This Week In Books #82

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Moxie The Roanoke Girls Chart Throb

NOWMoxieJennifer Mathieu– I’m about 70 pages into this book which I think is going to be super easy to read. It’s the first explicitly feminist book I’ve read! I love Jennifer Mathieu’s writing style.

THENThe Roanoke GirlsAmy Engel– Oh I had such an experience reading this book. I don’t know whether I loved it or hated it! It was very clever though and quite deeply disturbing. This book will be reviewed as part of the ‘Talking About’ feature with my sister, Beth! It should be out soon!

NEXT- Chart ThrobBen Elton– I’ve had my eye on this book for a while so Beth let me read her copy! I’m looking forward to it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

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This Week In Books #81

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

History Is All You Left Me Then She Was Gone Moxie

NOWHistory Is All You Left MeAdam Silvera– I am about 60 pages into this book and I’m very much enjoying it so far. I hear that it’s pretty heart breaking. I’m preferring it to Adam’s debut novel More Happy Than Not. 

THEN- Then She Was GoneLisa Jewell– I thought this was such a great thriller. I did guess the twist but it didn’t affect my enjoyment at all.

NEXTMoxieJennifer Mathieu– I’ve heard great things about this book which is about feminism!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to let me know or leave a link to a post that you do! Happy Reading!

Top Ten Books On My Autumn (Fall) TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my summer list I managed to read them all! 🙂 I’m very much trying to get through books that I have in my possession already even there are SO MANY that I want to read and add to my TBR. The bookworm struggle!

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

Chart Throb- Ben Elton

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I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while, so hopefully I’ll get to it this Autumn!

Then She Was Gone- Lisa Jewell

Then She Was Gone

I’ve heard this is a good one!

Together- Julie Cohen

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Again, I’ve heard great things about this book, so I’m looking forward to it!

History Is All You Left Me- Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me

I’ve only read Adam’s debut, but I’m trying to work my way through his next releases!

Moxie- Jennifer Mathieu

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I really enjoy Jennifer’s writing style, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Letters From The Lighthouse- Emma Carroll

Letters from the Lighthouse

I’ve adored every book by Emma so far, so I expect to like this one!

13 Minutes- Sarah Pinborough

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So excited to read this one!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This book has been on my TBR forever. I hope I enjoy it and haven’t overhyped it!

Luckiest Girl Alive- Jessica Knoll

Luckiest Girl Alive

I’ve heard a lot of great things about this book too!

The Hours Before Dawn- Celia Fremlin

The Hours Before Dawn

Intrigued.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What’s on your Autumn/Fall TBR? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #172

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!

Bought:

Moxie

I’ve heard great things about Moxie and I love Jennifer Mathieu’s writing, so it’s a win win for me! Or so I hope…

History Is All You Left Me

Borrowed from Beth

Noughts & Crosses Graphic Novel

I adore Noughts and Crosses and Beth says this version is awesome. I, of course, believe her!

Together

I enjoyed Julie Cohen’s Dear Thing so I’m excited to read something else by her.

Then She Was Gone

Again, another author we’ve read and enjoyed. Beth highly recommends this one!

 

Chart Throb

I’ve been meaning to read this for a long time now and Beth kindly brought it for me to borrow. Bless her. I love having a bookish sister!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! 🙂

Devoted

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Truth About Alice

Synopsis:

Rachel Walker is devoted to God.

She prays every day, attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy.

But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel has always found solace in her beliefs, but now she can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.  

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Jennifer Mathieu’s debut novel, so I was pleased to finally getting around to reading her next book Devoted. I fully expected my emotions to be played around with and that’s exactly what happened with this book.

Devoted centres around Rachel who is a Christian living with her ten (yes ten!) siblings and her parents. Rachel is completely devoted to her religion. She has no time for herself and instead cares for her younger siblings and concentrates on being a good girl so that she can be married to a boy in the future. Rachel’s parents, particularly her dad, tell her what to do from what to think to how she should present herself in the public. Rachel begins to find herself doubting her lifestyle. She feels guilty for these thoughts which aren’t very Christian. Rachel begins exploring a blog from an ex member of their community. The girl has escaped the rigid lifestyle and is living her own life. Rachel is intrigued…

I think this book could potentially offend some people as it does go to town on describing organised religion in such a raw manner. It tells the reader that Rachel is meant to be a mother and a wife. She must have children, keep her home and be obedient towards her husband. They aren’t allowed to watch television, use the computer for too long- there are so many rules. If anyone breaks the rules, they get sent to a camp to basically have the ‘badness’ brainwashed out of them. The people that have been to the camp often return completely unlike their normal selves.  As someone who has never followed a religion so strictly, I’m not sure if this was an accurate portrayal of a strict Christian’s lifestyle. It seemed extremely cult-like. It was certainly intriguing though and the author makes you think.

As I’m not a big fan of Christian fiction, you may wonder why I kept reading this book. Well, it had something about it. It’s not just about the religious aspect of it. It really is about Rachel finding herself and growing as a person. I liked that Rachel was questioning her values and wanting to find out if there was more from life. I also really enjoy Jennifer Mathieu’s writing style. It was gripping and very easy to read. There are so many quotable moments within this book and I think it’s worth reading.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

An intriguing, emotional read about finding out who you really are!

The Truth About Alice

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

Thoughts:

I had heard some amazing things about The Truth About Alice. I was surprised it was such a short read when it finally dropped through my letter box, but in a way, I’m glad it was such a short read because it was so intense. I’m not so sure that I could’ve handled much more! The Truth About Alice is a powerful, honest, heart-wrenching story. I’m so impressed by Jennifer Mathieu’s debut novel. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

The Truth About Alice gives us an insight into the minds of those people who thrive on popularity. I think we’ve all known those types, especially in secondary/high school. It is told through different points of view both male and female. Each point of view is someone directly in contact with Alice. Elaine is the most popular girl in school, Josh who is the best friend of Brandon, Elaine’s on/off boyfriend, Kurt- who is the ‘different’ guy in school who has harboured a secret crush on Alice for many years and Kelsie who was Alice’s best friend. Some best friend…

I have to admit, most of the characters in this story aren’t likeable AT ALL. They all have their justifications for treating Alice the way they did, but I never really understood why people would sink to such lows, but they can and they certainly do. All of the characters are brutally honest though. Each character seems to have their own problems going on, which surprised me in such a short read. It didn’t feel rushed or like there was too much going on though. It really worked.

I can’t work out whether the story would have benefitted from Alice’s point of view. I wanted to know the truth about what went on from her perspective, but we never get it. We learn about what happened from those that are spreading lies and abuse about Alice. Surprisingly, not having Alice’s point of view works. The story didn’t suffer in my eyes, but perhaps this book would have been a five star read for me if I had learned more about Alice’s feelings on the events.

The Truth About Alice is a brutal, honest read. It made me uncomfortable at times because it was so true to how teenagers can act and how cruel some teenagers can be. A powerful debut, which will stay with me for a while.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course! 4.5 stars!

A brutally honest, intense read which is an interesting take on slut-shaming.

Top Ten 2014 Debuts That I’m Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is Top Ten 2014 Debuts That I’m Excited For.

This is when I realise that I don’t know many 2014 debuts. That’s awful! I tend to only just realise it’s a debut when I begin it or when I research the author. I need to be more on it and realise what is releasing! Luckily I’m taking part in the Debut Author Challenge this year, so this list was made so much easier for me.  The Story Siren has put together a Goodreads list which is super helpful and has made me aware of SO many books I want to read. Oh dear.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodread’s page.

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Side Effects May Vary Julie Murphy– I’ve seen this about quite a lot recently and each time I want to read it a little more. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I think it’s going to be an emotional, but good read.

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Something RealHeather Demetrios– After reading the synopsis of this book, I really want to read it. It sounds brilliant.

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Cruel BeautyRosamund Hodge– I was recently recommended this book. I have seen it about quite a bit now, so it’s certainly beginning to grab my interest.

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The Half Life Of Molly PierceKatrina Leno– Loads of other bloggers seem to want to read this book and I’m definitely jumping on the bandwagon. I’m intrigued!

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Far From You- Tess Sharpe– Again, I’ve noticed this book around blogs. Blogging has been dangerous for my TBR pile! 😉

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Trust Me, I’m LyingMary Elizabeth Summer– I love the cover for this. It’s what initially pulled me in.

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Liv, ForeverAmy Talkington– This book sounds intense! My sort of read!

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The Truth About AliceJennifer Mathieu– This book isn’t my usual sort of read, but it sounds intriguing!

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The Secret Hum Of A DaisyTracy Holczer- I was intrigued by the cover. It’s quite plain, but there’s something appealing about it. It sounds like it’s going to be a good read.

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Evidence Of Things Not SeenLindsey Lane– This sounds like a really unique read. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

What 2014 debut are you looking forward to? Please feel free to leave your links in the comments section below and I’ll come and visit your blogs… and no doubt add to my TBR!