Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Powerful. That is the only word I can think of to describe this tome. I havent slept without thinking of this book since i finished reading it a few days ago. This book is a paradigm shifting book. My ideas of Nigeria, Africa, war and peace and colonialism were challenged and ultimately I feel like I have a lot of reading to do. I LOVE LOVE Chimamanda’s style of writing. Will be added to my personal library of African literature.

Rated 9

Makes me want to read:
Harvest of Thorns by Shimmer Chinodya

The Collectors by David Baldacci

This is the second in The Camel Club series of books set in Washington DC. Again the book has an interesting plausible plot supported with funny quirky characters. We get to meet a new member to the Camel Club in the guise of con woman Annabelle Conroy. She is a strong confident ( no pun intended) woman and it is a refreshing character to get to know. There are no gratuitous sex plots to hinder one’s reading experience. The baddie could be badder but hey all things cant be perfect right. Forgeries, old biddy spies, rare books, cons, gambling, spies etc etc

In this one we also get to knoe the ragtag members of the Camel Club a bit better and Milton as always comes up tops.

Loved it and am sad it was the last in this series so I will have to find other DC set books to read…

Rated 7

Made me want to learn more about the rare book field.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I first read of this book in the Guardian newspaper in an article about books nominated fora new book award ( cant remember the name of the award) . Anyway I reserved a book at the library and when I got it…WOW! I could not put this book down. SO incredibly well written with characters so real you feel for them. The best thing about this book has to the new world that Chimamanda opens up. I felt transported to all the places she wrote of to the lives lived by Ifem and Obinze. Their young love so powerful and authentic. Its tragic in turns but there is always a comedic observations written in a stylish prose. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be recommending it highly. I read it a solid 2 days.

It makes me want to read Chimamanda’s other works as well as some of the book that one of the books character’s referes to.

Rated 9

The Adventures of Sally by P G Woodhouse

Picked on a whim without ever having read Woodhouse at all. This book was a long read but this was absolutely lovely.The story was set in 1920s America and England. The characters were well developed, I especially loved the hapless Lancelot ‘Ginger’ Kemp. Woodhouse excelled at giving insight (for me at least) into the mind of the upperclass Englishman via the loathful Bruce Carmyle. My only gripe is the seemingly hurried way in which he was dispatched. One would have thought that after having chased Sally all the way to America (again) that he would have at least tried harder to understand what happened.

It makes me want to read more Woodhouse stuff and I shall certainly do so.

Highly rated although the ending seemed rushed

Rated 7

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This was an impulse selsction at the library. I quickly picked it up on my way out….probably someone had just returned it. Anyway…….

It toook a long time before I really got into the story and really wanted to know what happens. Some of the ideas were repeated throughout so as to make a dent in my memory. This book is wierd in that when I think of it I do not think of the plot or picture the protagonist. I instead keep remembering the core message that I got which was that nothing ventured nothing gained and that the universe conspires to help you when you are seeking out your destiny. Those were very powerful words and concepts for me and since then I have been slowly using them.

SO thats the beauty of this book. I didnt get it at forst but about two thirds of the way I did. Can see why this book has sold soo many copies.

Highly reccommended.

Rated 9

Split Second by David Baldacci

Another satisfying read from Baldacci. Set in my favourite US city – Washington DC. It tells the tale of a former secret service agent Sean King and how he helps Michelle to find her protectee who was kidnapped on the campaign trail. As ever he weaves an intricate storyline that is compelling and hooks you in. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The ending was a bit …meh. but the ride was still enjoyable. I will be on the lookout for more in the series.

Rated 6

Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

I read this book with/for my 9 year old son. He absolutely loved the book and found it endearing. Every night he looked forward to bedtime so we could find out what happened next to Joe Spud – the billionaire boy. The illustrator is Tony Ross who also illustrates for Horrid Henry so the book suffers from a cense of feeling as though you are reading a horrid henry book when you are reading it…..which is probably a good thing for those little ones who love henry.

 

SO joe is filthy rich but unhappy because he has no friends. He decides to go to the local comp (incognito) to try and make friends. What ensues is a hilarious oftimes dark tales of how wealth can affect those around you. Strong moral character to the story that reminded me of Roald Dahl- only big difference being that Walliams , unlike Dahl, doesnt kill off the adults who are mean and undeserving of the children’s love.

 

Definitely must read for little ones if so inclined. There is mention of Page 3 stunner which might not necessarily meet approval of some people. I winced a bit at that myself but lucklily my son has no idea what it means.

 

Rated 6

The Camel Club by David Baldacci

This is the first in the Camel Club series of books set in Washington DC. It uncovers a plot within the intelligence community to kidnap POTUS. A highly entaertaining reda that never loses pace. The characters are great and utterly believeable. I love Milton with his OCD.

Highly recommended read in the spy thriller genre. Will definitely be on the lookout for more Baldacci books.

 

Rated 7

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz

Having been inspired by seeing a trailer based on this title I decided to find a copy at my library and read it. This book is not the first in the Odd Thomas series ( I did not realise when I got it) but it was still quite interesting as a a stand alone read. It follow a one day format where by Odd leaves his home in the morning and returns 24 hours later after an epic supernatural adventure. There a re many mysteries (unresolved) like just WHO is Mrs Fischer? What does it mean to be blue and smooth? A lot of questions I wanted answered and continued reading through the tedious descriptions of desolate industrial landscapes in the definite hope that they would be answered. Mr Koonts , however, had other ideas…..not to satisfy my desire for answers.

My overall view is that this sort of book appeals to major fans of the genre.  I didnt find it scary at all though. I would like to read the first book in the series because I think that one will be the really good one. Read this book if you really really like Mr Koontz.

 

Rated 5