This is an event hosted by The Story Siren. Every Sunday she posts a video about books she has bought/gotten during the week. And she asks us to do the same (but it doesn't have to be a video).
If I stay by Gayle Forman
Starred Review. The last normal moment that Mia, a talented cellist, can remember is being in the car with her family. Then she is standing outside her body beside their mangled Buick and her parents’ corpses, watching herself and her little brother being tended by paramedics. As she ponders her state (Am I dead? I actually have to ask myself this), Mia is whisked away to a hospital, where, her body in a coma, she reflects on the past and tries to decide whether to fight to live. Via Mia’s thoughts and flashbacks, Forman (Sisters in Sanity) expertly explores the teenager’s life, her passion for classical music and her strong relationships with her family, friends and boyfriend, Adam. Mia’s singular perspective (which will recall Alice Sebold’s adult novel, The Lovely Bones) also allows for powerful portraits of her friends and family as they cope: Please don’t die. If you die, there’s going to be one of those cheesy Princess Diana memorials at school, prays Mia’s friend Kim. I know you’d hate that kind of thing. Intensely moving, the novel will force readers to take stock of their lives and the people and things that make them worth living.
To be honest, I've never heard about the author or the book. But the cover really caught my eye and the synopsis didn't sound so bad either. I have a bad feeling that this won't be my type of a book 'cause first of all I'm afraid that this is sort of like chick lit (not really, sure). And that is a genre I'm not a really fan of. But I have promised myself to read books that I'm not so used to. I'm not really a fan of books that you are suppose to cry to. I've never in my life cried to a book no matter how gripping it is to read. I'm not afraid of crying. That's not a problem. But I just hope this is not a typical chick lit book. (Hard to explain what I mean...) But the synopsis sounded interesting, and I've been wishing to read more novels so I thought, why not? I'm gonna give it a try the upcoming summer.
Fallen by Lauren Kate
Luce must spend her senior year at reform school after her boyfriend dies in a mysterious fire. She suspects that the dark shadows that have tormented her all her life had something to do with it. When she meets supernaturally gorgeous Daniel, she feels a familiar longing, making her believe they have met before. Although Cam is clearly interested in her, Luce only wants Daniel, who runs both hot and cold. He tries to keep Luce at a distance, telling her that the truth would kill her as it has many times before. The first chapter is gripping and foreshadows the supernatural elements to come. The plot revolves around lovers who find one another, only to lose one another over and over again in a story that spans centuries. Instead of vampires, though, these are fallen angels. Many elements are not resolved, such as the cause of the fire and why angels are at this school. Still, fans of supernatural romance will be lining up for this book despite its flaws, and begging for a sequel
Another beautiful cover. It took me a long time to explore more urban fantasy series after reading the first book of Twilight (that was really bad ). I automatically thought all series is the same. But over the years I've been curious about what so big with this genre and have always wanted to try to read urban series. And after reading the amazing and thrilling Darke Academy (highly recommend that series). I wanted to explore and check out other series. Fallen has gotten very mixed reviews. Some like it and some didn't. I'm still very new to this genre and I got hypnotized of this beautiful and mysterious cover so I just had to get it and I wonder how I'm gonna like it. Looking forward to read it though.
Eating animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
The latest from novelist Foer is a surprising but characteristically brilliant memoir-investigation, boasting an exhaustively-argued account of one man-child’s decade-long struggle with vegetarianism. On the eve of becoming a father, Foer takes all the arguments for and against vegetarianism a neurotic step beyond and, to decide how to feed his coming baby, investigates everything from the intelligence level of our most popular meat providers-cattle, pigs, and poultry-to the specious self-justifications (his own included) for eating some meat products and not others. Foer offers a lighthearted counterpoint to his investigation in doting portraits of his loving grandmother, and her meat-and-potatoes comfort food, leaving him to wrestle with the comparative weight of food’s socio-cultural significance and its economic-moral-political meaning. Without pulling any punches-factory farming is given the full expose treatment-Foer combines an array of facts, astutely-written anecdotes, and his furious, inward-spinning energy to make a personal, highly entertaining take on an increasingly visible (and book-selling) moral question; call it, perhaps, An Omnivore’s Dilemma.
I love animals but I also love meat.So, this will be an interesting read but also I'm kind of nervous about the book 'cause I hate the thought that there are animals who gets bad treatment. I wish all kinds of animals was treated with respect but unfortunately not all of them don't get the respect they deserve. It's a really sad thought. This is a book that will make us think what we put in our mouths and what kind of treatment the animals from different slaughterhouse has gotten. Should we eat meat or not?
That's my books this week. Have you read any of them, and if so, please let me know what you think. Thank you:)