Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Confessions of a Book Whore: My To Be Read Pile


Firstly, let me apologise for not being ever-so present on the web as of late; my mind has been knee-deep in whimsical reading. Not to mention that this is the book industry's busiest time as it gears up for Christmas. But if you're anything like me, you forget about the frenzy and panic what you'll be reading during the festive season! There are SO many books to choose from, almost a lucky packet of literature.  I'll be heading off to the beaches of Mozambique, I need some entertainment for those long lounging hours.
 
So today I wanted to record my 'planned' reading for my holiday...
 
 
The Banned and the Banished series by James Clemens
 
 
The Banned and the Banished is a fantasy novel series by James Clemens and follows a girl named Elena, "who ripens into the heritage of lost power". Elena's journey throughout the series eventually leads to the defeat of the Dark Lord and an important process of self-discovery. (taken from Wikipedia)  
 
I started reading this series years ago, when I started out as a bookseller at Exclusive Books; I never did finish it, and a expanse of beach is the perfect place to delve into a fantasy series.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Girl Walks Into a Bar by Helena S. Paige
 
 
YOUR FANTASY, YOUR RULES
When your friend cancels on your girls' night out at the last moment, you suddenly find yourself all dressed up and alone at an exclusive bar.

What do you do now?

Will you spend the evening drinking tequila with a rock star? Or perhaps the suave and charming millionaire businessman is more your style? But the angelic young barman with a body made for sin has also caught your eye . . . Then there's the bodyguard who has the keys to his boss's sports car and is offering you a ride . . . Maybe you want to head home instead - to your sexy new neighbour.

Whichever way you decide to go, each twist and turn you make will lead to an unforgettable encounter. Can you choose the ultimate sensual experience? The power is entirely yours.
 Do I really need to say more? I cannot wait for this one!!
 
 
The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
 
 
Spanning fifty years and two continents, The Valley of Amazement is a deeply moving narrative of family secrets, the legacy of trauma, and the profound connections between mothers and daughters, that returns readers to the compelling territory Amy Tan so expertly mapped in The Joy Luck Club. With her characteristic wisdom, grace, and humor, she conjures a story of the inheritance of love, its mysteries and senses, its illusions and truths. (Taken from Goodreads)
 
The Joy Luck Club was such an amazing piece of fiction, and yes it is the only piece of fiction I've read of Tan's.  The Valley of Amazement has buzz fizzing off the title alone this season - needless to say, I'll be diving into this one!
 
 
 
We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo
 
 
A remarkable literary debut -- shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize! The unflinching and powerful story of a young girl's journey out of Zimbabwe and to America. (Taken from Goodreads)
 
Local flavour on the Man Booker Shortlist - I am lazy enough to delve into the select few that shine on the prestigious list.
 
 
I could go on forever with the books that need reading over the festive season, but then we'd run out of time and post space. I am interested in hearing what your Christmas books are?
 
 


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