bookhaul

Last Book Haul of 2017!

It’s the last book haul of 2017 and in true style I have gone overboard with the book buying. I got a couple for Xmas and a voucher and then I went charity book shopping…my favourite pastime. I have way too many books as it is but my brain just wants to hoard more and here they are:

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

I managed to win a beautiful hardback copy of this book from Readers First –  I read the first 30 pages and really enjoyed it. So this will be one of my first reads of 2018.

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Surviving Execution

Another book that I won from Readers First was this book. Capital punishment is a subject that has always fascinated me and that it is still carried out in some states.

The true story of a death row inmate, awaiting execution, whose case could help kill capital punishment, and his friendship with a journalist who might just make this happen.

Imagine being condemned to death for murder, when even the prosecutors admit that you didn’t actually kill anyone. This is what happened to Richard Glossip, a death row inmate who was convicted largely on the testimony of the self-confessed killer of motel owner, Barry van Treese. Despite this shocking turn of events, the state of Oklahoma is still intent on executing him, raising international outcry and controversy.

Ian Woods, a reporter for Sky News, came across the case one quiet afternoon, and has tirelessly campaigned ever since to bring the injustices Glossip has faced to the world’s attention. He has even served as an invited witness to Glossip’s three scheduled executions – all of which were stayed at the last possible moment. This is the gripping true story of the case, and their turbulent friendship, written by a man with unparalleled first-hand knowledge and access. A tense mix of Dead Man Walking and Making a Murderer, Surviving Execution combines the very best in truecrime writing with a searching exploration of our most barbaric punishment.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

My dad bought me this for Christmas which I am really looking forward to as I hear nothing but praise.

Presented by James Patterson’s new children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns, augmented with real, sinister period photos, will make this dazzling, #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

I Hate Fairyland Adult Coloring Book

This is a colouring book that my dad also bought me for Xmas – I have started doing some – it’s one-sided pages and you can tear the pictures out to hang up or do whatever you want with them.

Grab your colored pencils and contribute your own creativity to the irreverent Adventure Time meets Alice in Wonderland-style epic featuring Gert–a six-year-old girl who has been stuck in the magical world of Fairyland for thirty years and will hack and slash her way through anything to get home.

Anna Karenina

I am trying to gradually read more classics and this was at a church sale, I was watching my daughter sing at a Christmas concert and they had loads of books. So I donated some money and bought this bad boy.

Leo Tolstoy’s classic story of doomed love is one of the most admired novels in world literature. Generations of readers have been enthralled by his magnificent heroine, the unhappily married Anna Karenina, and her tragic affair with dashing Count Vronsky.

In their world frivolous liaisons are commonplace, but Anna and Vronsky’s consuming passion makes them a target for scorn and leads to Anna’s increasing isolation. The heartbreaking trajectory of their relationship contrasts sharply with the colorful swirl of friends and family members who surround them, especially the newlyweds Kitty and Levin, who forge a touching bond as they struggle to make a life together. Anna Karenina is a masterpiece not only because of the unforgettable woman at its core and the stark drama of her fate, but also because it explores and illuminates the deepest questions about how to live a fulfilled life.

Trouble

Another charity shop buy – mine is actually a proof copy but I want to read this author and this little story appeals to me.

In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.

When the entire high school finds out that Hannah Shepard is pregnant via her ex-best friend, she has a full-on meltdown in her backyard. The one witness (besides the rest of the world): Aaron Tyler, a transfer student and the only boy who doesn’t seem to want to get into Hannah’s pants. Confused and scared, Hannah needs someone to be on her side. Wishing to make up for his own past mistakes, Aaron does the unthinkable and offers to pretend to be the father of Hannah’s unborn baby. Even more unbelievable, Hannah hears herself saying “yes.”

Told in alternating perspectives between Hannah and Aaron, Trouble is the story of two teenagers helping each other to move forward in the wake of tragedy and devastating choices. As you read about their year of loss, regret, and hope, you’ll remember your first, real best friend—and how they were like a first love.

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This book just sounds amazing and knew the instant I saw it that I must have it,I mean just look at that cover.

History is full of strange animal stories invented by the brightest and most influential, from Aristotle to Disney. But when it comes to understanding animals, we’ve got a long way to go.

Whether we’re watching a viral video of romping baby pandas or looking at a picture of penguins ‘holding hands’, we often project our own values – innocence, abstinence, hard work – onto animals. So you’ve probably never considered that moose get drunk and that penguins are notorious cheats.

In The Unexpected Truth About Animals Zoologist Lucy unravels many such myths – that eels are born from sand, that swallows hibernate under water, and that bears gave birth to formless lumps that are licked into shape by their mothers – to show that the stories we create reveal as much about us as they do about the animals.

Dracula

Another classic added to my collection.

Jonathan Harker is travelling to Castle Dracula to see the Transylvanian noble, Count Dracula. He is begged by locals not to go there, because on the eve of St George’s Day, when the clock strikes midnight, all the evil things in the world will come full sway. But business must be done, so Jonathan makes his way to the Castle – and then his nightmare begins. His beloved wife Mina and other lost souls have fallen under the Count’s horrifying spell. Dracula must be destroyed . . .

Metamorphosis and Other Stories

This collection of new translations brings together the small proportion of Kafka’s works that he thought worthy of publication. It includes Metamorphosis, his most famous work, an exploration of horrific transformation and alienation; Meditation, a collection of his earlier studies; The Judgement, written in a single night of frenzied creativity; The Stoker, the first chapter of a novel set in America and a fascinating occasional piece, The Aeroplanes at Brescia, Kafka’s eyewitness account of an air display in 1909.

Together, these stories reveal the breadth of Kafka’s literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought

My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises

EVERYONE REMEMBERS THE SMELL OF THEIR GRANDMOTHER’ HOUSE

Everyone remembers the stories their grandmother told them. But does everyone remember their grandmother flirting with policemen? Driving illegally? Breaking into a zoo in the middle of the night? Firing a paintball gun from a balcony in her dressing gown? Seven-year-old Elsa does.

Some might call Elsa’s granny ‘eccentric’, or even ‘crazy’. Elsa calls her a superhero. And granny’s stories, of knights and princesses and dragons and castles, are her superpower. Because, as Elsa is starting to learn, heroes and villains don’t always exist in imaginary kingdoms; they could live just down the hallway.

As Christmas draws near, even the best superhero grandmothers may have one or two things they’d like to apologise for. And, in the process, Elsa can have some breath-taking adventures of her own …

Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, the new novel by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon A Man Called Ove will charm and delight anyone who has ever had a grandmother.

Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight

The first memoir of its kind, Confessions of a Sociopath is an engrossing, highly captivating narrative of the author’s life as a diagnosed sociopath.

She is a charismatic charmer, an ambitious self-promoter, and a cunning and calculating liar. She can induce you to invest in her financial schemes, vote for her causes, and even join her in bed. Like a real-life Lisbeth Salander, she has her own system of ethics, and like Dexter, she thrives on bending and occasionally breaking the rules. She is a diagnosed, high-functioning, noncriminal sociopath, and this is her world from her point of view.

Drawn from the author’s own experiences; her popular blog, Sociopathworld.com; and scientific literature, Confessions of a Sociopath is part confessional memoir, part primer for the curious. Written from the point of view of a diagnosed sociopath, it unveils for the very first time these people who are hiding in plain sight. The book confirms suspicions and debunks myths about sociopathy, providing a road map for dealing with the sociopath in your life.

Fire Colour One

A father and daughter reconnect after a life spent apart to find their mutual love of art isn’t the only thing they share.

Sixteen-year-old Iris itches constantly for the strike of a match. But when she’s caught setting one too many fires, she’s whisked away to London before she can get arrested—at least that’s the story her mother tells. Mounting debt actually drove them out of LA, and it’s greed that brings them to a home Iris doesn’t recognize, where her millionaire father—a man she’s never met—lives. Though not for much longer.

Iris’s father is dying, and her mother is determined to claim his life’s fortune, including his priceless art collection. Forced to live with him as part of an exploitive scheme, Iris soon realizes her father is far different than the man she’s been schooled to hate, and everything she thought she knew—about her father and herself—is suddenly unclear. There may be hidden beauty in Iris’s uncertain past, and future, if only she can see beyond the flames.

Neverwhere

Under the streets of London there’s a world most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There’s a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining… And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city.

13 books, not as bad as I thought it was going to be. What books did you get over Christmas? Have you read any of these? I want to read them all in one go.

Thanks for reading

 

TBR

#Beatthebacklist 2018 TBR

 

 

Beat the Backlist challenge is all about knocking off some those books that have been on your TBR for quite a while. If you are like me I have read quite a few new releases this year and not enough of the books that are actually are on my TBR already.

Beat the back list is hosted by NovelKnight-follow the link to sign yourself up.

There is only one rule and that the books have to be published prior 2018. The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal!

I participated  in this challenge last year and whilst my TBR was massive I only managed to read 9! So I am going to keep the same books as last year as I still have my TBR jar going and plus I need to get these books read.

My List:

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The HauntingPassenger (Passenger, #1)

Fahrenheit 451Born ScaredThe Light that Gets Lost

Follow Me BackSomething in BetweenAll of the Above

These Shallow GravesHomeThe Great Gatsby

My Life Next DoorThe Boy Most Likely ToThe Bone Sparrow

NightfallHitman Anders and the Meaning of It AllWhen Breath Becomes Air

Thicker Than WaterHidden Bodies (You, #2)Read Me Like a Book

Nina is Not OKHere Comes the KingThe Palace Library (Palace Library #1)

Did I Mention I Love You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #1)Did I Mention I Need You? (The DIMILY Trilogy, #2)The Chocolate Lovers' Club

The Chocolate Lovers' DietThe Chocolate Lovers' ChristmasThe Chocolate Lovers' Wedding

Burning MidnightAsking For ItSeven Ways We Lie

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Counting StarsThe Midnight Gardener (The Town of Superstition, #1)

A Spool of Blue ThreadWhen Giraffes FlewThe Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss (Dahlia Moss Mysteries, #1)

Broken Dolls (Broken Dolls, #1)Help Me! (Help Me! #1)

 

Thats my list! There should be 41 books to read. I will be picking them out of a TBR jar –  I am not claiming to read all of these next year but hopefully I will do better than 2017.

 

Thanks for reading

 

Disappointing reads

Disappointing Reads 2017

I never usually do these sort of posts as the authors have worked really hard to get published and I don’t like to be too negative on the books. The books that I am going to be showing you are the books that disappointed me in 2017 – they may not be books that I really hated but just ones that I had high expectations for and was let down. I know this a controversial post, so please don’t hate me. If you liked any of these books then I am really pleased that you got enjoyment out of them. The books listed are not specifically books that are published in 2017.

Please click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads.

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

This has an average of 4.17 on Goodreads with over a hundred thousand ratings,yet little old me just didn’t see what was so special about this book. There were many reasons for me not liking this. 1. I really didn’t like the art style it was very childish I get it was supposed to be like that. 2 It wasn’t funny. 3 I just didn’t understand the point of this book.

 

Kids of Appetite by David  Arnold

I read Mosquitoland in 2016 and really enjoyed it. When I saw that David Arnold had another book out I was super excited to read it. However it seems that Arnold’s writing style has developed in a way that I don’t like. If you are a fan of John Green you will probably love this book. It just felt like a load of pretentious teens and overuse of certain phrases. My review can be seen here.

Bird Box

Ahh the Bird Box! There has been so much hype surrounding this book, every YouTube channel I watched was singing its praises. I knew I had to get my hands on this book. I was so disappointed, it wasn’t creepy to me whatsoever, nothing really gets answered.I did not hate this book though – it was very atmospheric and the writing style was good, I was just expecting something else.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

I thought this was going to be better than it was – whilst the concept was very intriguing the execution was very lacking for me – I think I have a problem with Classics and I am sorry…not sorry.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

This modern classic gets nothing but praise but again for me I was disappointed as I had so many questions throughout the book that were never answered.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Why the hype? I get that it’s a cool concept of having a school for all the kids that have managed to walk through a door to another world. The writing was good but I thought the actual storyline was a meh and I really don’t understand the buzz. I will try to reread it next year to see if my thoughts have changed.

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

This story was slow and boring, I wasn’t engaged reading it and in the end it felt like a chore. The writing style was good.

 

Were you disappointed in any of these books? What books have you read this year that have disappointed you?Lets chat.

Thanks for reading

wrap up

#Beatthebacklist wrap up.

beatthebacklist

WRAP UP:

Last November I made a #beatthebacklist TBR pile which consisted of 50 titles that were published before 2017 and what I really needed to read or get to at least. Now 50 was a bit ambitious on my part…I only read about 80 books per year so I knew that I wouldn’t get to them all.  I failed miserably at this reading challenge, I managed to read 9 of the 50 books.  I had good intentions at the beginning I even made a little TBR jar that I picked the books from but there were other books that just took all my attention.

If you would like to see the original post you can do so here.

Below are the 9 books that I read this year, If you would like to find out more about the books just click on the covers to be directed to Goodreads and I will link my reviews.

Aspect of Winter (Seasons Rising, #1)

This was a 3 star book, it had diverse characters, magic and mystical creatures and has only 60 ratings on Goodreads.Aspect of Winter

High school isn’t easy for any gay teen, and on top of everything, Fay struggles to understand his supernatural powers—and keep them hidden from everyone but his best friend Sam. It’s almost too much for anyone to cope with, and it’s all Fay can do to endure.

Then Fay and Sam come to the attention of a representative from Janus University, a college for people who display magical potential. Along with their classmate Tyler, the two friends are tipped into a precarious world of mystery and magic that they don’t yet understand. Their lives are about to change, but first they must complete—and survive—the university’s Trials. Romantic feelings start to bloom between Fay and Tyler, but before they can explore them, they must learn to deal with a new world that can be both beautiful and terrifying—especially when the dangerous source of Fay’s abilities is discovered.

Our Chemical Hearts

This is Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel and whilst that cover is absolutely stunning, I didn’t really enjoy that much and got quite frustrated. I rated 2 stars Our Chemical Hearts.

John Green meets Rainbow Rowell in this irresistible story of first love, broken hearts, and the golden seams that put them back together again.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can’t-eat-can’t-sleep kind of love that he’s been hoping for just hasn’t been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he’s been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything’s about to change.

Grace isn’t who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys’ clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It’s obvious there’s something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn’t your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland’s brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

The Painted Ocean

I should have known that this book wasn’t going to be great with a 2.8 average on Goodreads, however I like to form my own opinions on books.  I rated this 2 stars The painted ocean.

When I was a little girl, my dad left me and my mum, and he never came back. And you’re supposed to be gutted when that happens. But secretly I preferred it without him, cos it meant I had my mum completely to myself, without having to share her with anyone. And I sort of inherited all the affection she used to give to my dad – like he’d left it behind for me as a gift, to say sorry for deserting me

So says eleven year old Shruti of her broken home in suburban middle England. But hopes of her mother’s affection are in vain: speaking little English, and fluent in only Hindi and Punjabi, Shruti’s mother is lost, and soon falls prey to family pressure to remarry. To find another husband means returning to India and leaving Shruti behind.

Meanwhile at school a new arrival, the indomitable Meena, dispenses with Shruti’s bullying problems and transforms her day to day life. Desperate for companionship Shruti latches on to Meena to the point of obsession, following her through high school and on to university. But when Meena invites Shruti to join her on holiday in India, she has no idea how dangerous her obsession will turn out to be…

Warren the 13th and The All-Seeing Eye

This is a fun middle grade novel that has mysterious creatures, witches and evil aunts. This is great for a Halloween read and has dark illustrations. I rated this 4 stars Warren the 13th

Warren the 13th is the lone bellhop, valet, waiter, groundskeeper, and errand boy of his family’s ancient hotel. It’s a strange, shadowy mansion full of crooked corridors and mysterious riddles—and it just might be home to a magical object known as the All-Seeing Eye. Can Warren decipher the clues and find the treasure before his sinister Aunt Annaconda (and a slew of greedy hotel guests) beats him to it?

This middle-grade adventure features gorgeous two-color illustrations on every page and a lavish two-column Victorian design that will pull young readers into a spooky and delightful mystery.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

This is such a strange book (hence the title) however I wasn’t sure on how I totally felt about it. The writing was good but I am not sure if magical realism is for me. I rated this 3  stars.

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.

In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.

That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.

Beside Myself

This is a mystery thriller about twins, whilst the concept was great I got confused by the end of who was who. I rated this 3 stars and a review will becoming.

Beside Myself is a literary thriller about identical twins, Ellie and Helen, who swap places aged six. At first it is just a game, but then Ellie refuses to swap back. Forced into her new identity, Helen develops a host of behavioural problems, delinquency and chronic instability. With their lives diverging sharply, one twin headed for stardom and the other locked in a spiral of addiction and mental illness, how will the deception ever be uncovered? Exploring questions of identity, selfhood, and how other people’s expectations affect human behaviour, this novel is as gripping as it is psychologically complex.

Boy 23

This book is a YA, Dystopian/science fiction and was another book that was just meh, It only got 2.75 stars from me as there were words that the character kept using. Review to come.

Boy 23 isn’t in My Place any more. He can’t see The Screen, he can’t hear The Voice. Boy 23 is alone.

One dark night, Boy 23 is thrown in the back of the van and driven out of My Place – the only home he has ever known. He is abandoned in a forest with a rucksack containing the bare essentials for survival. Before the van drives away, a voice tells him he must run as far as he can. His life depends on it. Boy 23 has never known another human. Boy 23 has never even been outside. So who is he? Why do people want to kill him? And more to the point, who is the voice that wants to save him?

The List

Ugghhhh! I don’t even know why I requested this from Netgalley….oh wait! Yes I do,I didn’t think I would get accepted so I just requested loads and this is one of them. I rated this 2 stars and a review will be coming.

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction – and the price that’s paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.

The Guts

This book was a DNF from me. First I didn’t realise this was the second book and I got to page 30 to realise this book wasn’t for me. To many expletives and didn’t really know who was talking as everyone was called jimmy.

A triumphant return to the characters of Booker Prize-winning writer Roddy Doyle’s breakout first novel, The Commitments, now older, wiser, up against cancer and midlife.

Jimmy Rabbitte is back. The man who invented the Commitments back in the 1980s is now 47, with a loving wife, 4 kids…and bowel cancer. He isn’t dying, he thinks, but he might be.

Jimmy still loves his music, and he still loves to hustle–his new thing is finding old bands and then finding the people who loved them enough to pay money online for their resurrected singles and albums. On his path through Dublin, between chemo and work he meets two of the Commitments–Outspan Foster, whose own illness is probably terminal, and Imelda Quirk, still as gorgeous as ever. He is reunited with his long-lost brother, Les, and learns to play the trumpet….

This warm, funny novel is about friendship and family, about facing death and opting for life. It climaxes in one of the great passages in Roddy Doyle’s fiction: 4 middle-aged men at Ireland’s hottest rock festival watching Jimmy’s son’s band, Moanin’ at Midnight, pretending to be Bulgarian and playing a song called “I’m Goin’ to Hell” that apparently hasn’t been heard since 1932…. Why? You’ll have to read The Guts to find out.

So as you can see my Beat the backlist challenge was not a sucess in the slightest. The highest rating I gave was a 4 and the majority were 2 stars. I will be continuing with Beat the backlist in 2018 and will be uploading a post in the next few days.

Thanks for reading

Uncategorized · wrap up

November Wrap Up

I managed to read 9 books this month….9! that’s crazyness! I have also been continuing on with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and nearly finished season 6. I am team Sheldon Cooper and I find myself singing ‘Soft Kitty’ at work.

I read: 3,334 pages

The Handmaid's Tale

I finished this book at the start of November and it was okay, but I had so many questions all the way through which weren’t really answered. I rated this 3/5 stars

Boy 23

This is one of my #beatthebacklist books, I found this ok but I was getting bored and also annoyed with the word ‘Squizz’. This is YA science Fiction/alternate world. RTC – I rated this 3/5 stars

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I reread..yes you read that right..I reread Illuminae and I enjoyed it for the second time and I picked up some new stuff that I possibly missed the first time. I rated this 4/5 stars.

Lucky

‘Lucky’ is from the writer of ‘The Lovely Bones’, However this is a memoir of When Alice was in college and was raped. This is intensely graphic. I was shocked and wincing and I am not a person usually effected by these things…so be warned if you are going to read this. This covers the rape and the case and her life afterwards and how she tries to come to terms with the ordeal. I rated this 4/5 stars.

No Shame

This is the sequel to No Virgin – this covers the trial and aftermath of the rape of Stacey Woods. This was ok but to be honest I thought that the two books could have easily have been one. RTC I rated this 3/5 stars.

The Complete Maus (Maus, #1-2)

I read Maus and loved it, this is the first graphic novel that I have read that is about a survivor from Auschwitz, It was so interesting even though it is told through Mice. The only thing that I struggled with in this book was the relationship between Art and his father. I rated this 4.5/5 stars

Wait for You (Wait for You, #1)

I needed something easy-going and romantic and this hit the spot in my reading needs. It was cute, it had a sexy love interest who was perfect, the characters were flawed. The is by Jennifer L Armentrout and I am going to be continuing with the companion/series as I just need more. I rated this 4/5 stars.

The List

Another #beatthebacklist read for me. I didn’t really like this, there were too many characters and was just about this stupid list that plays with girls self-esteem. RTC I rated this 2/5 stars.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files, #2)

I finally read Gemina – at first I wasn’t so keen I thought Illuminae should have been a standalone and then it got really good and I was loving it. The ending got me a little confused(not hard) but still enjoyable. I rated this 4/5 stars.

 

Currently reading:

Trust in Me (Wait for You, #1.5)RebeccaGhosts of Christmas Past

 

So that’s my 9 books. What did you read? Did we read any the same? Have you read any of these books?

 

Thanks for reading

 

 

bookhaul

November Book Haul

I managed to get a small selection of books this month – which I am really pleased about. I managed to receive a couple and only one is brought brand new, so here we go.

Click on the covers to be forwarded to Goodreads.

Here We Are Now

Despite sending him letters ever since she was thirteen, Taliah Abdallat never thought she’d ever really meet Julian Oliver. But one day, while her mother is out of the country, the famed rock star from Staring Into the Abyss shows up on her doorstep. This makes sense – kinda – because Julian Oliver is Taliah’s father, even though her mother would never admit it to her.

Julian asks if Taliah if she will drop everything and go with him to his hometown of Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his father – her grandfather – who is nearing the end of his life. Taliah, torn between betraying her mother’s trust and meeting the family she has never known, goes.

With her best friend Harlow by her side, Taliah embarks on a three-day journey to find out everything about her ‘father’ and her family. But Julian isn’t the father Taliah always hoped for, and revelations about her mother’s past are seriously shaking her foundation. Through all these new experiences, Taliah will have to find new ways to be true to herself, honoring her past and her future.

I got this from Hodder via Bookbridgr…. thanks guys:) will hopefully be reading this soon.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A present contains a monstrous secret.
An uninvited guest haunts a Christmas party.
A shadow slips across the floor by firelight.
A festive entertainment ends in darkness and screams.

Who knows what haunts the night at the dark point of the year? This collection of seasonal chillers looks beneath Christmas cheer to a world of ghosts and horrors, mixing terrifying modern fiction with classic stories by masters of the macabre. From Neil Gaiman and M. R. James to Muriel Spark and E. Nesbit, there are stories here to make the hardiest soul quail – so find a comfy chair, lock the door, ignore the cold breath on your neck and get ready to welcome in the real spirits of Christmas.

I also received this book from John Murray via Bookbridgr – this was a surprise as I didn’t think I would get it and I thought it was another book that I had won.

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic (Grisha Verse, #0.5, #2.5, #2.6)

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Confess

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

This was 99p in the charity shop and I couldn’t say no. I haven’t read a Colleen Hoover book as of yet but I think it’s going to be one that I get sucked in to.

The Mayfly (Charlie Priest #1)

A mutilated body discovered in the woods.
A murderous plan conceived in the past.
A reckoning seventy years in the making . . .

When lawyer Charlie Priest is attacked in his own home by a man searching for information he claims Priest has, he is drawn into a web of corruption that has its roots in the last desperate days of World War Two.

When his attacker is found murdered the next day, Priest becomes a suspect and the only way to clear his name is to find out about the mysterious House of Mayfly – a secret society that people will kill for.

As Priest races to uncover the truth, can he prevent history from repeating itself?

I received this book as a freebie when I signed up to readers first, whilst it doesn’t have many ratings the ones it has received have been good – so I will read this when I am in the mood for a mystery/thriller.

 

That’s all the books that I accrued in November not to bad for me I think. I have not being buying many books as I am trying to read the ones on my shelf. Have you read any of these? What books did you get?