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text 2016-12-12 15:10
Abandoning after 1 hour
Nicholas Nickleby - Simon Vance,Charles Dickens

As much as liked David Copperfield, I am abandoning Nicholas Nickleby --and may even decide to return it and get my money/credit back. It is beautifully written but I don't think I can listen to another 34 hours of it. It is just depressing. The people aren't nice and they don't treat children very well. Even if it is satire and an exaggeration, I just don't want to read about it.

 

I'm off now, to choose a more up-beat book to read while I spend the next few days baking holiday cookies.

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review 2016-11-20 22:35
If you need a gentle romantic comedy that will leave you with a smile, try this.
The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart: A warm and uplifting rom com - Anna Bell

Thanks to Net Galley and to Bonnier Publishing for offering me a free ARC copy of this novel that I voluntarily have decided to review.

The plot of this novel fits perfectly in the category of chick lit or romantic comedy, and I could almost watch the movie in my mind’s eye as I read it. Abi , Bridget Jones’s spiritual sister, is suddenly dropped by her boyfriend of almost a year, Joseph (“the one”) and she’s desperate. She comes across his bucket list by pure chance and, clutching at straws, thinks that if she were to achieve all the items on the list (more or less) and share the pictures on Facebook, he would realise what a mistake he’d made and go back to her. Abi (and as we learn as we read, Joseph also) is not very adventurous. In fact, she’s worried about everything and scared of almost everything (especially heights). Her friend Sian, a fun character and a great contrast with Abi, doesn’t really like Joseph much, and her attitude to love is so different to Abi’s that she decides to lie to her and everybody else, and tells them that the list is her way to try and get over her break-up. On hearing that, everybody offers to help her. And, indeed, she needs all the help she can get.

The book becomes naturally organised around Abi’s adventures in trying to fulfil her bucket list, which go from pathetic to funny, passing from embarrassing. Apart from the events surrounding the ten items in the list, she’s also getting in trouble at work, at first through her own doing, and later bizarre things start to happen and she suspects that there might be foul play.

The novel is written in the first person from Abi’s point of view, and although she’s not the most insightful or reliable narrator, to begin with, and her weakness and her obsession with Joseph might make the reader cringe, eventually she does discover herself as a separate person and one capable of much more than she gives herself credit for. She is surrounded by a likeable supporting cast (and a few not so likeable when not openly bitchy) and through them, readers can appreciate that she is perhaps not the best at judging how she comes across to others. The author is also adept at giving us enough clues to allow us to make our own minds up rather than accept Abi’s biased conclusions, not an easy thing to do when the events are shown from a single perspective.

The writing is fluid and easy to read and although readers of the genre will probably guess what’s going to happen pretty much from the word go, the fine details are enjoyable, and there is a touch of intrigue to keep us interested beyond the pure romance. And for those who love romance, although we see Joseph mostly from Abi’s starry-eyed perspective and he is hardly a real person, Ben, who is almost too perfect to be true (other than by the tiny detail of having a girlfriend) is somebody easy to like and one to root for. And my bet is that you’ll like Aby by the end of the story and you’ll be wondering about the psychological benefits of bucket lists for yourself. I particularly appreciated the final words by the author who acknowledged there was a personal basis behind the seed of the novel.

In sum, a light and easy to read the novel, satisfying if you’re looking for an amusing and sweet read, with no erotica, and no shocking surprises. Great for those moments when you don’t want to test your brain and want a read that will leave you with a smile.

 

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review 2016-04-09 15:49
Fall in Love (Single Wide Female: The Bucket List #24)
#24 Fall in Love (Single Wide Female: The Bucket List) - Lillianna Blake,P. Seymour

I was thoroughly disgusted by this ending!  I stuck with the series to the end, and she is no closer to finding love than when she started!  Sammy is so desperate for a guy that she begins to let it consume her!  This felt like a shameless ploy to leave it on a cliffhanger to go into the next series, and I hate that I've spent so much money on this series, only to have it end like this!  I'll read what I have already purchased, but refuse to spend any more money on the continuing saga!

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review 2016-04-09 15:29
Quit My Job (Single Wide Female: The Bucket List #22)
#22 Quit My Job (Single Wide Female: The Bucket List) - Lillianna Blake,P. Seymour
I thought this book was kind of silly, really. Granted, Sammy might have felt that she was going nowhere in the job, but she actually had a job that was great for launching her writing career: lots of downtime, low stress, and lots of time away from the business. It didn't make sense to me that she'd give up that security when she hadn't gotten any royalty checks from her books, even if she went the self publishing route. If it was severely impacting her writing time, I could see the need for quitting the job, but I didn't see a lot of that happening. Rather stupid move on Samantha's part!
 
 
 
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text 2016-04-08 14:29
A Doll's House - Henrik Ibsen

I usually love the L.A. Theatre Works productions but so far Calista Flockheart in the lead role isn't quite working for me.

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