Sunday 17 May 2015

Weekly Highlights: the 'Bout of Books' 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!

Forgot to do one last week, so this is two weeks worth of stuff. This past week has been a little busy. I've been doing the normal job hunting and lounging in front of the TV but I've also been volunteering again, had my haircut, went shopping with the parents and made plans to meet up with my old school librarian. And of course it's been Bout of Books so every spare minute I've been reading. It's been pretty good this time, I'm on book 5 and hope to finish that before tonight. I've been on twitter but I haven't really been commenting on blogs so, sorry about that!

On The Blog
Review of The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell (5 stars)
Review of Simon Versus the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5 stars)
Review of Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (4 stars)
Review of The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (4.5 stars)

Currently Reading
Murder Most Unladylike  - book 5 in my Bout of Books challenge. Pretty good stuff so far, loving the boarding school setting.

On My Bookshelf
99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer--99 days--with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother.

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that's how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly's heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I'm serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn't finished. I'm expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it's just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. "For what it's worth, Molly Barlow," he says, "I'm really glad you're back."

Day 12: Gabe wouldn't quit till he got me to come to this party, and I'm surprised to find I'm actually having fun. I think he's about to kiss me--and that's when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who's supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who's never going to forgive me.

I was so excited for this, I loved How to Love, her first book so I was expecting great things. And boy did she deliver! Thank you Quercus for my copy! Review to (hopefully) come this week.

From The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L Konigsburg
Dark black sketches by author add to this file, starting with a letter from Mrs. Frankweiler 82, to her lawyer Saxonburg. Claudia 11, bored by suburbia luxury and responsibility, runs away with wealthier brother Jamie 9, to the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art (map included). The collector sold the museum a small statue, the Angel. By Michelangelo or not? Claudia must know.

Another review book, this time from Pushkin. I was asked to review this; I haven't actually heard of it but apparently it was a big title when it was first published in the 60's and inspired loads of great writers. It's a nice little children's book so I thought I'd give it go - thank you Pushkin!

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