Thursday, February 21, 2019

Book Review #795 - Wonderful Tonight by Pattie Boyd


Boyd breaks a 40-year silence as she tells the story of how she found herself bound to two of the most addictive, promiscuous musical geniuses of the 20th century and became the most famous muse in the history of rock and roll.

My Rating: 2/5

I borrowed this book from my local library because searching through their catalogue it was the only 'Beatles' related book I had yet to read.

If you don't know who Pattie Boyd is, she was a model/actress but is more widely known for being the first wife of George Harrison whom she left for his best friend Eric Clapton.

I was only really interested in reading the Harrison chapters but decided to read the entire book as I am not the type of person who can read 2 chapters and say they have read the book.

For the most part, I found this book quite boring. It was mainly just her telling us all the famous people she used to hang out with. Had I grown up (or even been alive) during that era it may have interested me but I honestly had never heard of anyone mentioned other than the four Beatles.

Before reading this book I knew absolutely nothing about Eric Clapton and this book does not portray him well at all. It chronicles his massive drug addiction problems (so much that he took to wearing a spoon around on a necklace) and how he would have affairs in the house with Pattie knowingly in the house. The worst thing he did however was joyfully tell her his mistress was pregnant knowing that Pattie struggled with infertility and expect Pattie to be happy for him about it.

Overall, I feel like had I been older this book would have been a fun, nostalgic read but because I'm not I found it boring with so many references flying right over my head.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

February 2019 Book Haul

The books I acquired in February are:

This first stack are books that I hope to get to in the next week or so or will be books you will likely see in my March TBR. 

 This next stack is the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull. I am really hoping that I can get to this series in either March or April because I'm really trying to reduce the amount of complete series I have sitting on my TBR.

From this stack I am hoping to get to The Wicked King and The Single Ladies of Jacaranda Retirement Village in the next few months.

From this stack I have already read Liesl & Po (library), Eleanor and Park (upgrading from paperback) and Every Day (also upgrading from paperback). 

These are all books I am in rush to read at all. The Name of the Wind is an upgrade from my mass market paperback edition.

Some more series that I added this month. The bottom one has really good ratings on Goodreads I just have never heard it mentioned anywhere before. The It Girl series is a spin-off from the Gossip Girl series and I couldn't help myself when I saw the majority of the series at a book sale. And the Princess Diaries series is a series I have been thinking of getting for a while.

This is my classics haul for the month. Also includes a random non-fiction book because it was the only non-fiction book I hadn't shelved before I remembered I needed to take pictures of them.

If you would like to see what my whole non-fiction February haul looks like, I have a picture of it on my instagram @reading8daysaweek. 

That is all for my February book haul. If there are any books here you think I should read as soon as possible let me know!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Book Review #794 - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

"My greatest thought in living is Heathcliff. If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be... Nelly, I amHeathcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure... but as my own being." Wuthering Heights is the only novel of Emily Bronte, who died a year after its publication, at the age of thirty. A brooding Yorkshire tale of a love that is stronger than death, it is also a fierce vision of metaphysical passion, in which heaven and hell, nature and society, are powerfully juxtaposed. Unique, mystical, with a timeless appeal, it has become a classic of English literature.

My Rating: 3/5

This is yet another book that I attempted to read before (in fact 3 or 4 times) and just was never able to get past the first chapter.

This book was massively atmospheric. Every time I picked it up it was like it instantly transported me to the Yorkshire Moors.

This was most definitely a character driven novel and a harrowing take of unrequited, forbidden love and the lifetime grief in the aftermath of it.

Heathcliff is a literary character I have heard so much about and so I never expected him to be so unlikable. He was most definitely a tortured man who in modern day could do with a lot of therapy but I really didn't like nor could see past the way he treated Hareton, Cathy and Linton.

I can definitely see how this book has remained a favourite classic some hundred or so years since its publication because the setting is amazing and there is always something happening or you feel something is about to happen all the time.