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Review: Julie & Julia - Julie Powell

Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously - Julie Powell

It’s not brilliant, and to be honest I only read this because I’d already seen the movie last summer. I’m sure someone who can cook something other than instant noodles would enjoy it more. Or someone who’s an actual foodie?
On second thought, maybe not.


Julie is likeable. Ish. She’s not the most affable person on earth, or the centre of the party, she’s just average. She drinks a lot and swears a lot and she turns to a 365 day cooking project hoping that it would give her life some purpose/ structure.
Sure, she’s whiny and self-absorbed and utterly ridiculous at times, but honestly? No more than the average person.


It’s not a book about cooking. No disrespect to the author, but it sure as hell isn’t a book about how an average woman can master ‘The Art of French Cooking’. It is, however, a hopeful tale peeking through the horrors of bone marrow extraction and aspics.


Recommended to:
People who like disorganised, Buffy-loving protagonists and want to read about a year in their life.


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Source: http://codenamebookworm.wordpress.com/2014/01/13/julie-and-julia-julie-powell

Review: Phoenix Island - John Dixon

Phoenix Island - John  Dixon

This was a great read, one I finished almost all at one go. It was thoroughly entertaining, an action-packed book with believable characters and conspiracies abound. I can really see why this would be a great adaptation for TV and I eagerly await the sequel!


Some of the plot twists were completely unexpected, and the novel kept me on my toes throughout. It has certain elements quite similar to The Lord of The Flies and it is perhaps one of the best books that I’d recommend to Hunger Games’ fans that won’t read like a replica.


There is of course, no such thing as a perfect book, and I did have an issue with it (emphasis on the singular). However, this is just me being nitpicky and it’s not that prominent as you read.


With well written fight scenes set in an exotic locale and a delicious number of twists and turns along the way, this is an excellent action/adventure book!


*I received a copy of the book via Netgalley. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book.

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Source: http://codenamebookworm.wordpress.com/2014/01/20/phoenix-island-john-dixon