11/01/2015

New Shelf Sitters: Books

These are a few of my favourite things: Cats and books.

Over Christmas I got a few books off family and friends then during the sales I bagged myself a few bargains. I have total of 11 fiction books from new favourites to classics. I also was very lucky and got a Kindle which so far I am loving. The book that I am currently reading is my first Kindle book.

My Christmas book gifts include (all unread & in no particular order):

Night Runner by Tim Bowler
As the clock ticks, Zinny knows it's only a matter of time before someone ends up dead - and it could be him. 

This is just a little, unpopular one that I thought looked interesting and the blurb was gripping. I thought it sounded similar to Thirteen by Tom Hoyle with the fast paced triller. It's not top of my to-read but I thought it sounded cool.

Spiders by Tom Hoyle

Adam may have survived once, but a cult still has him in its sights. And this time he may not escape with his life... 

This is the sequel to Thirteen which I said Night Runner could be similar to. I really enjoyed Thirteen so I hope its sequel does it justice; I am excited for this one.

It's Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Craig's suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital, where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict, a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors, and the self-elected President Armelio. There, Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety.

There's no denying the masses of good ratings or popularity that this book has received. Ned Vizzini was a fantastic writer by the looks of it so I can't wait to get torn into his books. This one is pretty hard hitting and truthful by the looks of it and by first impressions I believe it could have similarities to The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. 

Apparently this book is 'Fresh Fiction' and recommended for lovers of John Green's book, therefore the reasons I added this to my wish-list were slightly obvious. I have to admit that I wasn't a fan of Paper Towns by John Green so I hope this story has more of an upbeat storyline with a better ending. I also think the cover and the synopsis make it look really quirky and interesting.

The Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the 'phony' aspects of society, and the 'phonies' themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.

This was the first classic that I received and for a classic that has a well known title by myself I had no idea that the story looked so interesting. I had never read the blurb and now after reading it I am dying to read this book because I think it will go deep into really interesting aspects of life. It'll also be able to tick this of my literature studies list.

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man's struggle for justice.

This was recommended by friends and is a favourite to many people. Again, it'll be a classic to tick off but I'm just not sure if this book and I will get along. I'm not a fan of history and I usually try and stay with modern books, this book - I believe - is about racism in the past to which I don't really know much about therefore I'll have to wait and see... I won't know until I try.

The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome.

I think this is going to be another romantic contemporary, which doesn't bother me because I love them. I'm also sure, by the title, that this could be pretty relatable. Another thing that I love about this one is the sprayed edges and the fluorescent red colours -- super funky!

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry
With this being a collection of four books there's no apparent synopsis but to have a book this divine needs nothing more. I loved the film and I usually wouldn't read a book if I'd seen the film but this book is apparently so different from the film that at no point do they follow each other, therefore I am going to read this. I look forward to it but it shall need stamina. 

Books from the BookDepository sale (unread):
These books I was SUPER excited for and are currently top of my too read list.

A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together.

This story is really unusual because it is a love story in the point of view of all the people surrounding, including the squirrel. I think this will be an adorable feel good book and the cover is beautiful. 

Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. 

Super excited!! The reviews of this are fantastic and I think the concept of this story sounds really clever and almost relaxing. Everything about this books excites me. 

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson 
Jude and her twin Noah were incredibly close - until a tragedy drove them apart, and now they are barely speaking. Then Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy as well as a captivating new mentor, both of whom may just need her as much as she needs them. What the twins don't realize is that each of them has only half the story and if they can just find their way back to one another, they have a chance to remake their world.

O-M-G! This was my most anticipated book and I waited for it to arrive everyday. I got the hard back version which is the first hard back I've bought and it's a piece of art. I love the whole idea of Noah telling the story of their early years and Jude telling the later years for it all to fit together. This is another book with fantastic reviews so it's next on my reading list.

Lastly, Kindle (currently reading):
Reboot by Amy Tintera
Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.

There's not one day I go without fangirling about this book. The romance just makes me melt and I love the characters, the plot and the emotions. I love a book to be fast paced and keeping me interested and this book serves those so well. I would definitely recommend this book and I can't wait to read the sequel. 

Did you get any new books lately? Which ones?

Due to the fact these books are unread, you can follow my 
progress at Goodreads.

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18 comments

  1. I am so interested in the Catcher in the Rye! I've heard many things about it, I can't wait to read it one day! I read To Kill a Mockingbird voluntarily, and I really enjoyed it and found it fascinating! But I don't recommend it if you're not into history though. Xx

    http://thoughtsintiffanyblue.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hmmm.... Well I think I'll give it a go :)
      Thank you!:) x

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  2. I've just found your blog and I think it's really inspiring, it will be an honor for me if you can visit mine too, and if you want to follow, it will be a pleasure to follow you back! :) <3

    Fashion gets Fierce.

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  3. Thank you soooo much! I've found some great reads from this list that I can't wait to get stuck into, especially 'It's kind of a funny story'
    Reinventing Neesha ♥

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  4. I watched the film 'It's Kind of a Funny Story' and I still haven't got round to reading it. Now you've mentioned it and put it back into my mind I think I will read it as part of my 2015 Reading Challenge, so thank you.
    Emily
    http://dreamuphappiness.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Ahhh, that's ok :) I want to watch the film but I always aim on not even seeing the trailer before I read the book because I want to be able to create my own interpretation of the characters :p

      Alice x
      alzgalz.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. This post totally inspired me to do a book haul on my blog! thanks for the inspiration x

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  6. To Kill A Mockingbird is my favourite book! Catcher in the Rye is also on my to read list this year :) x
    heymil.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I look forward to trying them both :)

      Alice x

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  7. Thanks so much for this post! I'm trying to read a book each week this year so this has definitely given me some ideas! I've already read to kill a mockingbird - it's really good :)

    Beth // Bethany Georgina

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    1. I think I'll be able to do a book every two weeks, one week is very ambitious :p
      Thank you!:)
      Alice x

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  8. this just makes my reading list 100 times longer! SO many good books, such little time!
    Katie x
    katie-louu.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. Ooooo some of these sound really interesting, I may have to pick some up once I've gotten through my unread ones that are sitting on my shelve.

    Kathryn
    nimblenote.blogspot.com

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