Friday, January 11, 2019

Biannual Bibliothon TBR

One of my goals for 2019 is to participate in more readathons. The reason for this is because the few that I did in 2018 made me not only read faster than usual but also helped me to read books that had been languishing on my TBR for a while. 

The first readathon I am tackling in 2019 starts tomorrow and it is the Biannual Bibliothon

Below is my TBR that I have gathered from my shelves. I have decided not to read the group read though as it is not a book that I own. 

The book I picked for each challenge is: 

Read one the hosts' 5 star reads - The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Reread a book that got you into reading - Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Read an adult book - The Light Between Oceans

Combine favourite genre with least favourite format - Twilight: The Graphic Novel Volume 2

Read a book with an ugly cover - Beauty Queens

Read a book by an author that is new to you - Lucky in Love

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Book Review #782 - Stuart Little by E.B. White


Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George and Snowball the cat. He's an adventurous and heroic little mouse. When his best friend, a beautiful little bird called Margalo disappears from her nest, Stuart is determined to track her down. He ventures away from home for the very first time in his life and finds himself embroiled in one exciting adventure after another, making new friends and meeting old ones along the way.

My Rating: 2.5/5

I read this book for the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge to read a book made into a movie you have already seen.

I grew up watching the film adaptation of this book although I have not seen it recently.

This book was more about Stuart's life as a mouse in New York rather than the strong family connections he has that the film focuses on.

I was really disappointed by the ending as I felt like it just stopped mid-story. There was no real resolution.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Book Review #781 - Whisper (Whisper #1) by Lynette Noni


“Lengard is a secret government facility for extraordinary people,” they told me. 

I believed them. That was my mistake.

There isn’t anyone else in the world like me.

I’m different. I’m an anomaly. I’m a monster. 

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

My Rating: 3/5

I knew very little about this book before diving into it and I think this is the ideal way to approach this book because even the smallest bit of leaked information would be massive spoiler material.

I love Lynette Noni's writing style. It is very engaging and her characters feel really real and relatable. Because of the unusual plot in this book, there is not an awful lot of character development so I am looking forward to that in the next book.

I am not the biggest fan of the science fiction genre and that element was a complete surprise to me because up until that element was introduced the book felt like a contemporary novel. The writing style definitely helped me like it more than what I thought I would.

I also loved the setting. Not just Lengard which was full of mystery but the city that it is set in. I remember being completely surprised when it was revealed where it was set because I didn't expect it and also because I have been to that city multiple times and so it was familiar to me.