In A Dark Dark Wood

 

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‘In a dark dark wood’ by Ruth Ware. I picked this book up over a year ago but only got round to reading it last month.

‘Nora hasn’t seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage – the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. 

But something goes wrong.

Very wrong.

And secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.’

I have very mixed emotions towards this book. I couldn’t put the thing down from start to end, but I was continuously complaining about it!. It starts off quite slow, and then BANG!, WOLLOP! everything is suddenly turned upside down. It was an entertaining read, but if you are going to pick this one up, please be aware that you will become rather upset and angry by the end.

This book had me ranting to my partner about how upset it made me. I felt so sorry for certain characters! I don’t believe anyone would do such things unless they were mentally unstable. I don’t like including spoilers so I won’t drag on about it but the conclusion to the events in this book were a little bit over the top and just plain annoying. (The ending sentence didn’t really make sense to me too, I felt like it was a bit random and un-needed.) Some of the characters are seriously messed up! but I did really like Nina. She was the only character that didn’t annoy me..

Why? Why is this book so cruel?!

Basically, I felt a bit wounded after reading this one, but I will give it a good rating as I did find it to be quite a page turner.

3/5 stars ***

(Note to self: Start reading happier books)

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The Light Between Oceans

“Putting down the burden of the lie has meant giving up the freedom of the dream.”

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‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. An emotional rollercoaster. This story had me on the edge of the seat, screaming at the pages. It’s been a long time since a book got me so worked up. I shouted, I cried.. I cannot recommend it enough.

The story is about a man named Tom Sherbourne, who returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock. An isolated island, where he lives with his loving wife, Isabel. Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

A seriously moving tale which will make you laugh, cry, and burrow your head under the bed sheets because you can’t take the tension. Or is that just me? Whilst reading this, I did start to question myself. Some things seem so right but, can be so wrong. I can’t seem to talk about this book without having a mini breakdown. (Just deleted a whole line of emotional babble. Need to get a grip.) Basically, Everyone should read this book. I think it’s marvellous.

“You only have to forgive once. To resent, you have to do it all day, every day.”

5/5 Stars (Wow, calm down, girl.)

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The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story of a gruesome murder and a family’s need for peace and closure. This may sound unsettling but I somehow found this book to be quite calming at times. The book is written from Susie’s vantage point, which gives a rather unique perspective to the story.

The story is set in the 1970’s and begins with the murder of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl, then follows her to heaven. “Heaven is comfort, but it’s still not living.” Susie can’t break away from her family. She spends her days in heaven watching over her loved ones as they struggle to cope with a life that she is no longer a part of. This story really does play with a readers emotions. I kept finding myself smiling and celebrating along with Susie, and other times, Crying with her. This book was definitely a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the thing down.

I remember seeing the film ‘The Lovely Bones’ in the cinema back in 2009. I loved the story back then, but it’s nothing compared to the book. I decided to watch the film again straight after I had finished reading it. Disappointment.. The film is now a bore and a blunder. The book is far greater in comparison.

A character that has stuck with me since reading this book is the father, Jack Salmon. He is probably one of the most loving fathers in history. He never failed to stir my emotions and never wanted to give up on Susie. Another character which lingers in my mind is Ruth Connors, a quiet, misunderstood girl who accidentally touches Susie soul as she is leaving earth.

I don’t want to give too much away so I hope that you will pick this book up if you get the chance. I will definitely read this again in a couple of years. I Hope you enjoyed my tiny review.

“You look invincible,’ my mother said one night.
I loved these times, when we seemed to feel the same thing. I turned to her, wrapped in my thin gown, and said:
I am.”

5/5 Stars (I really liked this book!).

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A Bookworms Christmas Gift Guide

Wondering what to buy for the bookworm in your life? Here I have prepared a little helpful list of gift ideas which are sure to excite all the book lovers in the world. Being a bookworm myself, I chose things that I would be thrilled to receive and hope that maybe I can get my greedy little hands on them soon! On with the show! Hope you find it helpful.

1. Alice In Wonderland Bookmark.

Spookyisland (Etsy) £8.99

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This bookmark is just the cutest thing! This is perfect for all the Alice fans out there. Now you can take teapots and the white rabbit with you wherever you go. The chain will hang over the outside of a book and will look absolutely beautiful.

2. Library Book Stamp.

packagery  (Etsy) £21.43+

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A custom book plate stamp which can be personalised with your name on it! There are a selection of different styles but this one is my favourite. There is a choice of different styles of stamp too such as a self inking stamp or a wooden handled stamp.

3. Cloth bound Classic: A Christmas Carol.

Waterstones £14.99

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Part of penguins beautiful cloth bound classics, this hardcover copy of Charles Dickens ‘A Christmas Carol’ is perfect for any book collector. This story is one of my favourites and I seriously hope this turns up on Christmas morning! (Hint hint!)

4. Readers Gonna Read Enamel pin.

LiteraryEmporium (Etsy) £7.50

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Being a pin collector, this design makes me smile every time I see it!  Even if you don’t collect pins I believe that any book lover would be proud to own this adorable enamel pin.

5. Constellations A5 Notebook.

Nikkistrange (Etsy) £4.99

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This beautifully printed notebook is one of many stunning designs available. This would be great not only for book worms but for pretty much anyone!

6.  642 Tiny Things To Write About.

Waterstones £6.99

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This one is for the writers out there. This little book is  a delightful and thought provoking present which will inspire writers and all the creatives in the world.

 

Hopefully this post helped some of you out and I will speak to you very soon!

 

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