Tag: Celebrity

Richard Branson – Losing My Virginity | Review

Title: Losing My Virginity

Author: Richard Branson

Type: Non-Fiction

Page Count: 520

Rating: 3.75/5

I’ve had this book lying around for a good few years now, but I’ve been putting off picking it up for whatever reason. It’s kind of strange really, because I remember giving the prologue a read back when I picked it up and quite enjoying it, I just never had the momentum to keep going. But that all changed when I had to travel back to Tamworth for a family engagement because it’s something of a tradition of mine for me to pick up my longest unread book.

One of the good things is that it’s actually misleading, because while this is quite long in terms of page count, it has pretty big text and a bunch of photographs in it too. It’s also just generally quite interesting, whether you’re a Branson fan or not. I can’t say that I knew too much about him going into it, but I had heard good things about this book and I knew that he was an interesting chap.

I guess the noteworthy thing here is the market that Branson was aiming for. It’s got a lot to offer just because he had an interesting, action-packed life, especially when it comes to some of his ballooning adventures. It also has a lot to teach you about what it takes to be successful in business, but they’re the kind of insights that you can apply at any kind of job, from a corporate role to self-employment.

I still haven’t made my mind up on what I think about Branson as a person, but I am glad that I know a little more about him. I think I pitched this book just about right because there’s no need to go out of your way to get to it in a rush. If you do see it lying around though, it’s not bad and worth your time. I’d definitely say it’s in the upper half of the “celebrityautobiographies that I’ve read throughout the years, at least in terms of quality.

It was also just a genuinely pleasurable reading experience, something that was nice and easy to absorb while still giving me a few little bits of food for thought. In fact, it basically set my expectations pretty well and then delivered exactly what I was hoping for from it. For a non-fiction memoir, I think that’s almost the best that you can hope for, and this really would have had to have been something quite special for it to stand out to me above all of the other great stuff that I’ve been reading.

This brings us on to the final question that I try to answer in my reviews, which is whether or not I’d recommend it. Honestly, I’d have to say yes, even if you have no particular reason for reading it. There’s a little something for everyone and while it’s not exactly going to hold up to a re-read, it was alright for a one time thing. Check it out, I guess.

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N. J. Simmonds – The Path Keeper | Review

Title: The Path Keeper

Author: N. J. Simmonds

Type: Fiction

Page Count/Review Word Count: 438

Rating: 4*/5

 

N. J. Simmonds - The Path Keeper

N. J. Simmonds – The Path Keeper

 

Disclaimer: While I aim to be unbiased, I received a copy of this for free to review.

This book was interesting, because in some ways it’s defies genre. It’s billed as “the first in a thrilling new YA fantasy series”, but it also has elements of romance, historical fiction and just straight up contemporary. In fact, when I first started reading it, I wondered where all of the fantasy was – but then it kicked in during the second half, and it worked well because of that.

The result is a book that feels simultaneously similar to half of the books on the market while still maintaining an original feel, and that makes it a lot of fun. I also liked the way that Simmonds didn’t shy away from sex, but she also didn’t make it seem like a big deal. It happens, of course, because it has to in a story like this, but she didn’t kill the mood and unsuspend my disbelief with cringy descriptions and awful words.

When I was reading this, I wasn’t sure whether to give it a three or a four, because I felt like it was somewhere in between. When I rated books out of ten, a seven was my default rating for a professional quality book, while eights were for books that impressed me and nines and tens were for those that amazed me or changed my life. But by the end of this book, it was definitely an eight, and I’d be up for reading more of the author’s work.

 

N. J. Simmonds

N. J. Simmonds

 

Loosely speaking, the plot follows a man and a woman whose lives are interlinked. This is a world in which reincarnation happens, angels exist and there is no god, which sounds like a pretty good world to me. To begin with, life seems pretty much normal, and the protagonistElla Fantz – is a fairly typical teenager. Except, that is, for the fact that her parents are rich and she’s a minor celebrity.

Initially, I didn’t think I was going to relate to any of the characters. Imagine my surprise, then, when I actually got drawn into it and started to genuinely care about what happened to them. Oh, it wasn’t perfect – after all, it’s a debut novel. But the characterisation was pretty good, the pacing worked well and I enjoyed the story line as a whole. Overall then, worth reading – especially if you’re into this sort of thing. I’d recommend it to people who like fantasy or romance.

 

N. J. Simmonds

N. J. Simmonds

 

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