The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri is his debute English novel.
It is a fantasy novel which follows 4 childhood friends as they discover more and more about the town they lived in and themselves. They have a pact where every year they meet at a restaurant in their childhood town and when Art (one of the friends) doesn’t turn up events start to mirror those of 20 years ago. He is the one member who insisted on this pact and when he doesn’t show it is worrying. The 3 friends stay in town and investigate his disappearance.
I really enjoyed this book and I loved the mystery to it. As I read I continued to wonder what was going to happen next which I think is great in a book. Although this is a fantasy book it isn’t really heavy on fantasy element. Towards the end there is more of those elements however there is more of a focus on the characters.
I thought the characters were realistic and well written but at times they are not all likeable. Which I don’t think is a bad thing. In life there are people that you like and those not so much and therefore having this in the book almost makes it more realistic. It looks at the relationship between the character in depth which is something I really enjoyed. They are not perfect and they all have flaws and do things we really hate about them. I also like this about the characters as it adds dimension to the book.
I really like this book and would recommend it to those who not only like fantasy novels but also phycological thriller and mysteries.
Many thanks, Caitlin X
(Ps please comment if you have read this book or are going to)
Libraries are places where I generally don’t go to but there isn’t really a specific reason as to why not. I think libraries are a great opportunity to let people read without paying the prices for individual books.
I remember being in primary
school and taking a class trip to the local library. I was always to excited to
choose a book and look at all the options. Even if someone in my class didn’t
like to read they generally liked to go through the books and choose one.
Whether that be a comic style book or a novel style book. I think at that age
libraries are great as not only do the kids get out of class they also choose a
book that they want to read and can start to see a style that suits them.
I think libraries should be
used more often and I am someone who should use one more as well. I admit I
should use them more! Not only is there a variety of books there is also staff
there to help you. If you’re looking for a specific book and you can help it or
you just want some advice on books there is someone there to help you and
answer your questions. If you’re not sure how the library organised then just
ask and the staff can explain everything you need to know.
However, they are not always up
to date with new releases so if you’re looking for a newly published book then
this might not be your best option. It also depends the size of the library
whether they have as many books on offer. There is also the issue of the book
your wanting already having been taken out by someone else.
I would say that overall
libraries are a great service and should be used more to allow more people to
enjoy reading. It provides books alongside a quiet place to enjoy them. So I
hope that more people use them and I will be!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment your opinion
on libraries or any alternatives)
The amount of travel books available to read is huge however
in this post I am going to talk about Lonely Planets releases.
I love to read and browse Lonely Planets travel books and
see all the different destinations I would want to go to. I think most of these
books give you the best photos and the idealistic travels however it does often
provide inspiration for your travels.
There are also many different types of books that Lonely
Planet has released such as; specific destinations, types of travel and round
ups. These can all provide different information and depending what your after
can help you whilst at your destination by giving you tips for your travels.
Lonely Planets website you can get loads of information on destinations
however nothing compares to having actual pages to flip through and write notes
on or bookmark. I think for travel books it is fun to go through and mark your
favourite destinations or activities and write notes next to articles. It
allows you to be involved and plan your own journey with all you need in one
book that’s right infront of you. It is also ideal when you are travelling to
carry one with you as you won’t always have access to the internet ad can still
get all the information you require.
Books such as ‘Packing List’ and ‘Travel tips’ are also very
helpful. I always find that when I go on holiday I write constant lists of what
I need to pack to ensure I don’t forget anything so having a specific book for
that is great. To ensure you have all the necessities before you make a trip.
Tips to help you travel also helps as sometimes you don’t know everything you
need to before you travel (which is fine) however they can often make your trip
Due to the vast amount of different travel books I would
highly recommend getting one for your chosen destination. Not only will it give
you a bit on insight on what to expect but could give you ideas and hints for
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(Ps please comment if you use travel books at all!)
Yes Please is a non-fiction book written by American comedian and actress Amy Poehler which was released in 2014. In this book Amy shares stories from her life about how she became the well known comedian/actress she is today. It features personal, funny stories on everything from relationships, to working and parenthood. It is part-memoir, part self help where she offers her advice on things such as anxiety and self doubt.
As a fan of her work on SNL and Parks and Recreation as well as watching her comedy at UCB (on youtube!) I couldn’t wait to read this!
The book is very honest and open with Amy sharing a lot of
her life. It follows her professional journey through her comedy in Chicago,
her time on SNL and her experiences on Parks and Recreation. We hear about how
she help found the Upright Citizens Brigade that is a vital part of many
comedians career. It is inspirational as you see that she didn’t become famous
overnight and she has worked hard throughout her life. She is incredibly
talented but she also shares her personal stories of relationships and
parenthood. She is honest and that is something I admire. I loved this book and
I loved Amy Poehler even more after reading this!
I personally listened to the audio book where Amy herself
narrated alongside guests such as Seth Myers, Mike Schur and her parents. I
also have both the hardback and paperback versions (which is definitely
overkill but I just couldn’t not have them!) I really liked listening to the
audiobook for this as it adds more of her personality into the words she has
written. There are even a few extra anecdotes you can enjoy! I found that I
couldn’t stop listening to the audio book as it is not only a great book but
full of personality. It is themed and easy to follow. It is well written and
although throughout the book she declares that she hated writing it, I feel it
paid off. She was honest about the difficulties of writing a book which I
liked. It’s not always easy to write.
I loved this book and would highly recommend (especially to
those who like Amy Poehlers work). She is honest and open whilst sharing this
with humour intertwined. I love the book but I would highly recommend that you
listen to the audio book. It is a perfect example of when the audio book may be
better than the printed copy!
Recently on twitter @LoveBooksGroup ran a competition to win two books from the Lincoln Rhyme Series and one from the Katheryn Dance Series by Jeffery Deaver, alongside different teas and a cute notebook, and I was lucky enough to win. (Many thanks to @LoveBooksGroup).
I had never heard of this author or this series before seeing this competition and once I had read a little about them I was very interested.
Jeffery Deaver is a former journalist and attorney who is an international best seller and has released over 35 novels. He mainly writes mystery/crime novels but he has also released a non-fiction book that looks at law.
The Lincoln Rhyme series is focused on the central character of Lincoln Rhyme who is a former NYPD homicide detective who is now a forensic consultant with the department. This change of role was due to an accident which resulted in Rhyme becoming a quadriplegic. He is partnered with Amelia Sachs who acts as his eyes as she walks through the crime scene.
Personally, I really liked the concept of these books as I love crime novels but having the main character as a quadriplegic is not only a great way to show disability is not something to shy away from when writing and having the main character quadriplegic hightens this but also it lets you see the stories and crime scenes from a different view as he uses his partner as his eyes.
I have not yet read them but I can’t wait! The two books from this series are; The Burning Wire and The Skin Collector.
The third book I was lucky enough to win was Roadside Crosses which is an installment in Deavers Kathryn Dance series. Kathryn Dance is a Special Agent in the Central Bureau of Investigation of the state of California. This character was originally introduced in one of the Lincoln Rhyme novels before Deaver went and dedicated a new series to her. Kathryn Dance is an expert in Kensics and interrogation and is originally assigned to interogate Daniel Pell, a convicted murderer.
As you can imagine this is also a series that I am interested in reading as I also love any book that has a spy aspect to it, and although she isn’t a spy she is a special agent so close enough!
I also was sent 4 different types of tea from ‘eteaket’ and a cute notebook.
Again thanks to LoveBooksGroup and I recommend you follow them on twitter!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(ps please comment if you have read any of the books from these series’ or by the author Jeffery Deaver.)
‘Imaginary Friend’ is a book written by Stephen Chbosky which is due to be released in October. This is a release I am scored about as Chbosky first novel ‘Perks of being a Wallflower’ was a great read that I loved.
‘Perks of being a wallflower’ was then made into a film which Chbosky wrote and directed himself. Since then he has written screenplays such as The live action Beauty and the Beast.
‘Imaginary Friends’ is his second novel and follows Kate Reese. Kate is a single mother who flees an abusive relationship by moving to a new town and starting over with her son. But Mill Grove, Pennsylvania is not the place they thought it would be… after her son disappears into the woods their life begins to unravel. This disappearance is strangely familiar with a similar occurrence happening 50 years prior. When he returns 6 days later it is a relief to find him unharmed but he isn’t the same as he was before. He doesn’t come back alone and is accompanied with a voice only he can hear.
This book is thrilling and eery with a masterpiece of imagination and emotion.
I was lucky enough to be sent a link to where I could read the first couple of chapters and so far I am liking it and can’t wait till October. As with every post I will say that reading is entirely a personal choice and which books you like could be completely different to other so although I am recommending it if you don’t like it that’s fine too,
If you would like to get an extract from this book follow this link!
‘Perfect Crime’ by Helen Fields is the 5th instalment in the DI Callanach Series. It focuses on Luc as he continues his life as a detective in Scotland whilst being haunted by his past.
I love this series anyway as it is well written with great characters in my favourite genre and this instalment was no different. I enjoyed seeing the comradery between the officers at MIT and how these relationships have evolved throughout the series.
The characters are realistic and are not represented as perfect and the best police officer. They have their fair share of problems and we get to see them cope with this. I really like Callanach and Turner but in this book I felt myself becoming frustrated with their relationship. They want to be more than friends but it doesn’t quite happen. Maybe this was the writers intention and if so it worked but I just wanted something to happen between them! I like to see other characters like Tripp and lively make an appearance where we get to see them evolve as they spend more time in MIT.
You get to see MIT investigate a series of suspicious ‘suicides’ and as more and more deaths occur we see them work through the all the outcomes. I like to read these parts of the book as much as the personal stories of the characters as I find it provides a balance between the excitement and the sincere.
It is well structured and well written and engaging. I read this book pretty quickly as I couldn’t put the book down. I wanted to continue to read more and more to see what happens next.
I would highly recommend this book and the series as you will get the chance to see the characters evolve and develop. ( although I would say that you don’t have to)There is also another instalment due to be released in 2020 and I also can’t wait to read that!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please comment if you have ever read these books or have any other recommendations. )
Song of the Dead by Douglas Lindsay is a crime fiction novel that is the first installment of the DI Westphall series. It follows DI Westphall as he investigates a strange case. What happens when a man who died 12 years ago walks into a police station in Estonia? As the case unravels DI Westphall begins to realize the amount of secrets that led to this mysterious case.
The book is set in the Scottish Highlands and features scenes in various places around Scotland and in Estonia. I enjoy reading books that are set in Scotland as I often feel I can relate to them more being Scottish myself.
The idea of someone who was declared dead 12 years prior walks into an Estonian police station with only half his organs seems unbelievable but Douglas Lindsay writes it in such a way that it is completely plausible. The book is structured well with fairly short chapters which I prefer to huge long sections!
I enjoyed this book and I would like to read the next one. I felt the characters were likable and the main Character being realistic. DI Westphall seems to live in the land of the living and the dead but this seems normal for him. He used to work for the Secret Service but due to a fear of flying he decided to leave and work as a DI in Scotland. I ofund this fear to be a good part of the character as often in crime novels the policeman is portrayed to be this intelligent, brave man that is scared of nothing. This help to make him seem more human and real.
The book makes you think about possible connections and outcomes of the case alongside DI Westphall and I believe that this therefore engages you in the book. You want to read on and find out exactly what happened all those years ago. I found the book quite atmospheric even although it is a crime fiction novel.
There is a good balance between the investigation and the characters which I really enjoyed as I could learn more about the case whilst becoming invested in the characters themselves.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book especially if you enjoy reading crime fiction. It is gripping and immersive and keeps you reading till you have finished the book. I am definatly putting the secong installment on my ‘To Be Read’ list!
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment if you have ever read this book or have any other crime fiction recommendations)