boom of bitterns
    March 26, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I love the book reviews! I've had The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time on my bookshelf for years and never got round to reading it, I think I'm going to have to now!If you like fantasy novels, I'd really recommend Terry Pratchett's 'The Wee Free Men'. It's the first of a series of four, technically for young adults but still just as good as when I first read it. Like all of his books it blends fantasy and humour, but it's probably my favourite.I hope you manage to find something good to read!Alexandra xx

    • Josie Brownlee
      March 27, 2015 / 9:01 am

      Thanks very much! Oooh that sounds good, thanks very much for the recommendation I'll have a look for that one! x

  2. Amy Liddell
    March 28, 2015 / 6:49 pm

    I've read Where Rainbows End and all of the Hunger Games books and loved them all! // UK Fashion BlogThere's only one day left to enter my giveaway to win a pair of thigh high boots! Enter here!

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