Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Keeping up with my resolution of reading more this year, I present to you a tiny book haul. I've read 4 books this year already, which I thought was quite good until I just typed it out. I never have time to sit and read anymore unless I'm on the bus to work or lying in bed on the weekend. At the moment I'm attempting to power through Wolf Hall but here are the books I'm excited to read after the Tudors' tale.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
This book is on Richard and Judy's book club. I know that might not mean much to you but there have been some amazing books on the list since it's been around. Because of this, I managed to buy this novel for half price from WHSmith - what a bargain! Simsion wrote his first book in 1994 and 10 years later comes The Rosie Project. The average rating on Goodreads is 4.07. Also, how amazing is Goodreads?! I've been on it for a while but now I'm reading more I'm really addicted to seeing what everyone else is reading, and documenting my own adventures into the world of fiction.

Love isn't an exact science - but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year old geneticist, Don's never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rose  - 'the world's most incompatible woman' - throwing Don's safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he's feeling?

Half Bad by Sally Green
I actually can't remember where I first heard of this book. I've seen it on book shelves everywhere in Waterstones so I looked up a synopsis, and thought it sounded right up my street. I love books with a fantasy element so that was what initially intrigued me about this book, as well as the cover. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but I always do this in book stores. Is it just me? I obviously read the blurb before I decide if I want it but I'm instantly drawn to pretty covers. Waterstones have a 'buy one, get one half price' deal on at the moment so I took advantage of that with Half Bad and the next book...

There isn't a blurb at the back so I've taken this from Goodreads: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, where there is no one safe to trust - not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I love young adult fiction; of course I read adult fiction, but I think the former can offer so much to an adult readership. There's probably a reason why so many young adult novels are turned into films. Anyway, I've heard a few things about this book, and more importantly the author - Rainbow Rowell. I'd love a name like Rainbow. Great name! I saw how much Sanne from booksandquills raved about Fangirl by Rowell but I wanted to see the fuss about Eleanor & Park. It's rated 4.22 on Goodreads so I swiftly picked it up one sunny Saturday morning.

Eleanor is the new girl in town, and with her chaotic family life, her mismatched clothes and unruly hair, she couldn't stick out more if she tried. 

Park is the boy at the back of the bus. Black T-shirts, headphones, head in a book - he thinks he's made himself invisible. But not to Eleanor...never to Eleanor. 

Slowly, steadily, through late-night conversations and an ever-growing stack of mixtapes, Eleanor and Park fall for each other. They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you're young, and you feel as if you have nothing and everything to lose. 

Look out for reviews on all these books in the coming weeks/months!

love, Cally


  1. I'll be looking out to see what you think. although I love walking to work I do miss a commute for the chance to read. I'm currently reading The Goldfinch but I need to make more time to sit down and just read.

  2. I'm nearly halfway through The Rosie Project, having bought it in Sainsburys for just £2! I absolutely love it so far so I'm looking forward to seeing what you think. I'm looking forward to writing a review myself :) x

    Jo xxx

  3. I love Goodreads! The Rosie Project sounds really interesting :) xx