Weekly Book Haul (3)

I am linking up with In My Mailbox which is a weekly theme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. I am also linking up with Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

In My Mailbox

Stacking-the-Shelves

Kindle Downloads

Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates

Meet Quentin P., the most believably terrifying sexual psychopath and killer ever brought to life in fiction. The author deftly puts you inside the mind of a serial killer — succeeding not in writing about madness, but in writing about the logic of madness.

Borrowed

 

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

In the summer of 1991, I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I don’t think of myself as a victim. I survived. A Stolen Life is my story – in my own words, exactly as I remember it.

 

Bought Used

A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Great And Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-world fantasy- jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

 

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Here Lies Arthur by Philip Reeve

Gwyna is just a girl who is forced to run when her village is attacked and burns to the ground. To her horror, she is discovered in the wood. But it is Myrddin the bard who has found her, a traveller and spinner of tales. He agrees to protect Gwyna if she will agree to be bound in service to him. Gwyna is frightened but intrigued and says yes for this Myrddin serves the young, rough, and powerful Arthur. In the course of their travels, Myrddin transforms Gwyna into the mysterious Lady of the Lake, a boy warrior, and a spy. It is part of a plot to transform Arthur from the leader of a ragtag war band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

 

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

Lisbeth Salander – the heart of Larsson’s two previous novels – lies in critical condition, a bullet wound to her head, in the intensive care unit of a Swedish hospital. She’s fighting for her life in more ways than one: if and when she recovers, she’ll be taken back to Stockholm to stand trial for three murders. With the help of her friend, journalist Mikael Blomkvist, she will not only have to prove her innocence, but also identify and denounce those in authority who have allowed the vulnerable, like herself, to suffer abuse and violence. And, on her own, she will plot revenge – against the man who tried to hill her, and the corrupt government institutions that very nearly destroyed her life.

What did you get this week?

 

All images and summaries taken from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Dying To Read

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a  fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is a rewind where you can pick any past topic to write about. I chose Books I’m Dying To Read.

1. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver

2. We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

3. End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman

End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman

4. The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini

5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Giver by Lois Lowry

6. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

Salems Lot by Stephen King

7. The Crown Of Embers By Rae Carson

The Crown Of Embers by Rae Carson

8. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

9. The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

The Mystery Of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes

10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

What books are you dying to read?

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The Age Of Miracles By Karen Thompson Walker A Review

The Age Of Miracles A Novel By Karen Thompson Walker

Title: The Age Of Miracles

Author: Karen Thompson Walker

Publisher: Random House

Published Date: June 26th, 2012

 

Summary

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the Earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with normal disasters of everyday life- the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

The Age Of Miracles Review

What would you do if everything was changing and there was nothing you could do to stop it? The Age Of Miracles forces you to wonder just that.  Would you leave town or keep on living as you always did until you are forced to deal with the world around you?

Julia is a great narrator, she is twelve but old beyond her years. As the world around her is literally falling apart she starts to see the cracks in those around her. She catches her father in lies and sees the horrible things that are done to those who are different. She takes stands in ways that someone so young could, but soon realizes there is nothing she can do to stop these injustices.

The issues with Julia’s parents shows how everything in her world is breaking down. Time no longer means anything and there is an inevitable catastrophe coming. How long can society continue to function when days stretch to weeks and nights last months? I do like that nothing major happens here (like the government ceasing to function for example). It makes it much more interesting to read the before. Before we really start to run out of food and fuel. Before the whole world goes to hell.  

The love story is really sweet. It starts out as a crush and starts to blossom as Julia and Seth spend time together. The comparison of such a normal relationship with the fact that gravity is changing, is compelling. They cling to each other when everything else is in a constant state of flux.

The ending is really heartbreaking. I got a little teary but thought it was a solid ending. There is hope and the world still turns. 

Karen Thompson Walker is a talented writer and creates a world that is literally falling apart but still continues on. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely read other books written by Karen Thompson Walker.

 

Summary and image taken from goodreads.

 

 

 

Weekly Book Haul (2)

I am linking up with In My Mailbox which is a weekly theme hosted by The Story Siren where you can share the books you received during the week. I am also linking up with Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you added to your shelves.

In My Mailbox

Stacking-the-Shelves

Kindle Downloads

Stained By Ella James

Stained by Ella James

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie – Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

Dirty Blood by Heather Hildenbrand

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my own bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me , the part that I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock…And that was the moment when he showed up. Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And two, I was born to kill them.

Bought New

shiver by maggie stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

Grace and Sam share a kinship so close that they could be lovers or siblings. But they also share a problem. When the temperature slips towards freezing, Sam reverts to his wolf identity and must retreat into the woods to protect his pack. He worries that eventually his human side will fade away and he will be left howling alone at the lonely moon.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

In a world where people born with an extreme skill – called a Grace – are feared and exploited, Katsa caries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies far away…a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

What did you get this week?

 

All summaries and images taken from goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they pick a  fun topic for a top ten list. This weeks list is “Older” Books You Don’t Want People To Forget About.

1. The Clan Of The Caver Bear by Jean M. Auel

I first read this book in ninth grade for summer reading and read it every few years since. The entire series is a favorite of mine but this first book is just superb. There is history, adventure, and eventually (in the series) pretty hot sex scenes.

2. The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

There is something so beautiful and haunting about this book. Even if The Girl With The Pearl Earing received the most notoriety (and a movie) this book is my favorite by Tracy Chevalier.

3. The Stand by Stephen King

Classic Stephen King and always good no matter how many times I read it. This is a book that you can lose yourself in.

4. About A Boy by Nick Hornby

I love everything that Nick Hornby writes but this book mixes the best part of hilarity, heartbreak, and tenderness.

5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

The novel that launched a thousand chick lit books. A book that will literally make you laugh out loud.

6. What’s The Matter With Kansas? by Thomas Frank

I love non-fiction and this book does an amazing job of explaining what happened electorally in the 2000’s. It is a great way to understand why people vote the way they do and what can be done to change it.

7. The Witch Of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

A favorite from childhood and is set near where I grew up. It has a beautiful love story and deals with being different in colonial Connecticut. 

8. Private Parts by Howard Stern

I love all things Howard Stern and this book makes me laugh. 

9. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Another favorite from childhood. This book will never go out of style and will always have a place on my shelf. 

10. Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

This one is a poetry anthology but I loved it so much as a kid. I was recently attended a baby shower where we were asked to bring a favorite book from childhood. Where The Sidewalk Ends instantly came to mind because of how often I read through it. It never got old.

What books would be on your list?