Book Reviews by J James

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J James Review: I Own You: She Was an Abused Girl and a Battered Wife – Until the Day She Fought Back

J James Review: I Own You: She Was an Abused Girl and a Battered Wife - Until the Day She Fought Back

August 2nd, 2017

I have come to realise that this type of book is probably one of my favourites. I personally enjoy memoirs, especially those where the main characters overcomes a challenging or tragic event. This interest developed after reading, ‘A boy called IT’ many years ago. ‘I own you’ did not disappoint. I read the book extremely quickly and found it hard to put it down. The chapters were easy to read, (despite the disturbing events) a.. Read More

J James Review: I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child

J James Review: I Promised Not to Tell: Raising a Transgender Child

September 29th, 2016

In all honesty this is not a book I would have picked up and read but I am so glad that I was lucky enough to have been given the opportunity by the author. I Promise Not to Tell is a book that should be required reading for everyone. This is a topic that is not the easiest to tackle but the author dealt with it with sensitivity, compassion and understanding and this was because the story is told from the point of view of a pa.. Read More

J James Review: Porn Again

J James Review: Porn Again

September 29th, 2016

The story is similar to Denial Deceit Discovery but lacked depth in the characters, rawness and honesty. At times Porn Again was good - I could relate to the author's difficulties as a confused child growing up and not understanding his sexuality. His lack of confidence and need for attention was also familiar. I also enjoyed reading how his parents grew in their acceptance and understanding. I also respect the author of shari.. Read More

J James Review: Where We Fall

J James Review: Where We Fall

July 26th, 2016

I am not the target audience of this kind of book but I am a huge fan on the author and I wanted to fully appreciate her skills as a writer. I was not disappointed. I was most interested to see how a story would flow when changing the perspective from which the tale is told - it worked seamlessly. The author has a talent for telling a tale and this was a tale I found myself wrapped up in. Whilst I am not a fan of football, thi.. Read More

J James Review: Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

J James Review: Why is the Penis Shaped Like That?: And Other Reflections on Being Human

May 10th, 2016

I somehow stumbled across this book and the title intrigued me. At first I was fascinated and was reading it on a long haul flight. I felt the need to constantly share the often amusing information - much to the annoynance of my friends. I was like a teenager looking up rude, sexual words in a dictionary. However, very quickly I got bored. At times it read like a science journal and slowly my interest waned. I quickly started .. Read More

J James Review: Looking for Alaska

J James Review: Looking for Alaska

May 10th, 2016

After falling in love with the film and then the book, 'The Fault in our Stars,' I decided to read another book by the same author - which is something I rarely get around to doing because there are just so many authors out there. I cannot say I was disappointed because I was not. I also cannot claim to have loved the book neither. It is a solid book that is well written and has similarities in the tone and style to the aforem.. Read More

J James Review: The Shadow of Your Wings

J James Review: The Shadow of Your Wings

August 4th, 2015

It took me a little while to get into the book mainly because of the amount of reference to religious terminology (which as a Catholic were familiar to me) and because I found myself being judgemental about the priests as they were coming across as a little perverted. However, overall I really enjoyed the story. I grew to love the characters and became more sympathetic to the struggles many of them faced. Although I was never .. Read More

J James Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly

J James Review: The Art of Thinking Clearly

June 9th, 2015

I was initially attracted to this book by simple yet catchy cover and the fact that it has as it header, 'The Million-Copy Bestseller'. I was intrigued as to what kind of book sells millions of copies. I had read 50 Shades which had also enjoyed similar success so wanted to give another major success a go. At first I really enjoyed the book - the shorts, snappy chapters were easy to read and generally each chapter stands on it.. Read More

J James Review : Gone Girl

J James Review : Gone Girl

April 21st, 2015

An outstanding read with one of my new favourite book characters - Amy "psycho" Dunn!Most people read the book and then watch the movie, often left feeling disappointed by the film interpretation. I read this book after the film. The reason was that I read it to help me as a writer - so that I could study the writing style and the techniques the author uses without having to think about the plot or remember any complex timelin.. Read More

J James Review : Checking Him Out

J James Review : Checking Him Out

April 21st, 2015

This was a really easy book to read. Not because the author did not write in a sophisticated way but just that it was very relatable and it flowed well. I felt I really connected with Sol. His life story was so similar to my own and when he described his family he could have been describing my own. The story was incredibly romantic which is not something I particularly enjoy reading as I often find the storylines too far fetch.. Read More

J James Review: Proud: My Autobiography

J James Review: Proud: My Autobiography

January 6th, 2015

I had his expectations for this book as I have always felt so proud of Gareth Thomas when he made the decision to come out and because I knew our lives were similar. The quality of writing was good but apparently it was co-written. There were elements I could relate to being a fellow Welshman and some parts (such as Gareth's letter to his adolescent self) moved me. However, I found the book too heavily focussed on the rugby si.. Read More

J James Review: Always

J James Review: Always

November 4th, 2014

I actually really enjoyed this book. Although I consider myself a romantic person, I really didn't think that a romantic novel with gay characters would interest me but I was surprised by this book. The main characters were strong and the writers development of them and their extending family was very good. I felt the idea of the main character being the US Vice President a little unlikely but this did not interfere too much.. Read More

J James Review: Eat, Pray, Love

J James Review: Eat, Pray, Love

October 30th, 2014

This book took me forever to read which I guess is not a good sign. I decided to read it because I assumed it must be pretty good considering its popularity and ranking but in all honesty I just found it quite challenging to read because I just could not get into it. On the plus side I like the authors style of writing - witty and great use of metaphorical phrases. The initial build up and the section on Italy were enjoyable .. Read More

J James Review: Jonathan’s Hope

J James Review: Jonathan's Hope

August 14th, 2014

This is a heart-warming tale that shows that true love, compassion and companionship can be found in a sometimes cruel world. I imagine that many people who have faced struggles in their lives will connect with this book. Although sometimes the scenarios seemed far fetched - it added to the escapism and the sentiment of the tale. The story plot build up very well and the pace was great. I thought the ending was a sweet way to .. Read More

J James Review: The Newbie Author’s Survival Guide

J James Review: The Newbie Author's Survival Guide

August 3rd, 2014

  I found this book incredibly useful. I have been searching for a book to help me get my head around Google Adwords. This was my third attempt of reading a book about self-publishing marketing. Whilst the Google Adwords section was brief it was certainly the most useful information I have read. There were also so so many useful links to websites and strategies to use. Some I thought were a bit silly or obvious but that.. Read More

J James Review: Cold

J James Review: Cold

July 22nd, 2014

I really struggled to give this book a rating. I think my rating would be 3.5 at this point. I have to start by saying that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with this book - there are no major negatives. I review a book by how it makes me feel whilst and after reading. I found it an easy read - I read it in about 36 hours - partly because I was clearly interested but partly because I was waiting for something to hit me and.. Read More

J James Review: Bangkok Boy

J James Review: Bangkok Boy

July 5th, 2014

  I have a lot of admiration for any author who writes about their own personal experiences and challenges. The honesty of the book was something which helped me to connect to it. I am a particular fan of memoirs and autobiographies especially those that deal with complex issues such as sexuality, molestation, etc. I did feel the book was a little predictable and the quality of the writing did not always capture my interest.. Read More

J James Review: The Value of Rain

J James Review: The Value of Rain

June 19th, 2014

  Although classified as LGBT literature the book would appeal to all readers as there are many other themes explored - love, rejection, family, loss, etc. The book gripped me for the start and I really connected with the main character Charles. I found myself in complete admiration of his strength of character and determination. I was impressed by the quality of writing, particularly the descriptive language which flowed so .. Read More

J James Review: The Velvet Rage

J James Review: The Velvet Rage

June 12th, 2014

The book was a very important read for me when I finally started to face up to my own difficulties in accepting my homosexuality. I could not believe how much of the book I could relate to - it read as if the author was talking personally to me. This book also had a key role in helping me to write my own book. I was fascinated by the different phases that the author referred to and found myself constantly evaluating my own.. Read More

J James Review: Pee-Shy

J James Review: Pee-Shy

June 10th, 2014

First of all I cannot believe someone gave this book a one star! I am not the worlds fastest reader. I rarely have time to read due to my busy day job but during holidays I try to finish at least one book. I discovered this book and author after I did a book signing in NYC at the same location this author had been previously. I purchased the book out of curiosity. I read the book in one day! I have never read a book so quickl.. Read More

J James Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

J James Review: Fifty Shades of Grey

May 16th, 2014

Well I had heard so much hype about this book and put off reading it for about a year. I downloaded on more than one occasion - started a chapter or two and then always stopped. This time I was determined to start and finish it. There seem to be many critics out there of the work of EL James (despite the fact she has sold millions and it is going to be a feature film). I wanted to make an informed judgement. I found myself try.. Read More

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