Sunday, 17 August 2014

Recent Reads

books saga cuckoos calling what alice forgot and a street cat named bob

I am going to be pretty sad when the Summer ends, and I can't read a book every few days. I know that when I go back to work my evenings will become busy again, and I will be exhausted by bedtime, so I will really miss having the freedom to stay up late to read just one more chapter. Here's a little peek at what I've been reading since we last discussed such matters.

A Street Cat Named Bob -  James Bowen

I actually met James Bowen and his gorgeous cat many years ago near Covent Garden tube station, and got a little high five from Bob himself! I didn't realise I was mingling with celebrities at the time, but was amazed when I saw his book in Waterstones. It's taken me ages to get around to reading it, and I wish I had done sooner. I totally fell in love with Bob and chuckled away at his odd antics, but I also ended up with huge amounts of respect for James. His story of beating addiction and taking control of his life against the odds (and the odds really are stacked against homeless people) is really inspiring. 

What Alice Forgot - Liane Moriarty

I found myself really drawn to the character of Alice, a sweet and slightly naive 29-year-old, who one day wakes up and finds she has lost ten years of her life. At 39 years old, she has three children she doesn't remember, her once-adoring husband hates her and she has become a marginally terrifying domestic goddess/supermum. She can't remember why or how these things have happened to her, and I really felt Alice's fear and heartbreak when the people she'd usually turn to for help were the ones who most disliked her. Easy to read, and really engaging, I'd definitely recommend this one.

Saga Vol. 1-3 -Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

I finally caught up on this comic (or graphic novel, if you're fancy) series that my boyfriend has been banging on about for ages. As usual, he was right, and I love it! Funny and action packed, I've found myself seriously rooting for the star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko as they try to outrun the bounty hunters after them and their newborn baby. There's half of a teenage ghost for a babysitter, a spaceship that's actually a tree, seahorse people and a cat that can tell you when someone is lying - it's pretty inventive stuff, and weirdly reminds me of Star Wars. 

The Cuckoo's Calling -  Robert Galbraith

Why didn't I read this sooner? I ordered it the day Robert Galbraith's secret identity was uncovered, then politely ignored it for ages. I think I was scared of disliking it. I needn't have worried, as I was utterly gripped, not only by the mystery of the beautiful, troubled model Lula Landry's suspicious fall from her balcony, but by the detective duo of Strike and Robin. I loved how this book was set in modern day London, but felt like a good old-fashioned whodunnit - though Queen Rowling was always going to write a nostalgia-inducing page-turner wasn't she? 

Have you read any of these? I love hearing about other people's opinions on books! Let me know what you've been reading, and if you have any recommendations! 


  1. Great reviews! I loved The Cuckoo's Calling, and the second in the series The Silkworm was out recently too and that's a great read as well x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  2. I loved reading A Street Cat Named Bob.. It's such a warming story! X

  3. I just loved it, I can't believe that cat voluntarily rode around on his shoulders! x

  4. I can't wait to read it! I have sooo many books to get though at the minute, so I am trying to resist buying any more until I have, but I am dying to get going with that one. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for reading :) xx

  5. I always feel so bad about not reading enough when I read posts about books! I just don't have time to do anything lately!

    Corinne x

  6. I love reading posts about books! I'm such an avid reader, I've just started a Blogger Book Club if you'd like to check it out!


  7. I will definitely check that out, thank you for letting me know Amy! x

  8. It's taken me so long to get round to reading it, but really loving it! Are you buying individual issues or waiting for the books like me? x

  9. That's how my life gets during term-time, it's only in the holidays that I get through books at this rate! x

  10. I love A Street Cat Named Bob, Bob is so cute and I have a lot of respect for James Bowen. I've just bought The Cuckoo's Calling, I can't wait to read it! xx

  11. Me too, he has done so well and totally changed his life. I really loved The Cuckoo's Calling, it's like a good old fashioned detective story! You'll have to let me know what you think! x

  12. Waiting for the trades. My brother gets the individual issues though. :) <3

  13. I can only recognize The Cuckoo's Calling from the list. And I am absolutely embarrassed to say that I haven't had time to read it yet. I keep seeing it at the bookstore and I keep reminding myself to get hold of it. Obviously, it hasn't happened it. Probably soon..

    Love, Somdyuti (Stopping by from #bookbloggers chat)

  14. Thanks for reading Somdyuti! I really enjoyed the Cuckoo's Calling, I really want to get the next one! xx


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