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Deals of the Moment- August 2016 (Part 3)


Every month amazon has a set of kindle monthly deals. Whenever there are deals of interest I post on here. Links are associate links but money goes back into the blog.

So I’m going to briefly talk about the books I’ve read which are on offer, and those that I have bought myself. Why I liked them/bought them, and what they are about. End links are to the amazon page, any other links are to my reviews.

I have 28 tabs of deals open this month so I’m breaking this post into three parts; this part (part 3) is books I’m interested in. Part 1 was books I’ve already read, and, part two was books I own/can borrow but haven’t read yet,

Please note prices are correct at time of publishing and may be subject to change.


A Year of Marvellous Ways- Sarah Winman

I’m mainly interested in this because I enjoyed ‘When God Was a Rabbit‘ (it was one of my first ARCs too).  It’s about an old woman and a solider.

You can buy it…here (only £0.99)


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas- Hunter S. Thompson

I partly want to read this because it’s a modern day classic, and partly because it’s on the Rory List. It’s about drugs and the collapse of the American Dream.

You can buy it,,,here (only £1.99)


Emma- Alexander McCall Smith

I enjoyed the original Jane Austen Emma, and I like Alexander McCall Smith’s writing so I would be interested to see his take on the classic

You can buy it…here (only £1.99)



All the Light We Cannot See- Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard really good things about this World War novel, and I love world war novels, I’m not sure how I haven’t acquired this one yet.

Buy it…here (only £1.99)

 


Orange is the New Black- Piper Kerman

I guess just because I am addicted to the show but raced through the latest series. About a woman in a woman’s prison. Probably the one on this list I’m ;east likely to buy.

Buy it…here (only £1.99) Buy the others in the series, Charlotte Grey, and Birdsong, for £4.99 each.


 

 

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Post a Week 33% Gone


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Today Post a Day/Post a Week have put up a post to tell us all that we are 33% of the way through our goal (which is a third of the year, can you believe how fast it’s going?

Anyway to honour this time Post a Week are asking about what our favourite posts in our journals have been this year…there are quite a few I’m pretty proud of, in no particular order

Review of One of Our Thursdays is Missing

I was looking forward to this book for such a long time, and I had lots of expectations from having read the rest of the Thursday Next series, from reading other peoples reviews of the book and from going to see Jasper Fforde when it was released, so it made for a pretty good review book I think.

Review of When God Was a Rabbit

I got this book early and I was eager to let everyone else out there know what it was like before it was released, I think I did pretty good in describing how the book was without giving too much away, although maybe I was a little heavier than I would have liked on the spoiler tags. It’s also one of my most frequently visited reviews.

Musings: The Popularity Contest

In this post I talked about how hype and popularity can effects a readers approach to books. This is one of my posts with the most ammount of comments, I think only blog hop posts come higher

What are some of your favourite posts on your journal? On my journal? And on other journals?

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When God was a Rabbit- Sarah Winman


This book was sent to me in return for my review. It is one of the Waterstone’s 11, you can read my review of the first chapter here

Synopsis (from Amazon)

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction.

Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

Review

I was glad to find that When God was a Rabbit didn’t carry on exactly as the first chapter had. Although I enjoyed the first chapter I felt like too much happened at one and if that had carried on the book would have been too plot driven for my taste. I can enjoy plot driven books but I never find that they really get into my mind and stay with me, I can say I thought about When God was a Rabbit when not reading it. It was still very readable, which is an element sometimes lost for more ponderous writing. Although at times there wasn’t a great deal happening a sense of atmosphere was really well built and the characters were easily loveable. I especially liked Elly- although that may be simply because I got to know her the best. I didn’t like Joe so much, there was something a little self serving about him, but I can see why he might be like that considering certain events (highlight for spoiler)I think maybe he was trying to protect himself from further heartbreak, especially considering the way he was towards Charlie the second time. I also think that he maybe was trying to protect himself from hearing another secret from Elly, a secret that effected both their lives, or even trying to stop himself from revealing it.

I did find the synopsis on the back of the book a little misleading, it suggested that it was a story of a brother and sister, it was that but it was also much more, it was a story about family, and friends, and life. I must admit on reading the synopsis thinking that it was a story about a brother and sister put me off a little, and I may never have really wanted to read it without more information.

I’m glad I did read it though. It was very touching, and sad, and funny. Really quite beautiful. If I had to say anything bad about it I would say that it was maybe a bit too issue-y and that made it a little far-fetched and unbelievable. I also did have a feeling at the end that some things had not been revealed, although if you tried to get me to tell you what I don’t think I could, at least not without a re-read.

4.5/5

When God was a Rabbit is released on 3rd March

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The Waterstone’s 11: When God was a Rabbit


The Waterstone’s 11 is a list of 11 books by 11 debut authors which will be released in 2011. Books that they think are worth reading. They’ve provided a sample from each book on their website, and I’m going to read every one.

The first is When God was a Rabbit- Sarah Winman

Synopsis

WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT is an incredibly exciting debut from an extraordinary new voice in fiction. Spanning four decades, from 1968 onwards, this is the story of a fabulous but flawed family and the slew of ordinary and extraordinary incidents that shape their everyday lives. It is a story about childhood and growing up, loss of innocence, eccentricity, familial ties and friendships, love and life. Stripped down to its bare bones, it’s about the unbreakable bond between a brother and sister.

Thoughts from synopsis

This sounds quite interesting. I’m a bit up and down about family saga type novels, if they are done well they can be really good, but sometimes they can drag a bit. I like that it sounds like it will be a bit more interesting that some family sagas and that it may have heart in it

Thoughts from sample

Wow that is a lot to happen in 20 pages. I liked it but felt like the writer was trying to keep the plot going with lots of events rather than the bits in-between, after a while that might get to much. Having said that it made me laugh, and I can imagine that it could make me cry when I feel more in-touch with the characters. I liked the tone, pretty easy to read and engage with, at the beginning at least it reminded me a little of Middlesex, it had a similar tone and it sounded like the topic could even be similar. I certainly would be interested in reading more, if not all of it.

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