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text 2019-12-08 18:45
24 Festive Tasks Door 7: International Day for Tolerance
Atonement - Ian McEwan

Task 1: Find a redeeming quality in a book you read this year and didn’t like.

 

A book I really couldn't get with this year was Atonement. There's really nothing I think I liked, but I'm glad to have read it after meaning to for all these years. Does that count? That comments really about me and not the book, so I guess instead I'll say the writing was really beautiful at times. I felt consumed by it on occasion.

 

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review 2019-10-26 01:31
5 Star Wild Atonement
Wild Atonement - Liza Street

 

Hayley Jaynes is a foul-mouthed shifter that is determined to prove herself trustworthy and responsible. She needs a fake boyfriend and her only choice is grizzly shifter who’s wild, done her family wrong and he’s so hot that she doesn’t trust herself around him. Marius knows he deserves worse than Hayley’s scorn because if the secrets he’s keeping come to light, he knows that Hayley will never forgive him. But in the Dark Pines territory, secrets have a way of coming out and when a rival pride puts Hayley in danger, Marius must put aside his guilt and step in or risk losing his mate forever.

 

An engaging and suspenseful read with a fun side, liberal usage of naughty language and sexy times. The heroine is tough but unsure of herself due to past events and the hero is sweet but riddled with guilt over past events which has lots of turbulent emotions flowing from the pages which captures the heart of the reader. But this relationship also has some sizzling chemistry and an undeniable attraction that gives readers that heartwarming knowing that this couple belong together.

 

The plot is fast paced and full of thrilling suspense that keeps the readers glued to the pages in anticipation and also full of some LOL moments as Hayley’s foul mouthed nature invents some inspired name calling between her and her brothers. Some twists and turns has a rival pride targeting Hayley with some nefarious plan which ups the excitement of this delightful shifter romance.

 

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text 2019-08-30 21:32
Friday Reads
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins
A Fool and His Honey - Charlaine Harris

 

Besides cooking in various forms, I hope to make some reading progress this long weekend.

 

Atonement is the next selection for my book club, which meets on the first Friday of September. I've had mixed success with book club books lately, so wish me luck!

 

The next 2 are Halloween Bingo choices and I'm quite excitedto get going on them.

 

Have an excellent Labour Day weekend, folks!

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review 2019-08-15 16:40
Atonement by Ian McEwan
Atonement - Ian McEwan

Atonement was a difficult book for me, to read and rate. There were some points I enjoyed it, but overall the experience was a bit of a let down.

 

The book is told mostly from Briony’s perspective during the period of the Second World War in England. There are also sections a few years on from her sister, Cecilia and Cecilia's partner Robbie.

 

When we first meet Briony she’s a child who’s planning to put on a play for a family member who’s coming to stay. She’s heavily interested in writing and as such has a vivid imagination. This imagination is the catalyst that dictates the events that shape the rest of her and others lives.

 

It took an awfully long time for anything of worth to actually happen and when it did it was a bit of a let down, however the quality of the prose sustained me. At times the writing was beautiful, but there was far too much description. I’m aware that much of this impatience for something of worth to happen is largely due to the way we live our lives today and have been conditioned to expect returns quickly, but the book was just badly paced. In today's world where every scene in a book should have a mission, this was largely absent.

 

Once I got further into the book, specifically when I was reading about Robbie’s experiences of the war, I became very intrigued. It did however go on for far too long, seeing my interest dwindle. In the end I just wished it'd be over. This was a typical pattern. This pattern of over long sections occurred throughout the novel; portions were much too long with little happening.

 

None of the characters were particularly likable, which was a chief reason I found the book tough to read. I need to care about at least one of the characters and I did when it came to Robbie’s part, but alas this was too little too late and the majority of my dislike of the book had been cemented.

 

There’s a film adaption but there’s no way I’m going anywhere near that right now. I may watch it at some point in the distant distant future, but for now I’d rather forget about it and find a great book. I detest these periods where I read things that are just okay and long for a great book.

 

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text 2019-08-14 13:56
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Atonement - Ian McEwan

Finally it's finished! Phew. Two stars at the most.

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