Sunday, 17 February 2013

Showcase Sunday #19

Showcase Sunday is hosted by Vicky at Books, Biscuits and Tea.


First of all: Bibliotekit now has its own Twitter account! Kind of like a first birthday present to the blog. :)

A few different books this week: first of all, Jojo Moyes' Me Before You, which I borrowed from my stepmum when I was visiting home last weekend.


I also downloaded a few things on the Kindle:

The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
ICEHOTEL by Hanna Allen

I was intrigued by the concept of ICEHOTEL - I always thought the idea of an ice hotel was pretty cool, and this purported to be a murder mystery/thriller set in exactly that location. In the end, though, it was a DNF at about 20% of the way through, mostly because I was 20% of the way through and nothing had happened. On top of that, there was some excruciating dialogue (warning a character after one day that "if you hurt her, I'll kill you") and a heavy reliance on broad-brush stereotyping in place of actual characterisation - so an Irishman who likes Guinness, talks about his "Mam and Da'", and ends half his sentences with "that it is", and the two Southern gentlemen who call everybody "ma'am" and always remember their manners, and a bunch of drunk Danish tourists (one of whom apologises for being drunk all the time by saying, basically, "but I am from Copenhagen, so..."). Not to mention the older gay man who makes nudge-nudge-wink-wink comments about young attractive men, but actually has to be happy just tagging along after two thirty-something women, who are the only ones who'll actually be allowed to get the guy at the end.

(Rant over.)

I also wrote an article for HelloGiggles a couple of weeks ago (eep!), which I never got chance to post here, so here's the link! - The Fear In Saying 'Yes'.

Reviews this week:
Speechless by Hannah Harrington (8/10) - definitely recommended!
The Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri (4/10)

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

17 comments:

  1. *Hands you the tissues* Hope you love Me Before You, it's one of my favourites.

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    1. *wipes off the eyeliner* thanks for the warning!

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  2. Me Before You was my favourite book of 2012 :) I still havent found a book that has topped it!

    Have a lovely Sunday :)

    Megan xxx

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    1. It came with a very good recommendation, so I'm looking forward to it!

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  3. Jojo Moyes is one of my favorite authors. Enjoy your reading!

    http://www.chicklibrarycat.blogspot.com/2013/02/showcase-sunday-16.html

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    1. Thanks! I haven't read anything else by Moyes, but I have high hopes!

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  4. Darn. Sorry Icehotel was disappointing. It sounds like an awesome setting and it sucks the author didn't follow through. I hope you enjoy Me Before You :)

    My Showcase Sunday is here if you'd like a look :)

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    1. Yeah, I was quite excited about the whole ice hotel - they just sound so cool! Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. I keep seeing this book everywhere! Im looking forward ti seeing what you think of it! :)I hope you enjoy it! :D

    My Showcase Sunday :)

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    1. I'd seen it in a few places too, and my stepmum is adamant that I will enjoy it, so I've got my fingers crossed!

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    2. I look forward to your review! Ps Treat yourself! :) Just go on another book buyng ban after ;D

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    3. This is a most excellent plan, Alex. :)

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  6. I hope you enjoy Me Before You, I hear it's a moving read but one where you need tissues. Did you know that there is an actual ice bar? I can't remember which country, but I saw it featured on The Travel Channel sometime back. Enjoy your reads, Kit. :)

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  7. I hadn't heard of ME BEFORE YOU before, but the cover is cute. I hope you enjoy your new books! :)

    Here's Mine @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews

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  8. I have heard really good things about Me Before You! I want to get it so bad but for some reason I never think of it when shopping. Great haul this week!

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  9. Yay! I bought the Jojo Moyes book some time last year but haven't managed to read it yet - it's supposed to be a real tear-jerker, though. I have a feeling we're going to enjoy it :)

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