I have finished another of my books! That is a whole four books so far this year which is a 100% increase on last years reading total. I am getting quicker at reading them as well. It shows that reading is a skill that needs practice like anything else, the more you do the better you are at it.
As I have now reached a whole four books rather than linking to the books I have read at the end of the post I have added links to the posts in my sidebar.
The reading part might be getting better, but I am still not so sure of the reviewing part. This is now the fourth review that I have written and I feel a little easier with it so perhaps the reviews will get better as time goes on too!
On that note, on with the review!
My latest read was Danielle Steel's Friends Forever.
As I said in my post about my plan to read my books, I have quite a few Danielle Steel books in my bookcase waiting to be read. They are passed on to me by someone else and are good light reads. You might have noticed that I am not into heavy literary stuff!
Friends Forever tells the story of five children who meet on their first day at Kindergarten and are friends until the end of the story. As you might assume from the title! The story is set in San Francisco, I always enjoy reading the Danielle Steel stories set there as I know the city somewhat and can picture the areas of the city and places that are described. That brings back good memories for me.
Life of course goes on for the characters in the story, Gabby, Billy, Izzie, Andy and Sean and also tells the stories of their families. After their meeting on their first day of school the group call themselves The Big Five and remain close through all the trials and tribulations of life. Parents have marriage breakdowns, siblings have problems with their lives, but the friendship and school is a constant in their lives.
Once they leave school though life gets harder and their friendships are tested and there are many challenges to be faced. Izzie in particular finds it very hard to deal with. She has had difficult relationships in the past with some of the people closest to her, but the relationships with those people are her saviour in the end.
This is not necessarily the most cheerful of reads given all that happens, and it might seem unrealistic, however, I suspect that sadly the things that happen are not so unusual in some peoples lives.
On balance I would say that this is, as you would probably expect from this author, a lighter read. Probably good for a holiday as it is quite a quick read. Not one for the younger people in your life because of the content. I don't know what, if anything, it says about me, but I enjoyed this book overall and I certainly enjoyed it more than some of the other books that I have read this year.
From my initial six book choices from my bookcase I have two more to go. I am going to read this one next.
Then I get to read this one! I have been waiting for this and it is my treat at the end of five other books. In the interests of honesty I have to declare that I have already been dipping into this and I know that I will love it! Knowing that it is coming is spurring me on to keep reading the other books.
So, Friends Forever, if you happen upon a copy and want something on the lighter end of things to read then go for it!
How are these reviews doing by the way? Am I getting any better?