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The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Hmmm… Okay so this is definitely just one for the hardcore zombie fans out there. It’s written in a self help style so it begins with what to do in the early onset of a zombie uprising and follows on with what not to do, where to go and how to survive basically.

It was interesting to me as I have always had this deep seated fear of a zombie apocalypse happening in real life. However because in the last few years I’ve become a bit of a zombie genre fanatic I think if there ever is an actual zombie uprising underneath all my general terror and panic there will be a teeny tiny part of me that will be secretly excited!

Towards the end of the book he covers stories and coverups of possible zombie attacks through the ages. This would probably be the part that will appeal more to the average reader and I certainly enjoyed it. However I would have preferred to see maybe two or three longer stories than the twenty something short ones we got. Since they were all not much longer than two pages you didn’t get the chance to get involved in any of the tales. Overall I enjoyed this book but it’s definitely one for the hardcore zombie fan as opposed to the general reader.

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Posted by on February 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

How To Fall In Love by Cecelia Ahern

This probably wasn’t the absolute best thing for me to read at this particular time in my lifececelia. I’m unfortunately suffering from post natal depression after having my little man and I need books that distract me from this but this centered around a woman who through an unfortunate series of events (excuse the Lemony Snicket pun) comes across two men attempting to commit suicide. The first one she was unable to stop but the second man she did manage to talk down from the side of a bridge. She promises him that she can help him to fall back in love with his life in the space of two weeks. If at the end of the two weeks she fails then he has all intentions of going through with his original plan.

So not a book that’s a bundle of laughs but I didn’t really didn’t expect that anyway from Cecelia Ahern. I suppose it was still a nice story and it had a nice happy ending but I felt it was just a slight bit too close to the bone for me at the moment. Also the male character, Adam, annoyed me which in turn worried me because I wonder am I that annoying on one of my bad days? He was extremely selfish and other than being very good-looking did very little to come across as attractive to me anyway. He changed his mind constantly and it struck me as odd that everything that was driving him to suicide in the beginning of the book he ended up doing in the end with no problems.

I miss Cecelia’s books that have a bit of a fantasy element mixed in they always appealed to me but the last two I’ve read have been a little more of a normal storyline which just kind of bores me a bit.

I suppose it was sweet in ways just maybe not the book for me at this time in my life.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2014 in Book Review

 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

secret lifeThis was given to me over a year ago by mother who thought it was a fantastic read and with all that went on in the last year in my life (new baby, new house, etc) I’m only getting around to read it now. It was definitely worth keeping a hold of all this time as I really enjoyed it.

It’s a story set in southern America around the time when coloured people were just beginning to be given the same rights as whites. It’s both a sad and happy tale with a bit of humor mixed in. Our protagonist is Lily, a young teenage white girl who doesn’t seem to fit in anywhere, at school or at home. Her mother died in an unfortunate accident when she was young so she lives with her father and Rosaleen, a coloured housekeeper/nanny.

Rosaleen gets into an altercation with some white men and ends up being arrested and put in jail. Upon realising that how unfairly Rosaleen has been treated Lily decides to escape from town and bring Rosaleen with her. She makes her way to another small town that she found the name of in some of her mothers things. This is where she meets August and her sisters.

August is a beekeeper and she lives with her two sisters May and June. Lily starts to help August with her beekeeping and slowly begins to find her own sense of self and find out more about her mother and how she ended up in where she did in life. It’s a lovely story and it kept me interested most of the time. I didn’t absolutely adore it like so many seem to have but it was enjoyable for sure.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Book Review