Sunday, 7 December 2014

Weekly Highlights: the 'Work, Work' 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! 

Another week filled with non-stop work. Not a whole lot to report; went to the cinema to see Mockingjay, my review went up on Friday (link below), and I finally have a Sunday off as it's family reunion time. 

On The Blog
Review of Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer L Armentrout (4 stars)
Movie review: Mockingjay Part One

Currently Reading
I'm nearing the end of Vendetta by Catherine Doyle, which is amazing! Next up is Crescendo, book two in the Hush Hush series. I'm also planning on starting My True Love Gave To Me in the run-up to Christmas. 

On My Bookshelf
Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloane
Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a Web-design drone and serendipity coupled with sheer curiosity has landed him a new job working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. And it doesn't take long for Clay to realize that the quiet, dusty book emporium is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few fanatically committed customers, but they never seem to actually buy anything, instead they simply borrow impossibly obscure volumes perched on dangerously high shelves, all according to some elaborate arrangement with the eccentric proprietor. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he has plugged in his laptop, roped in his friends (and a cute girl who works for Google) and embarked on a high-tech analysis of the customers' behaviour. What they discover is an ancient secret that can only be solved by modern means, and a global-conspiracy guarded by Mr. Penumbra himself... who has mysteriously disappeared.

Tape by Steven Camden
Record a voice and it lasts forever…

In 1993, Ryan records a diary on an old tape. He talks about his mother’s death, about his dreams, about his love for a new girl at school who doesn’t even know he exists.

In 2013, Ameliah moves in with her grandmother after her parents die. There, she finds a tape in the spare room. A tape with a boy’s voice on it – a voice she can’t quite hear, but which seems to be speaking to her.

Ryan and Ameliah are connected by more than just a tape. This is their story.

These two are books from work, the first one I requested, the latter just turned up. I am really excited about both of them though, they sound very cool in different ways. 

Home For the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost
'Tis the season to join Cat and Bones for some holiday cheer in this Night Huntress novella by USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost.

They were looking forward to a normal holiday—at least as "normal" as it gets for vampires Cat and Bones and their otherworldly friends and family. But their yuletide plans are shattered when a mysterious stranger shows up and reveals long-buried secrets that threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer … and lives.

Just a little cheap novella in my most favourite series ever - and just in time for Christmas!


  1. I've had Tape and Mr Penumbra's for ages and still haven't read them - I've heard wonderful things though!

  2. I've heard lots of good things about the 24 Hour Bookstore so cant wait to see what you think!