31 March 2015

Finished Reading | March 2015

A picture of lots of books
At the beginning of March I set myself a target of getting through four books (see here), and like February it's a target I smashed through finishing a total of seven books throughout March. It's time to review the books I read this month, and find out whether they're books I'd recommend you to read too!
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, paperback £3.85, Kindle £5.87
This is a book I bought on the back of reading The Fault in Our Stars, determined to read all of John Green's books, I was convinced I'd love every single one as much as TFIOS. An Abundance of Katherines follows the story of Colin Singleton who has a thing for attracting Katherines - and getting dumped by them all, too. After being dumped by Katherine #19, Colin embarks on a road trip with his best friend, all whilst on a mission to prove his Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability. I have to admit, compared to other books I've read by John Green, this one just didn't grab me as much as others. I found it readable, but there wasn't much which kept me interested throughout. There's also a LOT of footnotes; I don't so much mind footnotes, but when practically every page has several, it gets a little tedious. Not a book I'd take the time to read again, unfortunately.

The Unpredictable Consequences of Love by Jill Mansell, paperback £3.85, Kindle £3.66
Jill Mansell is one of my favourite chick-lit authors and it's been a long time since I got stuck into one of her books. The Unpredictable Consequences of Love is a typical Mansell read and I was left as captivated as always. Following the story of Sophie, who has loved, lost and dealt with the hurt that comes with it, in a quaint little seaside town of St Carys. Sophie is determined not to get involved with men again, which doesn't fair well for Josh who runs a local family hotel and has a big thing for Sophie. Then there's Tula, Sophie's friend who moves to St Carys, Riley, Josh's friend and seemingly non-impressive surfer, Marguerite, a world-renowned novelist who isn't all that see seems and love stories coming in at all angles for different characters as well as an array of secrets which unravel throughout the book; it's easy to become invested in this story. A lovely read from Jill Mansell, if you haven't checked out her books before - I highly recommend!

Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn, paperback £8.99, Kindle £5.99
The 4th book in the Daisy Dalrymple murder mystery series, as an avid fan of the series I was eager to get stuck into Murder on the Flying Scotsman. This one follows Daisy on her way to Scotland - although as a mysterious murder occurs on the Flying Scotsman on the way there, Daisy never makes it to Scotland, instead determined to solve another murder. I did enjoy this one, and I didn't guess who the murderer was until close to the end, but it didn't entertain me as much as the other books in the series. That said, I can't wait to get into the 5th book in the series - Damsel in Distress. 

The Glam Guide by Fleur de Force, paperback £7.49, Kindle £5.03
I was really, really excited for the release of Fleur's very first book, The Glam Guide, and it's a book I quickly devoured from cover to cover. Fleur is a blogger/YouTuber I really like and respect, because in all the years I have been watching her videos and reading her blog, she has stayed the same in personality throughout. Unlike many beauty books in my collection, this one covers all aspects of beauty alongside fashion, lifestyle, healthy eating, exercise and happiness too. There's even a section for aspiring YouTubers! I adore the layout and look of the book, with some gorgeous illustrations throughout, and Fleur has presented this book perfectly. Nothing is said in a 'you must do this this way' format, it's all gentle suggestions, ideas and tips. If you're new to beauty, there's some great tips inside - but it isn't a book I would say is essential reading. I liked it, and some sections I would even go as far as to say I loved. 

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth, paperback £16.30, Kindle £7.99
My biggest addiction in March without a shadow of a doubt, boy did I get obsessed with this trilogy! This one is going to be hard to review without giving spoilers away.... Tris is the lead in this story and it all begins when choosing day comes around, with Tris having to decide which of five factions she wants to commit her life to. There's Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Erudite and Dauntless (the faction I'd most want to be a part of!), but after taking a test which is meant to tell Tris which faction she belongs to comes back 'inconclusive', everything changes forever for Tris. 

What I loved about this series was how intense it was throughout, with a female lead. Of course other characters, such as Four (hubba hubba), Christina, Caleb and Peter to name but a few, play massive roles in this trilogy - Tris is always the most important part of each book. It was really interesting to see the positive - and negative - that each faction could have, as well as a realistic look at what the future of this world could be like if wars around the world continue to rage on. 

Divergent is the first book in the series, and is fast-paced and completely addictive, a very hard one to put down. Insurgent is the second book in the series, where everything and everyone is in chaos because of the actions of two factions towards the end of Divergent, whilst Allegiant is the final book in the trilogy. I heard some really mixed reviews about the end of Allegiant, but personally I liked it - it was different from the usual ending you see in trilogies like this, and I think it tied up all loose ends nicely.

A cryptic review of the Divergent trilogy, but honestly, I cannot recommend these books enough. I don't doubt this is a trilogy I will read again and again! 

What books did you read in March? Any books or authors you think I should add to my reading list? Don't forget you can keep up with the books I'm reading, as well as my challenge to read 50 books in 2015, by adding me as a friend over on Goodreads!

All books available on www.amazon.co.uk.  

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10 comments

  1. You have totally sold the Divergent books to me. Cannot wait to order those now :) If you need a cinema buddy for Insurgent let me know ;) haha!!

    Totally obsessed with Shailene Woodley!

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

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    1. If you lived closer I would SO take you up on that offer! Let me know what you think to the trilogy once you've given it a read for yourself :) xo

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  2. I didn't like An Abundance of Katherines either! I couldn't even finish it. So props to you for finishing it my dear! xx

    http://lilliemysel.blogspot.com

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    1. I am a stickler for finishing books. There's only 1 book I couldn't physically finish and that was the 3rd one in the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy. I just could not put my brain through that rubbish for a minute longer haha xo

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  3. I've just planned to buy Divergent and Four (have your read it?) on the next book haul, it would be next month if I can save my monthly paycheck right ;)

    Anyway, I still have some books on my to-be-read waiting list and yet just bought a bunch last week LOL ;) But I have Serpent Kiss by Melissa De La Cruz as the next book I'm gonna read so far. But it may change if the books I've ordered arrived LOL :D

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    1. I haven't read Four yet, I'm not sure if I will. I'm not sure why it was released to be honest, as it isn't (from what I gather) a new story, it's just his side to the trilogy? xo

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  4. I love the Divergent series, definitely one of my favourites. I want to pick up Fleur's book next. I'm going to start The Maze Runner series soon. It's a 4 book series. I loved the film and it's a bargain at The Works. x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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    1. I'm intrigued by The Maze Runner, I think I may have to give it a read :) I get most of my books from Amazon, it's been years since I went in The Works! xo

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  5. I only liked the fault in our stars by John Green, but when I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson, I decided not to buy any John Green book again because they are boring. My favourite authors are Sophie kinsella and Judith Mcnaught, you should read their books. Have you read the hunger games? They are awesome. Great post. I might read the Jill Mansen and Divergent book.

    themeticulousperfections.blogspot.com

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    1. I haven't heard of Judith McNaught but I'm a big fan of Sophie Kinsella! I love The Hunger Games, I'm quite happy with how the films are translating well without changing too much xo

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