Today May 18th, Top 5 Wednesday takes a peek of some favourite summer reading. You know that yucky hot season where the beach is the best life saver, picnics and the dream for rain. Oops sorry for dissing anyone’s love for summer! haha. I will share the stories where I feel myself dancing in the rain enveloped in a fierce breeze or on an adventure.
Let us dive into it:
5. Jock of Bushveld by Percy Fitzpatrick
For Adventure, Jock (the dog) goes on those epic hunting trips with his owner in the Australian outback. You will meet high water rivers, animal battles, human disagreement with a twist and turn that left me wondering if I can survive a hot Australian summer on such adventure.
4. The Paper Roses by Amanda Cabot
I think that one of the best times to read Historical Fiction is either when you are really cold or warm/hot. The setting most times falls under these two mentioned weather conditions. Picture Texas in summer under a clear blue sky, mix in a thunder-storm, a murder and two people realizing they are growing in love in a historical setting of a ranch. Ding, ding: The Paper Roses!
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Stephanie from Adventures of a Bibliophile tagged me to take part in the Dimsum tag. If my memory serves me right, this is my first tag, yes I know I have broken the laws of book tags and doing them on my own because I felt like it :D.
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A book that started off hot but quickly turned cold.
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Oh my goodness, this novel made me fall in love with New Zealand so much more [well at least virtually]. The different places that Drew and Hannah visited were so beautiful. The author sold New Zealand over and over, where is my passport? The physical scene sold the novel to me: fishing, hiking, hot baths, snorkelling and let me not forget the Maori culture.Rugby! I never paid much attention to the sport before but the author created exciting exchanges on the field and the spectators watching.
Did I mention, the food especially when Hannah went on vacation. Everything tasted so fresh and made with love for people to eat with love and think of the gym much later.
Now I like Drew and Hannah individually and I love the last chapter when Hannah decides to open her heart. Their story reminded me how beautiful it is to grow/fall in love. To allow someone to be there for you not only in the bad but the good. I identified with Hannah and her issues with trust because of what she experienced in the past. It gave more credence for her determination at holding Drew at arm length.
However, I did not appreciate that Hannah always equate Drew as big, not only physical but it seem life itself. When the author used this technique it made the relationship seemed force at the beginning. For example, Hannah is doing everything she stood against the moment she meets Drew. She kept acting and saying things which makes Drew commanding. In addition, I felt that some of the sex scenes were not necessary,eh especially Drew’s weird fantasy.
Yet over all the novel is lovely, I would recommend.
Post Five: Reading Month, 2015