Thursday, 5 January 2017

Reading Round-Up #1

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If I’m not glued to Netflix or watching too much YouTube, you’ll usually find a book in one hand and a brew in the other. I love reading. Always have. And I’ll give anything a go, except 50 Shades of Grey…I’d rather read My Immortal (comment if you know what I’m talking about!). I’ve been trying to read more lately, picking up a book over aimlessly scrolling through Instagram - try it sometime! I’d love to be one of this book a week persons but I’m no Johnny-5. So, without further ado and ramblings, here’s the pages I’ve been turning.

Harry Potter 1 - 7 

I’ve been wanting to re-read the entire series for a while now and as soon as I saw them appear on the Kindle Unlimited I signed up for a free trial and downloaded the lot - even at £8 a month, it works out cheaper than buying the digital books individually. I’ve read 1 - 5 a few times already, but I’ve only read 6 and 7 once! I know! It seems like a crime! I’ve got to say, re-reading them has been a whirlwind! Especially Deathly Hallows, the tears still don’t stop flowing towards the end. But don’t ask me about the epilogue….it doesn’t exist. 

Would you like Magic with that? - Annie Sailsbury

We all know what a big Disney nerd I am, especially when it comes to Walt Disney World. I actually love reading about how that place simply functions. I love finding out all the facts, the little stories, the legends. It just amazes me. Nerd. I know. So, Annie’s book is all about her time working at Walt Disney World, from her college program days on the Great Movie Ride to her times at Guest Relations in the Magic Kingdom. The beginning annoyed the hell out of me, too much whining and crying and why me I want to quit drama but it gets slightly more interesting when she starts to share stories about other Cast Members and the antics guests get up to. I swear, it seems like people are totally normal people until the walk through the gates at Disney, then they simply become possessed by a self-entitled demonic force where even the rain is a poor Cast Members fault. Some really cute, funny and interesting stories! 

The Ride Delegate - Annie Salisbury

Whilst working in Guest Relations, Annie ended up becoming a VIP tour guide. I've been on a couple of tours in Disney over the years and loved them, so getting a little insight into the training and the most expensive tour you can book there was interesting! Again, the things some of the guests got up to were just cringe worthy - I mean someone wanting free access to the parks because they were allergic to gravity? Or the family who were just so awful that no amount of Disney magic could put a smile on their face - and they ended up being dumped by their tour guide. From foreign dignitaries to real life Princesses, the loveliest families you could ever meet and the spawn of Satan himself, Annie met them all. This book was definitely more interesting than the first, with more focus on the guest stories - and all the food she ate during the tours.

Sweet Offerings - Chang Ling Yap

From the 1930's to the 1960's, Sweet Offerings follows the story of Mei Yin, an arranged marriage, a cruel mother-in-law, a country in transition and a family trying to adapt to the modern world whilst still clinging on to old ways and traditions. Unfortunately, it was a huge bore. I found it tedious to read, the characters flat and underdeveloped, the plot predictable and the factual history poorly woven into the narrative. 

Yellow Crocus - Laila Ibrahim

Mid 1800's Virginia, Miss Elizabeth has just come into the world and Mattie has been torn away from her baby boy to be her wet nurse. The book follows the pair in pre-civil war America for over 20 years, the beginning of abolitionists and the changing times. I expected the book to be slightly more hard-hitting than it was. Still, it was beautifully written, flowed well and the characters well developed. It's been a while since I read anything around this period, I find it fascinating, heart-breaking and gut-wrenching all at the same time. The things people did to other human beings just because they thought they were superior. This book doesn't go into graphic detail but it insinuates enough to give you an idea of what's going on. Though I kind of saw the end coming, it was still a good read and kept me gripped. 

What have you been reading lately?


  1. I am reading a drama novel at the moment but after that the harry potter books are on my reading list!

    Lauren x

    1. Ah they need to be read at least once a year I find!

      Sarah :)