This Week in Books (31.08.16) #TWIB #CurrentlyReading

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week. 

Happy Wednesday, Blog-friends! Here’s what my week has looked like (I have no idea why I did this collage backwards btw)…

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Now:  The Thousandth Floor ~ Katharine McGee

I’ve almost finished this. It’s been interesting but I don’t love it. 

Then:   The Hummingbird’s Cage ~ Tamara Dietrich

I really enjoyed this thriller/mystery/fanstasy-fusion novel. My review went up on Monday.

Next: ??? 

Probably Labyrinth Lost as it’s next on my ARCs list. 

New on the Shelves

Borrowed:

Siege and Storm ~ Leigh Bardudo

 

siegeDarkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming stormrown up. 

Waiting on Wednesday

(Linking up with Breaking the Spine)

Saint Death ~ Marcus Sedgwick

I’m so excited about new Sedgwick!!!!

saintdeathA potent, powerful and timely thriller about migrants, drug lords and gang warfare set on the US/Mexican border by prize-winning novelist, Marcus Sedgwick.

Anapra is one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the Mexican city of Juarez – twenty metres outside town lies a fence – and beyond it – America – the dangerous goal of many a migrant. Faustino is one such trying to escape from the gang he’s been working for. He’s dipped into a pile of dollars he was supposed to be hiding and now he’s on the run. He and his friend, Arturo, have only 36 hours to replace the missing money, or they’re as good as dead. Watching over them is Saint Death. Saint Death (or Santissima Muerte) – she of pure bone and charcoal-black eye, she of absolute loyalty and neutral morality, holy patron to rich and poor, to prostitute and narco-lord, criminal and police-chief. A folk saint, a rebel angel, a sinister guardian.

Expected Publication: October 6th 2016 by Orion Children’s Books

 So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Forever TBR #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is… Ten Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

Oh wow, now here’s a topic. Up until a few weeks ago I probably could have done a list for this topic twice over but I recently moved house and took a lot of my dust-gathered books to a charity shop and decided to start afresh. I didn’t get rid of them all though…obviously…

  1. Middlesex ~ Jeffrey Eugenides
  2. Monkeys With Typewriters ~ Scarlett Thomas
  3. Snow White and the Seventh Samurai ~ Tom Holt
  4. The Demonologist ~ Andrew Pyper
  5. Tipping the Velvet ~ Sarah Waters
  6. Deadkidsongs ~ Toby Litt
  7. Trainspotting ~ Irvine Welsh
  8. I Capture the Castle ~ Dodie Smith
  9. Banquet for the Damned ~ Adam L.G Nevill
  10. Aralorn ~ Patricia Briggs

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Do I NEED to read any of these ASAP?

This Week in Books (10.08.16) #TWIB

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Welcome to my weekly post, where I sum-up what I’ve been up to in bookland the past week. 

Happy Wednesday to you all. I feel like I’m finally back in the swing of things and I’m really pleased about it! 🙂 Here’s what I’ve been up to this week…

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Now:  The Song of Achilles  ~ Madeline Miller // A Million Little Pieces ~ James Frey

I’m at the business end of Achilles, and I’m loving it! Stunning debut. I also picked up an old favourite of mine – A Million Little Pieces in a rare lull at work and now I can’t put it down at lunchtimes. 

Then: When Everything Feels Like the Movies ~ Raziel Reid // The Seeing Stone  ~ Kevin Crossley-Holland

My review of WEFLTM went up on Monday. I also finally finished The Seeing Stone which had been on my TBR list for over 5 years! It was NOT worth the wait. Fail. 😦

Next: ??? 

I’m off to Prague on Friday (whoooooop), so I think I’ll finally give Daughter of Smoke and Bone a go seeing as that’s where its set! Then I have to get back to some Aug/Sept ARCs. 

New on the Shelves

As I just moved house to a new area, I HAD to go and explore the local bookshops & charity shops. Here’s my haul:bookhaul

Graceling & The Ask and the Answer are books that I’ve read before and LOVED but I borrowed them from Di so needed my own copies. Self-Made Man I have borrowed off my friend Dora and the rest are just ones that looked good! I also bought a Prague travel guide for my trip this weekend. Whoop!

Waiting on Wednesday

(linking up with Breaking the Spine)

The Witches of New York ~ Ami McKay

I love the sound of this, but it’s definitely the cover that struck me first.

 

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The year is 1880. Two hundred years after the trials in Salem, Adelaide Thom (Moth from The Virgin Cure) has left her life in the sideshow to open a tea shop with another young woman who feels it’s finally safe enough to describe herself as a witch: a former medical student and gardien de sorts(keeper of spells), Eleanor St. Clair. Together they cater to Manhattan’s high society ladies, specializing in cures, palmistry and potions–and in guarding the secrets of their clients. All is well until one bright September afternoon, when an enchanting young woman named Beatrice Dunn arrives at their door seeking employment.

Beatrice soon becomes indispensable as Eleanor’s apprentice, but her new life with the witches is marred by strange occurrences. She sees things no one else can see. She hears voices no one else can hear. Objects appear out of thin air, as if gifts from the dead. Has she been touched by magic or is she simply losing her mind? Eleanor wants to tread lightly and respect the magic manifest in the girl, but Adelaide sees a business opportunity. Working with Dr. Quinn Brody, a talented alienist, she submits Beatrice to a series of tests to see if she truly can talk to spirits. Amidst the witches’ tug-of-war over what’s best for her, Beatrice disappears, leaving them to wonder whether it was by choice or by force.

As Adelaide and Eleanor begin the desperate search for Beatrice, they’re confronted by accusations and spectres from their own pasts. In a time when women were corseted, confined and committed for merely speaking their minds, were any of them safe?

Expected publication: October 27th 2016 by Orion

  So, that’s my week in books, now how about yours?

If you’re joining in leave the link to your answers in the comments so everyone can take a look 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Who’s winning at the half-way mark?

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link t.o visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…A freebie! Meaning we can choose any topic we like, or missed…

This couldn’t have come at a better time because I really wanted to do last week’s topic but missed it. I will therefore be doing my Top Ten Reads of 2016 So Far. Hurrah!

Links go to my review. 

All the Unicorns! (5/5)

Best of the Rest! (4/5)

  • Glass Sword (Wow, I’ve only just realised that I didn’t review this!)
  • Into the Dim
  •  The Crow Girl
  •  The Foreshadowing (Review coming soon!)
  • The Merciless
  • You Know me Well
  • Half a King (I read this around Christmas time and never got round to reviewing it. I really enjoyed it though.)

 

Feel free to leave your link and I’ll come see what topic you chose this week 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: All the LOLZ #FunnyFiction #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Top Ten Books to Make you Laugh

  • A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon: I found this book really funny as well as bittersweet and slightly heartbreaking. George was darkly hilarious without meaning to be.

“George Hall doesn’t understand the modern obsession with talking about everything. ‘The secret of contentment, George felt, lay in ignoring many things completely.”

 

  • Mystery Man & Dan Starkey by Colin Bateman: I feel like I’ve  talked about Bateman’s books too much on this blog since I started it,  but it’s impossible not to include both of his hilarious series on this list. They are black humour at its best. I did a whole feature on it here. And, Dan Starkey is a feckless journalist who finds himself in ridiculously stupid yet very sticky situations, constantly! [Review]

“Serial Killer Week got off to an inauspicious start when the opening wine and bean evening was invaded by a former prisoner who misinterpreted the poster, but he was at least able to give us the professional’s view of the genre.”

  • The Gates by John Connolly: Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell are a hilarious duo in John Connolly’s book about demon neighbours, portals, and the Large Hadron Collider. 
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy: A sarcastic skeleton detective and a girl who kicks ass…what more could you want? 
  • Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins: Pitched as ‘Legally Blonde meets The Terminator’, this book was full of genuine laughs and also laughs from the ridiculousness of it. In a good way. It was a lot of fun. [Review]
  • The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell: I absolutely loved this book. I don’t think it was supposed to be a comedy so to speak but protagonist Samantha Whipple really made me laugh. [Review] 
  • Horns by Joe Hill: I’m not really sure why I found this book funny, but I did. It was pretty dark and twisted but the protagonist’s reaction to what was happening to him was amusing. [Review] 
  • The Martian by Andy Weir: Mark Watney provides some much needed humour in this book about one man stranded on Mars. [Review] 

    “If I could have anything, it would be a radio to ask NASA the safe path down the Ramp. Well, if I could have anything, it would be for the green-skinned yet beautiful Queen of Mars to rescue me so she can learn more about this Earth thing called ‘lovemaking’.” 

  • I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak: It’s been a long time since I read this one so I can’t remember it in great detail, but I do remember that I loved Ed Kennedy’s self-deprecating sense of humour in it and that it made me laugh.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most recent top rated reads #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Top Ten recent 5 * reads

I very rarely rate books with the full 5 stars (or unicorns in my case), because 5/5 equals perfection right?! Therefore I’m going to do my ten most recent top rated reads, which are mainly 4*s with a few of those magical 5*s in there too.

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Links go to my reviews

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR #TTT

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish (click the link to visit them) who pick a different topic each week.

This week the topic is…Ten books on my to-be-read list for Spring 2016

I’m not always great at looking ahead as far as new releases are concerned, but there are a few on my radar that I hope to get to. My list is also made up of older books on my TBR that I want to read this Spring. 

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What are you looking forward to this Spring?