What I’m Reading This Week: 11th May, 2015

As today is the start of Bout of Books, I am a woman on a mission this week to read, read, read. Which means something will probably come up and I’ll get nothing read. Still, here are the books I think I might attempt…

Insurgent by Veronica Roth (because I finally read Divergent and really enjoyed it)

11735983One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves – and herself – while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable – and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

Moth by James Sallis (because Sallis is one of my favourite authors)

14436807Lew Griffin has quit the detective business and withdrawn to the safety of his old home in New Orleans’ Garden District, where he copes with his past by transforming it into fiction. Following the death of a close friend, he returns to the streets– not only the urban ones he has conquered but also those of the rural South that he escaped long ago– to search for the runaway daughter he didn’t know that his friend had. Griffin discovers that we rarely know anyone, even those closest to us. And he now finds that he must also face two things he most fears: memories of his parents and his own relationship with his now-vanished son.

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter (because I meant to read this the other week but didn’t get round to)

22716411Deep in the woods of northern England, somewhere between a dilapidated estate and an abandoned Victorian asylum, fifteen-year-old Jane Standen lived through a nightmare. She was babysitting a sweet young girl named Lily, and in one fleeting moment, lost her. The little girl was never found, leaving her family and Jane devastated. Twenty years later, Jane is an archivist at a small London museum that is about to close for lack of funding. As a final research project–an endeavor inspired in part by her painful past–Jane surveys the archives for information related to another missing person: a woman who disappeared more than one hundred years ago in the same woods where Lily was lost. As Jane pieces moments in history together, a portrait of a fascinating group of people starts to unfurl. Inexplicably tied to the mysterious disappearance of long ago, Jane finds tender details of their lives at the country estate and in the asylum that are linked to her own heartbroken world, and their story from all those years ago may now help Jane find a way to move on.

My goal is three books and I hope it will be these three.  Have you read any of them – am I in for a good week of reading?

Happy reading!


Bout of Books

Next week, starting Monday, is Bout of Books, a week long read-a-thon organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It’s a low pressure read-a-thon, where you set your own goals and take part in daily challenges and giveaways if you can, plus a couple of Twitter chats. The low pressure nature of it is what I like.

Bout of Books

This is actually the 13th “bout” but only my second – I did my first last year and really enjoyed it but the timing hasn’t been right since then.  Next week is a pretty clear one for me, though, so I’m taking part again.  Book wise, I haven’t picked anything yet (though having finally read Divergent, I’m thinking I might go for book 2 in the series) but am going to try stretching myself and read three books plus take part in each of the daily challenges.

I’ll update on Twitter and through this post throughout the week. It should be fun and hopefully I’ll read some good books, pick up some good tips and maybe find some new book blogs. If you want to join in or find out more check out the bout of book blog here.  Wish me luck!

Update (11th May): Day one down and 100 pages into Insurgent. Really enjoying it. 

Update (13th May): I am three days in and one and a half books down. I started with Insurgent as planned (see my What I’m Reading This Week post) but then couldn’t wait to know what happened next so abandoned my plans and went straight to Allegient. Am about 100 pages in and going strong. 

Oh and I managed to actually complete a challenge set by Kristina Hornerby writing a very bad Haiku (also my first):

Girl decides to wear black
Gets a tattoo and falls in love
Brings down powers that be

Update (15th May): finished Allegient (didn’t see that coming!) and started on The World Before Us. Struggled a bit at first but really enjoying it now, about 20% in.


My Holiday Reads (Bout of Books)

This week, I’m on holiday, which is lovely. Not just for the break but for the fact that it means I’ll be able to just read. To make sure I do, and don’t get distracted by the TV too much, I thought I would set myself a challenge, linking in with Bout of Books Read-a-thon. The read-a-thon is a week, starting Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th and is a reading competition with yourself – set the number of books you plan to read and try to achieve it.

I’ve set myself a challenge of four books and will update via twitter as I go. They are:

1. Middlemarch by George Elliot


2. The Long Legged Fly by James Sallis

The Long-Legged Fly (Lew Griffin, #1)

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