Books! & Project 10 Book

After rearranging my bookshelf last night I came to the understanding that I have just as many to-read books sitting on my shelf as those that I’ve already read. This is not exactly an ideal situation and in the hope of culling down my to-read list I’ve decided to embark on a “Project 10 Book”, which will be a literary equivalent of the usual Project 10 Pan. For those of you that are not familiar with Project 10 Pan, it’s basically where you try to use up 10 beauty products or makeup items before purchasing anything new. So now that I’ve invested a small chunk of today’s wages on the adult cover version box set of Harry Potter, I shall embark on this challenge. I ideally want to cull my to-read list down to one shelf. Let’s see if that happens anytime soon.

Books!

Another fortnight, another pay day, another book buying spree. I am actually considering putting myself on a mini book buying ban for a little while, as I have a lot of books to read already sitting on my shelf and no real must-have books coming out soon or sitting on my wishlist.

Recent Reads

The 50 Book Challenge is still going strong, and I am still on well track to reaching that target by the end of the year. As with my last ‘recent reads‘ post recently, here are 4 small reviews of some of the books I’ve read during the challenge so far.

The Odyssey by Homer
This was the first text that I had to read for my University course this year, and boy was it a heavy one. It follows the story of Odysseus as he makes his way home after an epic journey in which he gets kidnapped by the goddess Calypso and is stranded on an Island. It was definitely not a book that I would have picked up on my own due to the scale of it, despite my fascination with ancient Greek mythology. I am glad that I read it though because it was an interesting book and although not one that I would call a page turner, it was definitely interesting.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This book was a re-read for me. I had originally borrowed it from a friend a couple of years back but then I saw the a copy on the shelf at a second hand book store recently and decided to buy it for myself. I love this book. Basically, it’s the story of a teenage girl named Susie Salmon who is murdered in her hometown in the 1970s. The book then goes on to describe the stages of grief that her family and friends go through after her death, all of which is observed by Susie from her own little patch of heaven. The story itself and the way it is told is absolutely heartbreaking, but ultimately hopeful. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a good cry.

The Woman In Black by Susan Hill
This book was recommended to me by a reader and I really enjoyed it, so thankyou Tonile! It’s an old-school ghost story that left me feeling unsettled and chilled on finishing the book. I won’t go into too much detail because I don’t want to give too much away, but it is a very subtle sort of story so if you’re into gore and hardcore ghosty thrills this probably isn’t for you. Interesting fact: they are making a film of this book starring my imaginary boyfriend (#56) Daniel Radcliffe. Exciting!

The Dead Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
This is book two in the ‘Forest of Hands & Teeth’ series about zombies (or as they’re called in these books – The Unconsecrated). I preferred this book to the first in the series, which I think is mostly due to the fact that the female protagonist didn’t annoy me as much. A lot of the questions that I had on completing book one were explained and wrapped up in book two, so I was happy about that. This book follows the story of Gabrielle, another young girl facing life in the future world infested with the undead. I won’t go into too much detail as this is a follow up book in a series and I don’t want to post any spoilers for those who’ve not read book one yet…

As always, hit me with your book suggestions if you’ve got them!

Books!

Something a little different from me this month – 4 ‘young adult’ classification books. I have developed a bit of a curiosity about these books lately, after becoming addicted to watching book review and haul videos on youtube. I figured that these books would be relatively quick and simple reads, and would help me push the 50 Book Challenge tally along quite easily. As always, hit me with your book suggestions for next month. Some of the best books I’ve read so far have been from all of your suggestions!