The summertime is soon coming to end. June and July have just flown by and we are already in August. I must say I feel depressed. Why does the summer feel so much shorter than winter? I am not sure where you are at the precise moment when you're reading this post, but I can honestly say that here is England we mostly experience cold, rain and wind all around the year! And summers are so short!!!
I, personally, am a warm person. I need the sun, the warmth, the flowers to experience happiness ( and of course thousands of books are a must!). So the only way I can see to get through this sad times is BOOK SHOPPING. As you probably by now guessed, it's the time of the month (for guys who reads this blog - I don't mean "my monthly gift from Mother Nature" like one very annoying advert presents it) to share with you the book treasures I found around local charity shops, supermarkets ( Yes Asda is still offering 3 for £10 on selected paperbacks - THANK GOD!!), various websites and bookstores. This month I have found some inspirations from watching some YouTube videos by two of my favourite vloggers TheArtsygal12 and thereadables (if you fancy knowing why I like them, check out their YouTube channels.).
AUGUST BOOK BONANZA
A BLOOD OF EDEN NOVEL: THE IMMORTAL RULES by Julie Kagawa
"My vampire creator told me this: 'Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being. The question is not IF it will happen, but WHEN. Do you understand?'
I didn't then, not really. I DO NOW!"
In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity. She must decide WHAT - and WHO - are worth dying for.
A BLOOD OF EDEN NOVEL: THE ETERNITY CURE by Julie Kagawa
"The virus must be stopped. No matter what the cost. No matter what the sacrifice. Mankind's survival depends on us."
Allison Sekemoto died so that she might live. As a Vampire, she faces the rise of a deadly new plague to her kind. Allison thought that Immortality was forever. Now Eternity itself hangs in the balance...
INKHEART by Cornelia Funke
Dare to read it aloud...
Meggie loves stories, but her father, Mo, hasn't read aloud to her since her mother mysteriously disappeared.
When a stranger knocks at their door, Mo is forced to reveal an extraordinary secret - when he reads aloud, words come alive, and dangerous characters step out of the pages.
Suddenly, Meggie is living the kind of adventure she has only read about in books, but this one will change her live for ever.
GONE by Michael Grant
299 hours 54 minutes
'Suddenly it's a world without adults and normal has crashed and burned. When life as you know it ends at 15, everything changes. '
A small town in southern California: In the blink of an eye everyone over the age of 15 disappears. Cut off form the outside world, those that are left are trapped, and there's no help on the way. Chaos rules the streets.
Now a new world order is rising and, even scarier, some survivors have power - mutant power that no one has ever seen before...
'Escapism just doesn't get better than this.. '
GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
'There are two sides to every story..'
Who are you?
What have we done to each other?
These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.
So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?
RUNAWAY by Emily MacKenzie
'Wild child. Working girl. Survivor.'
'It was as if Pandora's Box had opened. The course of my life changed and in one moment I went from being a cherished child to an abused child. I was marked.'
Adopted at birth in 1956, Emily enjoyed a golden childhood, attending private schools and going to dancing lessons. Things changed when Emily was seven years old and her mother turned on her, suddenly viewing her daughter as a rival. She became addicted to beating her and encouraged her new husband, a narcissistic bully, to use his rhino-whip on her. By the time Emily was twelve, he was sexually abusing her.
Emily found her way into the care system, where she was vulnerable to the worst excesses of male violence. She ran away to London and was drawn into life as underage prostitute, servicing perverted clients. It was only when she was almost murdered that she turned her life around.
Set principally between 1966 and 1972, RUNAWAY is a shocking book that brilliantly capture the sleazy Soho of the period, and exposes the frightening conditions in which many children are kept in care. What happened to Emily must never be allowed to happen again.
RECONSTRUCTING AMELIA by Kimberly McCreight
'How well do you know your own daughter?'
Single mother and lawyer Kate Baron is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a telephone call. Her daughter Amelia has just been suspended from her exclusive prep school. When Kate eventually arrives at Grace Hall an hour later, she is greeted by the news that no mother ever wants to hear.
A grieving Kate can't accept that her daughter would kill herself. But she soon discovers she didn't know Amelia quite as well as she thought. Who are the friends she kept, what are the secrets she hid?
'HOW MUCH WOULD YOU TELL YOUR MOTHER?'
And so begins the investigation which takes her deep into Amelia's private world - and into the mind of a troubled young girl.
Then Kate receives an anonymous text: AMELIA DIDN'T JUMP.
Is someone toying with her or has she been right all along? To find the truth about her daughter, Kate must now face a darker reality than she could ever have imagined.
FIREFLY LANE by Kristin Hannah
"Firefly lane is a story you'll never forget and one you'll want to pass on to your best friend..."
In the turbulent summer of 1974, Kate Mularkey has accepted her place at the bottom of the social food-chain at school. Then, to her amazement, the 'coolest girl in the world' moves in across the street and wants to be her friend. Tully Hart seems to have it all - beauty, brains, ambition. On the surface they are as opposite as two people can be, but they make a pact to be best friends forever; by summer's end they've become TullyandKate. Inseparable.
For thirty years Tully and Kate buoy each other through life, weathering the storms of friendship, jealousy, anger, hurt and resentment. Tully follows her ambition to find fame and success. Kate knows that all she wants is to fall in love and have a family but what she doesn't know is how being a wife and a mother will change her. They think they've survived it all until a single act of betrayal tears them apart and puts their courage and lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.
Firefly lane is the story of a generation of women who were both blessed and cursed by choices and is a story for every woman who knows her best friend is the one person who really, truly, understands her...
THE EDGE OF NEVER by J. A. Redmerski
Twenty-year-old Camryn has always known that she wants a life less ordinary. But when tragedy strikes, she boards the next bus leaving town, destination unknown. On a journey of self-discovery, she meets another lost soul, Andrew Parrish, who harbours his own dark secrets...
Andrew shows Cam what it's like to live by your own rules and how good it feels to give in to your deepest, darkest desires. But the dark shadow of Andrew's secret is looming. Will it push them together - or tear them apart forever?
THE INCREDIBLE ONLINE SENSATION
THE CASUAL VACANCY by J.K. Rowling
In the idyllic small town of Pagford, a councillor dies and leaves a 'casual vacancy' - an empty seat on Parish Council.
In the election for his successor that follows, it is clear that behind the pretty surface this is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, wives at war with husbands, teachers at war with pupils... Pagford is not what it first seems.
From the smallest of elections in a sleepy British town, J. K. Rowling conjures an epic, emotional and compulsively readable tale that has had millions of readers hooked.
ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell
One extraordinary love.
Eleanor... Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough...Eleanor.
Park... He knows she'll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets the punch line. There's a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises... Park.
Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.
So here are my picks for the month of August. I know it's a long list but I just cannot stop buying books and then sharing these little pieces of souls with you . My favourite saying at the moment says:
"A READER LIVES A THOUSAND LIVES BEFORE HE DIES. THE MAN WHO NEVER READS LIVES ONLY ONE."
I am not sure about you, but I would rather be the person who lived and experience the thousand lives that die with the experience of only one. Each of these books offers a different story. Each of them will take you on a different journey through a world of someone else's imagination. If you are like me, you will be one of the characters. You might be the main protagonist, or the supporting character on the sidelines. But I am confident, that when you read these books, you will discover something new of your own character you never knew it was there before.
So HAPPY READING LOVELIES xXx