Sunday, 2 August 2015

Weekly Highlights: the 'August TBR' 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!

Blimey, it's August already! I've been having a typical British summer, reading occasionally curled under a blanket! And for the time being, until I get a start date for my new job, I've been filling my time with reading, colouring and volunteering. I'm still at the British Heart Foundation, if anyone's interested, but the Summer Reading Challenge has been under way for a few weeks now and I've been listening to cute little kids tell me about their books. 

On The Blog
Review of The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson by Paige Toon (4 stars)
Review of Darkmere by Helen Maslin (5 stars)
Review of The Baby by Lisa Drakeford (4 stars)

Currently Reading
I'm actually ahead of my review books at the moment - no idea how long that'll last! - so I'm reading the Name of The Blade trilogy by Zoe Marriott that I bought at YALC. Just started The Night Itself yesterday and already I'm kinda hooked!

On My Bookshelf
Becoming Death by Melissa Brown
Ever since her father's demise, Madison Clark knew death had her number. After losing her first job, she is ushered into the cryptic family business. Little does she know her family is hiding a dark secret; they are grim reapers, custodians of souls on their journey to the beyond. Madison expects her historic legacy to have benefits beyond immortality. What she doesn't expect is to still be struggling for cash while reaping souls on the side.

As if being Death's minion wasn't strenuous enough, Madison finds herself back at school with her worst enemy studying the ancient rules, methods and paperwork of her vocation. In a cascade of life changes: her best friend admits he’s in love with her and she starts a new job as a professional mourner, but she can’t help thinking her family might have other secrets. 

Just when things are finally starting to feel normal again Death throws her a curveball: her next victim is her best friend. Madison must find a way to overcome the strict guidelines of being a grim reaper in order to save his life.

Sent to me by the author, I'm part of her blog tour, organised by Faye, so look out for that mid August! 

August TBR
The rest of the Name of The Blade trilogy, obviously. Then I have a couple of review books - Fans of the Impossible Life and Becoming Death. And as I'm making a great dent in my long standing TBR, I think I'll be tempted by a couple of library books that I've spotted while volunteering, namely This Is Not A Love Story by Keren David. 

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