Happy New Year once again dollface! How is this bright and shiny new year treating you?
I’ve managed to survive my first week back at the office relatively unscathed and I am so looking forward to kicking 2017 square in the NUTS! My first order of business is to smash last year’s reading tally of 24 books. Now, 24 is nothing to sneer at but back before social media
ruined took over my life I used to read voraciously. I love the way a book can transport me to another world and either teach me something new or indulge the inner romantic in me (shhh! don’t tell anyone).
I also love reading reviews and suggestions on what books to read next, so I figure what better way to harness my former book worm again and tie it in with my other love, blogging?!
TA – DAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
Welcome to my new monthly series, Rosie’s Reading…
Each month I’ll review the books I’ve been reading and pass on any recommendations (or any duds to stay clear of) and in turn I would LOVE for you all to recommend any books you think I should read. So, without any further ado…
The Virgin Suicides, Jeffrey Eugenides
Goodreads says… The haunting, humorous and tender story of the brief lives of the five entrancing Lisbon sisters, The Virgin Suicides, now a major film, is Jeffrey Eugenides’s classic debut novel.
The shocking thing about the girls was how nearly normal they seemed when their mother let them out for the one and only date of their lives. Twenty years on, their enigmatic personalities are embalmed in the memories of the boys who worshipped them and who now recall their shared adolescence: the brassiere draped over a crucifix belonging to the promiscuous Lux; the sisters’ breathtaking appearance on the night of the dance; and the sultry, sleepy street across which they watched a family disintegrate and fragile lives disappear.
Rosie says… I really wanted to like this book as I’m a big fan of Jeffrey Eugenides’ other novels, but after finishing it I was in two minds about it. It was one of those books where I didn’t know if I was enjoying it at the time so I guess I wasn’t sold? (shrug), but I find myself still thinking about it so it’s definitely left an impression on me. Eugenides’ writing is really beautiful and poetic but I felt it was a little repetitive at times. The juries out on this one dollface – I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you’ve read it.
Read this book… if you’re feeling nostalgic.
The Carrie Diaries, Candace Bushnell
Goodreads says… Before Carrie Bradshaw hit the big time in the City, she was a regular girl growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut. How did she turn into one of the most-read social observers of our generation?
The Carrie Diaries opens up in Carrie’s senior year of high school. She and her best friends — Walt, Lali, Maggie, and the Mouse — are inseparable, amid the sea of Jens, Jocks and Jets. And then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture. Sebastian is a bad boy-older, intriguing, and unpredictable. Carrie falls into the relationship that she was always supposed to have in high school-until a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything. With her high school days coming to a close, Carrie will realize it’s finally time to go after everything she ever wanted.
Rabid fans of Sex and the City will love seeing Carrie Bradshaw evolve from a regular girl into a sharp, insightful writer. They’ll learn about her family background — how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. We’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where the next Carrie Diaries book will take place.
Rosie says… I am a huge Sex and the City fan and thought I would really love this but I can’t say I did. I had to remind myself several times that it wasn’t the Carrie I was used to on the show. I did like delving into Carrie’s background and learning where she came from and how it all started but The Carrie Diaries felt like it was written more for a Young Adult demographic and it was dripping with predictability. The high school dramas and teenage angst has been done before, and let’s be honest, a thousand times better but the fact that Carrie is so dear to my heart kept me reading.
Read this book… if you looking for a quick and easy read. The Carrie Diaries would be fabulous on a lazy beach holiday.
Right dollface, I’ll chat to you in a week as I’m going to take another week off from the blog, just another new year’s resolution for 2017; take regular breaks and savour the moment!