Yeah, I’ve been pretty bad at getting up regular posts over the past 2 months, but honestly I haven’t actually read that much. University work is taking up way to much time and I just can’t spare any to uploading a review or read a book worthy of a review. I should think I’ll be like this until the end of May and then I’m free for the summer and I’ll be reading so much, you’ll probably get pissed off at seeing my posts on your dash. :P
Although I haven’t had time to read… that does not mean I haven’t had time to buy books. So yet again, here’s another book haul:
Katherine by Anya Seton
This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue. Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.
This book has been on my to be read shelf on Goodreads since I got my account and I’ve been intrigued about it for ages, other than the fact that my name is Catherine, it seems like a book I would enjoy.
Need by Carrie Jones
Zara White suspects there’s a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She’s also obsessed with phobias. And it’s true, she hasn’t exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane…but Zara’s pretty sure her mom just can’t deal with her right now.
She couldn’t be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara’s overactive imagination. In fact, he’s still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There’s something not right – not human – in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.
In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you’d have to fear.
I’ve never intended to read this series, I think the short length of the books appealed to me so I picked them up when I saw them in a charity shop. It’ll be a quick read, hopefully I’ll enjoy it.
Captivate by Carrie Jones
Not going to include a blurb here as its the second book in the Need series, don’t want to give it away!
Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
Every weekend, in basements and parking lots across the country, young men with good white-collar jobs and absent fathers take off their shoes and shirts and fight each other barehanded for as long as they have to. Then they go back to those jobs with blackened eyes and loosened teeth and the sense that they can handle anything. Fight Club is the invention of Tyler Durden, projectionist, waiter and dark, anarchic genius. And it’s only the beginning of his plans for revenge on a world where cancer support groups have the corner on human warmth.
Despite now owning 3 books by Chuck Palahniuk, I have yet to read one them. Its a project for the summer I think. :)
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Northern Iceland, 1829. A woman condemned to death for murdering her lover. A family forced to take her in. A priest tasked with absolving her. But all is not as it seems, and time is running out: winter is coming, and with it the execution date. Only she can know the truth. This is Agnes’s story.
A little bit different to what I normally read, but my aim this year is to read more adult books and stray a bit more from the Young Adult and Classic genres that I cling to.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell is an inventor, amateur entomologist, Francophile, letter writer, pacifist, natural historian, percussionist, romantic, Great Explorer, jeweller, detective, vegan, and collector of butterflies. When his father is killed in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Centre, Oskar sets out to solve the mystery of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. It is a search which leads him into the lives of strangers, through the five boroughs of New York, into history, to the bombings of Dresden and Hiroshima, and on an inward journey which brings him ever closer to some kind of peace.
Everyone seems to love this book so I grabbed it when I saw it in my university bookshop. I have no idea what to expect.