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Monthly Archives: August 2011

The year of the unexpected by Erica Bauermeister

“Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate’s recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she’ll do the one thing that’s always terrified her, but if she does, each of them will also do one thing that they’d find difficult.Whether it′s getting a tattoo, finally letting go of a lost love or giving away a collection of treasured books and their memories, each woman discovers the unexpected joy of facing your fears – and knowing that you will always have friends to catch you if you fall.”

I loved this book! I loved all of the characters and the way each of them approached their fears.

A great ‘girlie’ book and has even made me think about doing something out of the ordinary! 😉

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Before I go to sleep by S.J. Watson

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“Every day Christine wakes up not knowing where she is. Her memories disappear every time she falls asleep. Ben her husband needs to explain to her their life together every morning.  With the encouragement of her doctor, Christine starts a journal to help jog her memory every day. One morning, she opens it and sees that she’s written three unexpected and terrifying words: “Don’t trust Ben.” Suddenly everything her husband has told her falls under suspicion.”

I have not read a suspense/thriller book in a very long time and ohh my this was a goodie!! I seriously did not want to put this book down. The book begins as a twenty something Christine wakes up in a stranger’s bed unable to remember how she got there. She quickly learns some disturbing facts: the stranger is her husband, Ben who she can’t remember at all, she is middle aged and has forgotten most of her life, and she suffers from a rare form of amnesia where she can’t retain memories from day to day.

I highly recommend this fantastic book – read it!! lol 🙂

Room by Emma Donoghue

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“Jack is five. He lives with his ma in a single, locked room. They don’t have a key. They are prisoners”.

I can honestly say that I have NEVER read a book like this before.

The story is told by 5 year old Jack which is very different right from the beginning. His view on the world is very odd – as it would be if you have lived your whole life in an 11 x 11 foot room for all of your short  years.

Jack and his “Ma” live in Room. Most of the things in the room have their noun for their names. For example, the chair is Chair and the bed is Bed. In Room there is Wardrobe where Jack sleeps when “Old Nick” visits Ma at night.

I don’t want to give too much away about this book – especially if you would like to read it but lets just say it was a very unique and creative story. Some bits I found a little weird and about half way through it got a little hmm but I am glad I kept reading.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

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“Sarah Nickerson is like any other career-driven supermum who leads a hectic but charmed life with her husband and three children. Between excelling at work; shuttling the kids around; convincing her son’s teacher that he may not in fact have ADHD; and making it home in time for dinner, it’s a wonder this over-scheduled, high-flyer has time to breath.

Sarah carefully manages every minute of her life, until one fateful day, while driving to work, she looks away from the road for one second too long. In an instant all the rapidly moving parts of her jam-packed life come to a sceeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world. For once, Sarah must relinquish control to those around her. As she wills herself to recover, Sarah must learn that a happiness greater than all the success in the world is close within reach, if only she slows down long enough to notice”.

Fabulous reading! This was one of those books that makes you say wow – what really is important in my life?? While Sarah is recuperating she realises what really is important in her life and strenthens bonds between her husband, children and mother. I had never heard of ‘left neglect’ before and it was facinating reading more about it. Imagine suddenly everything, eveyone and every part of your body on the left is in your mind not there – just gone.

A great book not to be missed! Lisa Genova  has also written a book called Still Alice which I have heard is just as amazing. I picked this up at work yesterday & can’t wait to get reading! 🙂

**I am writing these reviews just so I can share books that I have read and that you might like to read too**