"Here's to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life."

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Alone in Berlin - Hans Fallada Blown away. If I could give it 6 stars I would.

WOW. Hans Fallada (Rudolf Ditzen) did a remarkable job showing us how WW2 Germany effected everyone. While reading, thanks to his talent to be extremely descriptive, I felt the fear of the people reading those postcards, the hatred Otto felt towards Hitler - this book makes you feel everything.

I've read some amazing books about Nazi Germany such as the Book Thief, but nothing can compare to this novel. All I can say is this is a novel that will stick with me and everyone should read it.
Pure - Andrew Miller Beautifully written but was left a little unsatisfied (just a very little though). I had very high expectations for this book because of the unusual story - how often do you come across a book about the removal of a famous cemetery? It took awhile to get into and once or twice I almost put it down for good. I had mixed feelings about the ending but it got its four stars because of Miller's talent for writing, the characters, the story itself and for how descriptive Miller is about every tiny little thing.
The Tudor Secret - Christopher Gortner I read this book about a month (and a bit) ago and have been meaning to write a review about it. Unfortunately this book was so unmemorable that I cannot remember anything about it besides the fact that I didn't agree with the way Elizabeth was portrayed. I think the fact that it is so unmemorable says it all. Sorry Gortner, I'm going to give the Queen's Vow a go and hopefully it will be ... better.
Habits of the House - Fay Weldon I read this book because of the sticker on the cover recommending it to fans of Downton Abbey. It's set in the same era, about an earl and his family and has many similar characteristics but you really can't compare. Downton leaves you on the edge of your couch and balling your eyes out where as this book is rather predictable.

Habits of the House is also lacking in depth and comes across as flat writing but the story line is entertaining enough to get you to read the sequel just to find out what happens to Minnie and Arthur although it is a bit obvious.

A Quilt of Dreams: A Novel

A Quilt of Dreams: A Novel - Patricia Schonstein This book is not my favourite of hers. I found Gershon very much like another character from one of her other novels called A Time of Angels. The book seemed very muddled - until about half way through she was just explaining the lives of many characters and only towards the end can the reader really understand what they all have to do with one another.

One of the positive points is that it brings two major historical events into one novel so it is very informative and detailed as to how life was during the Holocaust and Apartheid.

Spud: Exit, Pursued by a Bear - John van de Ruit My favourite out of the four and a perfect ending to Spud's academic career. This is definitely the most funny out of them all and kept me laughing all the way through.
Dark Fire  - C.J. Sansom Very well written and love the new character Jack Barak but I still prefer book one (Dissolution) in this series as I found this one a little slow-going and predictable at times.
Blueeyedboy - Joanne Harris This is the first psychological thriller I've ever read and it was honestly a bit of a let down compared to her other books. It was well-written but didn't grip me and there were too many completely unrealistic twists. I won't let this book put me off psychological thrillers but unfortunately this was a terrible start to a new genre and I cannot say I'd recommend it to anyone.
The Apothecary's Daughter - Patricia Schonstein Three years after reading this book and it is STILL the most gripping and twisted novel that I have ever read! A brilliant read.