Monday, 30 November 2015

November review

I've had a pretty good month bookwise. I've had some awesome 2016 titles dropping through my letterbox which have been a pleasure to read. It's also meant I have loads of review scheduled for the new year for you all.

Books Read in November
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard (5 stars)
When I was Me by Hilary Freeman (3 stars)
Whisper by Chrissie Keighery (4 stars)
All Wrapped up by Holly Smale (4 stars)
Never Evers by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivson (4 stars)
After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning (5 stars)
The Icarus Show by Sally Christie (4 stars)
Front Lines by Michael Grant (5 stars)
The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood (4 stars)
Lily and the Christmas Wish by Keris Stainton (5 stars)
How not to disappear by Clare Furniss (5 stars)
Waiting for Callback by Perdita and Honor Cargill (4 stars)
Flora in Love by Natasha Farrant (5 stars)
All about Pumpkin by Natasha Farrant (5 stars)

Book of the Month

I knew How not to Disappear would be good and I was not disappointed. I loved every page.

Events Attended

On the Blog
Quiet month blogwise whilst I am getting myself out of the reading slump that took over in September and October
Just one review for When I was Me by Hilary Freeman and my latest Can't wait to read post.

December's TBR pile
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
101 pieces of me by Veronica Bennett
Wild Lily by KM Peyton
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Operation Blackout by Victor Watson
The Age of Reinvention by Karine Tuil
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary Schmidt
Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

Monday, 23 November 2015

Can't wait to read

So I spent a bit of time of Goodreads lately and added loads of 2016 releases to my wishlist. Ended up doubling my wishlist within a couple of hours full of books I am dying to read. Here are a few of them

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave Published May 2016

From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.

It’s 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, or—like Mary’s favorite student, Zachary—have colored skin.

Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle and—while war escalates and bombs begin falling around them—further into a new world unlike any they’ve ever known.

A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleave’s latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.

Not YA but I'm in the mood for some awesome WWII fiction and this looks like it could fit the bill 

Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar out February 2016 in Australia

Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.

The lesson: don't mess with Unity girls.

The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.

A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig - sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they're at their most vulnerable?

It's all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy's stuff. Just your typical love story.

A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.

I need a publisher in the UK to pick this up. I want this book now! 

The Bombs that brought us Together by Brian Conaghan out January 2016

Fourteen-year-old Hamish Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don't want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever.

Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town's rules crumble, Hamish is sucked into a dangerous game. There's a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy.

Hamish Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will ... But he's got to kill someone else first.

I love Brian's last book. I need this 

Monday, 16 November 2015

When I was me by Hilary Freeman

One girl, two lives. Which is real?

When Ella wakes up one Monday morning, she discovers that she is not herself and that her life is not her own. She looks different, her friends are no longer her friends and her existence has been erased from the internet. Even worse, years of her history appear to have been rewritten overnight. And yet, nobody else thinks that anything weird has happened.

A tense and dark psychological thriller full of unexpected twists and turns about the random events and decisions that make us who we are. If you can't trust your own memories, then who can you trust?

My thoughts 
I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't really sure what to and I've been in a weird reading mood of late DNFing books left, right and centre but this managed to keep me hooked right the way through.

When I was me is the sorry of Ella who wakes up to find everything in her world is similar to before but slightly different. She spend the book trying to get her head around what is going on and the ideas behind why things have changed are really thoughtful. I really made me think about the different choices a person makes in their life and the impact those choices have on the direction their life goes.

All in all a book I enjoyed and would happily recommend.