Archive | October, 2012

WWW Wednesdays (24th October)

24 Oct

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I’ve been waiting for this book all year and ive finally been able to pick it up. Its so good! I was a little worried that it wouldnt live up to my expectations but it is brilliant!

What did you recently finish reading?

I recently finished reading The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton. It is a young adult paranormal romance book and very good! I really enjoyed this book and ive just downloaded the next book in the series.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is the choice for next months reading circle, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I have heard lots of good things about this book and i love animal books too so hopefully i will enjoy it!

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Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (22nd October)

22 Oct

 

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

I’ve had a busy week this last week preparing for my week away. for some reason my internet connection is not working very well and i have only been able to post the one image!

Books Read

Over the last week I’ve read two books one on my kindle and one paper book. The first book i read was The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman. This book was part of a reading challenge that i was taking part in. This book was very good and although i dont normally read thrillers i really enjoyed this book.

The second book i read was The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton. This book was free for a day on the kindle and its still free looking back now. Its a young adult paranormal romance book but i really did enjoy this book. I loved it so much im going to download the next in the series.

Reading Now

At the minute I’m currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I have been looking forward to reading this book since it arrived and ive now started it. Its so good so far and its apart as far away from Hary Potter as you can get, whch in my opinion is a good thing for her.  I love the HP books but i think as an author she needed to step away and she has!

Next Up

Next up is the book for next months reading circle, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. Now im very much looking forward to this as it sounds so good!

Synopsis –

A heart-warming and inspirational tale in which Enzo, a loyal family dog, tells the story of his human family, how they nearly fell apart, and what he did to bring them back together.

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: he thinks and feels in nearly human ways. He has educated himself by watching extensive television, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo realizes that racing is a metaphor: that by applying the techniques a driver would apply on the race track, one can successfully navigate the ordeals and travails one encounters in life.

Enzo relates the story of his human family, sharing their tragedies and triumphs. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations as a dog, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family.

The Mind Readers – Lori Brighton

21 Oct

Started – 15/10/12

Finished – 21/10/12

Format – Kindle e-book

Series – Mind Readers #1

Synopsis – Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book back in January as it was free on Amazon. I’ve just had another look and at the minute its still free.

This book is about a teenage girl called Cameron who has the ability to read other peoples minds. Along with her Grandma who also has the ability they keep having to move around in order to keep away from those that want to do people like them harm.

Then one day a new student starts at the school, Lewis, and as soon as he does Cameron seems drawn to him. She even wonders if he is like her and can read minds too. The two of them end up on an Island and its here that Cameron starts to question everything that she has ever known. Who can she trust and is her life in danger due to her powers.

I really enjoyed this Young Adult Paranormal Romance. Although there is a lot of books on the market now probably down to the success of Twilight this one was very good. To start with there was no mention of werewolves or vampires, something that i think has been overdone. Also the female lead character was very stong willed and a very good strong character.

The plot to this book was very good too. It was fast paced and full of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the end. It was very well explained too.

The romance side of it was good too and although it was in there it wasnt too much and it didnt take it away from the actual story. I’m not a massive fan of romance novels and this can put me off in a book, but i really enjoyed this book!

There is two more books in this series so far, The Mind Thieves and also The Mind Games and i will be downloading the next book in the series a bit later on today.

This is a very good Young Adult Paranormal Romance book, if thats your sort of thing download it, its still free at the minute!

Rating – 4/5

Top Ten Bookish Things To Do

20 Oct

So here is my list of my ten favourite things to do in relation to books!

  1. Reading! – Well this one kind of goes without explanation to be honest. i do think sometimes i do more things surrounding books than actually reading them.
  2. Visiting Second Hand Book Shops – I love visiting second hand book shops as you never know what books you might come across and normally the books are very cheap too!
  3. Reading Bookish emails – I get a lot of emails from various companies about up and coming books, Shelf Awareness, Waterstones, Transworld, Random House just to name a few about new books. It probably explains why my wishlist is so long.
  4. Blogging about books – I blog a lot about books, my thoughts on them, what im looking forward too and weekly memes too. I don’t take part in every meme every week, but i do try too!
  5. Reading others thoughts on books – I would much rather read other book bloggers thoughts about books than those that get paid to review. this is probably another reason as to why my wishlist is so long!
  6. Goodreads – I love goodreads and reading about what others are reading. It’s also where i track my progress for my 2012 reading challenge which so far I’m on track of doing.
  7. Downloading books to my kindle – this is so quick to do and my major weakness is the free books. I have over 1oo free books on my kindle as i just can’t resist a bargain.
  8. Reading Challenges – I love taking part in long-term reading challenges. I have read a lot of good books that I wouldn’t have maybe picked up if it weren’t for reading challenges.
  9. Buying new books – okay so many bookworms have this weakness too and I don’t think there is much better than getting a parcel though the post of a book!
  10. The Online Bookish Community – I love chatting books online with people,whether it’s by blogging, goodreads or a forum. So many lovely friendly people!

WWW Wednesdays (17th October)

17 Oct

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme held over on Should be Reading. To play along just answer the following questions.

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton. Its a young adult paranormal romance book about a girl that is able to read others minds. its very good and i’m enjoying it alot even though i only started reading it last night!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished reading The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman. It was a very fast paced thriller and one that kept me guessing right until the last page. I did find it a little confusing to start with as there was so many characters perspectives, but once i had settled into the book it was very good!

What do you think you’ll read next?

Next up is a book that ive been looking forward to all year, The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. I have been looking forward to reading this as the author is my favourite of all time so i just hope it doesn’t disappoint.

The Labyrinth of Osiris – Paul Sussman

16 Oct

 

Started – 8/10/12

Finished – 15/10/12

Format – Paperback Book

 

Synopsis – Since they last met, life has moved on for Yusuf Khalifa of the Luxor Police and Jerusalem detective Arieh Ben-Roe. About to become a father for the first time, Ben-Roi finds himself investigating a gruesome murder in Jerusalem’s Armenian Cathedral. The victim, a journalist named Rivka Kleinberg, had been researching an article into the Israeli sex-trafficking industry. When a link emerges between Kleinberg and an English engineer who disappeared from Luxor in 1931, Ben-Roi turns for help to his old friend and sparring partner Khalifa.

 

Khalifa’s life too has changed, although in his case not for the better. Preoccupied with personal tragedy and immersed in an investigation of his own – a series of mysterious well-poisonings in Egypt’s Eastern desert – he agrees for old time’s sake to do some digging for his Israeli colleague. In the process Ben-Roi might just be giving Khalifa his lust for life back.

 

Inexorably the two investigations entwine, drawing Ben-Roi and Khalifa into a sinister web of violence, abuse, corporate malpractice and anti-capitalist terrorism. And at the heart of the web lies the Labyrinth – a three-thousand year-old ancient Egyptian mystery that has already taken Rivka Kleinberg’s life – and hers will not be the last…

 

My Thoughts – I was sent this book from the Transworld publishers as part of a reading challenge. Although i dont really read a lot of thrillers, this is a genre that i would ideally like to read more of.

 

This book is about Yusuf Khalifa a police detective based around Eygpt and also Arieh Ben-Roe based in the Jerusalem police force. These two have been friends for a long time and as fate would have it end up working on the same murder case again.

 

To start with i did find this book a little confusing. It has about 15 different points of view and to start with i was struggling remembering who was who and following the storyline. I couldnt really figure out how they all tied in with each other. However, after about 150 pages in i really started to get into the story and it all started to come together.

 

This book is very full of twists and turns, i did try and figure out as i was going along who the suspect for the murder was and i kept changing my mind. I just couldnt figure it out and when it was revealed at the end of the book i just couldnt believe it and it all slotted into place a bit more.

 

The only downside that i could really find was this was book three in a series. Although it worked quite well as a stand alone book i would have liked to have read them in order but thats just one of my stange habits.

 

This was a good thriller i really enjoyed reading it and i would recommend it!

 

Rating – 4/5

Its Monday! What Are You Reading? (15th October)

15 Oct

 

Its Monday! What are you Reading? is a weekly bookish meme held on Book Journey by Sheila. It’s a great place to discuss your week in reading and see what others are reading too.

Im poorly! I have an awful cold and its making me feel rotten! Still at least I’m ill this week not in two weeks time when i go away for a week!

Books Read

I read one book last week, Mom You Just Broke Facebook by Jay Rivera. This book was meant to contain funny quotes from Facebook but i have to say i didnt find them funny at all. I didnt really enjoy this book at all and the only upside to this book is that it was free!

Reading Now

At the minute I’m currently reading The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman. I was sent this book from the Transworld publishers as part of a reading challenge. To start with i did find the book quite confusing as it has many different plots in it, but now im about 150 pages from the end and its all coming together now! I cant wait to read more later!

Next Up

Next up is another free book on my kindle, The Mind Readers by Lori Brighton. Its a Young Adult Paranormal romance book, one of my favourite genres, and it does sound quite good!

Synopsis – Cameron Winters is a freak. Fortunately, no one but her family knows the truth …that Cameron can read minds. For years Cameron has hidden behind a facade of normalcy, warned that there are those who would do her harm. When gorgeous and mysterious Lewis Douglas arrives he destroys everything Cameron has ever believed and tempts her with possibilities of freedom. Determined to embrace her hidden talents, Cameron heads to a secret haven with Lewis; a place where she meets others like her, Mind Readers.

But as Cameron soon finds out some things are too good to be true. When the Mind Readers realize the extent of Cameron’s abilities, they want to use her powers for their own needs. Cameron suddenly finds herself involved in a war in which her idea of what is right and wrong is greatly tested. In the end she’ll be forced to make a choice that will not only threaten her relationship with Lewis, but her very life.

Books Brought

None this week!