January Book Reviews

Hi loves,

Here some January book reviews!

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery
5/5 stars
☆☆☆☆☆

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So, you may be wondering why I’m reading what is supposedly a children’s story at the age of 21.

Well,

If you’ve followed my blog for a while now you’ll know all about Jjong, a person who’s extremely special to me and who I’ve spoken about frequently before. To cut a long story short, one of his favourite and most loved books was The Little Prince which in turn, is what people started referring to him as. As I’ve said before, in order to get to know him and essentially get inside his mind we have to work with what we’ve been left with and The Little Prince was another one of those things. A strange coincidence happened on this day actually which, I don’t believe was a coincidence at all – I’ve been meaning to read this book for the longest time and just a few weeks before I’d been talking about it with other fans who had read it and it just reminded me all over again that I needed to buy it soon. Fast forward to 2 weeks later when I was book shopping and had £17’s worth of books in my cart and thought okay, might as well buy another book for £3 just to round it up to £20. I clicked on the first page that I saw and guess what happened to be the first book on that first page? The Little Prince, for £2.99. A coincidence indeed.

Anyway, onto the book itself. This book is beautiful. Really beautiful. It’s a short read but the content of the book combined with the fact I knew it was Jjong’s favourite meant I had a little cry throughout reading different parts of it. It was beautiful. I really felt connected to him because I could see why he loved it so much and why it had meant so much to him – it was something that he could’ve written himself. It’s about a Little Prince who meets a man in the desert, and the man happens to be our narrator, telling us all about the Little Prince. I think a lot of people believe this story is for children but it’s definitely not – it’s for adults too, maybe even more so than it is for children. It’s about the magic of being a child and seeing the world differently than you do when you’re an adult, it’s about innocence and not growing up, it’s about life and death…all told in such a beautifully magical and comforting way. It really was something. I appreciate having read it and I’m grateful I did. Thank you, Jjong.

Wonder – R.J. Palacio
3/5 stars
☆☆☆

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One thing I will say about this book is that our main protagonist and narrator is a 10 year old boy however, it did not feel like I was reading this book through the eyes of a 10 year old. Granted, our main protagonist is quite clever…but the story really seemed a lot more advanced and developed than something a 10 year old could give us so really, most of the time I felt like I was reading something from a teenager’s perspective instead – I think, given the fact there’s so much emphasis on the fact that this boy is 10, it wasn’t as believable as it could’ve been. When I’ve read books about young people before (e.g. The Book of Dust) it’s always been in third person and not first, so I’m not really experienced in reading this type of first person-child writing and hey, maybe it’s all like this. I understand Palacio couldn’t literally have written the book as though it had actually been written by a 10 year old but still, I often forgot how young he was due to the way he was talking and how he was telling the story which lead me to hear him doing certain things and thinking what ?? That’s so…baby-ish. Why is he doing that? And then I’d remember and have to remind myself that oh yeah, he’s 10. But then, we’d be met with really weird lines that again, didn’t make sense to me due to the age here. For example –

“Via kicked the bottom of his chair. “Just be nice”, she said, and left the room.

“Dude, your sister’s hot.”

“I know.”

or this one –

“When did Summer get so hot?” Jack muttered in my ear.

“Shut up, dude,” I said, laughing as we headed toward the third row.

“Seriously, when did that happen?” he whispered, taking the seat next to mine.

They’re 10 years old. How does any of that work with…well, anything. It doesn’t. They’re 10. It’s completely random and threw me off. It’s such a juxtaposition – one minute they’re sucking their thumbs and calling their parents Mummy and Daddy and on the next page you read things like this. Totally weird. It’s like Palacio would forget they were 10 and throw a quick “Mummy and Daddy” in there every once in a while just to remind himself and us as the reader that these characters were in fact, children.

Some other things that bugged me were…definitely not plot holes but things that had obviously been missed in the action lines (or maybe I’m just pedantic). Like in the first example I just used, one of the girls was standing in the doorway of a room talking to the people inside, and for this whole scene she’s standing in the doorway and seemingly hasn’t moved, but then suddenly this happens –

“Via kicked the bottom of his chair. “Just be nice”, she said, and left the room.

But she hadn’t even moved. The chair was over the other side of the room so how did she kick it and then exit the room when she was standing in the doorway the whole time. These are the things that keep me up at night.

Towards the end of the book I also felt that Palacio was running out of things to write about and therefore gave us chapters from the view-points of these really irrelevant characters that we didn’t know (or care) about and hadn’t even known existed until halfway through the book anyway. I don’t know if he was using it as a way to set up the story for his following book, but I just sat there like…who is this person? Why am I supposed to care about this again ??

Also, each chapter was literally a page long. 2 max. It sometimes made the book very choppy and you could never really get into it said chapter because it was over before you could even turn the page. I enjoyed it at first but after a while it became a little repetitive  because no segment / event lasted longer than 2 pages so it interrupted the flow a little, as you couldn’t fully delve into that part of the book since, you’d turn the page and be onto the next thing before you knew it.

However, on a positive, I cried a few times throughout reading because of the sheer love and sadness that I felt throughout it. I just wanted to scoop Auggie up in my arms and tell him that he wasn’t ugly at all. It really broke my heart and I think it’s obviously very powerful when a book touches you to the point you actually believe it’s a real story with real people and therefore it elicits those types of emotions in you – either that or I’m just a soppy sensitive mess – you decide.

A Night in with Audrey Hepburn – Lucy Holliday
3/5 stars
☆☆☆

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I read this because it’d been on my shelf for about 5 years and I needed to get rid of it so, I made the decision to finally read it. It was okay! Your average kind of chic-flick book, (whatever the name for that genre is) and even though it’s not something I personally like to read, it was quick and I couldn’t really pick any fault with it so, 3 stars. It was inoffensive, basically.

And there we have it loves!

I’ve been reading a ton already this year so be prepared for lots of reviews to come hehe.

All my love,

Chloe .xx

Goodreads – ChloLuna

16 thoughts on “January Book Reviews

  1. chloeburford says:

    I have set myself a challenge to read more books as resolution for 2020 so this post has come at the right time! The little prince sounds like such a beautiful book and I will definitely check it out. A night in with audrey hepburn sounds right up my street too – you cannot beat an easy read chick flick! Thank you for sharing as always angels!!xxx

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      I really think you’ll love The Little Prince – you should definitely check it out!! Thank you for reading lovely, I hope you manage to accomplish your little challenge in 2020!! xxx

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  2. Hannah says:

    Have you seen the movie Wonder? I really want to watch it!
    My favourite books to read are the ones where the protagonist is of a similar age/mindset to myself so I do not think I would have enjoyed reading Wonder. However this does make it hard to re-read books years later as I wonder how I ever enjoyed the book! xx

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      I haven’t! I had a little Google of the characters as I was so interested to see how they’d be portrayed, you’ve just reminded me to have a look at the trailer later! I bet it’s a really wonderful movie (no pun intended). I think Wonder is definitely suited to a younger audience, but I was still able to enjoy it nonetheless! xx

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  3. seaofwordsx says:

    I always love your book reviews so much! 😍 I can’t wait to read more of your reviews. I also have some to share. I would love to read The little prince as I have heard so many good things about that book. I think I will like it so much. Wonder also sounds nice except of the things you told. I can see how it must be strange to read those quotes when they are just kids haha 😂🤔

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Thank you my little angel! Book reviews are my favourite hehe, I always love reading other people’s too! You should definitely read The Little Prince, I think you’ll really like it – it’s so beautiful! xx

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  4. infinitelyadaydreamer says:

    Hahah! Love your review of wonder.. so true. Funny how that is with the different tones!

    I’ve adored the little prince for such a long time now. I’ve watched the movie countless times and am always in awe at the sheer magnificence of it. It’s just wise. So much said in subtle ways. A must read for everyone!

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  5. theautumndaydreamer says:

    Oh, Chloe – I adored the bit about “The Little Prince” being exactly 2.99!! That certainly is a coincidence indeed! Like, a sign from the universe that it was time for you to read it. I absolutely need to read it now! I have never heard of “A Night in With Audrey Hepburn” but the cover looks appealing enough (I know I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but I can’t help myself!!) *Okay, update. I just looked it up on GoodReads and can definitely see why you rated it three stars. Not sure if it’s something I’d be fully devoted too, either, but it’s going on my list anyway!
    Lovely reviews as always ❤ xx

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    • Chloe Luna says:

      Some things really are magic huh ?? ✨ I’m forever grateful for my lil signs from the universe hehe. I think you should definitely read it, I can see you really loving it! Honestly the Audrey Hepburn one was just because I needed to get it off my shelf, it’s very chick-flicky for lack of better wording and definitely not something I’d ever usually read but it was a normal, okay book and I couldn’t really pick much fault with it (the fact that I don’t like the genre isn’t the author’s fault ha) so 3 stars it was! Thank you for reading lovely 💙xx

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  6. Belle in the Word ||Debbie 💓 says:

    The little prince has been sitting on my never-ending pile for ages but I’ve never gotten around reading it….amazing review as always

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