Sunday 3 November 2013

Weekly Highlights: the 'New(s)' 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! 

Not a lot of news this week. I didn't get any new books last week which is why I was absent. And I'm trying really hard not to get any new books, although often I cannot resist, which is especially difficult when I volunteer in a charity shop filled with books! 

Oh no, wait, I do have news! It's not book news, but still good news: after months of hunting and thinking I was doing something wrong, I finally found a job! It's not anything glamorous, just a Christmas temp at Argos. But it's money and experience and I feel a lot less useless now, so that's nice! 

On and Around The Blog
Review of Resist by Sarah Crossan (4 stars)
Review of Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman (3 stars)

In other news, I am participating in Netgalley November, hosted by A Daydreamer's Thoughts, K-Books and Bookish Treasures. I have quite a few Netgalley books that I need to catch up on, as well as two review ebooks. So in total I have 7 to read; I'm going to try to read all 7 but realistically I'm hoping to read at least 4 of them. Check out Faye's goal post, and link to sign up post, here

Currently Reading
Just finished Allegiant by Veronica Roth yesterday. Still not sure how I felt about it, but I know I liked it. Now it's onto After Eden for Netgalley November. Am also making my way through Under My Hat, an anthology of witch-y tales. 

On My Bookshelf
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Yes! I may be a bit late to the party but I finally know what it's all about!

After Eden by Helen Douglas 
Eden Anfield loves puzzles, so when mysterious new boy Ryan Westland shows up at her school she's hooked. On the face of it, he's a typical American teenager. So why doesn't he recognise pizza? And how come he hasn't heard of Hitler? What puzzles Eden the most, however, is the interest he's taking in her. 

As Eden starts to fall in love with Ryan, she begins to unravel his secret. Her breakthrough comes one rainy afternoon when she stumbles across a book in Ryan's bedroom - a biography of her best friend - written over fifty years in the future. Confronting Ryan, she discovers that he is there with one unbelievably important purpose ... and she might just have destroyed his only chance of success.

Heard about it before but saw it on Raimy's Letterbox Love last week and sought it out on netgalley. Thanks Bloomsbury and Netgalley!

Undone by Cat Clarke
Jem Halliday is in love with her gay best friend. Not exactly ideal, but she's learning to live with it. 

Then the unspeakable happens. Kai is outed online ... and he kills himself.

Jem knows nothing she can say or do will bring him back. But she wants to know who was responsible. And she wants to take them down. 

I have yet to read a Cat Clarke, despite having Entangled on my shelves, but Kerrie's Two Pound Tuesday said it was 56p! Bargain or what?

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to your verdict on Allegiant, and yay for Undone! It's crazy good.