The Bank Holiday Book Tag

I was tagged by Amy   to post this fun Book Tag originally created by Cora for Bank Holiday Weekend. It’s August so of course we’ve had rain for most of the weekend, though we did manage to visit West Bay- aka the beach setting used to film BroadChurch– for a few sunny hours on Saturday. As it’s taken me til the end of BH weekend to post my contribution I won’t be tagging folks, but do feel free to join in and credit Cora.

Here we go..
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#SixForSunday; TBR Books

Here finally is my first official #SixForSunday post on my blog! I’ve been following Steph’s wonderful meme for a while now, I dip in and out of participating via Twitter @AnAverageLife88 and have been excited to do my first blog addition!

I’m so glad that this week’s prompt is SIX BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON MY TBR FOREVERwhat a great place to start.
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Can’t Wait Wednesday – 22/08

Find out which upcoming book release holds a place on my never-ending TBR…

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Wishful Endings and previously Breaking The Spine. We’re here to spotlight upcoming releases and tell you what we’re most excited to read. A great way to extend our ever-growing TBRs. Want to join in? Let @Tressa tell you all about it. Here now is my very first contribution!

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VOX by Christina Dalcher

Release Date: 23rd August 2018

Genre: Dystopian

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In a world where women are silenced, would you speak up?

Greetings, to all Pure Women.

You should all be fitted with your new wrist counters. A symbol of your purity and devotion to your family. Life is simpler now. Just 100 words a day.

Your role is in the house. Your husband takes care of everything else.

You’re free.

Instead, you should focus on values of modesty, submission, humility and purity. Love, honour and most importantly, obey. You know the rules. Just one word over 100 and your wrist counter will send 1,000 volts through your body. Choose your words carefully.

You have the right to remain silent.

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VOX has been on my wish list for months now, I love a good dystopian, especially feasible ones. The how-it-happened explanations or character rationales can make or break this kind of book for me. I’ve seen a lot of trusted bloggers give high ratings for VOX so I’m hoping it’s well written. I started watching The Handmaids Tale recently and Naomi Alderman – Power is on my TBR for Newts Readathon 2018 so VOX fits perfectly into my current reading interests.

Have you read it? Will you buy it? Which books can’t you wait for?

Let me know..

 

Mini Review; American Psycho- Bret Easton Ellis

It’s all too easy to see why this was a banned book.

 

Page Count 399/ POV First person

 Publication date March 1991/ Publisher Vintage Books

Price £1.19/  Purchased From: Amazon Kindle (28/07/17)

“Patrick Bateman is twenty-six and works on Wall Street; he is handsome, sophisticated, charming and intelligent. He is also a psychopath. Taking us to a head-on collision with America’s greatest dream – and its worst nightmare – American Psycho is a bleak, bitter, black comedy about a world we all recognize but do not wish to confront.

American Psycho is one of the most controversial and talked-about novels of all time – a multi-million copy bestseller hailed as a modern classic.”

Or in my own words, monotonous and irritatingly materialistic. I get that’s the point, there needs to be emphasis on how stinking rich the characters are, but when I’m still reading entire paragraphs describing the outfit each person in the scene is wearing 30% into a book I’m going to get bored.

I’m not a materialistic or designer worshipping type of girl myself. I knew before entering into this that there would be constant reference to money and condescension towards those less fortunate but I hadn’t realised the bulk of the book would consist of it.

Yes there is murder, there is violence. You will find exactly what you expected to, eventually.

I have to admit this is the first book that reduced me to skim reading. I didn’t find the ten plus pages outlining discographies of Whitney Houston or Genesis added to the narrative. I didn’t enjoy reading repetitive chapters full of Wall Street ‘gentlemen’ arguing about where or what to eat., though I will concede that having to do so made the violent and sexual scenes more jarring.

It is well written, the unease and discord I felt whilst reading it was, I assume, exactly what Ellis had intended.

If you are looking for some intense gore, animal abuse and lewd erotica then by all means, have at American Psycho. It is easy to see why this was a banned book.

If you prefer your stories to have a plot, or even just a beginning and an ending I don’t recommend it.

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