Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tuesday Titles 012..

It's been a while since I last did one of these Tuesday Titles posts, but I seem to have read a lot of books in the past few weeks, so I wanted to do a little round up of some of my most recent reads.

001: The Eye Collector by Sebastian Fitzek 4/5
I must admit to having quite the soft spot for horror. Films, predominantly, but more recently I've been expanding my reading horizons to include this genre (I recently reviewed The Ritual on Judging Covers, too).

Alexander Zorbach is an ex-cop turned crime reporter who finds himself drawn into the gruesome game of hide and seek being played by a local serial killer dubbed The Eye Collector. A mother found dead with a stopwatch in her hand, which begins the game. Zorbach has 45hours, 7mins to find the woman's missing child, despite not knowing how or why he came to be part of the game.

I don't recall how or when The Eye Collector made it onto my Kindle, but I started it by chance and had read it all about 90 minutes later. I found it totally gripping and it had me guessing until very close to the end, indeed.

002: Watermelon by Marian Keyes 1/5
I feel a little bad about the rating for this one, but honestly found it such a struggle to: 1) get into and 2) to care about any of the characters. Claire? Annoying and pathetic. Her sisters? Annoying. James? Manipulative loser. The list goes on.

I hate not finishing a book, so I did keep reading to the end, but it was nothing special. I often feel as though the whole chick lit genre falls into one big smelting pot of samey-ness, and this is not distinguishable from anything else I've read lately. Basic premise: Woman gives birth, husband leaves her for another woman. She runs home to Dublin to stay with her family. (I found this part annoying as it seemed as though the baby had been completely forgotten about for a lot of these chapters where she was just lying in bed for days at a time).

That's about it. Don't be expecting anything groundbreaking, but it might entertain you on a long and boring train journey. As might sleeping, and I know which one I'd choose.

003: The Collected Works of A.J Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin 5/5
I'm not going to say a lot about this as I've already reviewed it here this week. Another book I read in one sitting, and I absolutely would recommend this to anyone looking for a charming story about a lonely bookseller and a baby who is abandoned in his store.

004: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 4/5

Yes, this book has probably been over-hyped lately, and I try to avoid being one to jump on the book bandwagon - at least not until there are a hundred copies in every charity shop and they're struggling to give them away.

That said, I was intrigued by the premise of this one. a "sort of" love story. I don't pretend to know much about Asperger's syndrome, but Don's quirky personality traits, (be they his own or a result of being an Aspie) were endearing. I rooted for him to find an ideal candidate in his Wife Project and was interested to see how he was going to cope with the arrival of Rosie, who enlists his help in tracking down her biological father.

If you've not already done so, I'd give this one a read.  I found it easy to get stuck in to and on the whole found the characters (with a couple of exceptions) interesting and likeable. My interest piqued, I wanted to know who Rosie's father was and had my money on a different candidate.

Have you read anything good, lately? I am planning a blogger book swap, so hang onto your recent reads and watch this space if you'd like to be involved...


  1. Ooh I'm in the last 20 pages of The Ritual now and I'm so rooting for Luke as 'Moder' approaches. It is such a spooky book and I loved another book of his called 'Last Days' have you read that one? SUch a page turner!

    Gems x
    Fashion, Well Done

    1. Ahh, I'm glad you're enjoying it. I haven't heard of Last Days, will have a look for it in the library!

  2. I really liked The Rosie project too, I am currently reading In the Heart of The Sea and it is SO good! I love that it is non fiction too!

    Maria xxx

  3. I love the sound of The Eye Collector; I'll definitely be adding that one to my to-read list. I'm not really a fan of most chick lit, either. I actually find them the hardest books to read and have to force myself to finish them because they can be so irritating.

    If you haven't read it yet, I'd recommend The Book Thief. I finished it a couple of weeks ago and it's one of the loveliest, saddest books I've read in ages. xx

    1. Ah, I loved the Book Thief, I recently saw the film but read the book as a child when it came out. See the film, it's great!