In this post I am going to be discussing the books that I have been reading this week.
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In this post I am going to be discussing the books that I have been reading this week.
he & She by Wayne Clark
Start Date: 18/5 Book Synopsis: *** 5-star Silver Medal winner in the 2014 Readers’ Favorite Annual International Award Contest ***
What does a man do when nothing tastes good anymore? he finds She.
A Web photo of a dominatrix sends a man in midlife crisis on a last-ditch attempt to feel truly alive one more time, even if it kills him.
“… a stylish piece of literary fiction… intellectually engaging throughout. A finely drawn portrait of desire in its fall and winter seasons.”- BlueInk Review
“…All in all, this is a delectable novel about a man exploring his unknown sexual fantasies at the price of possibly losing his true self along the way.”- Red City Review
Growing numb to life, to his on-and-off girlfriend of many years, his career, even Scotch, a man turns fifty. He is a translator who can no longer dream of translating beautiful works of fiction. He is an amateur musician who can no longer dream of expressing his life on a higher plane, without words. As he glares inside himself he sees little but his declining sexuality, his crumbling hold on life, a growing list of failed relationships, and a darkening well of loneliness.
Stumbling upon an image on the Internet one night, he suddenly hears cell doors sliding open. He stares at a young woman, in profile, beautiful, unblinking, regal. Instinctively he knows that by lingering on that image he will shatter a relationship that has kept him on the sane side of loneliness as surely as if he stepped in front of a speeding eighteen-wheeler. But desperate to feel alive again before time runs out, he knows he must see the stranger behind the pixels on his laptop screen.
Although it is her image that first transfixes him, his eye afterwards chances on a handful of words on the Internet page. She is a dominatrix. The word triggers something inside him, blows the dust off fantasies trickling back to adolescence, and slowly begins to re-choreograph his decades of sexual memories. Was he ever really the dominant male he thought he was? Did he have a sexual alter-ego? Was this the last card he had to play in life? The face on the screen held the answer. He would find out even if it killed him.
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
Start Date: (re started May) Synopsis: Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
Lucy lives in Los Angeles, California. She grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, attended Williams College in the Berkshires, and still misses the East Coast very much.
When she’s not writing, Lucy can usually be found obsessing over the latest music, inventing new flavors of ice cream, or having what she feels are perfectly acceptable conversations with her dog, Ernie.
You can follow Lucy on Instagram @lucy.keating, and Ernie The Dog @ernsboberns
A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi
Start Date: BOOK SYNOPSIS: A vivid, unforgettable story of an unlikely sisterhood—an emotionally powerful and haunting story of friendship that illuminates the plight of women in a traditional culture, from the author of the bestselling The Pearl That Broke Its Shell andWhen the Moon Is Low.
For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed.
Awaiting trial, she meets a group of women whose own misfortunes have led them to these bleak cells: eighteen-year-old Nafisa, imprisoned to protect her from an “honor killing”; twenty-five-year-old Latifa, a teen runaway who stays because it is safe shelter; twenty-year-old Mezghan, pregnant and unmarried, waiting for a court order to force her lover’s hand. Is Zeba a cold-blooded killer, these young women wonder, or has she been imprisoned, like them, for breaking some social rule? For these women, the prison is both a haven and a punishment; removed from the harsh and unforgiving world outside, they form a lively and indelible sisterhood.
Into this closed world comes Yusuf, Zeba’s Afghan-born, American-raised lawyer whose commitment to human rights and desire to help his homeland have brought him back. With the fate this seemingly ordinary housewife in his hands, Yusuf discovers that, like the Afghanistan itself, his client may not be at all what he imagines.
A moving look at the lives of modern Afghan women, The House with No Windows is astonishing, frightening, and triumphant.
Goodreads Rating: out of 12 ratings got an average star rating of 4 Stars
I received this book for review from NetGalley.
I received the following books since the end of January
Week of 26/1
SLAYED ON THE SLOPES (PACIFIC NORTHWEST MYSTERIES #2) RIRI#11/16
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland’s Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .
She’s at Mount Hood’s remote Silcox Hut, covering the the seriously hardcore Ridge Rangers– Oregon’s elite high-altitude rescue team–during their four-day winter training. Sure, Meg beefed up her outdoor skills over the summer . . . but she’s still hoping to cover the event with some hot chocolate by the cheery fireplace. Then, during a sudden blizzard, she swears she hears gunshots. No one stranded in the hut believes her . . . until self-absorbed Ridge Ranger Ben Rogers is found outside in a pool of frozen blood. Meg’s now got to find this killer quickly . . . before cabin fever does them all in!
Praise For Scene Of The Climb: “A splendid overview of the greater Portland and Columbia River Gorge region, perfect for travel buffs. Her protagonist shows promise with her determined attitude and moxie.” —Library Journal
Includes Adventure Guides!
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TOO MANY ROCK STARS (ACCESS ALL AREAS #1) RIRI #10/16
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
I don’t date rockers. Don’t sleep with them. Don’t even swap spit. I’ve been working as a band booker at Trouble — the coolest indie rock club in town — long enough to know what a bunch of screwed up, egotistical jerks they are. Some of them might seem okay at first but that’s just because they’ve learnt to hide it better than others.
That would be fine if Razer didn’t keep popping into my office, making himself so annoyingly attractive. And he only gets more insistent when the leather-clad Alex hits town.
While they compete for both rock glory and my affection, I get stuck in the middle but all I really want to do is save my job and the club.
That’s the trouble with my life: too many rock stars.
Goodreads Rating info.:
The authors writing was good and made me want to read the book but the plot was slightly slow and clunky at times which meant that there were times when I felt like I didn’t want to finish it, however my own determination made me finish the book so I could give a full and frank review.
For my full review on Goodreads click here
CHASING CRAZY BY KELLY SISKIND (RIRI #12/16)
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: “Chasing Crazy is an entertaining and compelling story about owning who you are. With an endearingly awkward female protagonist, a swoon-worthy male love interest, and Siskind’s superb storytelling, this is one of the best New Adult contemporary romances I’ve read to date.” ~ USA Today Bestselling author, K.A. Tucker
Dear Mom & Dad, I dropped out of school. I’m going backpacking. Sorry. Love you both.
At nineteen, Nina has endured two lifetime’s worth of humiliation. Tired of waiting for it to get better, she decides to get going—across the globe to New Zealand. There she soon faces what she most fears: a super sexy guy ready to be Nina’s next mistake.
Once Sam’s life was all about having fun. That was before the accident. Now his friends have bailed and his world is broken. But when a gorgeous girl on his flight looks at him with passion instead of pity, Sam feels his old self coming back to life.
Now traveling together, Nina and Sam know this isn’t just a fling. They’re falling fast, hard, and deep. More than anything, Sam wants Nina to forget her fears. But to help her do that he must reveal his own painful secret—and risk Nina never seeing him the same way again.
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Here are all the books I read from july to September
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Crowther and Westerman Collection (Instruments of Darkness, Anatomy of Murder and Island of Bones) by Inogen Robertson
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Tammy Falkner lives on a farm in a lovely, sprawling little town in rural NC with her beekeeper husband and a house
About the Author: full of boys, a few dogs, and a cat or two (or five – who has time to count?). As half of the Lydia Dare team, she has co-written ten books, including the Westfield Wolves series and the Gentlemen Vampyre series. A huge fan of Regency England, she often wonders what other kinds of magical, mythical and strange creatures might live and interact within the ton. Exploring the theory that the fae can walk between Regency England and their own land, Tammy spends as much time as possible with the lords and ladies of society, horse-drawn carriages, and elegant balls. Now add to that some faeries, a little murder, a bit of mayhem, and a troublesome garden gnome, and you have her exciting new series. She hopes you enjoys her world as much as she does.
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THE MINIATURIST BY JESSIE BURTON
Book Synopsis: On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways . .Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?
The Miniaturist is her first novel, and will be translated into 31 other languages.
Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of second-hand About the Author: furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English
Sisters Red (published in 2010) is Jackson’s debut novel in the UK.Her second, Sweetly is published in 2011. Her first novel As You Wish has recieved rave reviews in the US.
File Size: 1380 KB
Print Length: 416 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens; 1 edition (2 Aug. 2012)
Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of
About the Author: Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
NO ONE IS LIKE DAEMON BLACK.
When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.
After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
Reading order for the remainder of the Series:
Format: Kindle Edition
Product Details: File Size: 991 KB
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.
About the Author: When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching
She is the author of the Covenant Series, the Lux Series, the Titan series, the Gamble Brothers series, the standalone novels Cursed, Don’t Look Back, Unchained and Obsession, and the forthcoming Oblivion (December 2015), all published by Hodder. Jennifer is also the author of the Wait For You series, published by HarperCollins.
Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.
Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter.
Current projects: Putting the finishing touches to Dragonlove! And then planning to finish the various series I’ve started.
Marc was born Cape Town but now lives and works in Ethiopia with his wife and 4 children, 2 dogs, and a variable number of marabou storks that roost on the acacia trees out back. On a good night there are also hyenas prowling along the back fence.
When he’s not writing about Africa or dreaming about dragons flying across the moon, Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there’s nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.
Last week I:
I purchased the following books:
I got for Review:
I managed to do all the weekly posts that I said I would do. However I didn’t do the Travellers Notebook Setup and Review video.
During the week I decided that I am:
This week I am going to ….
Books to read
Books I intend to read this week:
Half Wild (#2 Half Bad) by Sally Green (netgalley) – to finish/p.145 of 416 pgs
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (netgalley) – to Finish/p.16 of 337 pgs
The Land of Shadows (#2 The End of all Things) by Lissa Bryan – to finish/p.17 of 216 pages
Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda (bloggingforbooks.com) – to Finish/ p.38 of 544 pgs
The Minarurist by (netgalley) – to finish, p. 28 of 563 pgs
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Netgalley) – start
Day 21 (#2 The 100) by Kass Morgan (netgalley) – finish,pg 16 of 320
Half Lies (#0.5 Half Bad) by Sally Green – Start
The Retribution of Mara Dyer (#3 Mara Dyer) by Michelle Hodkin – Finish, pg 33 of 480 pgs
Cress (#3 The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer – Finish/p.56 of 560 pgs
The Books listed below are listed in the order which I need to read them
A Mission to Fail (kindle, 19% read) for a book tour review, will be published on 10th
Fiend by Peter Stenson (Kindle, 47% read) received for review via Blogging for books
Anna, The Starseed Series by Meghan Riley (paperback) a book received free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Talented, Talented Saga by Sophie Davis (Kindle, 3% read) an ebook received for free in return for an honest review
Destruction by Sharon Bayliss (Kindle) an ebook received for free in return for an honest review
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (kindle, 7% read) being read as part of the Mara Dyer Read-along
Book 1 Instruments of Darkness in Crowther & Westerman three book omibus by Imogen Robertson (kindle, 3% read)
The Doppler Effect by Dr. Shawn Phillips (paperback) a book received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review
Dreams of the Dead, 1/3 The Waking by Thomas Randal (kindle, 12% read)
Half Bad by Sally Green (paperback, pg 100)
Trouble by Non Pratt (paperback, pg 24)
Fade, 1/2 (4) Fade Series two book bind up by Kailin Gow (Kindle, 29% read)
Reboot, 1/2 Reboot by Amy Tintara (kindle, 9% read)
Cherry Red Summer, 1/2 Emely and Elyas) by Carina Bartsch (Kindle, 4% read) received from Netgalley for review
Crossed, 2/3 Matched by Ally Condie (kindle, 51% read)
Schism, 1/3 The Battle for Darracia by Michael Phillip Cash (Paperback, 202 pages) a book received for free from the author in exchange for an honest review
Book 1 Lightening Strike in the Vanished Series two book bind up by Meg Cabot (kindle, 28% read)
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M Valente (paperback, )
Sleight of Hand, 1/4 Stolen Hearts by Kate Kelly (Kindle, 53% read
Found,1 Penny Black by Stacey Wallace Benefeil (Kindle, 7% read)
The Island of a Thousand Fountains by Sarah Lark (Kindle) received for review as part of a book tour blog hop
Consequences, 1/6 Consequences Series by Aleatha Romig (kindle, 3% read)
Sanctus, 1/3 Sancti by Simon Toyne (kindle, just started)