The Bookshelf #1

Book Reviews

It has been a very, very long time since I mentioned some of the books which I have being reading. In all honesty, despite once being an avid book worm I no longer sit down and find myself becoming lost in another world for hours on end. Nevertheless, I still enjoy picking up a new read, even if they do take me longer to get through these days. 

In a bid to mix things up just a little bit over here I decided that I would very much like to share with you some of my recent reads. Therefore, each time I have finished three books I will pop up a new post in order to share with you my thoughts on them. They will be brief as I am no book critic, however one might just catch your interest. I often find new reads by stumbling across those which are mentioned by fellow bloggers and of course over on Goodreads; if you are a fellow book worm and you haven’t been on that website before then I highly recommend checking it out. 

Philip Pullman – Grimm Tales

For a rather long time I had really wanted to read the darker twists to some of the classic fairy tales which we all know and love. The fairy tales by Brothers Grimm have being re-written and interpreted by many authors. In this version I have here they are explained and told by one of my favourite childhood authors, Philip Pullman.  There are a number of stories within this book, some which you will instantly recognise and others that you may not. They are a bit more ruthless, insincere and shed a whole new light on the phrase happily ever after.

Anita Diamant – The Red Tent

The Red Tent had been sitting on my bookshelf for the past five years or more, therefore it was about time that I picked it up in order to see what it was all about. The story is told by Dinah, whereby we are taken on a journey throughout her life, right from her earliest memories up until she departs this world. It is a story of ancient womanhood and the trials and tribulations that they faced. I will admit to this being the type of novel which I would never normally read, hence it taking me such a very long time to pick it up. That being said, it has opened up my eyes to a different kind of genre when it comes to the novels that I read, therefore I am so pleased that I decided to give this a go.

Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

This book was rather hyped up towards the end of last year and it was the first novel that I decided to read as we headed into 2016. The Girl on the Train focuses upon a timeline of events all witnessed and put together by the lead protagonist of the book, Rachel. It is a book which, despite not liking any of the characters somehow managed to keep me hooked. As a reader it kept me guessing alongside Rachel as to what really happened, and even though for me it started to become quite obvious towards the end, I really on a whole enjoyed this debut novel from Paula Hawkins. 

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