The Collectively ME Book Club
 
 

Who loves to read? To get so caught up in a novel that you feel like you’re right there with the characters? I do & I have! 

This page is a place for me to share the books I’m reading and let you know my thoughts, be them good or bad.  

I’d love it if you would share what you’re currently reading or any books that you might recommend I read. All you have to do is leave it in the comment section below! 

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My Reading History

I love reading. This love affair began back in 2002 when I started reading the first Harry Potter book ‘Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone’. Please note that in 2002 I was in year 8 and only 14yrs old, saying this, I’d happily read all those books again if there weren’t so many others I have to get through!
 
This is the first book I remember reading that I couldn’t put down and the subsequent books had the same effect. The total immersion I had with these books was so deep that when I saw the movies I felt that I had already seen bits of the movies. A bit like Deja Vu. 
 
They even got me in trouble at one point! One day before my English class I had PDHPE (Personal Development, Health & Physical Education) where we played Lacross, I had the ball and Jamie O’Brien/O’Sullivan (can’t quite remember which it was) came up and hit my stick jamming my thumb in between the two. It hurt so much and because it was my right hand I couldn’t write for the rest of the day. So, when English came around I pulled out my new favourite book and started reading, much to the dislike of the teacher. Personally, I thought she should be happy that I’m reading considering up until this point I wouldn’t! And might I add, my thumbnail hasn’t been the same since!
 
As you can see, my coming into being a bookworm was quite a memorable time.  

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book DepositoryMy Present Reading Tastes

Now-days my choice in novels has grown considerably and eclectically. I read many different genres from crime to romance to a couple of biographies. Though when it comes to biographies I’m pretty picky. They have to be really well written so that the story flows and could almost be read as a novel.
 
Okay, so that’s a bit about me and my reading journey. Now to the purpose of this page.

Here I will share with you the books that I’m reading or have read. I’ll tell you a bit about them and what I thought of them. I’ll also supply you with a link leading you to the website you can also buy it from if you feel so inclined. 

My Favourite Book

My Family & Other Animals – Gerald Durrell

Gorgeous story by Gerald Durrell

My mum has talked about this book for years. It wasn’t until I travelled halfway across the world and found it in a little second-hand bookshop in Rome that I actually bought it and started reading it. 

I was over visiting my uncle who lives in Perdifumo in the south of Italy. This was my first ever trip to Europe so he decided to spoil me and give me a personal tour of Rome. Strangely enough, we had been talking about the book, it must be a sibling thing. He was saying that ever since reading ‘My Family & Other Animals’ when he was a boy, he’d wanted to visit Corfu, Greece but had never got there and that I would love it if I read it. So when in Rome, coincidence struck and there he was holding this 1964 copy of the book. It was a well-loved book and had seen better days but we bought it anyway and set to reading it on the drive home from Rome.

It is about Gerald and his family moving to the island of Corfu, Greece. It is full of gorgeous stories of, yes you guessed it, Gerald’s family and all the animals that he brought home to either study, be a vet too, or have as a pet.  I can’t do it any justice here so you’ll have to just take my word and go buy it! You won’t regret it and to make it even better it is the first book of Durrell’s ‘Corfu Trilogy’, together with Birds, Beasts & Relatives & The Garden of the Gods.

To purchase the book click the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below. Or if you don’t want to read the book try the tv series available here!

 

My Current Book

The Smoke Jumper; Nicholas Evans

Smoke Jumper - Nicholas EvansI loved this book, I couldn’t put it down. I often find that when I read books that I love I don’t want them to end. This book helps rein that in by having it in the 3 sections. You think it could end but it doesn’t.

Goodreads.com Book Blurb ↓
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In a searing novel of love and loyalty, guilt and honour, the acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Horse Whisperer gives his millions of readers another hero…

His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.

In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, travelling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again, he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…

Sounds good, doesn’t it! Have a read & please, let me know what you think.

To purchase the book click the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below.

Do you have any books to recommend? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.


My Previous Book

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine; Gail Honeyman

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail HoneymanI struggled with this book, to begin with, it was slow & I was confused about the character & who she was. But as I kept reading it slowly got laid out & in the end, it was this style of writing that made me enjoy it so much.

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Smart, warm, uplifting, the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes the only way to survive is to open her heart

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. All this means that Eleanor has become a creature of habit (to say the least) and a bit of a loner. 

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Have a read & please, let me know what you think.

To purchase the book click on the title or the link in ‘The Book Club Books’ section below.

Do you have any books to recommend? I’d love to hear from you, so please leave a comment below.

 

The Book Club Books

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  • Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans
    Smoke Jumper - Nicholas Evans
    In a searing novel of love and loyalty, guilt and honor, the acclaimed author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Horse Whisperer gives his millions of readers another hero… His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts. In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
    The Sunday Times bestseller Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon `Funny, touching and unpredictable' Jojo Moyes Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive - but not how to live Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life. Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than... fine?
  • The Housekeeper - Suellen Dainty
    The Housekeeper - Suellen Dainty
    When Anne Morgan's successful boyfriend-who also happens to be her boss-leaves her for another woman, Anne finds herself in desperate need of a new job and a quiet place to recover. Meanwhile, her celebrity idol, Emma Helmsley (England's answer to Martha Stewart), is in need of a housekeeper, an opportunity which seems too good to be true. Through her books, website, and blog, Emma Helmsley advises her devoted followers on how to live a balanced life in a hectic world. Her husband, Rob, is a high profile academic, and her children, Jake and Lily, are well-adjusted teenagers. On the surface, they are the perfect family. But Anne soon finds herself intimately ensconced in the Helmsley's dirty laundry, both literally and figuratively. Underneath the dust, grime, and whimsical clutter, everyone has a secret to hide and Anne's own disturbing past threatens to unhinge everything. For fans of Notes on a Scandal and The Woman Upstairs, The Housekeeper is a nuanced and psychological drama about the dark recesses of the human mind and the dangerous consequences of long-buried secrets.
  • Italian Ice Cream Shop - Abby Clements
    Italian Ice Cream Shop - Abby Clements
    Full of mouth-watering flavours, sunshine and escapist adventure, The Heavenly Italian Ice Cream Shopwill delight readers who enjoy Carole Matthews and Jenny Colgan. Anna and her partner Matteo are ready to embark a delicious Italian adventure. After a year and a half running their ice cream shop on Brighton beach and raising their baby Isabella, Matteo is starting to miss Italy. A shared passion for ices means it's easy to settle on a new business idea - they'll open a shop in Sorrento's cobbled square, a short walk from the sparkling blue sea. For a while, life is sweet; but then Matteo's overbearing family get involved ... Anna's younger sister Imogen feels like things are finally coming together - she's living with boyfriend Finn in a beach house in Brighton, and her photography is taking off. Then her career stalls, and the lure of Capri - and a man from her past - prove difficult to resist.
  • Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mysteries - Emma Jameson
    Lord & Lady Hetheridge Mysteries - Emma Jameson
    Here are the first three Lord and Lady Hetheridge Books in one collection! In ICE BLUE, meet Lord Anthony Hetheridge, chief superintendent for New Scotland Yard. A bachelor approaching his sixieth birthday, Baron Hetheridge has a neat, orderly personal life that his new subordinate, the impetuous and beautiful Kate Wakefield, turns upside down. And their first murder case together reveals not only a powerful attraction, but a secret from Hetheridge's own past. In book 2, BLUE MURDER, Hetheridge and his detectives, DS Kate Wakefield and DS Deepal "Paul" Bhar, seek the culprit of a deadly Halloween bash while Hetheridge, ever more enamored of Kate, is determined to put an heirloom engagement ring on her finger. In book three, SOMETHING BLUE, East Ender Kate is finally ready to marry her blue-blooded guv and become Lady Hetheridge at long last. But with Downing Street pressuring them to solve a case in the shortest time frame ever, and serial killer Sir Duncan Godington back in the mix, can the wedding actually go off without a hitch?
  • A story about the eleven days Agatha Christie disappeared.The latest novel by award winning author Kristel Thornell.
    On the blue train
    Yes, she said, finally. Breaks are important. There are times when it's wiser to get away. From it all. It was the work of a moment: On 4 December 1926, Agatha Christie became Teresa Neele, resident of the spa hotel, the Harrogate Hydro. With her wedding ring left behind, and her minimal belongings unpacked, the lost days begin. Lying to her fellow guests about the death of a husband and child, Teresa settles into the anonymity she so fiercely desires. Until Harry McKenna, bruised from the end of his own marriage, asks her to dance. In this entrancing novel of creativity and grief, Kristel Thornell combines fact and fantasy to reconstruct Agatha Christie's retreat from a life that had become too difficult. With verve and sensitivity, Thornell imagines what Christie could not write.
  • Another entrancing Inspector MontalbanoMmystery by Andrea Camilleri
    The Potter's Field
    From the Italian crime legend, Andrea Camilleri, comes The Potter's Field, a dark mystery featuring the inimitable Inspector Montalbano. While Vigàta is wracked by storms, Inspector Montalbano is called to attend the discovery of a dismembered body in a field of clay. Bearing all the marks of an execution style killing, it seems clear that this is, once again, the work of the notorious local mafia. But who is the victim? Why was the body divided into thirty pieces? And what is the significance of the Potter's Field? Working to decipher these clues, Montalbano must also confront the strange and difficult behaviour exhibited by his old colleague Mimi, and avoid the distraction of the enchanting Dolores Alfano - who seeks the inspector's help in locating her missing husband. But like the Potter's Field itself, Montalbano is on treacherous ground and only one thing is certain - nothing is quite as it seems . . . The Potter's Field is followed by The Age of Doubt, the fourteenth in the series.
  • Totally enthralling again. Elly Griffiths tells another great story about Ruth galloway
    The Woman In Blue
    Another incredibly engaging read by Elly Griffiths. Ruth's curiosity gets the better of her after her friend Cathbad tells her about seeing a woman in white and a blue cloak who he takes to be the Virgin Mary. The next day this woman is found dead. Also an old university friend, now a priest, comes to town and wants to see Ruth. She has a bundle of hate mail and want's Ruth's opinion on them. Are the two related or is it just coincidence? You better find out!
  • Gorgeous story by Gerald Durrell
    My Family & Other Animals
    This book is about Gerald and his family moving to the island of Corfu, Greece. It is full of gorgeous stories of, yes you guessed it, Gerald’s family and all the animals that he brought home to either study, be a vet too, or have as a pet. I can’t do it any justice here so you’ll have to just take my word and go buy it! You won’t regret it and to make it even better it is the first book of Durrell’s ‘Corfu Trilogy’, together with Birds, Beasts & Relatives & The Garden of the Gods.
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