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The Austere Academy ~ Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events (book #5)

Title: The Austere Academy

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 221

Where I got it from: Lana

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb:

Dear Reader,

If you are looking for a story about cheerful youngsters spending a jolly time at boarding school, look elsewhere. Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent and resourceful children, and you might expect that they would do very well at school. Don’t. For the Baudelaires, school turns out to be another miserable episode in their unlucky lives.

Truth be told, within the chapters that make up this dreadful story, the children will face snapping crabs, strict punishments, dripping fungus, comprehensive exams, violin recitals, S.O.R.E., and the metric system.

It is my solemn duty to stay up all night researching and writing the history of these three hapless youngsters, but you may be more comfortable getting a good night’s sleep. In that case, you should probably choose some other book.

With all due respect,
Lemony Snicket

My Thoughts: It was rather wonderful to see the children make some friends for a change. I am assuming that some sort of murder conspiracy is about to reveal itself and I imagine that the two triplet siblings are part of that conspiracy. This book made me particularly eager to get through the rest.

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The Wide Window ~ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (book #3)

Title: The Wide Window

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 214

Where I got it: From Lana

Rating: 4

Goodreads Blurb: Fortunately for young readers, Lemony Snicket has dedicated his life to informing readers of all the misfortunes that plagued the three Baudelaire orphans — the unluckiest children to ever live. In The Wide Window, the third book in the series, the Baudelaire children are sent to stay with a distant aunt who lives on a cliff’s edge overhanging the aptly named Lake Lachrymose, a foreboding body of water serviced by the Fickle Ferry and filled with sharp-toothed leeches who have deadly appetites.

My Thoughts: The story of the children’s adventures with the afraid-of-everything Aunt Josephine is my favourite so far. This book just seems that much more “Snicketty” – I love it!

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Bridget Jones’s Diary ~ Helen Fielding

Title: Bridget Jones’s Diary

Author: Helen Fielding

Publisher: Viking

Pages: 267

Where I got it: Bought it while I was in the States

Goodreads blurb: At the beginning of Helen Fielding’s exceptionally funny second novel, the thirtyish publishing puffette is suffering from postholiday stress syndrome but determined to find Inner Peace and poise. Bridget will, for instance, “get up straight away when wake up in mornings.” Now if only she can survive the party her mother has tricked her into–a suburban fest full of “Smug Marrieds” professing concern for her and her fellow “Singletons”–she’ll have made a good start. As far as she’s concerned, “We wouldn’t rush up to them and roar, ‘How’s your marriage going? Still having sex?'”

Rating: 5

I would like to just say from the start that I am giving this book five stars because I loved it. I rate ALL books this way. I don’t rate books on their brilliant contribution to literature – I am truly not so arrogant that I feel I have the slightest clue as to what does and does not constitute good or brilliant writing. What I DO know is whether or not I like something. And yes, I did like this book a whole lot more when I read it for the first time ten years ago (strangely I related to Bridget more when I was 19 than I do now that we are closer in age!) but I do still love Bridget and think that as long as you don’t watch the movies just about any girl would sort of love her too. I must admit though that after a week of watching Will & Grace while at the same time reading Bridget Jones, I seem to find myself thinking that I should really take up smoking an alcohol abuse.Alcoholic smokers do seem to be much happier people… Oh an pill popping! And of course I MUST marry a very rich fat man who will not live long just like Karen Walker (who has nothing to do with Bridget Jones – I only mention her because both women have been inspiring me to drink more wine… I don’t know why….)

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The Reptile Room ~ Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (book #2)

Title: The Reptile Room

Author: Lemony Snicket

Publisher: Harper Collins

Pages: 190

Where I got it: Borrowed from Lana

Goodreads blurb: After narrowly escaping the menacing clutches of the dastardly Count Olaf, the three Baudelaire orphans are taken in by a kindly herpetologist with whom they live happily for an all-too-brief time.

Rating: 4

I really do love how despite the dreadful events portrayed in this story you never feel like you’re about to fall into a heap about it. Just read and enjoy :)

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Water for Elephants ~ Sara Gruen

Title: Water For Elephants

Author: Sara Gruen

Publisher: Two Roads

Pages: 414

Where I got it from: I bought it for myself for my birthday this year. From Bargain Books.

Rating: 4

Water for Elephants is stunning. I don’t know what it is about circus stories but I do tend to always find them particularly charming. Despite the massive differences in writing styles (from John Irving to William Kowalkski to Katherine Dunn and Sara Gruen) circus stories always seem to have an amazing energy that I find rather addictive.

Blurb from Amazon: As a young man, Jacob Jankowski was tossed by fate onto a rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. It was the early part of the great Depression, and for Jacob, now ninety, the circus world he remembers was both his salvation and a living hell. A veterinary student just shy of a degree, he was put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It was there that he met Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. And he met Rosie, an untrainable elephant who was the great gray hope for this third-rate traveling show. The bond that grew among this unlikely trio was one of love and trust, and, ultimately, it was their only hope for survival.

Water for Elephants is about a boy and a girl of course. Because all the best stories are! I honestly bought it because I knew that it was a successful “NanoWriMo” novel and I was curious about it. I’m glad I did. And i’m very keen to watch the movie now…

 

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Coffee at Little Angels ~ The Sample Chapter

Hello friends!!

Yesterday was such a good day for me. The response to the cover of my book was absolutely incredible – THANK YOU ALL!! I must also give a special thank you to Charlene Channon (who took the photo and so graciously allowed me to use it) and to Lana Breedt who put the design together. Two fantastic ladies! I appreciate you both so much!

Anyway – as promised I have a little sneak preview of my book for you. You know how at the end of a novel they sometimes put in the first chapter of the next book as a little taster? And then you have to wait until the next book comes out before you can buy it? Well… This is a little bit like that. Except that I won’t make you wait too long…. Maybe just a week or two…

So click here to get your free chapter –>  Download *

I hope you enjoy it and it makes you want to read further. Would LOVE some feedback as always.

Happy reading!!

Love Nayes

*please right click to save the chapter to your computer, otherwise it will simply download in a new tab.

 

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Coffee at Little Angels ~ The Sample Chapter

Hello friends!!

Yesterday was such a good day for me. The response to the cover of my book was absolutely incredible – THANK YOU ALL!! I must also give a special thank you to Charlene Channon (who took the photo and so graciously allowed me to use it) and to Lana Breedt who put the design together. Two fantastic ladies! I appreciate you both so much!

Anyway – as promised I have a little sneak preview of my book for you. You know how at the end of a novel they sometimes put in the first chapter of the next book as a little taster? And then you have to wait until the next book comes out before you can buy it? Well… This is a little bit like that. Except that I won’t make you wait too long…. Maybe just a week or two…

So click here to get your free chapter –>  Download *

I hope you enjoy it and it makes you want to read further. Would LOVE some feedback as always.

Happy reading!!

Love Nayes

*please right click to save the chapter to your computer, otherwise it will simply download in a new tab.

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Coffee at Little Angels ~ The Blurb

Phillip, Sarah, Kaitlyn, Caleb, Maxine, Grant, Melanie and Josh grew up  in a small town where they spent their high school years together as an inseparable clique. But high school has ended, and they are all living their own “grown up” lives, each under the impression that their group has basically come to an end. When Phillip dies in a hit and run accident, Kaitlyn summons the others to all come back home, forcing a reunion that no one is particularly interested in partaking in.

Coffee at Little Angels follows how each character deals with the death of a childhood friend while at the same time dealing with their own ignored demons after years of separation. Events unfold as the group tries to rekindle the friendship they once shared to honour the memory of a friend they will never see again.

 

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My Book Cover

The absolutely fabulous Lana Breedt designed this book cover for me. I want to cry with joy every time I look at it! Would LOVE to know what you think!

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ~ John Boyne

The Boy in the Striped PajamasThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is pure innocence. I unfortunately saw the movie first and I think it may have been better to read the book first, but it was still an excellent read. I must admit that although I am usually one of those consumers who is quite fine with books turned movie (I am one of the few people who seems to understand that what makes a book and what makes a movie work might not always be the same thing) in this case I have to admit that I preferred the ending in the movie. The drama at the end was breathtaking and I actually found myself cheering. It was just so poetically fitting, so emotionally charged, so perfectly…. I won’t spoil it. Go and watch the movie. The story is just brilliant!

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