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I read a lot of books and I write about them on here. Mummy Geek is sometimes a guest blogger....people seem to love her.....Oh and you can find me on Twitter.....@book_geek_says. Shortlisted for Blog of the Year by the 2015 Love Stories Awards...THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Review: The First Church on the Moon

Publisher: Big Hand Books
I know this will sound stupid, but I read this book by accident. I wanted a short story to read and my Kindle lied to me when I first looked at the details of this book. It told me it would take me 40mins to read it. So woo hooo short story. No it was a whole novel....but anyway.
I liked the style, it was very Monty Python. I liked the asides of humour and comments, I liked the weird statements of the bloody obvious, I liked the comments that left you wondering why the hell they were there at all and what exactly the hell was going on. Also, the plot and concept is really rather bonkers.
ALSO, how could I not be delighted by the fact that there was a cat called Bishmillah??
Anyway, the style, as I said above was awesome and I thoroughly enjoyed it. But, I fear I have missed the integral and crucial point of this book. I feel as if a comment regarding religion, and free will and even humanity in general was being made in this book and it's passed me by to an extent. Then again, I could be having one of my episodes where a book that's quirky and well written is leading me to believe that there is something more to be found when there isn't. Maybe someone can help me out here???
Anyway, good read, funny, amusing, bit thought provoking
BG :-)

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Review: Something Beginning With

Publisher: Friday Project
I have never before read a book like this, where the narrative is told via alphabetical topics. It was mad but it was refreshing and really, truly in the style of what the Friday Project was about for me. Bringing new and different an refreshing books to the world.
I really liked Verity, she was like a younger and mini Bridget Jones. She was endearing and the style of her character really made one warm to her. Also she's very amusing, unintentionally sometimes but, still really amusing.
This thoroughly novel but good book seems to be a bit unnoticed (as far as I can tell) but should be one that you read. It's a bit of a womanly coming of age read so won't appeal to all the reading masses but if you want a different, amusing, heart warming read where you end up feeling like you've made a new friend then defos give this a go.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Review: The Girl With The Fragile Mind

Publisher: Avon
Hmmmm, I'm really not sure how I fell about this book. I'm not sure at all if I liked it or thought it was worth a read. I'm really torn. Yes, the concept is decent and the plot is alright, but I don't think it was executed in the best way possible.
Basically we have Claudie and she has some shit going on that's messing up her life and then we have a terrorist attack that gets in the way of things and mixed up with Claudie.
To be honest, I think this book is one of those novels that has jumped on the female psychological thriller bandwagon that was started by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. That series was super and it did yes, inspire some good books along this genre/line/theme but alas I don't think this was one of them.
To speak more about the book, Silver and Keaton, were characters I did indeed enjoy and I liked the mix up in POVs. I do like a book that mixes up the voice, otherwise I can get a tad bored.
The things I didn't like.....the plot was too farcical and far fetched. It was not constructed well enough to feel believable. I hated all the coincidental nonsense. There was far too much of that. I really did not like Claudie. She really pissed me off.
So, in all, not the best read....sorry chaps

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Review: The State of Me

Publisher: The Friday Project - no longer in existence Harper Collins imprint
So, I have a functioning Kindle once more - HUZZAH. So I can read ebooks again HUZZAH. And this is the first one I decided to read.
This is the story of Helen and how ME came around and how it controlled, dictated and shaped her life.
The book's style is unique the voice is fantastic. You are completely engaged, and drawn in. You basically become Helen. I think that the 1980s references would be hard to follow if you don't have a knowledge of the 80s or were around in the 80s, but they I'm sure can be easily overcome.
I know people with ME but this book really helps give you more of an understanding. It really does draw you in to the world of someone who is suffering, and someone who is fighting to try and lead a practical life with this debilitating illness. The novel deals beautifully with a serious illness that can destroy lives completely.
I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read something great or even wants to see how this illness can hit an individual and those around them.
A fabulous, endearing, funny, whimsical, hard and compassionate read.
For sure give it a shot.