This Week In Books #103

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!

Sky Chasers Ready to Fall Fallen Angels

NOW- Sky Chasers- Emma Carroll– I am about 100 pages into this book which I’m thoroughly enjoying. I’m hoping to read more tonight after work. Life has been very busy this week. I can’t believe it’s only Wednesday. It feels like it should be Fridau!

THEN- Ready To Fall- Marcella Pixley- I thoroughly enjoyed this book which has a very unique take on grief!

NEXT- Fallen AngelsWalter Dean Myers– This is the Banned Book I am reading this week for my feature with my sister, Beth. I’m intrigued to see what it’s like!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

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Ready To Fall

Ready to Fall

How did I get it?:
Sent from publisher, many thanks to them!

Synopsis:

When Max Friedman’s mother dies of cancer, instead of facing his loss, Max imagines that her tumor has taken up residence in his head. It’s a terrible tenant–isolating him from family, distracting him in school, and taunting him mercilessly about his manhood. With the tumor in charge, Max implodes, slipping farther and farther away from reality. Max is sent to the artsy, off-beat Baldwin School to regain his footing. He joins a group of theater misfits in a steam-punk production of Hamlet and slowly becomes friends with Fish, a girl with pink hair and a troubled past, and The Monk, an edgy upperclassman who refuses to let go of the things he loves. For a while, Max almost feels happy. But his tumor is always lurking in the wings–until one night it knocks him down and Max is forced to face the truth, not just about the tumor, but about how important it is to let go of the past.

Thoughts:

I was immediately pulled in by the synopsis of this book. I knew it wasn’t going to be a particularly easy book to read because of its subject matter. I thought this book was an incredibly emotional read, but it was so compelling at the same time.

In Ready To Fall we are introduced to Max who is in a bad way after losing his mother to cancer. He’s not doing well at school, distancing himself from everyone and is also utterly convinced that his mother’s tumour has transferred over to his brain. The reader finds themselves completely urging Max to reach out and get some support but he is so damaged by grief. Gradually, Max begins to learn how to move on with his life after starting a new school, making new friends and opening up to one of the teachers. I appreciated how slowly Max stated to heal. It was realistic and made the book more believable.

This is the first time that I’ve read Marcella Pixley’s writing. I very much enjoyed her writing style. I found myself both sympathising with Max and rooting for him to speak out and get help. I feel like she perfectly portrayed Max’s grief and his confusion/worry over ‘his’ tumour. I thought this was a highly original way to demonstrate how Max was dealing with his loss. I also felt for Max’s father, who was clearly struggling as well but trying to hold things together for Max.

The only reason I didn’t rate this book any higher was because I didn’t really buy into the relationship in this story. I felt like it was a little unnecessary! That said, this book is well worth reading for its unique take on grief.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

This is not an easy read, but it’s definitely worth a read purely for its unique take on grief!

This Week In Books #102

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!

Ready to Fall The Disappearances Sky Chasers

NOWReady to FallMarcella Pixley– I started this book yesterday, but haven’t got very far yet. I think it’s going to be a sad one!

THENThe DisapperancesEmily Bain Murphy– I really enjoyed this book at the start but it didn’t keep me captivated until the very end.

NEXTSky ChasersEmma Carroll– I was supposed to start this book last week, but I wanted to get around to my current read first.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

Stacking The Shelves #189

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!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Received from Pushkin Press

 

Ready to Fall

This book sounds like it could be heartbreaking but very interesting at the same time!

Received from Piccadilly PressCharlie and Me: 421 Miles From Home

This sounds like it could be very cute!

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