Friday, 6 June 2014

Reading Challenge : Richard & Judy's Book Club - Summer 2014

I have joined a book club.. my first EVER. I have been a member of Goodreads for quite some time, I've been sharing my reviews and book news with you guys even longer. But I have never joined a book club... well until now.

I have been eyeing Richard & Judy's Book Club by WH Smith for quite some time. They seem to always introduce us to some great stories which usually end up on the best-seller's lists or leave an everlasting impression on their readers. THE NIGHT CIRCUS is a prime example. I have been pondering with the idea of purchasing the books each season but somehow, something always managed to ruin my tries. Either it was non-functioning website, low bank account balance or just simply the ability to be lost without my diary to remind to purchase the books. But this time, I have finally managed to purchase the bundle... which brings me here.. To my 2nd reading challenge for the summer.

8 books. 8 different authors. 8 unique stories. 8 book reviews to come.

I will try to read it at the same time as my 12 Summer Reads book which takes me up to 20 books and their reviews this summer. It seems that the Summer 2014 is all about being lost in the wonderful world of literature. And I am not complaining !!

Let's have a closer look at the list! And don't forget, it all starts 1st June 2014! Be there!!!

EENY MEENY  by M. J. Arlidge

One lives and one dies. No choice. 

The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. 

Days later, another desperate escapee is found - and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice : kill or be killed.
Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind ?
Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors - living calling card - who hold the key to the case. 
And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die...

MAD ABOUT YOU by Sinead Moriarty

Emma, James and the kids have just arrived in London. It's a big move, and Emma is uncertain it was the right choice. But with a new job, a new nanny and new neighbours to get used to, she hasn't time to worry. 
Yet, as James's hours grow longer and longer, and the time they spend together ever briefer, she wonders why they moved at all. 
Then the texts arrive: flirtatious ones to him - and demeaning, dismissive ones to her. 
And Emma discovers she has a rival. One who James swears does not exist - yet who begins to tear her marriage apart. 
Emma wants to save her family from this unknown stranger. But how can she when the stranger seems to know her life and fears better than she does herself?

DEAR THINGS by Julie Cohen

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily has offered to give them the one thing they most wanted. 
But Romily wasn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire - and even destroy their marriage. 
Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make...


Ten-year-old Abdullah would do anything for his younger sister. In a life of poverty and struggle, with no mother to care for them, Pari is the only person who brings Abdullah happiness. For her, he will trade his only pair of shoes to give her a feather for her treasured collection. When their father sets off with Pari across the desert to Kabul in search of work, Abdullah is determined not to be separated from her. Neither brother nor sister know what this fateful journey will bring them. 

BEFORE WE MET by Lucie Whitehouse

A whirlwind romance. 
A perfect marriage. 

Hannah Reilly has seized her chance at happiness. Until the day her husband doesn't come home...
Can you ever really know what happened before we met?

AN OFFICER AND A SPY  by Robert Harris

It was the most infamous miscarriage of justice in history. 

Paris, 1895: an army officer, Georges Picquart, watches a convicted spy, Alfred Dreyfus, being publicly humiliated in front of a baying crowd. 
Dreyfus is exiled for life to Devil's Island, Picquart is promoted to run the intelligence unit that tracked him down. 
But when Picquart discovers that secrets are still being handed over to the Germans, he is drawn into a dangerous labyrinth of deceit and corruption that threatens not just his honour but his life...

THE LIE by Helen Dunmore

Cornwall, 1920

A young man stands looking out to sea. 
Behind him the horror of trenches, and the most intense relationship of his life. 
Ahead of him the terrible unforeseen consequences of a lie. 

I AM PILGRIM by Terry Hayes

A young woman murdered in a run-down Manhattan hotel. 
A father publicly beheaded in the blistering sun of Saudi Arabia. 
A man's eyes stolen from his living body as he leaves a secret Syrian research laboratory. 
Smouldering human remains on a mountainside in the Hindu Kush.
A plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity. 
One thread that binds them all. 
One man to take the journey. 

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