Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

The City

The City by Dean Koontz. I’ve never read a Koontz book before and I was expecting suspense/mystery, but that’s not what this book is at all. I don’t even know how to describe it yet. I’m only a few chapters in and so far I just think it’s a little odd. I’m hoping I just haven’t gotten to the main plot yet.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Gone

Gone by Anna Bloom. I’m going to be part of the blog tour for this book, so I got a review copy and I’m anxious to start it. I actually might put The City on hold for a bit to read this instead.

What are you reading?

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And the Winner Is….

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Thank you to everyone that participated in my very first giveaway for my 1 year Blogaversary! The winner is:

Heather from Cook’s Reviews!

Heather, I have sent you an e-mail for your book choice.

Thank you again to all those who joined the fun and to everyone for making my first year of blogging a fun experience!

Cover Reveal: Gone by Anna Bloom

Title: Gone
Author: Anna Bloom
Genre: Mature YA (intended for readers ages 16-19)
Publication: July 28th, 2014
Rebecca Walters harbours a dark secret, and as the fifty-three bangles she wears on her wrists as a self-imposed sentence of guilt remind her, she can’t even begin to consider moving on. Not after what happened on that night six months ago… a night which she can’t remember and yet managed to change her life forever.
When Rebecca comes across Joshua Adams, man equally haunted by past tragedies, on a moonlit beach, both of their lives are destined to change forever, and when the girl made out of the sun meets the boy made out of the moon and sea, anything can happen… but will the knowledge of their murky pasts bring them together or drive them apart?
Will Rebecca finally be able to claim her freedom? Will she stay and fight to be the girl she found on the sandy beaches of Cornwall or is she destined to keep running and hiding from a past that won’t stay Gone? One thing’s for certain: either way, nothing will ever be the same again.

Anna Bloom is a contemporary romance writer who writes about life as it happens. Combining a busy schedule of looking after two small children whilst working in a local school and completing The Uni Files series she also spends a lot of time imagining kissing hot guys – all in the name of her art.

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Last Chance to Enter my 1 Year Blogaversary Giveaway!

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In case you haven’t yet, there’s still time to enter my 1 Year Blogaversary Giveaway! You can win a free kindle or Nook book copy of any book I’ve reviewed! You can enter it here until 6/27/14 at 5:00 PM (EST)!

MY TOP 5 VIEWED REVIEWS

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sentinel (Covenant #5) by Jennifer Armentrout

Look Behind You by Sibel Hodge

Allegiant (Divergent #3) by Veronica Roth

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Check out my review page for a full list of reviews!

 

WWW Wednesday

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Since I didn’t do my weekly Monday’s Minutes, I decided to try this new meme instead: WWW Wednesday, hosted by Should Be Reading.  It asks 1) What are you currently reading? 2)What did you recently finishing reading? and 3) What do you think you’ll read next?

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

Silver Bay: A Novel

Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes. What can I say? I’m becoming obsessed with Moyes!

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

Me Before You

I just finished Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Click the link for my review.

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

The City (Signed Book)

The City by Deen Koontz. I have a review copy for it and it’s published on July 1st, so I’d like to get a review up before then!

What are your picks for WWW Wednesday?

And don’t forget to enter for a change to win a Kindle or Nook Book copy of any book I’ve reviewed here! Contest closes 6/27/14.

Top Ten Tuesday: Book Cover Trends I Like/Dislike

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: Ten Book Cover Trends (or just elements of covers) I Like/Dislike {can stick to one or the other or both!} I feel like we’ve done this one not all that long ago, so I decided to go with examples of examples of trends that I both like and dislike – at the same time!

1. LIKE: Changing Cover Art after initial release.

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)   Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)

Seriously, the new version is SOO much better

2. DISLIKE: Changing cover art after initial release.

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)   Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

While the first cover isn’t great – almost too childish – the second cover is ridiculous.

3. LIKE: Girls in pretty dresses

These Broken Stars (Starbound, #1)

This cover is the reason I read the book.

4. DISLIKE: Girls in pretty dresses

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)   Sweet Evil (The Sweet Trilogy, #1)

I read these books in spite of the covers

5. LIKE: Extreme close-ups

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

So beautiful.

6. DISLIKE: Extreme close-ups

Crash (Visions, #1)

So creepy.

Well, that’s all I got today. What trends do you like or dislike?

Also, there’s still time to enter my 1 Year Blogaversary Giveaway! Enter here! Contest closes 6/27/14.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.

*Warning: Beware of some plot spoilers, though they DON’T give away the ending*

There is just so much I love about this book. And then there’s the main message of the story that I fundamentally disagree with. It’s almost hard to reconcile the two, but it was a perfect example of a book that took me outside my comfort zone.

I usually read to be entertained, to maybe fall in love with a story. While I’m not opposed to big Thought Provoking books, I don’t generally seek them out. But then came Me Before You, wrapped up in a romantic package, led by a character that initially reminded me of a Sophia Kinsella novel (that’s not a bad thing, mind you, there’s a time a place for chick lit fun) and I got so much more than I was asking for.

Will Traynor was a daredevil, world-traveling, successful, active man. Then an accident occurs that leaves him as a quadriplegic. Will cannot adjust to his new life, being paralyzed from the chest down, needing to rely on those around him. He has lost the will to live. Enter Lou. At first glance she’s flighty and aimless, though cheerful. She begins a 6 month contract being Will’s daytime caregiver and during their time together she begins to bring him out of his shell of depression and he challenges her to figure out what to do with her life, to travel, to make a plan. To love.

And then comes the twist. Will does not want to live as a quad anymore. He wants to die and he wants his family to take him to a facility in Switzerland that specializes in assisted suicide. His parents made a deal with him to wait and think about it for 6 months, hence Lou’s 6 month contract where she endeavors to make Will change his mind. Does love really conquer all?

This is where the book became so much more than just an entertaining romance. It takes an issue that I completely disagree with – euthanasia / assisted suicide – and makes me really evaluate why I feel that way. It gives a real to life example of why it might be the right decision to make. Moyes made me fall in love with this character who is depressed and paralyzed, without any chance of getting physically better, who wants to end his pain. Is that his choice to make? Should it be? What would I want in such a situation?

Overall, I really loved Me Before You. While it didn’t change my mind on the subject of assisted suicide (I still think Will is a selfish dick for even considering it – though a selfish dick I still love), it really challenged me to think and evaluate my own beliefs. I also thought the characters were wonderfully developed and the slow-burn of the romantic relationship felt natural and realistic. Despite the heavy content, it was also humorous and sweet. It was beautifully and evocatively written and left me a mess. I would definitely recommend this book.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 4
Characters: 4.5
Readability: 4.5
Enjoyability: 4.5 (though it left me a blubbering mess!)
Overall Rating:  4.375 stars

*Enter here for the chance to win a free kindle or Nook book e-book copy of this book or any other book I’ve reviewed. Contest closes 6/27/14.