I've read all of the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella and have enjoyed her other novels so of course I just had to get this one. The funny thing, I didn't even know it was a ghost story so it was a shock to me when the ghost, her grandmother as a young woman, popped up in the book. I expected it to have a similar story to her previous books. The story's about the search for Lara's (the main character) great-aunt (Sadie) necklace.
After the initial shock, I found the book quite slow and not really that funny or enjoyable, but the more I read, the more I wanted to know what happened next. The ghost Sadie is quite annoying and there were moments where I was just really frustrated with her, but that's meant to be her charm!
Overall, it is a good story but I'd say that I didn't enjoy it as much as the Shopaholic series because although there were parts that made me laugh, they were very few. Nonetheless, I did enjoy it as the Amazon reviews show that many other Sophie Kinsella fans loved it more than me.
"It's not enough to believe! Don't you see that, you stupid girl? You could spend your whole life hoping and believing! If a love affair is one-sided, then it's only ever a question, never an answer. You can't live your life waiting for an answer."
My Rating: 3/5
Amazon Rating: 4.5/5
30. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I'd seen this book on the best sellers list for months and so finally decided to read it. One of the reviews on Amazon said: "this author is obsessed with rape", which really put me off reading it as I tend to prefer happy books to depressing ones. Nonetheless, I was intrigued seeing as the series is praised so highly.
Crime is not my first choice of genre. As you'll see from my previous reviews, only 2 were classified "crime fiction" or something similar. However, I love the feeling of wanting to keep reading and find out "what happens next" and crime novels are perfect for producing this feeling.
I wasn't disappointed when reading this novel. It is a little slow at first and you wonder where it's all going. I think that's what makes it so good though. The story is put together piece by piece until near the end. The story takes place over more than a year, so to skim through would feel very unrealistic. If you don't know, the story surrounds three people: Mikael Blomkvist, Henrik Vanger and Lisbeth Salander (i.e. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and the murder of Vanger's niece, Harriet.
I've already bought the second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire and will be buying the third when it is out on paperback.
My Rating: 4/5
Amazon Rating: 4/5
31. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
This book is about a man and his son who are roaming post-apocalyptic America. The language in the book is generally quite simple and not a lot of punctuation is used but I personally think this is to highlight that things like that aren't very important anymore because everyone's just trying to stay alive. I found parts of the book quite chilling such as the scenes where torture and murder are hinted at. The book isn't very graphic at all but this means a lot of things are left to your own imagination, such as what sort of things people are doing to each other and what caused all this in the first place.
The layout is very differnt to a "normal" novel; it doesn't read like a "normal" book, but that does add to the effect, and you'll see what I mean if you pick it up.
I'm giving it 3 out of 5 I did enjoy it but as I'm not usually one to ponder about the deeoper meanings of novels, I do not feel I appreciated it as much as the other 308 5/5 reviews on Amazon.
"Nobody wants to be here and nobody wants to leave."
My Rating: 3/5
Amazon Rating: 4/5
31 / 50 books since June 2009. 62% done!
I don't think I'm going to get to 50 books by June :(
Previous reviews are in my journal.