Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper (and other mini reviews #3)

It has been a while since I’ve blogged. A month to be exact. Things have just been busy, with having moved into a new apartment, to having been really busy with work. I haven’t been reading much and I’m terribly behind on my reading goals, but I have read some books I have not felt that I wanted to review in full.  Here are the books I’ve read:

23249706Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper tells the story of Otto, Russell and Etta’s past and present friendship. From when Russelll came to live with his aunt & uncle and basically became another member of Otto’s family of 15 children, them meeting Etta who was their school teacher  to Otto joining WWII as a soldier and marrying Etta when he came back from the war. Present day Etta, Otto and Russell are living next to each other, reminiscing on the past. Etta finally decides to leave home to walk across the coutry to visit the beach, which she always wanted to do, however with Etta’s memory loss she becomes an unreliable narrator.  The story alternates between past and present and from either Etta or Otto’s point of view. I enjoyed the story of the past more than the present and the ending was rather confusing, but overall I didn’t enjoy the book.

Before Paris by Adria J.Cimino is a short novella about the characters of the story Paris, Rue des Martyrs. If you’ve read Paris, you might enjoy reading this novella as well.

A Little Princess (Frances Hodgson Burnett) is my favourite childhood story. I remember watching the movie several times as a child, but I couldn’t remember if I’ve read it or not. So I picked up the book and I loved reading it. It probably wouldn’t be odd to watch the movie again, right?

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson  is a WWII story that I really enjoyed. I loved every minute of this book.  It’s a dual time narrative and the past is about a courageous woman who hid French resistance fighters and present day about a young woman who unveils these secrets.

Some other books I’ve read:

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Rise

Pretty Little Liars

The Asylum

Have you read any of them?

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  • I actually almost started re-reading A Little Princess just yesterday. I didn’t choose it and now I’m kind of wishing I had!
    What is it about this time of year right now that everyone is having such a hard time reading and/or blogging? It’s been over a week for me which is a long time. Here’s hoping that we all get our mojo back!

    • I don’t know, but it’s over a month for me. I have been reading, but very little and I just haven’t had time to blog. Even this post was more an update than anything else. But I’ve decided that from Sept onwards I’ll make blogging a priority!!

      I am definitely going to watch A Little Princess again, just love this story!

  • I watched A Little Princess with my kids not long ago, and liked it as much as ever. Go for it! 🙂

  • Isi

    I haven’t watched A little Princess, I think! I didn’t know there was a book!
    I’m a little sad you are not reviewing To kill a mockingbird, because I liked it very much (I read it this year too). But well, hope you’ll find “in the mood” soon.
    Lots of kisses!

    • You should watch the film, it’s enchanting!
      I know, I did think about reviewing TKAMB, but everyone knows the story already, it’s such a well known book and all I can really say is that I liked it.

      xx

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I loved the A Little Princess movie too! I’m glad you enjoyed the book – sometimes it’s tricky to go back and read stories we loved as children.