Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books When I Need Some Light And Fun

I found this weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish particularly difficult. We are supposed to list our Top Ten Books When I Need Some Light and Fun however I don’t really read a lot of books that fall under that title. My mum especially goes on about the depressing nature of my books and so I only a few books for this weeks list.

  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  • The Poison Apples by Lily Archer
  • Holes by Louis Sachar

If I am in the need of something more light though rather than pick up a particular book I tend to go look in either;

  • my local libraries – There are two I can walk to, one is really close but don’t have a big collection and the other takes longer to get too but has a better choice of books. 
  • or on Amazon in the Kindle Freebie section – I don’t know if it’s just the type of books the make free or because it doesn’t matter if they are good because they were free but kindle freebies are always a bit more light hearted 

What Books Do You Pick Up When You Need Something Light And Fun?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Book blurb

Join Dorothy Gale, Toto, and all of her friends as they explore the incredible land of Oz. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is American’s most enduring fairy tale. From the moment Dorothy puts on the silver slippers (changed to ruby slippers by MGM to take advantage of their new advance in movie making: color) until the moment she clicks her heels and returns home to Kansas you will be swept away and captivated by her extraordinary story.

My Synopsis

When Dorothy is caught in a cyclone she finds her whole house lifted up into the air where she remains till she lands in a strange land. There there is a land so much more colourful than Kansas and the people are small but grateful for her house has killed the wicked witch of the East. As a reward the good witch of the north gives her the silver shoes that had been on the witch but Dorothy still wants to go home. The witch tells her she cannot get her their but the Wizard of Oz may be able to and to find him she must follow the yellow brick road. 

Along the road to the Emerald city where the wizard lives Dorothy is met by both friends and dangers. She is joined in her quest by a scarecrow, a tin woodman and a lion who hope to also get something from the wizard. When they final reach him however he requires them to do a task for him first. To kill the wicked witch of the west. Again the group have to set of but this mission is just as dangerous and they think it’s their last chance to get their wished from the wizard. 

Review

I only recently learnt that the well known film The Wizard of Oz was based on a book, although I had always suspected it might be. This I think effected my opinion of the book because it is a film I have adored for a long time and I couldn’t help but compare the two  leaning in favor of the film. The book is actually quite dark. There are a few times where dark creatures are trying to hurt the group and have to be killed and the wicked witch of the west wants to keep both Dorothy and the Lion as her slaves. It was still an interesting story where more of Oz is explored than in the film and we get to meet more of the people there. There a few major difference too though, for example the slippers are silver not ruby and it is the good witch of the North she meets at the start and Glinda is the good witch of the South who we don’t meet till the end. 

There are 14 books written by Baum set in Oz and I have got them all now on my kindle so I plan on returning to Oz in the rest of the series throughout the year but I think these are books to read as a child or too children. 

The New World

In this dramatic prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking Trilogy, author Patrick Ness gives us the story of Viola’s journey to the New World.

As Viola spends her last few hours and then minutes travelling towards the New World she continues to have doubts. Thinking about her last few weeks before making the journey towards the planet that everyone else is so hopefully about. Viola however isn’t so eager about going there and things don’t go exactly to plan.

I haven’t read the Chaos Walking series and although I had looked at the covers till now I hadn’t been too bothered about them. After reading this however I think I will probably get hold of a copy of the first one and give it a shot. This was a very short story, as it is the prequel but I really liked it. I felt for Viola being the only one who seemed to have doubts about the New World and I am interested to find out how her story continues.

UnEnchanted

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated, that is until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new-found fame brings misfortune as an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her its next fairytale victim.

To break the fairy tale curse on her family and stop these deadly events, Mina must finish the tales until the very Grimm end.

Mina is quite happy to be unnoticed, it means the whole world doesn’t need to see how clumsy she is. When it almost threatens someone’s life however her instincts take over and just like that everything changes.

When her mother find out what happened she tried to get them to move, again but Mina has had enough of running, she wants to know the truth. The truth is a cure. She isn’t really a Grime she’s a Grimm and she is the next victim destined to live through fairy tales.

With her best friends at her side and the attention of the hottest boy in school Mina has to balance enjoying a little bit of luck with a boy and the weight of her families past on her shoulders. Can the new boy at school be someone who can help her?

For a kindle freebie I think this book was quite good. It was an easy read and the story wasn’t too complex. As always it was a nice story for reading just on a quiet day. I think the idea behind the story could have been developed more into a really good story but for what I wanted for today it was fine.

Parallel

Destiny has a way of catching up. 

Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of. 

One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy. 

Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know. 

Etta has always had experiences she realised she had caused by not sure how they have happened. After years of moving about between foster homes she is finally send to the Dominion House for Girls where she is reunited with an old friend, Jamie. It is on a rare trip out with her she meets Cooper. However Jamie has concerns about Etta talking to this strange boy which turns out to be right when she get into the car with him and he reveals he wants to take her back to her rightful world.

In this new world Etta has to get use to the strange similarities to her old life. Jamie is still in her life and she finally has family. It isn’t all as lovely as it seems though. She has feelings for Cooper but she feels he his hiding something and she also has the task of trying  to find out what happened to her father. However all these questions are answered after an eventful sleep over with Jamie.

I struggled to enjoy this book. It has some potential and I am sure plenty of people may enjoy it but I found it lacking in pace. I also felt it was quite girly, talking about boys quite a lot but it is good that a topic such as parallel world travel can be written about in a way that is not just science fiction dominated by could be enjoyed by people who like more light hearted books.

Big Stinky City

Another free kindle book that was an easy read and a nice break from the vampire books.

This books is about three people and how their lives comes together for one day that is special to all of them in different ways. The youngest is 11 year old Mash who loves planes. He lives with his older brother who skives school, his alcoholic mother and his book loving Gran. He likes to help out at a local cafe in return for his favourite food and is best friends with a tattoo artist. Mash hates living in the city and when he hears about an air show that is going to happen just outside the city he will do anything to get to go.

Juniper is an artist that lives in the city with his younger sister Junior. He likes to do massive art projects in the environment and for his next one he is inspired by his sisters love of ice cream. His life is very priviledged and he is able to organise his plan to go exactly as he wants. He is worried that this act might get him into trouble with the police and wants to keep his sister out of it but she doesn’t agree. However after a dream she is worried for his safety and refuses to go much to his delight.

The final character who’s point of view we read from is the owner of a major ice cream firm, Stuart. Although he has a very good life he has a love for music that he has kept hidden. However after a bad day at work his cleaner learns about his passion and his life is changed by being close to their family. He becomes happy and organises a big opening ceremony for his new ice cream cone shaped building which he will play at.

On the same day Stuart will make his musical debute, Juniper was pull off his biggest project yet and Mash will reach his dream of leaving the city and seeing a plan. The characters stories all come together in a creative way and they all gain something great out of it.

This was a very easy read but I still enjoyed it. The characters were all dealing with their own personal issues but all have a dream that keeps them on the right path and this makes them nice to read about.

 

 

44

Yet again I was surprised by a rather good free kindle book.

In 44 the main character Abby is recovering from a drowning accident were she was medically dead for 44 minutes but some how woke up. However she is still suffering from memory loss and can now only see in black and white. Since going back to school none of her friends want anything to do with her apart from one Jesse but even he isn’t acting his normal self. To make things worse she is started having visions in her dreams of murders and only her sister, who has to investigate them for her job, believes that her dreams, and the suspicious suicides, are more than that.

Whilst seeing a phyciatrist Abby begins to make breakthroughs in her memory and for a few weeks things seem normal again. But then she has another vision and soon after believes it is her sisters new boyfriend that is doing the killing. Together they decide to try and put a stop to what is going on but what they discover is not what they had expected and things don’t go according to plan.

Although the book could have ended here the story then has Abby revisiting the place of her accident in hope of helping her heal. It is here that her memory returns and a twist occurs that I have to say made me sad for the characters involved.

I was very surprised by this book. I wasn’t sure what it was going to be like but I found it easy to read and wanted to know what happened. There are two follow up books that I may have a look at but overall I am glad yet again of my kindle find.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

Again my post is late but I do have a real excuse this week; the internet was down because of the snow !!
This week is Top ten books to read in a day. I’ve decided to answer it from the view that if I knew I only had a day to read a book what would I pick off my shelf.

1. Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

An easy one day read but it is still full of anticipation and a really great read.

2. Red Tears by Joanne Kenrick 

Not a book for younger readers as it deals with a sensitive issue but a very short and powerful book that helps you understand the sometimes complicated inner workings of a teenager.

3. I’d Tell You I Love You, but Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter 

Action packed and a different idea. This is a story of a school for female spies. A nice interlinking of action and teen romance it will have you wanting to finish in a day.

4. Holes by Louis Sachar 

I really like this book. It is easy to read but also an heartwarming story. I would happily pick this up on any day.

5. The Puzzle Master by Heather Spiva 

A very short story about two young teenagers trying to make the most of living with different untreatable conditions. It seems like an innocent story but actually it is full of a lot more. Worth reading any time.

6. Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Macker

A funny book about coming of age and dealing with all everything that comes with it. Love, last year of exams, fitting in work and dealing with family. An amusing read for a relaxing day off.

7. The Poison Apple’s by Lilly Archer

If you have a spare day this is an amusing little book about dealing with step parents. 

8. Switched by Amanda Hocking

An interesting idea moving away from the typical vampire, wearwolf theme and looking at trolls. Easy to read and an interesting plot line. A good trilogy that you could easily read 1 a day. 

9. The Saga of Larten Crepsley (1) Birth of a Killer by Darren Shan 

If you have read ‘The Sags of Darren Shan’  you will love this short book all about one of the best characters in that series. Easy to read and a very interesting insight into his life

10. my Kindle It may be cheating but it is easy to get really cheap books that only take a day to read and I can’t really pick one. So if you want a quick one day read have a look at the books for kindle and I’m sure you will find one you will like. 

The Puzzle Master

Although only a short book, this story touched my heart.

Marshall is a 12 year old boy, just starting middle school who suffers from asthma. However he has a great love for puzzles and hanging out at the local junk store. He hopes to find something amazing there to help him fit in at school however when the owners niece comes to stay he gets a true friend he can share his puzzles with. She is recovering from cancer and the two enjoy each others company throughout the book learning about how harsh life can be but how the little things can be so beautiful. However when their friendship is challenged meeting Iris also allows Marshall to put his family life together again.

This was a really beautiful story, with lovely characters and a very innocent view of life. It was a free kindle book that I am so glad I bought.

Maybe, Maybe not

Another free kindle book.

This was a fairly short (200 pages) story about a love triangle. Told from the point of view of a guy who wanted his best friends, Lisa, David feels confused after kissing Lisa goes badly and a new boy at school makes their friendship complicated. David struggles with his feelings as Colton arouses new feelings within him that his parents, who he does not get on with, would not approve of.

This book was cheap and cheerful. It only took me a couple of hours to read and I enjoyed it. I thought it was easy to read and a topic I hadn’t read about before.