My Week in Books – 3

My Week in Books – 3

Well, this should really be my fortnight in books! I didn’t get around to writing a post last week for one reason and another so this post is last week and this week.

I finished the Fanny Blake book, With a Friend Like You. It was OK. A nice easy read – the sort of thing that is easy to dip in and out of and isn’t too challenging. I found some of the characters a little shallow and there wasn’t as much of certain strands of the story dealt with as I would have liked, but it was an easy read and was book number three of 2016 for me.

I was soon onto Lone Wold by Jodi Picoult. I’m not a huge fan of Jodi Picoult – I’ve read a couple of her books. One that I really loved, although I can’t recall the title now, and a couple where I didn’t finish them. I picked up Lone Wold in a rush at the library the week before last. I finished the book last night and again, it was OK. The ending was predictable but I liked the way the story weaved together the different viewpoints of a number of characters. There were times when it felt a bit heavy going and a lot of detail that didn’t really offer much to the story, I think the story could have been at least 100 pages shorter.

Anyhow, finishing that one means I am now on to The Help. This is a book that I have heard about (via the film) but I have literally NO idea what it’s about. When out at the charity shops last weekend I picked it up (along with some others) for 50p and I started it last night. I only managed to read a chapter as it was taking me a bit of time to get used to the writing style, and I was really sleepy. I’ve got high hopes for this one though.

the help book

As an aside – I love charity shops for books. Books that I read end up being passed on to my mum, then onto my cousin and auntie and then either more friends or back to the charity shops. I have had many a bargain from them and the Shelter shop we went into had all books at 50p. A bargain and I picked up four books to add to my reading pile. Another shop we went into was selling a book I was looking at for £2.50. That seemed a bit steep for my for a charity shop book. Maybe it’s just me but in the era when you can buy two new books for £6/£7 in the super market as well as cheap buys on kindle and other e-readers it seemed a bit expensive for a general fiction book.

Anyhow…. the children have been as busy as ever reading away and we made our trip to the library on Friday morning to return our last lot of library books and to collect some new ones. Miss E has got into a habit of reading the same handful of books at bedtime so these new library books were added to the bedroom reading pile to give Damian and I a change in what we are reading! They are very taken with the machines that you return the books into and Mr D in particular spends a fair amount of time looking at the various books on offer.

The children were both given a book whilst we were there which they can take on each visit and get a new sticker for. I’ve not had chance to read the book with them yet, but we will do ahead of our next visit.

We also had a quick stop in the charity shops on the way home and picked up some Thomas books (4 books for £1) and both the children have enjoyed reading these today. Miss E loves Thomas much as Mr D which is good for me as it means they’re both engaged in pretty similar stories.

Thomas Charity Shop Buys

I’m hoping that the coming week will see me make some good progress with The Help and the children and I will explore their new library books together over the coming days.

What’s on your current reading list?

Weekend Book Club


  1. 25th January 2016 / 09:04

    I love browsing in charity shops for books and have picked up some real bargains, often they look almost new :o)


  2. 25th January 2016 / 10:30

    You seem to have read so much , I really must find my library card as I have not been for years and I use to love visiting and finding new books to read xx

  3. 25th January 2016 / 10:41

    Some great bargains to be had in charity shops. I enjoyed The Help when my book group read it a few years ago. It’s a fun book that makes you think too. Jodi Picoult is an author I refuse to read anymore I’m afraid as I just found the books a bit formulaic and also I felt they were trying to draw out every bit of emotion possible and I found that a bit wearing.

  4. Tracey @ One Frazzled Mum
    25th January 2016 / 11:26

    Most of my book have come from charity shops there are only 2 authors I buy on publication day I want to read The Help too. I’ve never read any Jodi Picoult books not sure if I will now #readwithme

  5. 25th January 2016 / 13:15

    I’ve always been a fan of Jodi Pivoult but I’ve found her recent books have been less interesting to me. I’ve not read the help but I did enjoy the film! Got to love a bargain, I always give my books to charity shops when I’m finished with them. Thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

  6. 25th January 2016 / 13:31

    I struggle with books that have an obvious ending. Not tried many Jodi Picoult but my friend bought me a couple for Christmas so I will give them a go! #readwithme

  7. sarahmo3w
    25th January 2016 / 18:12

    I think I need to start shopping in charity shops for books more! The Help is an amazing book and I love the way it’s written. I would say Lone Wolf is Jodi Picoult’s weakest book. I think I’ve read all of hers, well I’ve certainly read a lot of them!

    • 26th January 2016 / 19:46

      I rarely buy books from new – always in charity shops stocking up 🙂
      I’m loving The Help so far – just over halfway through x

  8. 25th January 2016 / 21:52

    I love The Help, I read it last year but it did take a while to get into, x

    • 26th January 2016 / 19:45

      I’m really enjoying it – I’m just over halfway through now and didn’t want to put it down last night!

  9. 30th January 2016 / 16:46

    I love charity shops for books too, you can get some real gems. I actually really like Jodi Picoult books, though I have to be in the mood for them. I usually will read one of hers then get a lighter read for my next book. I’m reading ‘Coffee, Tea, The Caribbean and Me’ by Caroline James at the moment and really enjoying it.
    Amanda. #weekendbookclub

    • 1st February 2016 / 07:27

      I’ll pop that Caroline James book on my to read list I think 🙂

  10. 31st January 2016 / 16:12

    I have not heard of The Help but i think it’s one I would add to my To – Read list. I love to potter around charity shops browsing through the books. It’s something I got from my mum, she used to take me when I was little and we would always come across some great finds xx


    • 1st February 2016 / 07:28

      It’s a good book – the ending was a bit spun out for me but it’s good and very though provoking x

  11. 31st January 2016 / 20:18

    I really enjoyed The Help, I hope you enjoy it too. I watched the TV make of it too but wasn’t so keen. Those Thomas books are great too! #weekendbookclub xx

  12. 1st February 2016 / 12:49

    Haven’t been to a charity shop for books in a while but I do love a good rummage!

    Jodi Picoult is someone who I either love or hate. I find her court based stories to be good and really enjoy them but then she will release a story that I just can’t get into. I have, like you, not finished a few of hers yet the next one I love.


  13. 2nd February 2016 / 23:37

    Charity shops are the best place to find books arent they! you can find so many treasures! thanks for sharing and linking up with #weekendbookclub Suz x

    • 7th February 2016 / 20:56

      yep – I’m always in our local ones 🙂

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