Thursday, 19 October 2017

Book Review ~ Outlander by Diana Gabaldon


First time I read Outlander was before the TV show was even considered.
I remember a certain part towards the end, I had to put the book down and step away from it for a few days. I remember talking to my partner and saying, “It is like when you are going in one direction, then all of a sudden, you are spinning out of control”. Definitely did not see that coming.

Second time was after I found out it was being turned into a TV show. I had to read it again to refresh my memory before watching it. I didn’t end up watching the show (still haven’t), but I seemed to have loved it as much as the first time.

This is my third time I’ve read Outlander, I’m older, I still haven’t watched the TV series, but I now own more books in the series.
I still love it; the time travel and the characters, but I didn’t love it as much.
It’s hard for a woman today to see that it was okay for a husband to beat his wife because she disobeyed him. Today, we know this is not allowed, and we are lucky enough to have resources to stop this. So, my modern mind repelled from it, but then I realised this was in a time period where this sought of action wasn’t frowned upon. You were essentially owned by your husbands. I know, disgusting right.
So, when you read things like this from certain time periods, just be thankful we have grown as a society where this is not on. I take it more like a lesson, we need to face what happened in the past so we aren’t stupid enough to repeat it.

Anyway, I just wanted to get that off my chest, I’ve seen in a lot of reviews where people didn’t like that part and rating the book on that alone.

Other than that, I still loved this book. It might be long, but I couldn’t put it down. I was engrossed in it from page 1 to page 850.

This time I will definitely be watching the TV show and reading the following books in the series.

My star rating is:

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Book Review ~ Beauty in Thorns by Kate Forsyth


I don’t think I will be giving too much spoilers away, as this book is about real people you can easily Google. But just in case you want to go into this book blind (like I did), then it's probably best to stay away from, not only this blog post, but the internet in general.

What a book! It invoked in me such emotions and passion. Of course, being in a time where women were not treated fairly, my inner self was protesting throughout. Just the thought that we were not able to vote really pisses me off.
So, what I loved most about this book, is it is always in the point of view of a female. That’s right, even though it’s centred around prominent male artists, we are more concentrating around the females that have influenced them. That was one of many that I admired about this book.

My emotions were all over the place, I was sad, happy, angry, sad again, and finally happy. I didn’t believe in love until Margot. Let’s just hope her husband was faithful, because I was starting to believe there was no faithful love.
I was half-way through the book, and I remember telling my mum that my favourite couple was Georgie and Ned…then I find out he had the most scandalous affair for that time. I was so angry at all these men being so unfaithful to their wives. This affair really shook me, as I was so invested in their love. Thank goodness for their daughter, making my heart mend, and know love is really out there.

Lizzie made me cry the most, when she lost her daughter, and her mental state. I don’t think I’ve cried that much reading a book. I just felt for Lizzie, what would her life had been like if she never got sick and then consequently addicted to laudanum. What if Dante Gabriel Rossetti married her like he kept promising her year after year. What if she never met him. It just broke my heart.

My favourite character would have to be Topsy (William Morris); even though his temper was all over the place, I felt like his heart was in the right place. Especially, kind of, accepting his wife’s love for another man.
My least favourite character, actually I despised the air she breathed, is Maria Zambaco. I was hoping that Georgie would punch her in the face, because I definitely wanted to. That’s what we call a home wrecker, and yes, it's also his fault, it takes two to tango.

While reading this book, you should definitely look up the paintings that are mentioned. Even though I found majority of these men sexist pigs, and only thinking about themselves, their artworks are amazing. And you finally know the story about the women who are posing for them.

I would advise EVERYONE to pick up this book. It’s beautifully written by an amazing Australian author. Everything about it is perfection. I will be raving about it for many years to come.

My star rating is:

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Book Review ~ The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss


I finally finished it!!
I just want to say; I didn’t read this book slow because I didn’t love it, I just didn’t have time and I wasn’t in the mood to read. I blame podcast…

Kvothe would have to be one of my favourite characters, and what’s good about this series (if that’s what it’s called with only two books out so far), you really get to love the “secondary” characters.
We are back with the old ones, Wil and Sim, who would forever be my favourites, but you are also introduced to new characters. Which is about time, I was starting to get bored that he was in one spot for too long and doing the same thing over and over again.
I’m not going to talk too much about it, I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say, Tempi…

There were just two problems I had with, not only this book, but also The Name of the Wind.
One; I need more strong lead female characters. Yes, there are female characters in this story, but I felt like they were just that, background characters. I needed someone to take a lead and do something. I’m not making any sense, which is common, I’m just trying to say that I needed stronger women.
Two; I got a bit annoyed on the way Bast and Kvothe treat the Chronicler. They just seem rude and up themselves. They probably aren’t supposed to be like this, but that’s just how I felt.

Other than that, I really, really loved this book. A perfect fantasy novel.
Now hurry up Patrick Rothfuss with book three…

My star rating is:

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

October 24 Hour Readathons

Since I had a very poor reading month in September, I thought what better way to pick myself back up then a readathon. And not just any readathon, what about a 24 hour one…or two.

I will be participating in #readathonbyzoe and Dewey’s 24 hour readathon.
If you would like more details on each, just click the links above.

I’m not going to say that I’m going to be successful, probably far from it, but for me I find readathons get me in the mood to read, and isn’t that what we all want.

So stay tuned, I’ll be posting on here, Instagram and Twitter.

Also, on a different topic, even though I’ve said this countless time, here and in my head, I’m going to start having a schedule on my blog posts. I won’t start straight away, once I’m more organised then I will….well, we will see.