Saturday, 6 July 2013

Holiday Books

Holiday books
I don’t get the chance to read as much as I’d like to while I’m at uni, however, when I’m on holiday I practically eat books. This holiday was no exception I got through six books so I thought I’d give you a little overview of what I thought of them.
1)      The Maze Runner Trilogy –
I picked up this book because I’d heard it was good if you liked the hunger games. I loved the Hunger games and I don’t like to read anything to taxing while I’m on holiday so I thought this would be a good choice. I started it the day before I left and before I knew it I was finished. I knew I had to have the other two to read while I was away so I got my hands on them straight away.

The first book begins with a boy called Thomas arriving in a place called the glade with his memories wiped. The glade is home to about 50 adolescent boys and surrounded by a maze. The book revolves around Thomas and his friends trying to solve the mystery of the maze.
Now I don’t want to give too much away about the other two books but I will say that once you’ve read the maze runner you’ll be addicted so make sure you have the other two books ready to pick up when you’ve finished.

2)      Cloud Atlas
I saw the trailer for the film version of this book and thought it sounded really good so I decided to pick the book up. I have to say I was very disappointed, I found it hard to get through because I wasn’t really interested with it tbh. The idea of the book is that as you travel through the ages everybody is linked somehow and people are reincarnated as you go through time. The idea itself looks good on paper however it didn’t really work out. I was pretty bored by this book and probably wouldn’t recommend it. The film was possibly een worse.

3)      The Thread
I love books that are set in foreign countries and this was no exception, set in a coastal city in Greece the thread is full of beautiful descriptions and characters that draw you in. It follows the life of a boy and a girl who both get tangled up in the Second World War. Before reading this book I didn’t realise how Greece was affected during the war, I’m really glad I read it as I actually learnt quite a lot from it. I would definitely recommend reading this book, I think it’s really well written and you can really lose yourself in the beautiful Greek city.

4)      The Kashmir shawl

This is probably my favourite of all the books I read, it always left m guessing what was going to happen and was full of twists and turns. It's about a girl who discovers a shawl and a lock of hair in her parents' house that belonged to her grandmother who was a welsh missionary in India. It paints a colourful and striking picture of India and I love all the description. The book is very well written and switches from the granddaughter to the grandmother as the story progresses. This book has made me want to visit India and will transport you to the sights and smells the county has to offer. 

Have you read any good books lately? I've already got a pile accumulating for my next holiday! 

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  1. oh now I have wanted to read Cloud Atlas for a while but maybe it isn't all that it is cracked up to be. The Maze Runner sounds really interesting!

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  2. I've been wanting to read The Maze Runner books and watch Cloud Atlas movie


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