Books of 2013: Part 4

I’m not completely sure any of you are enjoying this….and I know I’m neglecting writing other thing (and I have so much to blog about!) but i’m determined to finish this off!  I’m so ill today and this is the first weekend that I’m not going away somewhere so I’m looking forward to not traveling, but i still have tons of stuff to do!  Anyway enough complaining, on with books 16 through 20!
Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
Neverland is home to Peter Pan, a young boy who has never grown up. On one of his visits to London, Peter makes the acquaintance of young Wendy Darling, whom he invites to travel with him to Neverland and become the mother of his gang of Lost Boys. Flying through the night sky to Neverland, Wendy and her brothers are soon caught up in adventures.

This is one of my beloved Barnes and Nobel Leather-bound books, it’s so pretty and the page ends are all silver!  Anyway moving away from the aesthetics and onto the actual contents!  I’m familiar with this story, as most people are, because I grew up with thee Disney version, which I loved!  I went through a phase in my teens of being obsessed with Tinkerbell, so I was really looking forward to reading this.  It did not disappoint!  This is one of the greatest children storeys I’ve ever read, different enough from the Disney version but still completely magical and imaginative.  I really wish I’d read this when I was younger as I know it would have completely captured my imagination.  Everyone should read this at least once in their lifetime!
Filth by Irvine Welsh
With the festive season almost upon him, Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson is winding down at work and gearing up socially – kicking off Christmas with a week of sex and drugs in Amsterdam. There are irritating flies in the ointment, though, including a missing wife, a nagging cocaine habit, a dramatic deterioration in his genital health, a string of increasingly demanding extra-marital affairs. The last thing he needs is a messy murder to solve. Still it will mean plenty of overtime, a chance to stitch up some colleagues and finally clinch the promotion he craves. But as Bruce spirals through the lower reaches of degradation and evil, he encounters opposition – in the form of truth and ethical conscience – from the most unexpected quarter of all: his anus.

Well I couldn’t have picked a book much different from my last one!  Like all Irvine Welsh’s work it’s full of sex, drug use and crude language, and frankly I love it!  This is probably my favourite of all of Welsh’s books that I’ve read, and it’s also one of the most controversial.  I read it knowing the film was coming out in the same year and I loved both, although there’s certain erm….internal things…that the film leaves out….I’m trying not to say anything so I don’t give it a way but if you love modern fiction that doesn’t hold back and your not squeamish then I really recommend this book!
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
Everybody gets to be supermodel gorgeous. What could be wrong with that? 

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license – for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty and catapults you into a high-tech paradise where your only job is to have a really great time. In just a few weeks Tally will be there.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to be pretty. She’d rather risk life on the outside. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally the worst choice she can imagine: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. 

The choice Tally makes changes her world forever..

I’d been looking forward to this series for a long time so to be honest I was left disappointed   It was an easy read and I found that while I enjoyed it while I was reading, after I put it down I didn’t have much desire to pick it up and carry on with it.  It was full of cliche’s and just seemed to go down the same path all the YA distopian novels do.  Maybe I’m just too old or I’ve read too much of this style, either way it missed the mark for me

Pretties (Second book in the uglies series) by Scott Westerfeld

Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.

Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

Even though I didn’t love the first book I cracked strait on with the second book in the series as I knew if I left it I probibily wouldn’t carry on with the series.  If i hadn’t already bought the rest of the books in the series I probably wouldn’t have carried on with it.  To be honest this one hasn’t made much of an impression on me and I think the first and second books have sort of blurred together in my mind.
The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will talk to him about Nikki; his beloved Philadelphia Eagles keep losing; he’s being pursued by the deeply odd Tiffany; his new therapist seems to recommend adultery as a form of therapy. Plus, he’s being hunted by Kenny G!

This was a birthday gift given to me from my beautiful friend Amy of Cocktails in Teacups and I set to reading it strait away.  I love contemporary fiction so this was right down my street.  I loved the way it was written and how all the character dealt with their flaws, it was really easy to read and very enjoyable, the football stuff was a little lost on me however but I did really enjoy the book references.

So, are you enjoying these?  Let me know if you’ve read any!

Kariss xxx

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