Book Scavenger Hunt – Week 4

I can’t believe I’m on week 4 of the scavenger hunt hosted by Nikki over at The Night is Dark and Full of Books. August really is flying by.

If you want to know more about this weekly meme, check out what Nikki has to say

Book Scavenger Hunt is a weekly meme hosted by me! Each month I post directions to find a book each week. These directions are connected with each other so that we form a chain of books.

Find more information about the monthly Book Scavenger Hunt here or find all past and future directions here.

Week 4: Find a book that has approximately the same amount of pages as last week’s book

Last week’s book selection was The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley, you can check out my post here.

This week I went back to Goodreads and headed over to my books list simply because it gave me the option to sort by number of pages and I’m all for an easy life.

The Angel Tree is quite a large book coming in at 672 pages, so imaging my surprise when I managed to find a book on my lit with exactly the same number of pages. It isn’t published yet so this may change but I’m sticking with it.

So lets see what I picked.

Tower of DawnIn the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

I have the full Throne of Glass series on my TBR list after it was recommended to my by my bookish pal Emma-Louise over at Read, Write, Inspire. She loves these books and makes some amazing bookish melts and candles based on the characters. You can check them out here.

Anyway, after seeing so many people saying good things about this series I though I would add it to my reading list and hopefully, one day, I will be able to make time to read it.

See you next week for the final instalment for August when I will be sharing with you my book choice that has been published in the same month as this week’s book.

Have you read the Throne of Glass series? Would you consider reading?

Happy Reading

Debbie x

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Book Scavenger Hunt – Week 3

It’s week 3 of the bookish scavenger hunt hosted by Nikki over at The Night is Dark and Full of books and I have to say I’m loving this new meme.

For more information, check out what Nikki herself has to say

Book Scavenger Hunt is a weekly meme hosted by me! Each month I post directions to find a book each week. These directions are connected with each other so that we form a chain of books.

Find more information about the monthly Book Scavenger Hunt here or find all past and future directions here.

Week 3: Find a book with written by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as the author from last week

My book choice for last week was Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, you can check it out here.

I didn’t have to think too hard before coming up up with my first name for this list as the obvious choice, for me at least, was J K Rowling. However since this sounded a little bit too similar to Rowell, I decided to have as search on Goodreads for an alternatives.

This is what I decided on.

The Angel TreeThirty years have passed since Greta left Marchmont Hall, a grand and beautiful house nestled in the hills of rural Monmouthshire. But when she returns to the Hall for Christmas, at the invitation of her old friend David Marchmont, she has no recollection of her past association with it – the result of a tragic accident that has blanked out more than two decades of her life. Then, during a walk through the wintry landscape, she stumbles across a grave in the woods, and the weathered inscription on the headstone tells her that a little boy is buried here . . .

The poignant discovery strikes a chord in Greta’s mind and soon ignites a quest to rediscover her lost memories. With David’s help, she begins to piece together the fragments of not only her own story, but that of her daughter, Cheska, who was the tragic victim of circumstances beyond her control. And, most definitely, not the angel she appeared to be . . .

I chose this The Angel Tree by Lucinda Riley, purely because the cover caught my eye.

It’s not a book I would normally pick up but something about the cover drew me to it. I don’t think this will make it to my TBR pile simply because I’m not a fan of historical fiction or romance novels.

I’ll be back next week for another instalment when I will be sharing with you my choice of book with approximately the same amount of pages as last week’s book.

Have you read this book? Would you consider reading?

Happy Reading

Debbie x

Book Scavenger Hunt – Week 2

I’m back again with Week 2 of the scavenger hunt hosted by Nikki over at The Night is Dark and Full of books.

Here’s what Nikki has to say

Book Scavenger Hunt is a weekly meme hosted by me! Each month I post directions to find a book each week. These directions are connected with each other so that we form a chain of books.

Find more information about the monthly Book Scavenger Hunt here or find all past and future directions here.

Week 2: Find a book with the same colour on the background as the flowers from last week

My book choice for last week was The Color Purple by Alice Walker, you can read my full post here.

I didn’t have far to go to pick this week’s book as it is currently sitting on my bookshelf. I read it earlier this year (before I started this blog) and will be posting my review next week.

So lets see what I picked.

FangirlCath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

I chose this book quite literally because I see it on a daily basis on my book case.

To be honest I think I got lucky as this is the Special Edition Fan Art cover and the majority of other covers are green. However, mine is yellow and for the purposes of this scavenger hunt, that’s all that matters.

See you next week when I will be sharing with you my choice of book with written by an author whose last name starts with the same letter as the author from this week.

Have you read this book? Would you consider reading?

Happy Reading

Debbie x

Book Scavenger Hunt – Week 1

I’ve been a bit hit and miss with my posts recently but when I saw that Nikki over at The Night is Dark and Full of books had a new meme running I new I had to jump on board as I loved her Searching Saturday meme.

Here’s what Nikki has to say

Book Scavenger Hunt is a weekly meme hosted by me! Each month I post directions to find a book each week. These directions are connected with each other so that we form a chain of books.

Find more information about the monthly Book Scavenger Hunt here or find all past and future directions here.

Week 1: Find a book with flowers on the cover

This week is the first week so there are no previous directions to follow which makes it pretty simple.

For my first week I have chosen to pick from Goodreads since I haven’t had the time to get to a bookstore due to school holidays meaning I would have to drag the kids along too.

I’ve got to admit that at first glance all the covers looked very similar – black background with a red (or sometimes pink) flower. This is all well and good but I wanted something different so I kept searching.

So lets see what I chose.

The Color Purple.jpgThe Color Purple is a 1982 epistolary novel by American author Alice Walker which won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

 

I went for this book as in a sea of red and black the yellow sunflower jumped out at me before I realised what the book was. In fact this book has been on my TBR list for a while now, although it keeps getting pushed to the bottom of the pile for one reason or another. That said it will be staying as I will get around to reading it one day.

So there we have my first week of the scavenger hunt.

Have you read this book? Would you consider reading?

Happy Reading

Debbie x

TBR Thursday #2: Gold Coast

I’m back again this week with another TBR Thursday hosted by Kimberly over at Kimberleyfaye Reads.

TBR Thursday

This weekly feature is a great way to spotlight a title that’s been sitting on your shelves (virtual or otherwise) for some time for various reasons. I’m also going to ask for you input on whether or not I should read it or just stick it back on the shelf. Sometimes it seems like everyone is reading the same books at the same time and older titles have a way of just fading from the radar. I love the idea of featuring an older title and, of course, getting a chance to talk about it with other bloggers and readers.


Gold Coast

Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille

Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Publication date: 1990

637 pages

Add it: Goodreads

Buy it: Amazon

The upmarket and salubrious area of Long Island is the stamping ground for a dying breed of America’s super-rich. It is also the residence of John Sutter, lawyer – very top-drawer, old money, right clubs – and his sensual wife, Susan. Their lives are about to be turned dramatically upside down by their new ‘next-door’ neighbour – a certain Mr Frank Bellarosa, top Mafia don and master manipulator. It is he who will impress upon them a rule much older than the archaic etiquette of the old-money set: a favour accepted is a favour owed.

I’ve just recently found this in a box of books hidden in the back of my wardrobe. I can’t remember how long it has been there, but I remember packing the box up when we redecorated a few years ago. As to why it didn’t make it back to the shelf when we finished is anyone’s guess.

Nevertheless the box has been rescued and all the books have been returned to their rightful place on the shelf ready for me to begin reading (or re-reading) when the time permits.

I’m looking forward to reading this eventually. The author was recommended to me by a friend was recommended to me by a work colleague. So when this and two other of his books came up in an offer I snatched them up, I just never got around to reading them.

Have you read Marking Time? Do you think it’s worth my time? Would you read it?

TBR Thursday #1: Marking Time

This week I’m joining in with TBR Thursday hosted by Kimberly over at Kimberleyfaye Reads.

This weekly feature is a great way to spotlight a title that’s been sitting on your shelves (virtual or otherwise) for some time for various reasons. I’m also going to ask for you input on whether or not I should read it or just stick it back on the shelf. Sometimes it seems like everyone is reading the same books at the same time and older titles have a way of just fading from the radar. I love the idea of featuring an older title and, of course, getting a chance to talk about it with other bloggers and readers.


Marking TimeMarking Time (The Immortal Descendants #1) by April White

Genres: Fantasy, YA, Historical, Romance
Publication date: 30 October 2012
Publisher: Corazon Entertainment
443 pages
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old tagger Saira Elian can handle anything… a mother who mysteriously disappears, a stranger who stalks her around London, and even the noble English Grandmother who kicked Saira and her mother out of the family. But when an old graffiti tag in a tube station transports Saira to the 19th Century and she comes face-to-face with Jack the Ripper, she realizes she needs help after all.

Saira meets Archer, a charming student who helps her blend in as much as a tall, modern American teen can in Victorian England. He reveals the existence of the Immortals: Time, Nature, Fate, War and Death, and explains to Saira that it is possible to move between centuries – if you are a Descendant of Time.

Saira finds unexpected friendships at a boarding school for Immortal Descendants and a complicated love with a young man from the past. But time is running out for her mother, and Saira must embrace her new identity as she hides from Archer a devastating secret about his future that may cost him his life.

Marking Time has been on my TBR list since August 2016. Having read the blurb again, it will have been the Jack the Ripper connection that interested me initially, however since then I seem to have put on the back-burner.

Have you read Marking Time? Do you think it’s worth my time? Would you read it?