What I'm Reading This Week: 5th January, 2015

After a couple of weeks of nothing but ebooks, and with last week’s books still to finish off, I headed down the library this week to get some “real” books. I am an ebook convert and love their convenience but you can’t beat holding a book in your hands and turning the pages. Often, when I’m at the library I pick books which catch my eye and for no other reason. This week, though, all three books I chose were on my To Read list. They were:

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, no. 5 on my classic club list.

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Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harbouring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect life still continues, may be the cure for his
distress…

Rooms By Lauren Oliver because I read an review of it a few weeks ago (and which I now can’t find) which peaked my interest.

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Wealthy Richard Walker has just died, leaving behind his country house full of rooms packed with the detritus of a lifetime. His estranged family-bitter ex-wife Caroline, troubled teenage son Trenton, and unforgiving daughter Minna-have arrived for their inheritance. But the Walkers are not alone. Prim Alice and the cynical Sandra, long dead former residents bound to the house, linger within its claustrophobic walls. Jostling for space, memory, and supremacy, they observe the family, trading barbs and reminiscences about their past lives. Though their voices cannot be heard, Alice and Sandra speak through the house itself-in the hiss of the radiator, a creak in the stairs, the dimming of a light bulb. The living and dead are each haunted by painful truths that will soon surface with explosive force. When a new ghost appears, and Trenton begins to communicate with her, the spirit and human worlds collide-with cataclysmic results.

First up, though, is Stone Matress by Margaret Atwood, because she is probably my favourite author.

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A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late husband. An elderly lady with Charles Bonnet’s syndrome comes to terms with the little people she keeps seeing, while a newly-formed populist group gathers to burn down her retirement residence. A woman born with a genetic abnormality is mistaken for a vampire. And a crime committed long-ago is revenged in the Arctic via a 1.9 billion year old stromatalite.

And that’s it for this week. What are you planning on reading?

Emma

Once again, I’m linking in with Sheila at Book Journey, who has a weekly linky post, It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Click on the link to find out what Sheila and other book bloggers are reading.

12 comments
  1. Rooms and Stone Mattress are on my TBR. I need to find time to read those soon! Right now I am reading a novel called Sweetness# 9. It is only okay.

    1. Not heard of sweetness #9 – sounds like I may not want to? I can’t believe my books have made it from my to read list to by bookshelf so quickly – not like me at all!

  2. I’m an ebook convert, too, but feel the need for real books every so often. That’s a good thing, otherwise I’ll never make it through all the books on my shelves 😉

    1. I never thought I would be but they make life easier…I would need another house if I owned all my ebooks and those I got from the library!

  3. What a creepy cover Rooms has but it looks intriguing! I hope to see you around my blog

    Katelynn
    http://www.literarychameleon.blogspot.com

    1. It is isn’t it? I hope the book is too. Love a good ghost story. Will head over to your blog. Emma

  4. Rooms sounds great. So does Stone Mattress. I like Atwood’s earlier work but haven’t been a fan of some of her newer stuff.

    Deb

    1. I have high hopes for Rooms. I just love Atwood but her writing has changed. Think the last few have been hard going for a lot of people.

  5. I agree – there’s just nothing like holding a book in your hand! 🙂 Brave New World is on my Classics Club list, too, although I haven’t gotten to it yet. I hope you enjoy it!

    1. Much better than an eReader (though I wouldn’t throw my kindle out!). I read a review of Brave New World last week – think it will be heavy!

  6. You’ve reminded me that I have a copy of Stone Mattress somewhere. Maybe you can tempt me to find it and read it!

    1. I’ll try. Review should be up this week. I enjoyed it if that helps? Emma

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