Sunday, 20 October 2013

Weekly Highlights: the Birthday edition

Weekly Highlights is a feature borrowed from Faye of A Daydreamer's Thoughts, where I get to highlight my posts of the week, show you my new books and talk about bookish things!  

So, it was my birthday on Wednesday and I was so very good and didn't ask for any more fiction books. I asked for a couple of reference books (because I'm a huge nerd) but The Boyfriend was unable to find most of them so they're being forwarded to Christmas! In other news... actually, I don't think I have other news. Unless you want to hear about the massive shopping spree I went on with my parents. No? Then that's it! Let me know what cool books you got this week. 

On The Blog
Review of Scarlet by AC Gaughen (4 stars)
Review of Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (4.5 stars) - I know I've been very vague in this review because I was so scared of spoilers, but if anyone really wants to know what happens, message me on twitter and I'll tell you.

Currently Reading
Resist by Sarah Crossan, the sequel to Breathe. Bit confusing to start because I couldn't remember how the first book ended, but quickly getting back into the swing of things!

On My Bookshelf
The Etymologicon by Mark Forsyth
What is the actual connection between disgruntled and gruntled? What links church organs to organised crime, California to the Caliphate, or brackets to codpieces?

The Etymologicon springs from Mark Forsyth's Inky Fool blog on the strange connections between words. It's an occasionally ribald, frequently witty and unerringly erudite guided tour of the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language, taking in monks and monkeys, film buffs and buffaloes, and explaining precisely what the Rolling Stones have to do with gardening.

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light. 

These two are birthday presents, the first from my boyfriend, the second from my parents. I love both of them, I think I'll really enjoy Heat Wave given how much I love Castle

Imposter by Susanne Winnacker

Tessa is a Variant with extraordinary abilities. She could be a hero, but all she wants to do is fall in love ...

Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she's spent the last two years with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. There she trains with other Variants, such as long-term crush Alec, who each have their own extraordinary ability.

When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. Tessa hates everything about being an impostor - the stress, the danger, the deceit - but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she'd do anything to keep.

How amazing does this sound? Thank you Hodder!


  1. Glad to hear you had a good birthday- I dont know how you resisted asking for any fiction books though! Ooh Imposter looks amazing :-)

  2. Ah, Heat Wave! I do love me some Castle. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it.