Hey guys! So I have been following a lot of Book Instagrams for the last couple weeks. I across this amazing girl (If you love reading and love reading challenges I highly suggest you follow her. I love her instagram.) who was hosting a reading challenge. So having a lot of free time on my hands I decided to join.
The challenge was #5Books7Days which is very simple you read 5 books in 7 days. The challenge ran from February 22 – February 28th. I honestly was a little worried I wasn’t going to finish the challenge in time. I even changed one of the books to a shorter one to help complete the challenge. I am glad to say I finished my last book about an hour ago.
1 st Book
Lush By Natasha Friend
Goodreads Synopsis : Natasha Friend is a Judy Blume for today — clearly evident in this remarkable new novel about a girl whose father is an alcoholic and how she and her family learn to deal with his condition.
It’s hard to be a 13-year-old girl. But it’s even harder when your father’s a drunk. It adds an extra layer to everything — your family’s reactions to things, the people you’re willing to bring home, the way you see yourself and the world. For Samantha, it’s something that’s been going on for so long that she’s almost used to it. Only, you never get used to it. Especially when it starts to get worse…
My Thoughts: Overall I have to say I enjoyed this book. It’s written for a younger audience so I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more if I was younger. I felt the story was pretty deep. I did get a bit emotional during one part of the book. I did feel this was similar to a Judy Blume book and Natasha does a good job writing about a young girl dealing with family issues while also trying to be a normal 13 year old girl. Overall good story.
I would recommend because it’s a short and easy read.
Bridget Jone’s Diary (Bridget Jones #1) by Helen Fielding
Goodreads Synopsis : Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:
a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise
“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”
Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.
Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”
My Thoughts: Overall I really enjoyed this book. I have to say at times I wanted to jump in the book and smack Bridget a couple times for the choices she was making and tell her not to be so hard on herself but I couldn’t. I enjoyed that the book tackles regular things woman go through like loosing weight and trying to find love. I felt so bad for her whenever she was with family and they would bug her about why she wasn’t married. I can’t wait to watch the movie. I overall enjoyed this and was pleased with the ending.
I would recommend this.
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (Bridget Jones #2) by Helen Fielding
Goodreads Synopsis : Monday 27 January
“7:15 a.m. Hurrah! The wilderness years are over. For four weeks and five days now have been in functional relationship with adult male, thereby proving am not love pariah as recently feared.”
Lurching from the cappuccino bars of Notting Hill to the blissed-out shores of Thailand, Bridget Jones searches for The Truth in spite of pathetically unevolved men, insane dating theories, and Smug Married advice (“I’m just calling to say in the potty! In the potty! Well, do it in Daddy’s hand then!”). She experiences a zeitgeist-esque Spiritual Epiphany somewhere between the pages of How to Find the Love You Want Without Seeking It (“can self-help books really help self?”), protective custody, and a lightly chilled Chardonnay.
Wednesday 5 March
“7:08 p.m. Am assured, receptive, responsive woman of substance. My sense of self comes not from other people but… from… myself? That can’t be right.”
With another devastatingly hilarious, ridiculous, unnervingly accurate take on modern womanhood, Bridget Jones is back.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first one. I did find myself to be a bit more annoyed than I was when reading the first one. The character Rebecca from the first book is in this one and not for very good intentions. So I was annoyed by that. Then later on in the book Bridget has even more bad luck and that’s when I got really enjoyed it. I felt horrible for her but she managed to find a way out of the situation which she always does. I loved the way it ended. Thankfully I just picked up the third one, Mad About the Boy, so I will be reading that one very soon.
If you read the first Bridget Jone’s book and enjoyed it then I highly recommend this one.
The Last Little Blue Envelope (Little Blue Envelope #2) by Maureen Johnson
Goodreads Synopsis : Ginny Blackstone thought that the biggest adventure of her life was behind her. She spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny’s backpack—and the last little blue envelope inside—she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end.
Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he’s found her bag. Finally, Ginny can finish what she started. But instead of ending her journey, the last letter starts a new adventure—one filled with old friends, new loves, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Ginny finds she must hold on to her wits . . . and her heart. This time, there are no instructions.
My Thoughts: So I read the first book in this series a while back. I came across this recently and thought I’d read it for the challenge I’m doing. I’m so glad I decided to because this book was amazing. Ginny is back to finished what she started from the first one I love the idea of it. I really wish someone would send me on a trip all over the world. I love traveling and would love to be sent to learn more about a family member or just my family in general.
If you read the first one I highly recommend this. If you haven’t I highly recommend you read 13 Little Blue Envelopes.
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Goodread Synopsis : William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary small boys marooned on a coral island has become a modern classic. At first, it seems as though it’s all going to be great fun; but the fun before long becomes furious & life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic & death. As ordinary standards of behavior collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them—the world of cricket & homework & adventure stories—& another world is revealed beneath, primitive & terrible. Lord of the Flies remains as provocative today as when it was 1st published in 1954, igniting passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. Though critically acclaimed, it was largely ignored upon its initial publication. Yet soon it became a cult favorite among both students and literary critics who compared it to J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye in its influence on modern thought & literature. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies has established itself as a classic.
My Thoughts: I ended up enjoying this book. Sadly a lot of the time when reading it I found myself distracted so it took me a bit longer to finish. I was glad that even thought it was an old book I didn’t have much difficulty with it. I find at times the way some old books are written I just can’t get into them. I enjoyed seeing how these boys dealt with being on an island all alone without adults. They were very brave and handled themselves better than I ever could. I completely understand how fear at times got the best of them. I was happy with how it ended and also for thankful for the ending. I understand why it’s such a classic book.
I recommend this book.
I’m glad that all the books I read this week were all enjoyable books. I am with the choices I made. I hope in the future to be able to participate in another challenge like this and finish all the books I picked. I plan on writing more about the Bridget Jones books since I have the third one now. I would like to write a review about them all together.
If you wish for me to do a full review on any the books I spoke about please leave a comment and I will be more then happy to do so.