Songs Of The Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult- A Review

So I’ve had this book on my kindle for months, I kept saying I’d read it but I always had something else on the go. I decided last week I may as well read it, and what a mistake that was.

I hadn’t read many reviews on it, I try to avoid spoilers, but I had seen a few on goodreads saying it was ok, but not great so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try!

I’ve read a couple of her books before, and they were fine. Fine, not great, not terrible. Easy reads I suppose, and I thought Songs would be the same.

As with many of Picoult’s books, it’s written from different characters perspectives in alternating characters. Usually I don’t have a problem with these types of books, but this one had no real timeline, no fluidity and switched locations regularly.

I found the characters very hard to engage with. Jane (the wife) was really annoying, to put it mildly! Her daughter, Rebecca, was typical of teenage characters, and the husband, Oliver, came across as an arrogant, self absorbed male figure.

I really disliked the plot, I won’t go into detail as it would bore me AGAIN to even think about it! Basic breakdown; childhood abuse, cycle continues, cross country fleeing and the inevitable (predictable) ending!

Begrudgingly, I gave this 1 star on Goodreads, purely because I hate to read a book and not star it after.

I have 53 books in my to-read pile, as I mentioned in my previous post, and I wish I hadn’t wasted reading time on this book!

That being said, I don’t even know where to start with choosing the next book, but no doubt I’ll find something… I always do!

Until next time πŸ™‚

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My to-read pile is ever growing… How many are in yours??

I’ve just done an inventory of how many books are in my to-read pile, and it’s not pretty! Well it is, obviously because it’s books but there is lot in the queue!

I always have a few books waiting to be read, which is fair enough, but coupled with my kindle, I have a grand total of 53, yes, FIFTY THREE(!!!!!) books in line! Twelve of those we’re purchased yesterday alone!

My name is Kate and I am a bookaholic……

The Hanging by Lotte Hammer: A short review of sorts…

As you know, I had been reading The Hanging, and I could not wait for it to be finished!

I had written a blog about it already, called Unreadable (surprise surprise) and I stick with that description!

I have never been so happy so see the end of a book before! I don’t even know where to start with this, it was one of the worst books I have ever read.

The plot was completely disjointed, and it literally didn’t make any sense until the last few chapters and even then, it was still a terrible conclusion!

The characters were badly developed and I found it difficult to form any sort of relationship with them which in turn makes it impossible for me to care what is happening to them!

The ending was an extreme anticlimax and just followed in the same disappointing vein as the rest of the story! I rated it one star on Goodreads and to be honest, even that is one star too many!

My advice- avoid this book completely!!!

Unreadable!

Have you ever got a book and thought “yeah, this will be a good one!”? I know I have! Many times!

I’m currently reading “The Hanging” by Lotte Hammer, and to be honest, I wish I wasn’t! It is terrible! I’m not a quitter when it comes to books usually, I can count on one hand the amount of books I’ve started to read then given up on,  but this book is driving me mad!

Nothing of note has happened, except the aforementioned hanging! I keep waiting for the story to improve but no joy! I hate the thoughts of having to continue reading!

However, I have challenged myself to read 100 books this year, so I feel I cant give up!

Has this ever happened to you???

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2014

Goodreads have added a Reading Challenge widget this year and it is awesome!

You set your own reading challenge and log all the books you read. I didn’t do a reading challenge last year, but yet I managed to read 66 books in 2013 (granted, in one week I read 8 books as I was away on holidays for a week!!!) so I decided to up my numbers this year!

I’ve set myself the task of reading 100 books this year, which works out as 1-2 books a week! So far, I’ve read 10 and I’m on my 11th (by my standards and previous reading frenzies, it’s a little slow) book of the year.

Since January, I have read the following:

The Goldfinch – Donna Tartt
Here’s Looking At You – Mhairi McFarlane
The Hardest Part Of Love – Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Wolf Of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort
You Had Me At Hello – Mhairi McFarlane
A Tap On The Window – Linwood Barclay
The Stag and Hen Weekend – Mike Gayle
Bonkers: My Life In Laughs – Jennifer Saunders
Solo: A James Bond Novel – William Boyd
Poppet – Mo Hayder

I’m currently reading The Hanging by Lotte Hammer

Clearly I read diverse books, but my favourite genre is Crime or Psychological thrillers, so any other genres are usually easy to give my brain a break!

I’d highly recommend Poppet! Strange but a very good read if you like thrillers!

Bibliophile Book Club

Hi everyone!

So I’ve finally started my own bookish blog! Much as I enjoy others words, I’d like to be able to share the books I love, quotes and some reviews and recommendations along the way!

Welcome to the maiden voyage of Bibliophile Book Club πŸ™‚

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