So many to choose from, luckily my memory aint so great…

books

Gold – Chris Cleave

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If your dreams pull you in one direction and your heart in another, which should you follow? This is the question that haunts Kate Meadows, a world champion athlete whose eight-year-old daughter Sophie is battling a recurrence of childhood leukemia just as Kate is about to compete for her last chance at an Olympic gold medal. For years, Kate has sacrificed everything for her family and watched her best friend and closest rival, Zoe Castle, conquer the world stage. Kate has never won gold and will have to go through Zoe – who has everything to lose – to get it. Now her child is facing a life-threatening illness, and the stakes are higher than ever. How can she do what is right for her daughter without abandoning all of her dreams?

What I liked about it…

I thought a story based around a sport – cycling, snore – wouldn’t interest me, but actually it was just part of the story, part of the difficult choice that an Olympic athlete and a mother has to make – selfishness and sacrifice… It isn’t the most fascinating or exciting story but it is told well, it isn’t complicated and moved along well. Relationships between the characters were good and believeable and the daughter Sophie was likeable. Zoe, friend/enemy, was quite annoying and frustrating, but you could feel sympathy for her.

What I didn’t like about it…

I thought the husband was a bit weak and selfish and Kate was a little too nice, but maybe I am being picky. And it really isn’t the most joyful tale.

Extinction Point – Paul Antony Jones

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Reporter Emily Baxter has a great job, an apartment in Manhattan, and a boyfriend she loves. All that changes the day the red rain falls from a cloudless sky. Just hours after the first reports from Europe, humanity is on the brink of extinction, wiped from the face of the earth in a few bloody moments, leaving Emily alone in an empty city. As she tries to grasp the magnitude of her situation, Emily becomes the final witness to the end of our world…and the birth of a terrifying new one.

The world she knew and loved is dead and gone. Now Emily must find a way out of New York as truth behind the red rain is revealed: the Earth no longer belongs to humanity.

What I liked about it…

Its an end of the world book – with aliens. Need I say more.

What I didn’t like about it…

Wasn’t really a fan of the main and pretty much only character – didn’t necessarily dislike her just didn’t really get her. But it was a quick first book of a series and I am intrigued so I will give the second one a go.

Dracula – Bram Stoker

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When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to help Count Dracula purchase a London house, he makes horrifying discoveries in his client’s castle. Soon afterwards, disturbing incidents unfold in England: a ship runs aground on the shores of Whitby, its crew vanished, beautiful Lucy Westenra slowly succumbs to a mysterious, wasting illiness, her blood drained away; and the lunatic Renfield raves about the imminent arrival of his ‘master’. In the ensuing battle of wills between the sinister count and a determined group of adversaries – led by the intrepid vampire hunter Abraham van Helsing.

What I liked about it…

Hmmm well, I liked that I have read it, it is a well-known story, there is a film, it is old, it is a classic, well done me for getting through it… And the story is a good story, it is THE vampire story.

What I didn’t like about it…

It took me weeks and weeks and weeks to read it, it felt like it was going on forever, my attention would just not stick. But it isn’t the books fault, it is well-written, very descriptive, very gothic. I am just not sophisticated enough for it, I need things to move quicker, more to happen. I hang my head in shame.

It’s Not What You Think – Chris Evans

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Chris Evans’ extraordinary career has seen him become one of the UK’s most successful broadcasters and producers. Here, his autobiography is a funny and frank story of how a boy from a Warrington council estate, who started work at 13 and held down 20 different jobs by the time he left school became the most widely acclaimed broadcaster of his generation. From the early death of his father that literally set him to work, to his meteoric rise in TV and radio, he talks openly about the highs and lows of his turbulent career and how his drive to succeed impacted his personal life. 

What I liked about it…

I am not a big autobiography reader but I am trying a few and Chris Evans is a part of my teenage years (The Big Breakfast and TFI Friday) so I was kinda interested, and I quite enjoyed it; the man has worked hard, he has a sense of humour and it has left me ready to read the next one. Also as a list lover I enjoyed the lists at the beginning of each chapter.

What I didn’t like about it…

Not enough gossip! C’mon there must be so many stories, especially from the TFI Friday days.

Head over Heel – Chris Harrison

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After falling in love with ‘la bella’ Daniela, Chris Harrison uproots his life to follow her to her small hometown on the coast of Puglia and live la dolce vita. Can their relationship possibly survive the eccentric cast of characters they encounter or will the sweet life turn sour?

What I liked about it…

It is a beautifully written book about Italy; it is honest and funny and it made me want to hop on a plane straight to Italy, and the couple were lovely people that you really rooted for.

What I didn’t like about it…

It did take me a long time to read as not exactly an exciting read, just nice enough to read a bit here and there.

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