Sunday, 13 December 2015

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged (80)

Bought, Borrowed and Bagged hosted by Talk Supe is a weekly meme where you can share your book haul, ongoing events and news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead.
Please Note: All images link back to their GR pages.

New Books
Since last time I did a haul post I have accidentally aquired a lot of new books and Christmas is so close so goodness knows how I'm ever going to read everything I own. As you will notice with the first lot of books, there is a little theme happening here. Not only did I splurge on George Orwell books but I did so because of the designer of the covers - David Pearson - he did a guest lecture at my university and ideally I wanted to purchase a complete set of the great idea volumes but they're expensive so I settled on this mismatched set he did instead.
Nineteen Eighty-Four Why I Write Books v. Cigarettes
Politics and the English Language
Decline of the English Murder Some Thoughts on the Common Toad 
For my current university project we kind of got to do what we wanted as long as its on the city, I took ages making my decision because I don't actually know much about Sheffield. For me its just the city I'm in whilst I'm studying y'know? Anyway its ended up very book related - more on that later - so I've been visiting a bunch of second hand book shops and a few books have made their way home with me.

Startled by his furry shorts and Blameless helped to start completing series that I need to finish at some point. Ben Elton was recently recomended to me by my boyfriend so I had to grab this, Cat's Eye is full of annotation that I just fell in love with, and of course I couldn't turn down a King book.
Startled by His Furry Shorts! (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #7) High Society Cat's Eye Gerald's Game Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3)
Afterworlds and Soundless were both picked up on my exploration of smaller book shops in Sheffield, though not second hand, and I'm back home now to find Tempting the Best Man there for me... and I don't really know where it came from? I didn't buy it and it says the invoice is for the publishers so perhaps its a review copy? But I honestly dont know.
Afterworlds Soundless Tempting the Best Man (Gamble Brothers)

Monday, 16 November 2015

Review: Double Click by Lisa Becker

Double Click
by Lisa Becker

Series: Click #2
Genre: Romance / Contemporary
Length: 308 pages
Published on 26th March 2013 by Create Space
Purchase: Amazon / B&N
Lisa Becker: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Copy recieved from author

Fans of the romantic hit Click: An Online Love Story will enjoy another voyeuristic dive into the lives of Renee, Shelley, Ashley, Mark and Ethan, as Double Click picks up with their lives six months later. Are Renee and Ethan soul mates? Does Mark ever go on a date? Has Shelley run out of sexual conquests in Los Angeles? Will Ashley's judgmental nature sabotage her budding relationship? Through a marriage proposal, wedding, new baby and unexpected love twist, Double Click answers these questions and more. Readers will continue to cheer, laugh, cry and cringe following the email exploits of Renee and friends.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Read, Play, Blog: Zombie Apocalypse Survival Team

Read Play Blog 2
"Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away."

Surprise zombie apocalpyse! Which three game characters are on your survival team?

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Review: Silence by Natasha Preston

by Natasha Preston

Series: Silence #1
Genre: Young Adult / Romance
Length: 219 pages
Published on 18th October 2012 by CreateSpace
Purchase: Amazon / B&N / The Book Depository
Natasha Preston: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Freebie from amazon

Synopsis: For eleven years, Oakley Farrell has been silent. At the age of five, she stopped talking, and no one seems to know why. Refusing to communicate beyond a few physical actions, Oakley remains in her own little world.

Bullied at school, she has just one friend, Cole Benson. Cole stands by her, refusing to believe that she is not perfect the way she is. Over the years, they have developed their own version of a normal friendship. However, will it still work as they start to grow even closer?

When Oakley is forced to face someone from her past, can she hold her secret in any longer?

Silence follows Oakley an abuse survivor, just about.

She hasn't spoken for eleven years because of this and whilst it takes most of the book to give the full details on the events that happened, its fairly easy to figure them out earlier on.

Having the main protagonist not speak, at all, was surely an interesting take on things and interesing to read. 

It made the blossoming of hers and Cole's friendship into relationship really intersting and sweet because it illustrated just how well they knew each other regardless of the fact the conversation was one sided. He knew her expressions and feelings very well.

Another positive thing about this book was seeing how much stronger she had gotten over the years when having to face the past very suddenly. 

However I overall felt very meh about this book. I wanted to thoroughly enjoy it but the actual confrontation and resolution of the problem was very rushed and brushed over, if almost like an after thought that having the story be only on her and Cole's relationship was too drab? - it wasn't. 

Then there are the few chapters we get from Cole's point of view... they were just 'eh?

Once the secret is revealed Oakleys decision to deal with it is to move to Australia. She's spent 11 years living with the secret, growing as best she could, starting a relationship, and finally getting the justice she deserves and she ups and leaves.

Part of me agrees this makes sense, but another part makes me feel like a move of house would've been better considering she had already made such progress where she was.

I'm just super conflicted with this book, and after much thought I wont be continuing the series.
2.5 stars / 5 stars
Other books in this series
Broken Silence (Silence, #2) Players, Bumps and Cocktail Sausages (Silence, #3) Silent Night (Silence, #3.5)