Sunday, 7 September 2014

Book Haul Time (#3)

Paper Towns by John Green

'Quentin Jacobson has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his like - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows. 

After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues - and they're for him. Urged fdown a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees of the girl he thought he knew.' 

My sister was cleaning her room the other day and was sorting her bookshelves out and since she had all of the John Green books in hardback, she ended up giving me her copy of 'Paper Towns'. 

Paper Swans by Jessica Thompson 

'Ben Lawrence seems to have it all - the hot job. the flashy car. the luxurious apartment. But one tragic day in his past mars his future. 

Since the events of that day he hasn't truly got close to anyone. 

He made a promise that love was the price he would pay for his mistakes. 

When Effy Jones - a bright, ambitious charity founder - walks into the PR firm where Ben works, neither realise that their lives are about to be turned upside down. 

Paper Swans tells the story of how love can conquer all, and how when everything is broke one person can help put the pieces together. 

I ended up requesting this book off of BookBridgr because it seems like a pretty good read. Since then, I've one or two people say that this is a really good book.  

Naomi & Ely's No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan 

' Any great friendship can be as confusing, treacherous, inspiring, and wonderful as any great romance. 

Naomi and Ely have been best friends forever. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their "No Kiss List"  of people neither of them are allowed to kiss. 

And this work fine- until Bruce. 

Bruce is Naomi's boyfriend, so there's no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce - and the resulting fallout is going to shake up the world!' 

I'm pretty interested in seeing what happens with this one. I read two of their other books that they had wrote together. I liked one and really disliked the other. So, I'm wondering where this one is going to fall. 

Lord of the Flies by William Golding 

'William Golding's compelling story about a group of a very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has become a classic. At first, it seems as though it's all going to be great fun; but the fun before long become furious and life on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death. As ordinary standards of behaviour collapse, the whole world the boys know collapses with them - the world of cricket and homework and adventure stories - and another world is revealed beneath, primitive and terrible.' 

Lord of the Flies is one book that I've been dying to read for ages so when my sister was clearing out her bookshelves, I was more than happy to take it off of her. 
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

'"Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."

A lawyer's advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic novel - a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the eyes of young Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explored with rich humour and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes towards race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice - but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.' 

I read this book when I was in year nine and loved it. I really badly wanted a copy, so this was another books that my sister gave to me because she wanted a different cover of the book. 
Looking for Alaska by John Green 

'Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave "Great Perhaps," (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. Then he heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart. 

After. Nothing is ever the same. 

Yet another book from my sister, since she had the hardbacks of the John Green books.
The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne 

'Apparently I'm boring. A nobody. But that's all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you're very welcome. 

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behinds words. Most of the time she hates her life. her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she's told she needs to start living a life worth writing about. The Manifesto On How To Be Interesting is born. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.'

I loved Soulmates by Holly Bourne so when I found out she was writing another book I knew that I had to get it and some point. I ended up buying it at Waterstones and I'm not all too far into the book at the moment but I am absolutely loving it. So, I can't wait to see where this plot line goes. 
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell 

'Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telecreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers that the true price of freedom is betrayal.' 

Really looking forward about reading this one. Another one that my sister gave me and one that I've had my eye on for for a while. Really excited to delve into it.  
Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan 

'It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who has just walked into his bands show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City - and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion and excitement of a first date. 

So many books that I've taken off my sister and this was another one of them. Admittedly, I have already read this one and didn't particularly like it, but it was one that I got off my sister and then read.
The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High by Laurie Boyle Crompton 

'Shannon's "clique" is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that just won't go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is then new hidden cameras reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with the secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things that Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she's willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.' 

This one had been quite recently added to my wishlist when I had received in a book swap.
Love... Under Different Skies by Nick Spalding

'Even on the other side of the world, problems always have a way of finding you. 

Sometimes, the hardest part of staying together is keeping a straight face. 

Ever wish you could leave all your problems behind and make a fresh start somewhere else? Trade the stresses and strains of everyday life for your own slice of sun-kissed paradise on the other side of the world?

Jamie and Laura Newman certainly have. 

When Jamie's spectacular meltdown at work results in him being handed his P45, and Laura finds her working days end up with her rugby tackling defenceless pensioners in the high street, a move ten thousand miles away sounds ideal. After all, it might mend some of the cracks that have appeared in their marriage over the past few months...

So when Laura is offered a new job in Australia, the Newman family think their dreams have come true. But as the old saying goes - be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. As the hapless couple soon find out, problems have a way of following you, no matter how far you go to avoid them. 

Can love survive under different skies?'

Another one that was quite a new addition to my wishlist and one that I ended up getting in a book swap along with 'The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High'. 
The 100 by Kass Morgan

'No one has set foot on Earth in centuries - until now. 

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.'

I had heard so much talk about the TV show and was really interested in what it was about then when I saw the book in Waterstones and read the blurb, I really wanted to pick it up. I'm really excited to read this one!
If I Stay by Gayle Foreman 

'On a day that started out like any other, Mia had everything: a loving family, a gorgeous, admiring boyfriend, and a bright future full of music and full of choices. In an instant, almost all of that is taken from her. Caught between life and death, between a happy past and an unknowable future, Mia spends one critical day contemplating the only decision she has left. It is the most important decision she will ever make.' 

I know that this has been made into a film and I watched the trailer and nearly cried. When I found out that this was a book, I really, really wanted it. So, along with 'The 100' I ended up buying it on a trip to Waterstones. 

So, that's been my book haul and I really can't complain with the books that I have. Some I've started, some I've finished and some I am still waiting to pick up. 

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