Its Monday, What am I reading.. 5 with reviews.

For these Monday posts I’m joining in with Sheila over at Book Journey

Last week I was reading The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry. This I finished up and here’s my thoughts on it.

This is a subject that fascinates me, so if you don’t want to read about something that questions the bible then perhaps give this book a miss.

Yes its somewhat similar to Dan Browns Da Vinci Code but for me I loved this one so much more. I like that Steve Berry took a different spin on what great knowledge The Templars had and for me the fact that it wasn’t another Holy Grail but in fact the bones of Jesus and so disproving the Resurrection. For me this slant on it was a bit more believable.

I liked the setting of this story again slightly off kilter with it being France mainly and not the expected Rome and Italy.

I liked the pace of the story and although it hopped from one side to the other never so much that it made you dizzy.

The characters were also realistic although I would have liked some more background on them. My favourite character was Cotton Malone and I will be checking out more books in the series.

I did think the same information has re-hashed several times but for me it didn’t detract from the story and all in all it was still an enjoyable read.

This book is counted towards my total of books read for the year but doesn’t meet any other book challenge I’m doing and I gave this book 4 toadstools.

I was going to start The Book Thief by Markus Zusak but instead picked up my library copy of The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman, this book I finished as well this week, not bad going in my world and here are my thoughts on this one.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when picking up this book and found it both enchanting and mysterious at the same time.

Alice Hoffman’s writing style in this book should be highly commended. She takes you into this world of both light and dark at the same time.

What would you do for the ones you love ?

Elv the eldest Story sister creates a world of fantasy in Arnelle which she shares with her two other sisters Meg and Claire. She creates this world as a way to escape the tragedy of shoving her sister Claire out of the car of a child molester and taking her place. And so begins a tale of abuse, mental illness, drug abuse, isolation and more that leads to the shattering of the whole family.

In the end no one in the Story family is left untouched.

A lot of things happen in this story but each one is significant and it all adds up to a very clever psychological book.

There was good character development though the book and even though each one went from one disaster to another with moments of joy scattered in between by the end of the book you did care what happened to them. I did at times question some of the actions of the characters at certain stages in the story as they seemed unbelievable but overall a good read.

This book gets counted towards my library reading challenge and my end of year total and I gave this book 3 toadstools

Toadstool ratings are along the left hand side, they are my quirky take on star ratings and really what else would leprechauns sit on lol. I think this year I’m getting quite tough on toadstool/star ratings and hand them out quite toughly but when I read a book worthy to me of 5 toadstools/stars I want it to be worth it.
So this week what am I reading…
I’ve started The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’ve had this for sometime on my kindle and is a book club read for me this month.
I’m really enjoying it at the moment and no less because its narrated by death, now I’m not sure what that says about me. From the reviews I’ve all read of it, it seems to be either a love or hate book with not much middle ground liking so it will be interesting to see what my thoughts are at the end.
My library has recently launched an audio book system where I can download audio books with them on my computer or to my i phone and I can now take out some and listen to them. I set it up during the week and have taken out Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

Its an interesting book, not one I’m sure I’d have picked other than it was last months read in my bookclub that I’m catching up on. I’m loving that after the children are in bed at night I can pop in my earplugs and listen away as I knit or stitch and so get to do a couple of my pastimes at the one time.

I had aimed for reading 12 books this year as last year I managed a very dismal few, not even 6 ! I’m now at 8 books read and that’s not counting the 2 I have on the go at the moment I think perhaps I need to up my book count total a bit and keep challenging myself.

Book Count totals:
Whats in a Name 6 challenge : 3/6
To Be Read Challenge : 1/12
Library Book Reading Challenge : 3/12
Total Books Read Personal Challenge 2013 : 8/12

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12 Responses to Its Monday, What am I reading.. 5 with reviews.

  1. You have everything you need for a happy life…books, audiobooks, and knitting! :-)Here's my It's Monday! Hope you'll stop by!

  2. Iris Greaves says:

    That last one looks like a Me book sister dear lol it……. Yes challenge yourself because raising 8 children, knitting, stitching & reading don't provide enough of a challenge…… oh and don't forget keeping your blog up-to-date about it all…… xx

  3. heather says:

    I like Steve Berry's Cotton Malone series too.

  4. Kepanie says:

    I liked The Da Vinci Code. I couldn't read Angels and Demons b/c it seemed a bit repetitive. It's nice how much creativity is out there, yeah? Taking a topic and presenting it in another way? Oh boy, the Hoffman book seems like an intense one. I heard The Book Thief is really good.

  5. Aleksandra says:

    OMG The Book Thief – I'm glad so far you're enjoying it & I hope you'll end up loving it, I know I did, Markus Zusak is brilliant :DI still need to try Steve Berry's books, I've wanted to for years, but still haven't…Happy reading!

  6. Eva S says:

    The Book Thief is great!Eva @ All Books Considered

  7. RAnn says:

    Nice blog. Enjoy your books!

  8. Yvonne says:

    I read The Book Thief a few years ago and thought it was excellent.Have a great week!

  9. Thoeria says:

    Templar's is definitely on my list to get then Ruth 🙂 Going to be hunting it down later…should get a digital through Amazon no doubt 🙂

  10. You are on a definite roll! I can't keep up with you and I'm the one that had the mighty book goals! LOL!I've been falling asleep….literally! Da Vinci code was the book I was trying to remember, thank you! I need to read this one you just reviewed for sure…it sounds great.I love your toadstool ratings! what a hoot! If I tried to knit and listen to a book who knows what I would create! LOL! I have enough trouble as it is but I am getting better! TTYL!

  11. Heather says:

    New follower!I've always wanted to read The Book Thief, I hear good things about it.

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