Tuesday, 24 July 2012

June Reads


Fifty Shades Trilogy - E L James

I don't know if there is much I can say about the 50 Shades books that hasn't already been said, but I did manage to resist them for as long as I could until curiosity got the better of me!  I much preferred the first two books to the third which I felt dragged somewhat and I did find all of the books rather unrealistic, but I guess that is the point of them really!  A somewhat guilty pleasure and very different from what I would usually read, but I felt I needed to read them to form an opinion on them!


Railsea - China Mieville

Again, very different from my normal reading, this book is essentially a retelling of the story of Moby Dick, but in a future world where water has all but disappeared and instead is replaced by rail tracks. Focusing on a boy named Sham, the novel is essentially a cross between a coming-of-age and an adventure tale, but it is so much more than that and to try to describe it in a brief paragraph would not do it justice.  It is marketed as a Young Adult book but I found the themes quite complex and it certainly reads more like an adult novel.  If you like to be transported to another world that you can easily lose yourself in for hours, I can thoroughly recommend it.  I have also enjoyed one of Mieville's past novels The City & The City, which is on a similar theme.

It's All News To Me - Jeremy Vine
I'm really interested in broadcasting and journalism, and I this autobiography of the Radio 2 presenter, Jeremy Vine, appealed as it gives a behind the scenes look of what goes on in TV and radio news and presenting.  Differing from many autobiographies, it skims over the early years of his childhood and gets straight into the gossip and stories from his life at the BBC, from his beginnings in journalism as  a political correspondent to his current job on Radio 2 (and yes, I am old listening to Radio 2!).  I liked how informal the book was in its tone and it was a very easy, quick read.  If you are interested in journalism or politics I would strongly recommend it. 

Have you read any of these books?  
If you have read any of the 50 Shades books, what did you think of them?

13 comments:

  1. I read fifty shades about a month before it became popular hehe

    It's not the best thing I've read but I found the relationship between the main characters to be addicting.

    I like all the books and the only thing that got on my nerves was all the talk about her "inner goddess" in the third book, in the two before she was mentioned every so often and that was okay but in the last book it felt like she was mentioned once a page!!!

    The only thing that has put me off is finding out that it started off as twilight fan fiction apparently and they want that Robert guy to play him in the movie....hell no!!!! I hope they don't it would just ruin it for me :-(

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    1. I agree about the 'inner goddess' references, they really started to grate on me after a while. I hope they don't get Robert Pattinson to play Christian, he is so not the right person!

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  2. I'd be really intertested in reading the Jeremy Vine book - been a fan of his Radio 2 show for years!

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    1. I really enjoyed it, they way he has written it is exactly like he is on the radio and I could almost hear his voice when I was reading it. x

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  3. Ive recently finished the Fifty Shades Trilogy, i thought the first book was really good but the second and third book just got a bit too repetative so they started to annoy me.

    Natalie xx
    youralmostalice.blogspot.com

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    1. Yes, I rather enjoyed the first one but the second was more of the same and the third seemed a bit like she had run out of ideas.
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  4. I'm struggling with third! x

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    1. I found the third a bit of a stuggle too!
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  5. The second book you mentioned looks really interesting, I must download it! :) Laura x

    http://secrets-de-beaut.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Its very unusual but I really enjoyed it!
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  6. You are right about Fifty Shades being a guilty pleasure! Good trashy holiday read but I found it really badly written - lots of repetition of 'lip-bitting', 'gasping' and 'inner goddess'! Not sure that I'll go on to read the other two... x

    www.lottys-luxuries.blogspot.com

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    1. The first was certainly the better of the three. Its more of the same really so if you found it a little annoying, book two, and especially book three, will probably irritate you!
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  7. I read the first book and didn't really think much of it, I found the protagonist really irritating , especially when she was going on about her 'inner goddess' all the time haha xx
    I've given you a blog award, you can find the post through here:
    http://bethht.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/89-liebster-blog-award.html

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