Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Taking a break

I have some personal things to sort out so I won't be back for most of the remaining days of this month. Hopefully I'll be back active in September. Please stay following, I will be back.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna

Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna
Genre: Contemporary/Humour
Age Group: Adults
Publisher: Quercus
Release Date: 12th July 2012
Format: Hardback
Pages: 295
Source: Publisher
Buy It: $13 with free delivery
A narrator in retreat from suburban life, a shambolic draughty farmhouse in a scenic valley...A widowed survivalist called Cassandra White...A banker, a village-full of empty second homes, and scores of poor and elderly people with nowhere to go...A crazy utopian scheme to reclaim the valley for the locals. A dark, timely satire from Joanna Kavenna, the prize-winning author of Inglorious and The Birth of Love... - Book Depository

I didn't know what to expect from this book. I went in to it completely open minded and not knowing much; I'm glad because after reading the synopsis I realise it doesn't do much for this book.

The first 100 pages or so was very enjoyable, I was laughing out loud now and again at Cassandra's crazy-ness and at the narrator. After that, it went a little downhill. It was all very crazy and dramatic and I didn't really know what was happening. I think the whole thing about the empty houses and the 'perverts' was a little weird. Then again, I don't usually read this sort of book but I did enjoy it somewhat and I think people who usually read this sort of genre will enjoy it more.

The writing style is good. It's very easy to follow and there's nothing different about it. I like how the author chose to keep the narrator's identity under wraps. It doesn't distract from the story and if I'm honest, I didn't notice it until half way through.

The ending. I'm not really sure if I liked it or not. It was very sudden and abrupt. But I think that was what was supposed to happen. Everything was so dramatic and fast paced and then it all stopped with a big sudden ending which was good.

If you're a fan of contemporary humorous books, this is for you. It's definitely different but worth a read!

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Teaser Tuesdays #9

Teaser Tuesdays is a meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Grab a book you're currently reading and post a teaser (no spoilers) to persuade others to read the book.

I wanted to suck up Cassandra's rich and foaming sense of purpose. And perhaps I didn't want to admit I had made a terrible mistake. Or worse still I might just have been too embarrassed to tell her I wanted to go. I ended up staying anyway. - p. 40 Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Musing Mondays #8

Musing Mondays is a meme hosted by Should be Reading, which involves answering a book related question each week.

What attracts you to a book blog? What puts you off in a book blog? Do you share personal stuff on your book blog?

I love book blogs that have a nice colour scheme and the colours are not too bright or clashing. I also love if a book blog has their own banners for things like 'ramblings' or other such posts. I like when they have their own rating system rather than just a star rating system. Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea uses biscuits as her rating system and I love that! I prefer when there is links and images of the books that the particular blogger is showcasing. Book discussions are also great. I love organized sidebars too.

I hate clutter and blinding colour schemes and backgrounds. I also hate when there is too much of a focus on the person's personal life in posts. I want to see mostly book related things. I think all the different Sunday memes are okay for talking a little about your personal life. I personally don't like talking about my personal life unless I'm letting you guys know why I have been absent or slacking a little in my posts.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Summer Wrap-up Read-a-thon - Challenges & Updates

This challenge runs from august 4th-12th. If you want to sign up, you can do so here.

I don't have any plans for this because I never plan what I'll read, I read according to my mood. I won't be doing daily posts, I'll update this post when I can. (hopefully daily)

Books Read:

1. The Running Man by Stephen King


August 6th: Cover Love Challenge
Show the covers of one or more books released during the summer that you love!

Come to the Edge by Joanna Kavenna