Thank you to everyone who took the time to congratulate me and comment on last week's post about the birth of my son, Giles. One of the best things about blogging is the friends that I have made, and I was reminded of that when I read through all of the comments :) I'm continuing to recover very well, and am feeling almost normal again. Of course, life itself is a bit of a blur of feeding, nappy changing and trying to get a very wide awake baby to go to sleep at 3am in the morning. I have been able to read a bit (kindles are great for one handed reading!) but most of the following reviews are for books I finished up whilst waiting for Giles to arrive.
This was a reread that I started as soon as I became overdue and needed distraction! I loved this book the first time around and loved it even more the second. I picked up on more of the clues for what was to happen in the future, I was able to see how much the characters had developed and I liked the simplicity of the plot-line. This is the only book in the series where most of the main characters are together for most of the time, which makes it more coherent than the other volumes. Escaping to Westeros was just what I needed, even if I can't see myself re-reading the rest of the series any time soon. 5 out of 5 stars.
2. The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory
When I first started reading historical fiction, I quite liked Philippa Gregory. I soon grew out of her, but her books are kind of a guilty pleasure for me. The Constant Princess is about the life of Catherine of Aragon, and focuses particularly on her marriage to Arthur, and the beginning of her subsequent marriage to Henry VIII after his brother's death. As always, Gregory takes a bit of a liberty with the facts but this book was a quick, fun read. 3 out of 5 stars.
3. Guns by Stephen King
As a Brit, the debate about gun ownership in the USA really fascinates me. Here, guns are a non issue - people aren't allowed to own them, and I can't think of anyone I know who would want to. Only small sections of the police are armed, and most people would be scared rather than reassured to have a gun in the house. So I'm not going to comment on King's arguments, which seemed logical and practical to me, as I'm not the intended audience. I will say that the whole thing felt a bit rushed, as if it were hurried for publication, and this ruined my enjoyment of his writing a bit. 3 out of 5 stars.
This one I read after Giles arrived, in the night time moments when he wasn't quite ready to be put into his Moses basket yet and just wanted to be held. It's about twin sisters Cath and Wren, who begin to grow apart when they start university. I really liked the main character, Cath, and could relate to her shyness and awkwardness around people. The love story was very sweet, and the whole thing was extremely hard to put down. I've come to the conclusion that I just enjoy Rowell's young adult fiction more than her adult books. 4.5 out of 5 stars.