3 June 2014

Books of 2014: Part 4

It's been a while since I did one of these posts so it's time to get stuck in!  If you want to keep up to date follow me on goodreads, I'm always updating it.  For now, books 16-20!

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, hallways hum “Stargirl.” She captures Leo Borlock’s heart with one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Until they are not. Leo urges her to become the very thing that can destroy her - normal.

For a children's book this was pretty interesting, it was refreshing to have a book focus on someone who stands out for being different and not try to change them.  The character of Stargirl has many dimensions and was really interesting, living in her own world, which you say through the eyes of Leo, an admiring teenage boy.  The ending is also very unusual for a children's book and really great to see.
****

Style Me Vintage: Clothes by Naomi Thompson

Vintage styles have never been more popular, with everyone from major stars to teens on the street looking to indulge in retro glamour. Whether a reader is looking to completely overhaul their look, go for complete vintage glam, or just introduce a few key vintage pieces into their day-to-day wardrobe, this book will teach them how. It is packed with tips on how to find unique, one-off items that fit any budget, look fabulous, and will retain their value, and also details what to look for, when to part with one's cash, and what to avoid. Readers will learn how to determine which era fits their shape, how to build a retro look from the base up, and how to make retro styles work with modern accessories. Filled with fun, detailed photographs showing classic looks from the 1920s to the 1980s, this is essential reading for anyone who has ever wanted to introduce vintage into their wardrobe, but felt unsure where to start.

I picked this up in my local vintage shop and couldn't wait to read it.  If you know me you will know I love vintage fashion, especially anything 40/50s.  This book is really easy to read and accessible.  It isn't really useful if you know a lot about vintage fashion already but it is good for beginners and those who want to top up there knowledge, the tips on ageing clothes were very useful to me, I'll defiantly be buying the rest of this series.  It covers fashion from the 20s through to the 80s so there is something for almost everyone.
****

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde

Eddie Russett lives in a world where fortune, career and ultimate destiny are rigidly dictated by the colours you can see, with violet at the top, and red at the bottom. Below the colours are the grey underclass who can only see tones of black and white. It is also a world of rules and regulations

I have had my fill of dystopian so I put this off reading this for a while, however I'm glad I picked it up as it provided a fresh look on the genre.  The story is quite complex which made it interesting and the relationships between characters was realistic and ever changing.  Im really looking forward to the sequel to see how this progresses.
****
BirdBox by Josh Malerman

Malorie raises the children the only way she can; indoors.
The house is quiet. The doors are locked, the curtains are closed, mattresses are nailed over the windows.
They are out there. She might let them in.
The children sleep in the bedroom across the hall.
Soon she will have to wake them. Soon she will have to blindfold them.
Today they must leave the house. Today they will risk everything.


See my full review for this book here
****
The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett

The uncommon reader is none other that HM The Queen who drifts accidentally into reading when her corgis stray into a mobile library parked at Buckingham Palace.

I am a huge Alan Bennet fan as you my have noticed, I am also a bit of a royalist so this was a book I had to read.  This isn't my favourite Alan Bennet story but it is still pretty good and defiantly had a charm to it, however I felt like it lost it's way a little.  As much as I love his short stories this didn't really work as well for me as it could have.
***

So there you have it, I will see you again for books 21-25
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