Hello again readers! First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and ate a lot (because well, we did hehe).
It’s 2018 and we wanted to start the year and the blog with a book haul of December and a list of some books that we received this Christmas.
Let’s start with the books that we received for Christmas:
- Me before you written by Jojo Moyes
- Me after you written by Jojo Moyes
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone written by J.K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
- Harry Potter and the chamber of secret written by J.K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban written by J.K Rowling and illustrated by Jim Kay
And now, without any further due, let’s begin with the book haul:
- Work like any other by Virginia Reeves: It is the 1920’s and electricity is spreading quickly, but not yet to rural areas. Roscoe, a young married man gives up a job he loves with Alabama power and light, to make his home with his wife and son on the farm left to his wife by her father. He, however, is not a farmer and their marriage is floundering because of his unhappiness until he gets an idea to wire the farm by tapping into the power lines servicing the town. An unfortunate death will send Roscoe to prison, it will also send the black man who helped him, the man who has run the farm for years, to a worse fate, that of the mines.
- Long gone by Alafair Burke: After a layoff and months of struggling, Alice Humphrey finally lands her dream job managing a new art gallery. Drew Campbell, the well-suited corporate representative who hires her, assures Alice that the owner will be hands-off, allowing her to run the gallery on her own. Her friends think it sounds too good to be true, but Alice sees a perfect opportunity to make a name for herself beyond the shadow of her famous father, an award-winning and controversial film maker.
Everything is perfect until the morning Alice arrives at work to find the gallery gone and Drew Campbell’s dead body on the floor. Overnight, she finds herself at the center of police attention with nothing to prove her innocence. When police discover ties between the gallery and a missing girl, Alice knows she’s been set up.
- This raging light by Estelle Laure: Can the best thing happen at the worst time?Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother.
- History of wolves by Emily Fridlund: Fourteen-year-old Madeline lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Madeline is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Madeline. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Madeline finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has a purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn’t understand. Over the course of a few days, Madeline makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Madeline confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people do for the people they love.
- Postcards from a stranger by Imogen Clark: What if everything you thought you knew about your life turned out to be a lie?
A dark secret nestles at the heart of Cara’s family but it is only when her dominating father becomes ill with Alzheimer’s that the lies begin to unravel.
When Cara stumbles across a box of old postcards, she is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her past. Cara must uncover the truth and slowly rebuild her family’s history and her place in it piece by painful piece.
- The snow child by Eowyn Ivey: Alaska, 1920. Childless, Jack and Mabel are drifting apart – he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone – but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees.
This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place, things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.
- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan: When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry.
- The Outsider by Albert Camus: Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly law-abiding bachelor do such a thing? And why does he show no remorse even when it could save his life? His refusal to satisfy the feelings of others only increases his guilt in the eyes of the law. Soon Meursault discovers that he is being tried not simply for his crime, but for his lack of emotion – a reaction that condemns him for being an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus, it encapsulates the absurdity of life.
- Nudge by Thaler & Sunstein: Every day we make choices—about what to buy or eat, about financial investments or our children’s health and education, even about the causes we champion or the planet itself. Unfortunately, we often choose poorly. Nudge is about how we make these choices and how we can make better ones. This book shows that no choice is ever presented to us in a neutral way and that we are all susceptible to biases that can lead us to make bad decisions. But by knowing how people think, we can use sensible “choice architecture” to nudge people toward the best decisions for ourselves, our families, and our society, without restricting our freedom of choice.
- May I have your attention, please? by James Corden: As far back as he can remember James Corden has only ever wanted to be in one place: in front of an audience, doing something to make them cry, shout, scream, or giggle uncontrollably, but it wasn’t that easy getting there. Growing up, his dad would drive him up and down to London for auditions, sometimes three or four times a week, only to be met with constant rejections. He knew where he wanted to be and he’d keep on trying until he got there, and here is the story of how he did it.
- Prisoners of geography by Tim Marshall: All leaders are constrained by geography. Their choices are limited by mountains, rivers, seas and concrete. Yes, to follow world events you need to understand people, ideas and movements, but if you don’t know geography, you’ll never have the full picture.
If you’ve ever wondered why Putin is so obsessed with Crimea, why the USA was destined to become a global superpower, or why China’s power base continues to expand ever outwards, the answers are all here.
- The sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan: Hellsmouth, a wilful thoroughbred filly, has the legacy of a family riding on her.
The Forges: one of the oldest and proudest families in Kentucky; descended from the first settlers to brave the Wilderness Road; as mythic as the history of the South itself, and now, first-time horse breeders.
Through an act of naked ambition, Henry Forge is attempting to blaze this new path on the family’s crop farm. His daughter, Henrietta, becomes his partner in the endeavor but has desires of her own. When Allmon Shaughnessy, an African American man fresh from prison, comes to work in the stables, the ugliness of the farm’s history rears its head. Together through sheer will, the three stubbornly try to create a new future – one that isn’t determined by Kentucky’s bloody past – while they mold Hellsmouth into a champion.
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:The hauntingly prophetic classic novel set in a not-too-distant future where books are burned by a special task force of firemen. Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
- Good me bad me by Ali Land: How far does the apple really fall from the tree? Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her into the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school.
But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother’s trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all. When tensions rise and Milly feels trapped by her shiny new life, she has to decide: Will she be good? Or is she bad? She is, after all, her mother’s daughter.
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer: Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.
Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
- On the road by Jack Kerouac: This book chronicles Jack Kerouac’s years traveling the North American continent with his friend Neal Cassady. The two roam the country in a quest for self-knowledge and experience. Kerouac’s love of America, his compassion for humanity, and his sense of language as jazz combine to make On the Road an inspirational work of lasting importance.
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden: In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction, at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful, and completely unforgettable.
- Small great things by Jodi Picoult: Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others and themselves might be wrong.
- Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman: For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.
One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…
And this is it!!! Any book recommendations? Please if you like this blog post let us know by giving this post a like and check out our Instagram account @book_wanderlust and Twitter account @bookwanderlust2.
J & S