dinsdag 13 augustus 2013

Top Ten Tuesday 13/08

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme (and one that I really like) hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week bloggers have to make a top ten concerning the topic of that week. This week the topic iiiiissss:

Top ten books with X setting. My X is: Great Britain!

I don't know why, but I have this thing for Britain. It's not like I go there every year, but it's just such a beautiful country with cool cities as well as a wonderful countryside... That's why I picked this theme for my top ten this week! 

... 30 minutes later... I just can't find a number 10! This topic was really difficult! I can only give you 9 titles, but I still have to read some books set in Great Britain, so when there's a very good one between them, I will add that one too ;)

Review "Sleeping Arrangements"

Some information

Title: Sleeping Arrangements
Author: Sophie Kinsella (writing as Madeleine Wickham)
Pages: 304
Genre: Chick Lit
Published: October 2010
Publisher: Black Swan
My Source: Boekenfestijn Ghent
My score on Goodreads: 2 stars


An early bestseller from the fabulous author of the Shopaholic series. Chloe needs a holiday. She's sick of making wedding dresses and her partner Philip has trouble at work. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain -- perfect.

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife Amanda seems more interested in the granite for the new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it all, he barely has time for his family. But his old schoolfriend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain -- perfect.

Both families arrive at the villa and get a shock: Gerard has double-booked. An uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions soon mount in the soaring heat. But there's also a secret history between the families -- and as tempers fray, an old passion begins to resurface.

My Review

Hmm I was a little bit disappointed after reading this book. I love books by Sophie Kinsella (Madeleine Wickham) because they are funny, witty and have unexpected twists and turns. This book didn't seem to offer me those things. It was long and there wasn't much variation. It seemed to go on and on without something happening. We have two main characters, Chloe and Hugh, and their families on a strange holiday. Because of a "misunderstanding" they are booked in the same villa in Spain for the same period. Without wanting this, the two families have to live together and share their holiday even though they wanted some private time with their own families. The thing I didn't like about Chloe and Hugh is that they don't develop or change. They just stay the same person through the whole book and this makes the ending very predictable. It's not that I expect people to change in a week time, but the thing is... Chloe and Hugh already knew each other for years. They had a painful history together (about which their partners don't know a thing)and that made me think this holiday would change their feelings towards each other. But it all remained the same... 

Normally I read books like this in 2 or 3 days... This one took me a little longer and that's the sign I didn't like it that much. I couldn't connect with Chloe and Hugh because they were so rigid. I didn't want to know what was going to happen because I had the feeling I already knew it from the beginning on. I didn't want to continue the book because I couldn't see how a holiday of one week could keep me interested for 300 pages... 

I can't say something about the story itself. It was a good idea for a book, but the author could have used more twists and turns in this one. Make it a little more exciting. For example, I like characters with faults because that's more human. Chloe and Hugh had those faults, but they always were compensated or something... Just when I started to feel some sympathy for someone in the book, there happened something else that flattened them again. Maybe I'm just being difficult here, but this book was not what I expected it to be and bored me a little to much to be positive. (Love other books by Sophie Kinsella though!)

vrijdag 2 augustus 2013

Review "Keeping Score ~ A guide to love and relationships"

Some information

Title: Keeping Score ~ A guide to love and relationships
Author: Marc Brackett
Pages: 128
Genre: Non Fiction, Self Help
Published: july 2012
Publisher: Treinta y Tres Publishing
My scource: the author (thank you!)
My score on Goodreads: 2.5 (3 on GR)


It's a relationship book even a man will read.

Keeping Score provides a relationship evaluation quiz followed by a common sense guide for relationship improvement, all with a humorous twist. You can determine if your relationship has the qualities it takes for a successful marriage and lasting love affair. 

If you're single- read this book to see how well your potential life partner measures up. If you're married- read this book to reduce conflict and increase your happiness.

Take control and shape your union into a relationship that will stand the trials of life and go the distance.

My review

At first I wanted to give this book 2.5 stars, but since that's not possible on Goodreads I doubted wether I would give it a 2 or a 3. A 2 was not enough and a 3 was a little too much. Than I thought: well, maybe I didn't like this book so much because I couldn't really "use" it at this point in my life. That's why I gave 3 stars to "Keeping Score - A guide to love and relationships". 

Although I didn't like the book so much, I have to admit there were some parts I found interesting. Other parts didn't give much new information and just recapitulated things I already knew. Sometimes it seemed like the author wanted to share a totally new insight with his readers and I had the "ooow, exciting!"-feeling. After reading those parts in the book I always had the "ooow, is that it?"-feeling and I felt a little disappointed.

Writing this review was so difficult and it's still a lot shorter than I wanted it to be! Reviewing a guide is totally different from reviewing a book with characters, a plot,... It took me a while to think about the book but here is my opinion: "Keeping Score" is a good read but I really don't know wether it would help a relationship or not. I don't think it would really help me...