50 Book Challenge (part 8)

This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer (3/10) – Honestly, I picked this book up just so I could read it and get it off of my shelf. This was the third and final book in a series that I really wasn’t that interested in. This was a short and easy read, and I think from memory I powered through it over the course of a weekend. If you’re interested in post-apocalyptic stories this may interest you, but there isn’t much else going on to keep you interested, to be honest.

Lost & Found by Brooke Davis (7/10) – I was lucky enough to be given a copy of this book by the publishing company as part of their Australian marketing campaign for the book’s release release. They hid copies of the book throughout Perth city, and when I wasn’t lucky enough to find one for myself they were kind enough to deliver one to work for me. Such an amazing campaign, and I have since paid it forward and sent the book onto Tonile from ‘my cup and chaucer’ so she could have the opportunity to read it too. This book was incredibly sweet and touching, and had a lot of laugh out loud moments for me. The characters are all so rich, and feel so real, and the storyline is really something special.

The Circle by Dave Eggers (7/10) – Despite the protagonist in this book being absolutely AWFUL, the plot and the ethical questions posed by it were enough to make me enjoy ‘The Circle’ quite a lot. My IT-worker boyfriend is reading this at the moment and although he also hates the protaganist, he’s really enjoying the story. It’s the most probable ‘dystopian’ world I’ve seen a book set in, as it’s really not too different from how we live now and how we seem to be progressing as a society on the whole. One thing I will say about this is that I listened to the audiobook of the story, and the narrator used a very strange accent for nearly every supporting character in the story. It was quite offputting, so if you’re keen to read this I would suggest picking up a physical copy of the book.

The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn (5/10) – I was really excited to pick this up, as the author had been likened to John Marsden (one of the author idols of my teenage years), and the story seemed right up my alley. Not only does it centre around a post-apocalyptic world following a nuclear attack, but it’s set in Australia. Perfect. I did enjoy this book, but it was clearly set up to be the first book in a series, which bothered me a little bit. I’m not a big fan of series books, so if I’d known that going into the book I may not have bothered with it at all. Having said that, the book was pretty good, the characters weren’t annoying (this seems to be a big problem for me with YA fiction, as I’ve mentioned before), and a lot of the situations presented were pretty stark and realistic. Now that I’m into the story I’ll probably pick up the rest of the series when it eventually comes out.

Spring/Summer Book Haul

Despite my best intentions to ‘shop my stash‘ and be satisfied with what I found on my own bookshelf instead of succumbing to the lure of the Book Depository… I failed, I hauled, and here we are again. I’m not too mad about it though, as one can never have too many books. Right? Although, I am running out of room in my bookshelf, so it’s probably a good thing that I signed back up to my local library a couple of weeks ago. Free books, and none of the storage issues. Yes. Before doing that, however, I scoured my Goodreads to-read list, and placed an order for these goodies late last month –

The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C Morais
The Vacationers by Emma Straub
We Are The Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
The Merciless by Danielle Vega
California by Edan Lepucki
Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

Do you have any books that you’re planning to read this season? Let me know!

The 50 Book Challenge (part 7)

Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis (6/10) – This book popped up on Goodreads a few months ago and it seemed like something I’d like so I ordered a copy when I placed my Autumn/Winter haul. I ended up enjoying this book a lot more than I thought I would (granted it did seem like the kind of book I’d like, but I’ve been let down so often with YA books lately that I didn’t have high hopes). Knowing that this book is targeted at a Young Adult audience, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the female protagonist was strong, capable, and didn’t annoy me in the slightest. There was also a twist at the end that was atypical of standard young adult stories, so that was an unexpected surprise.

We Were Liars by E Lockhart (5/10) – This book was getting so much hype that I couldn’t resist picking up a copy for myself, and as soon as it arrived it jumped to the top of my to-read pile. This is one of those books that it’s best you go into knowing little to nothing about, so I won’t go into too much detail here. I will say that I enjoyed it a lot and I managed to shoot through it in a couple of days (mostly because I was so eager to figure out what was going on, and I couldn’t wait to get to the end). This would make a good little beach read this summer.

Black River by Dean Koontz (1/10) – I noticed I was 4 books behind in my 50 book challenge so I decided to download a short audio book to listen to and bump my tally a bit. I hadn’t read anything by Dean Koontz before ‘Intensity’ earlier this year (which coincidentally, is one of my favourite books) and this seemed interesting enough so I decided to give it a go. Yes this book was short, so that was good. It was terrible though, so I struggled to get through even the short amount of time it took to listen to it.

In The Blood by Lisa Unger (8/10) – This was another book that I purchased up after seeing it on a friends Goodreads ‘to-read’ list (noticing a trend here?) and it was the last of my autumn/winter haul that I picked up to read. I didn’t guess the surprise element to this story until the very end, which is somewhat rare for me. There were a lot of twists and turns along the way to keep me guessing, which I really enjoyed. This is another easy read that I managed to power through in a few days because I was so eager to reach the conclusion. If you like mystery/thriller books, this is definitely worth checking out.

Spring/Summer Book Haul (shop my stash edition)

So I seem to have developed a nasty habit of buying a whole lot of books and never actually reading them. The ‘to-read’ section is fast overtaking the shelves of my bookcase that house the books I’ve actually read. In light of this (and to help with my current no-buy situation), I’ve decided to pick my Spring/Summer books from my existing collection. These are the books I intend to read when the warm weather kicks in:

Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood
Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
The Raft by S A Bodeen
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The Returned by Jason Mott

Do you have a particular book that you love to re-read over the summer? I do, and it’s one that I’ve had since I was a kid. It’s ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein, and every time I read it I get transported to summer. It’s a children’s book but I love it.

50 Book Challenge (part 6)

Monster Love by Carol Topolski (7/10) – I was intrigued by the blurb of this book so I picked it up when I did a little autumn/winter book haul earlier this year. This was quite a disturbing read, and not something that I’d recommend to everyone. The subject matter is made clear within the blurb (the murder of a child), and is obviously a sensitive subject so if that is the kind of thing you cannot imagine reading about I wouldn’t pick this up. If you’re interested in the psychological elements behind an incomprehensible act like that, this is a very interesting read.

Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge (6/10) – This was an audiobook that I downloaded from Audible a little while ago to listen to during slow periods at work or when I’m on the train and I can’t focus enough to actually read a book. I didn’t like the narrator very much, but the story itself was good enough that I was able to get past it. The book was about a serial killer who locks two people up together, and one of them has to kill the other in order to be released and stay alive. Verrrry interesting.

The Vanishing by Wendy Webb (6/10) – I love the cover of this book, I think it’s so beautiful. If you like the idea of reading about a haunted old mansion set in the dead of winter in the middle of the woods, with a protagonist who spends her days reading books in an old library and drinking tea – this could be a book for you. It was an easy read, and I got through the bulk of it over the course of one weekend.

Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant (5/10) – I picked this book up after seeing it on a friend’s ‘to read’ list on Goodreads. I’ve read more ‘murder mystery’ books this year than I have in my 29 years of life, and I’m surprised at how much I like them. I won’t go into too much detail about this one, because there is a bit of a twist at the end that caught me off guard. This was another easy read, and I managed to churn through it in a couple of days.