An adult who has never read Harry Potter?? ;Book review

Not only have I not read a single Harry Potter book, I have never seen any of the movies… Unlike the rest of the world population, I have never been interested in Harry Potter. This is mostly due to my dislike of anything fantasy/dystopian ect. I made it through childhood, high school and even college without delving into anything Harry Potter related. As an adult now, I am going to attempt to see if it’s amazing as the world perceives it to be. You can walk into any mall, and see merch everywhere, every book store is sure to stock every copy.

After my friends forced me to watch the first movie, I knew if I were to watch the rest I would have to read all the books first. (of course!) Therefore, a few days ago I read the first book, and really enjoyed it, despite seeing the movie the day before. The book was better! That’s what book worms say, and it is very true in this case. As a very opposed to Harry Potter person, even I was screaming at the movie for missing details from the book. (not literally). I enjoyed it, it was an easy read, which I flew through.

I am just about to start reading the 2nd book! I am not going to do a blog post after I have read each one, but I’ll definitely do one after I have read them all. I don’t even know how many there is… Haha! I’m really not a fantasy fan, so I might take breaks between the books. Or I may have it all finished next week, no pressure! Have you read/seen all the Harry Potter books? If so, which is best?

‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov; Book Review

I first began to read this book as a young teen, and found the literature too difficult, and therefore put the book down. It wasn’t until this week, nearly a decade later that I decided to pick it up again. This time the language was not difficult to read, like I had expected.

I went into this book with an open mind, briefly knowing what the novel is about, but nothing more. I enjoyed the eloquent language. I was intrigued how the reader knew what horrible crime was occurring, yet the main character didn’t write in a wicked way. He knew of the severity of his actions, and stated many times the wrong of what he was doing.

Lolita herself I found difficult to imagine, as the description of her did not match the image I has composed in my mind. I also didn’t expect her age to be of preteen. The story was saddening, yet I enjoyed the way it was written. I suggest being of mature age before attempting to read this novel, not because of the more advance language but due to the nature of paedophilia.

I now understand why everyone adores this book, and I too agree everyone needs to read this book. Have you read this well known book? I’d definitely recommend to all adults! It is an average length book, but I read in just one day as I didn’t want to stop reading. I’d give ‘Lolita’ 5/5.

I read 7 books this week? I.e; 7 mini book reviews

I may have lied a little bit in the title… as technically I have only finished 6, and am reading the 7th currently haha. Just to point out, I don’t always read the same amount of books each month, it all depends how much I get into reading. If you read my last post you’ll know I am using this month to read books outside of my comfort zone. Therefore, these books I am going to share are not typical ‘Flower in the brain’ books.

The first book I read last week was ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M.L. Stedman. My last book post was a review of this novel. You can read it here at; https://flowersinthebrain.blog/2019/07/15/the-light-between-oceans-book-review/

I just finished ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera. I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I’m not sure I would have picked this book up by the blurb, but I really enjoyed it, It contains a lot of sadness, and I did cry a few times. It is about getting a call knowing you are going to die in the next 24hours. I would class it as a romantic fiction too, Definitely my favourite book by this author.

‘One of Us is Lying’ by Karen M. McManus is a little on the cheat side, as it is a YA book, but the mystery part would have stopped me picking this us, and I do not like ‘scary’ things haha. This book wasn’t scary in the slightest, which proves to not judge a book by it’s cover. (which I am guilty of) This turned out to be a typical YA book, which meant I loved it! I particularly enjoyed how the chapters were split between all the characters. It was a mystery, which I figured about before finishing, but still found it enjoyable. (sorry,no spoilers). I’d give this a high rating of 4.5/5

Next, I read ‘The Elephant Tree’ by R.D. Ronald, which was very much outside of my usual book choice. I find the first half of this book slow and repetitive, the last quarter engaged me most. This book was a little too gruesome for me, it is surrounded with heavy drugs and violence. So would not recommend for younger readers, or those like me who dislike violence. I’m glad I read something different, but am not sure I would recommend this one.

A very quick read by Paul Kalanithi; ‘When breath becomes air’. Again, a book I really enjoyed. It followed the life of a neurosurgeon who had been diagnosed with cancer. It reminded me of the book ‘This is going to hurt’. A short, but enjoyable read, that I think everyone should read!

My favourite book this week was ‘Lolita’ by Vladimir Nabokov. I have written a separate post to review this book. So watch out, as it’ll most likely be the next thing posted on my blog.

I am currently reading ‘Joyland’ by Stephen King. This is a huge ‘stepping into new territory’ moment, one of which I’m a little afraid. Stephen King is an author I am very intrigued by, yet have always been too afraid to pick up. I am only 50 pages in, and so far I am not petrified haha. I will update once I have read a little more.

‘The Light Between Oceans’; book review

I’m never sure how to start a book review, so I am going to begin with the first thing that comes to mind; Surprise! I was incredibly surprised by this book, not particularly due to the story, but how connected to the location and the characters I felt.

*spoiler free mini description* ‘The light between oceans is a Australian historical fiction based after the first World War. The main character; Tom, after the war becomes a lighthouse keeper on a very remote island. After marrying, and bringing his wife to the isolated island, a baby and dead man wash up upon the shore in a boat. The wife; Isabel cannot bare to part with the baby, and both decide to keep the baby as their own. I won’t spoil what comes next, you’ll have to read’

I have a habit of reading contemporary books, so was surprised at how much I loved how the book was based in the 1920’s. I thoroughly enjoyed the location, and scene setting at Janus Rock, and the lighthouse. I felt like Isabel with the love she had for the baby. Tom was a distant character emotionally, but I still very likeable. For some reason, I very much like the two men who delivered the supplies by boat, and friends of Tom.

This book is emotional, and put my mind in two different opinions on the situation of the baby, which definitely pulled my heart! I read this book quickly, because I was gripped! By the cover and description, I usually wouldn’t have picked this book up, other than that this month I am delving into new genres/books I wouldn’t read. I am glad that this change bought me to read this book.

I would definitely recommend this book, giving it 4.5/5.

Reading outside of my comfort zone (eg not YA)

I bet you never thought you would see a post like this from Flowers in the Brain. I am an avid young adult fiction reader, with the occasional contemporary fiction. I was always embarrassed about adoring these genres, until I realised just to appreciate what I love! Recently though, I have thought about expanding out. Not because I don’t love YA , but to broaden my knowledge.

The first book I read was called ‘The Elephant Tree’ by R.D Ronald. I am a wimp when it comes to anything even slightly scary, so this was a big jump for me. It was a little anxiety provoking, as the book follows a drug dealer, and violence plays a part in that. I read the book in 1 day, but I can’t say I enjoyed it, but am glad I read it. Anyone who has read ‘The Elephant Tree’? Did you notice there was lots of grammatical and spellings mistakes. Or maybe it was just my copy.

I also read ’84 Charing Cross Road’, which I think is non-fiction. I have had this book a while, I bought it for my boyfriend who likes visibly old/vintage looking books. This book was adorable! It was about the correspondence of letters between a bookstore owner in London, and a writer in America. I really enjoyed this book. I could feel and smell the bookstore at 84 Charing Cross Road. I would describe this book as warm!

I am currently reading the very popular ‘Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. I remember beginning this book in my preteens (all those years ago haha) and found it difficult to read. It is probably a good sign I didn’t read this whilst young, and the story isn’t one for the innocent. I have only just started this book, so will comment no more. Although I may do a review depending .on my thoughts on completion.

Next on my ‘outside my comfort one’ book is ‘1984’, ‘To kill a mocking bird, and Go set a watchman’ and ‘Farenheit 451’. I’d love recommendations in the comment! Do stick to your favourite genre when choosing what to read next?

I thought I’d never use a kindle…

As most of us in the book community, we are dedicated to a beautiful physical copy of a book, being able to turn the pages, appreciate the covers, the smell ect. Well I sure was, and can still appreciate this! I was anti E reader for a long long time. (I even had badges on my ruck sake that were anti kindles haha) Until recently..

To start with, I have taken a much more minimalist approach in life. I decluttered nearly 200 books! I only kept my top 10 all time favorite or sentimental books! I thought I would ‘miss’ my books, but it’s been a while since I did this, and haven’t even thought about them. I had read them all anyway, so I have the books in my head! A kindle is equivalent to millions of books, but only 1 item, my current dream!

The main reason (apart from book clutter) I have switched from hard copy to kindle is finance! There is access to lots of free books, and buying a Ereader copy of a new book is normally cheaper than buying a physical copy! Especially if you order online and have to pay for shipping. Therefore, switching to a kindle is more affordable and cost effective!

I am moving apartments soon, and no longer have a library local to me. Even my current local library doesn’t have a very good YA section, so I don’t often visit. Thus I have found a kindle to give me much easier access to more books!

Lastly, I am currently always on the go. I go on long trains journeys and I travel, in addition to getting public transport to work; I have found a kindle to be more convenient for the travelling aspect of my life, which is quite big this year. It is much lighter than a book, and also takes up less space! It also means I don’t have to take multiple books when I travel/go on holiday.

I thought I would always be against kindles/E readers as I have always been such a physical book fan. But life changes, and suddenly I am a kindle user! It fits my current lifestyle better, and I am actually really enjoying it! Sorry book bloggers…

‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ by Oliver Sacks; Book review/microreview.

I was a little dissapointed by this book, but I think this is mainly because it was not what I expected it to be at all. This book is very overrated in my opinion.(would love to hear your opinions)

Considering this is a psychology book, it is easy to understand for the average non psychology degree student, which I liked. It took me a while to finish this book, which is not normal for me. I did want to finish it, I just wasn’t excited to keep picking it up, which never happens for me. So I guess this means I didn’t enjoy it?

It was my first psychology book written in this way, which may be why I didn’t find it a breezey read, compared to my usual genre of contemporary YA. I didn’t dislike this book, I found the content interesting. There was just something about it that didn’t grasp me. I don’t have much to say about this book, good or bad. Hence, the microreview.

Overall, I’d give it a 3/5.