Monday, 25 June 2018

Recent Reads

Recent Reads is a way for me to round up books that I have read recently that are either too small to really give a detailed review of them, or are books read for fun with no review notes taken.
To find out more about each book, click on the book title to be taken to Goodreads

Little Dragon by Deborah Cueno
This was a short book, and one I have read a while ago. I loved the simplicity of the pictures and how eye catching it is. The story itself is about Little Dragon and his new baby, how his parents tell him about the dragon, and Little Dragons feelings towards this new arrival. I think this would be a great book as an introduction to new arrivals as well as discussions about feelings the child may have towards new arrivals.

50 Wacky Things Pets Do: Weird & Amazing Things Pets Do by Walter Foster Creative Team
This was another quick read, with wacky things about every animal you can have as a pet, from hamsters, cats, and dogs. the pictures were cute and bold, clearly illustrating the wacky thing as well as writing about it too.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
This was a mixed book for me. I had previously  listened to the audio a while ago, but had forgotten how it all ended so I snagged a copy from NetGalley. The beginning of the book as how I remembered it, but the ending not so much. I liked the idea behind the story I just felt like it didn't really get too far, and just as things are about to get interesting the book ends. To me this felt more like a prequel with bonus chapters letting us look into the book, rather than a first book in the series. I just didn't feel like the characters and the story was fully set up before it ended. I'm still debating whether to continue with this series or not.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
After reading Night Owls I knew I had to read this book. I love the worlds that Jenn creates and how easy it is to fall in love with the characters. With Alex, Approximately I knew where it was going pretty early on, but I loved going along for the ride and seeing how it would all be revealed.

Bailey was a character who I loved, not only for her personality but also her dress style and how she doesn't follow the fashions. Porter took a while for me to like, his initial attitude did not help things at all. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it didn't take long for me to reach the end. I can't wait to pick up the next book to read.

Confess by Colleen Hoover
Confess was a book I've had hanging around for a while waiting to be read, and a break form work was the prefect chance. I had heard a lot of things about this book before going into it, so I had some small idea of what it was about. I loved the paintings and the confessions for them and how they are connected. There were a lot of twists and surprises throughout the pages that I did not expect, but I love how it was dealt with once it was revealed. The final chapter was definitly not what I expected but liked how it had all come full circle.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
This was a book I had put off reading for a while. Going into this I had some idea about what it was about and was worried about how it would be told. The subject matter is portrayed in a sensitive way, and shows how the past has affected the protagonist Lily and how it paves the way for her future. I liked the flashback to her friendship and how it helped her back then as well as in the present. Lily is someone who is strong and resilient and isn't afraid to do what is best for the future no matter what that leaves her with.

Salvaged by Jay Crownover
I've had Salvaged sitting waiting to be read for a while. Reading this made me realise how much I have missed my Marked Men and Saints of Denver. I love getting to catch up with Poppy and see how she is doing, as well as Wheeler and his tentative friendship with her. Wheeler is someone who is strong for Poppy, willing to drop everything for her, and protect her as much as he can. Poppy has grown since her initial introduction in the series, and seeing how she is gaining confidence and forming friendships really makes me smile.
I really enjoyed seeing this couple interacting with each other and being there for the other person, and I really hope we get to see an end point at some time in the future.

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