Sunday, 27 April 2014

Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday (88)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's ReviewsShowcase Sunday is hosted by Books, Biscuits and Tea.
These memes are a replacement of The Story Siren's In My Mailbox.

Stacking the Shelves and Showcase Sunday make a place to showcase your new books, whether you obtained them through the post or otherwise.


 Three new books came into my home this week! The first was a finished copy of Above, which I'm currently reading and really enjoying. The second book that I received from publishers was Love Letters to the Dead which I love the sound of, and I'm very excited to check out. I purchased one book this week because I simply couldn't resist, that book was Wanna Cook? which is a companion to the Breaking Bad TV Series which I'm really quite obsessed with - I can't wait to flick through.

I hope you've all had a great week! 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

From the Review Pile (90)

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!

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This week, I'm going to showcase Above!
Above is a much anticipated book which has had a lot of people excited, and I can understand why! Above sounds like an amalgamation of a lot of different ideas from books that I've read and loved, and the main theme particularly reminds me of Room, which I enjoyed. I want to pick this up soon and I really hope that it lives up to all of my excitement!


Above by Isla Morley
Paperback, 384 pages

Expected Publication 8th May 2014 by Two Roads

NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS...
Blythe, a sixteen-year-old Kansas schoolgirl is abducted and kept in an abandoned silo by a survivalist, who is
convinced that the world is about to end.
Struggling to survive, crushed by loneliness and the terrifying madness of her captor, Blythe resists the temptation to give up. Nothing, however, prepares her for the burden of having to raise a child in confinement.
Just when Blythe starts to believe that she may be confined to the silo for life, their lives are ambushed by one event that is at once promising and devastating...
THINK YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN? YOU REALLY DON'T...

Thursday, 17 April 2014

From the Review Pile (89)

From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you've received for review (or if you don't receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven't yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.

I know that a lot of you have a huge pile of books that you want to read/review, but it understandably takes a while to get around to reading them all - here you can give a book (or two!) some of the publicity that it deserves, even if you haven't read it yet!

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This week, I'm going to showcase Labor Day!
I recently saw the trailer for the film Labor Day at the cinema and I loved the look of it. Unfortunately, with the poor timings at my local cinema, I didn't get to see the film, but I hope to see it as soon as it's released on DVD. I have, however, discovered that the film was an adaptation of a book, so of course, I was glad to find out and just had to grab a copy. I am really looking forward to reading this and will have to get around to it as soon as possible!


Labor Day by Joyce Maynard
Paperback, 244 pages


Published 3rd December 2013 by William Morrow & Company

With the end of summer closing in and a steamy Labor Day weekend looming in the town of Holton Mills, New Hampshire, thirteen-year-old Henry—lonely, friendless, not too good at sports—spends most of his time watching television, reading, and daydreaming about the soft skin and budding bodies of his female classmates. For company Henry has his long-divorced mother, Adele—a onetime dancer whose summer project was to teach him how to foxtrot; his hamster, Joe; and awkward Saturday-night outings to Friendly's with his estranged father and new stepfamily. As much as he tries, Henry knows that even with his jokes and his "Husband for a Day" coupon, he still can't make his emotionally fragile mother happy. Adele has a secret that makes it hard for her to leave their house, and seems to possess an irreparably broken heart.

But all that changes on the Thursday before Labor Day, when a mysterious bleeding man named Frank approaches Henry and asks for a hand. Over the next five days, Henry will learn some of life's most valuable lessons: how to throw a baseball, the secret to perfect piecrust, the breathless pain of jealousy, the power of betrayal, and the importance of putting others—especially those we love—above ourselves. And the knowledge that real love is worth waiting for.

In a manner evoking Ian McEwan's Atonement and Nick Hornby's About a Boy, acclaimed author Joyce Maynard weaves a beautiful, poignant tale of love, sex, adolescence, and devastating treachery as seen through the eyes of a young teenage boy—and the man he later becomes—looking back at an unexpected encounter that begins one single long, hot, life-altering weekend.

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