Monday, 28 January 2013

Book Releases To Look Forward To In 2013

Here are a few books that I’m looking forward to that are coming out in 2013:

Inferno - Dan Brown
We can look forward to the return of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown’s new thriller ‘Inferno’. Always gripping, and a nice, easy read.

Amazon says:
Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.’

Wedding Night - Sophie Kinsella
I always look forward to the next Sophie Kinsella novel- she never fails to disappoint! They’re usually light and funny, this one sounds like it is going to be just as good as the rest.

Amazon says:
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose during lunch at one of London’s fanciest restaurants. But when his big question involves a trip abroad, not a trip down the aisle, she’s completely crushed. So when Ben, an old flame, calls her out of the blue and reminds Lottie of their pact to get married if they were both still single at thirty, she jumps at the chance. No formal dates—just a quick march to the altar and a honeymoon on Ikonos, the sun-drenched Greek island where they first met years ago.
 Their family and friends are horrified. Fliss, Lottie’s older sister, knows that Lottie can be impulsive—but surely this is her worst decision yet. And Ben’s colleague Lorcan fears that this hasty marriage will ruin his friend’s career. To keep Lottie and Ben from making a terrible mistake, Fliss concocts an elaborate scheme to sabotage their wedding night. As she and Lorcan jet off to Ikonos in pursuit, Lottie and Ben are in for a honeymoon to remember, for better . . . or worse.

Requiem Lauren Oliver
Third instalment of the Delirium trilogy- a new trilogy that is set to become a film. The first book is called ‘Delirium’ and is all about a dystopian future where love can be cured.

Amazon says:
Lena can build the walls, but what if there's no one left to take them down? The powerful, heartbreaking conclusion to one of the most eagerly awaited, talked-about series is here.

Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
This sounds very intriguing...

Amazon says:
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here isKate Atkinson at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.

Nine Lives – S J Watson
I loved ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ so cannot wait to read S J Watson’s new book! There is no blurb yet as it’s not being released until September but watch this space!

The Accidental Apprentice – Vikas Swarup
From the author of ‘Q & A’ (AKA Slumdog Millionaire) and ‘Six Suspects’ (which I really enjoyed!) comes ‘The Accidental Apprentice’. It sounds like it’s going to be another fantastic read!

Amazon says:
Life pivots on a few key moments. This is one of them. Sapna Sinha works in an electronics store in downtown Delhi. She hates her job, but she is ambitious and determined to succeed, and she knows without the money she brings in, her family won't be able to survive. Little does she know it but her life is about to change forever. As she leaves the shop on her lunchbreak one day, she is approached by a man who claims to be CEO of one of India's biggest companies. He tells her he is looking for an heir for his business empire. And that he has decided it should be her. There are just seven tests she must pass. And then the biggest lottery ticket of all time will be hers.’

What do you think? Any take your fancy? Do you know of any more books coming out this year that I have not mentioned?

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes

I expected this to be a chick lit type of book that would be light-hearted, funny and a nice cosy read to escape the January blues. It’s so much more than that.

This book attracted me because it’s been in Amazon’s bestsellers list for over a year now and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I have never read anything by Jojo Moyes before but I will be buying her other books now.

I literally could not put it down and when I physically had to (to work, eat and eventually sleep) I was thinking about it constantly.

It provokes so many questions. About life and death, about euthanasia and suicide, about disabilities, about love, about jobs and money. The concerns of the characters allow you to relate to them- being unemployed and experiencing the job centre during this recession, supporting your family and worrying about money. But it also gives you an insight into much bigger problems that exist, that the majority of us do not come into contact with everyday- such as living life as a quadriplegic, after a tragic accident, and for the people that care for him.

It’s so thought-provoking, moving and incredibly gripping. It’s sad in places but I would not call this a sad book (I really don’t like sad books so please don’t be put off by thinking that this is one). This is definitely not a chick lit. Do not underestimate it. This book is about life: the fragility and the meaning of living life. I would highly recommend it for a powerful read and one that will stay in your mind for weeks after.

Has anyone else read this book? If so, what do you think of the ending?
And has anyone read any more Jojo Moyes books that you can recommend?

Sunday, 6 January 2013

When God was a Rabbit – Sarah Winman

This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be a light and easy read (as portrayed by the title and the front cover), but it was actually very deep and quite dark in parts.

It tells the story of Elly, her family and her best friend Jenny. The book reads like an autobiography of the most important moments of Elly’s life. It is divided into two parts; childhood and adulthood, both of which are told through Elly’s voice.

One of the biggest and most central themes of this book is family. Elly is very close to her family, particularly her brother Joe. She, and we, see a contrast in that of her best friend Jenny who comes from a broken home and who longs to be a part of Elly’s family. Love in all its forms is also a key theme to this book. Both these themes are expressed in a way that feels very true to life. The effect of devastating moments or world tragedies on the family and relationships is conveyed throughout.

I found the writing slightly confusing in places, such as how old Elly was supposed to be at certain times, and to whom she was talking to. Despite some terrible events happening in her life, Elly always seems quite detached, providing an almost dry commentary. I’m left feeling a little confused about her, and did not particularly warm to her.

This is not really my sort of book if I’m honest. A lot of people have really raved about how good this book is and for that reason alone I wanted to give it a chance- and others should too. I can appreciate that it is a good book and can be quite gripping in parts, so I would recommend it to fans of Mark Haddon or such like. I will not be keeping it however, and would like to read a much lighter book next!

Has anyone else read this book? I would love to hear other people’s opinions on it- please comment if you have!