This Week In Books #61

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Click on the book to get to Goodreads!

The Sudden Appearance of Hope Habibi Countless

NOWThe Sudden Appearance Of HopeClaire North– I have just started this book which was recommended to me and sent to me as part of my Mr B’s Reading Year Subscription. I’m intrigued to see what I make of it as I wasn’t that blown away by the author’s debut, but I’m always willing to try another book by the author!

THEN- HabibiCraig Thompson– I finished this graphic novel yesterday. It’s a beast of a book at over 600 pages and it’s not necessarily an ‘easy’ read. It tells the story of refugee slaves bound together. There are some incredibly dark moments within the story. Very dark moments. It is one of our Banned Books that my sister and I review on the last Monday of a month, so please come back for our review if you’re interested.

NEXTCountlessKaren Gregory– I’m very intrigued to read this book which centres around mental health. I’m always intrigued by books that touch on this subject.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link or let me know in the comments below! Happy Reading! 🙂

Stacking The Shelves #160

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Gift:

The Sudden Appearance of Hope

I received this book as part of my Reading Year from Mr B’s Emporium in Bath! I’ve heard good things about it, so hopefully I’ll like it!

NetGalley:

Letters to the Lost

This book got me with its synopsis. I’m so intrigued by it!

Countless

I have heard fantastic things about this book already. It centres around mental health which is something I am always happy to see represented in literature.

The Pearl Thief

I enjoy Elizabeth Wein’s writing and this book immediately caught my eye! I’m looking forward to it!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave me a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Summer Bookish Bingo Wrap Up/Sign up for Holiday Bingo!

This summer I took part in Summer Bookish Bingo hosted by Great Imaginations. I’m thrilled that I completed the card! It really gave me chance to knock off some books from my TBR list, so I’ll definitely be joining in again!

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
  2. The Girl Who Walked On Air– Emma Carroll
  3. Two Boys Kissing– David Levithan
  4. The Summer I Turned Pretty– Jenny Han
  5. Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins
  6. More Than This– Patrick Ness
  7. Don”t You Forget About Me– Kate Karyus Quinn
  8. Siege and Storm– Leigh Bardugo
  9. Kira-Kira– Cynthia Kadohata
  10. Rooftoppers- Katherine Rundell
  11. Ruin and Rising– Leigh Bardugo
  12. Rump– Liesel Shurtliff
  13. Fire and Rain– Diane Chamberlain
  14. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August– Claire North
  15. Salvage- Keren David
  16. On The Fence– Kasie West
  17. She Is Not Invisible– Marcus Sedgwick
  18. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship Of Her Own Making– Catherynne M. Valente
  19. Ten– Gretchen McNeil
  20. The Snow Queen– Alana Albertson
  21. Open Road Summer– Emery Lord
  22. Unhooking The Moon– Gregory Hughes
  23. Belle Epoque– Elizabeth Ross
  24. Wake– Amanda Hocking

Here is the card for the Holiday bingo! Will you play along?

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Click on the bingo card to get to Great Imaginations!

Talking About ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. ‘I nearly missed you, Doctor August,’ she says. ‘I need to send a message.’

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

Thoughts:

CHRISSI: What did you make of the writing style?

BETH: I wasn’t sure I was going to get on with this book at all when I first started. Although I thought it was written absolutely beautifully, each chapter was relatively short and the time frame kept jumping about quite erratically. I felt like I really had to concentrate on the book to figure out what was going on (which was a bit difficult on a hen weekend…). However, about a third of the way in, I started to really appreciate what the author was trying to do. As Harry got older/more lives in, things seemed to move at a steadier pace and I started to love what I was reading and care about what was going to happen.

BETH: Do you think it is human nature to want to change the world?

CHRISSI: I definitely think it’s human nature to want to change the world. Many of us want to make an impact on the world. I think we’d all want to live in a world that’s a good, peaceful, happy place.

CHRISSI: What do you think that Harry learnt through the process of living his life over and over again?

BETH: I think that he learned a lot about human nature i.e. why we do the things we do, why we love, why we hate. I was expecting him to get slightly bored especially when he has to live the early part of his life over and over again – watching his father being buried, going to school and re-learning things he already knows but he seems to find a way to deal with this. For example, going into a different profession like law and learning something new for a change, or escaping his adoptive parents at a young age to live with people of his own kind. I think he also learns to be a bit more tolerant and understanding of others even when he doesn’t agree with them, you can definitely see this in his relationship with Vincent.

BETH: What would you do if you had to live your life over again?

CHRISSI: I try and think that everything happens for a reason, but I guess if I had the chance to live my life over again then there are some things that I would change or do differently. I don’t want this to turn into a depressing answer, so I’ll think of a few examples! I think my career would’ve happened sooner than it has, I would have tried harder at school and I would not let some people treat me the way I did. I wouldn’t change my sister though… I guess she’s ok! 😉

CHRISSI: What does the novel tell us about the nature of good and evil?

BETH: I feel like sometimes good and evil get a bit mixed up in this novel and perhaps the line between them is slightly blurry. One of the evil components in the story is a man called Richard Lisle who gets his kicks by murdering prostitutes. Harry as the “good guy,” cannot bear to see this occurring so life after life, he finds Richard Lisle before he has even started his killing spree and kills him himself. But what does that make Harry, good or bad, if he too turns to murder? Another is Victor Hoeness, who uses his knowledge of the future to build more advanced technology that is strictly against the rules of the Cronus Club and in return, on each life he returns to, the Club tortures him in a disgusting manner so that he will remember it in his next life before going on to abort him while still in the womb (this is the only way to kill a kalachakra). They argue that it is for the greater good, but isn’t what they are doing also evil. Hence my point that the line between good and evil is often blurred. There are many other characters I can talk about that blur this line, Franklin Phearson and Vincent Rankis but this answer would turn into an essay!

BETH: What did you think of Harry as a character?

CHRISSI: If I’m honest, I wasn’t immediately connected to Harry. I did appreciate that Claire North made Harry a flawed character. We all make bad decisions and mistakes at times. His mistakes definitely gave him more of a ‘real’ feel. I felt like Harry was an incredibly complex character that is interesting to try and make sense of.

CHRISSI: Would you want to live your life over and over again?

BETH: Definitely not! I can’t think of anything more hideous. Obviously we all have events in our lives that we regret or wouldn’t want to experience again and I think that part would be unbearable. Having the knowledge of our future however would be pretty amazing and would certainly influence some of the choices I have made in my life so far.

BETH: Would you read another book by this author?

CHRISSI: I think it would depend on the subject! I liked the writing style, but I wasn’t blown away by the story.

Would we recommend it?:

BETH: But of course!

CHRISSI: Yes!

WWW Wednesday #85

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three questions.

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I’m just about to start The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North which I’m very excited to start. When I bought it the bookseller was incredibly positive about it, so I’m hoping for good things!

What did you recently finish?

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Last night I finished Belle Époque by Elizabeth Ross, which was an interesting young adult historical fiction set in Paris. I enjoyed this book and would rate it 3.5 stars.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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I’m so excited that The Rosie Project has a sequel… The Rosie Effect is next up for me!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post or answer the questions in the comment section below. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #84

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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I’ve been in London and Bath for a long weekend and… I may have bought some books? Look out for a post on the reading spa that I experienced- it was amazing and I fully intend to write a post about it ASAP. I’m not going to go through every single book here to comment on, as it would take SO long. I am really looking forward to reading I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak, The Ocean At The End of The Lane by Neil Gaiman (it’ll be my first Neil Gaiman) and Dreams and Shadows by C.Robert Cargill also looks amazing! So much to look forward to!

So what have you added to your collection this week? Feel free to link me to your haul and I’ll stop by!