Recently Read #7

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I'm currently struggling to get back into reading at the moment which is really frustrating me but I'm finding it hard to concentrate - if you have any tips to help me get back into reading, do tell. Before my reading slump, i did get through a handful of books so here's what i recently read and what i thought of them.

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Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen
I started to read this ages ago but i only got a handful of pages into it before i had to return it to the library so it's been on my TBR list for ages and I've finally gotten round to reading it. It's set in the depression era and is based on Jacob Jankowski who hitches a ride on a freight train; by morning he lands a job with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth and by night he's fallen in love. I really enjoyed reading this book; there is a movie version of this which is a great film to watch but i loved reading all the details and other bits that was missed off. Rating: 4/5

Postcards From the Heart by Ella Griffin
It doesn't really bode well when you've read a book and can't actually remember what it's about when it comes to reviewing it. Saffy has a great job, great apartment and her gorgeous, famous boyfriend. After six years, it looks like Greg is finally going to propose. To be honest, it was an okay read but the storyline was a bit -well- crap, some of the twists and turns in the book were just frustrating and a bit over the top. Rating: 2/5

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Chalet Girl By Kate Lace
I struggled to get into this book for a few weeks but i managed to whiz my way through it when i took it on holiday. Millie Braythorpe has spent the past four months working as a Chalet Girl, making endless beds, cooking and looking after guests. Everything's going fine, until her last guests of the season arrive and with them is Luke and before she knows it Millie is falling head over heels. This book started off pretty good, it really built the story up but somewhere along the way it just fell flat on it's face and got a bit too far fetched. Rating: 2/5

Bright Girls by Clare Chambers
This was a really easy book to read and i read it in about a day - Robyn and Rachel arrive in Brighton to spend the Summer with their Aunt Jackie, they have been forced to leave their home back in Oxford due to threats to their safety. This is one of those really light, easy summer reads and i did enjoy it but i found it a little anti-climatic in terms of the 'threat', i don't know maybe i was just expecting something else but either way it was a nice easy read. Rating: 3/5

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Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone by J.K Rowling
I decided i wanted to re-read the Harry Potter books as it had been so long since i last read it. I'm sure most of you know the plot to this, but if not it's about Harry Potter who discovers he is a wizard on his 11th Birthday and is invited to attend Hogwarts of Witchcraft and Wizardry, i really loved re-reading this because it was so refreshing to discover little details that I'd forgotten all about. I'm definitely going to re-read the other book in the series too. Rating: 5/5

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What books have you read recently, any recommendations?

Natalie xx


  1. AH, I recently re read the Harry Potter books too! They're just my all time favourite series, and the first one is definitely the best! Is Chalet Girl the book that the film was based on? Because I didn't realise there was a book!
    Eden x / edenroses

    1. Amazing aren't they? No, it's not - i thought it might have been but it's nothing like it.
      Natalie xx

  2. I've not re-read the Harry Potter books since they were first released (memories of waiting for the new releases to arrive and then fighting with my sister over who would be first to read it!) so maybe I should do that. Water for Elephants intrigues me as well, I've not seen the film.

    1. Haha, thats partly why im rereading them because it's been so long. I miss the excitement of the new ones being released.
      Natalie xx


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