Monday, 14 April 2014

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

2aaaIt's Monday, which means another week has started! Yes, time really does fly, not just when you're having fun. But this means I can start up with the memes again! I seriously love visiting other blogs, even if it might take me a while to get round to them. It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Sheila over at Book Journey. Hop over there to join in on the meme fun.

Last week I didn't manage to do a lot of reading, with University finishing and going back home and celebrating my sister's birthday.  What I did manage was:

A review for Lady Audley's Secret by Mary E. Braddon.
588747Lady Audley's Secret (1862) was one of the most widely read novels of the Victorian period. It exemplifies "sensation fiction" in featuring a beautiful criminal heroine, an amateur detective, blackmail, arson, violence, and plenty of suspenseful action. To its contemporary readers, it also offered the thrill of uncovering blackmail and criminal violence within the homes of the upper class. The novel makes trenchant critiques of Victorian gender roles and social stereotypes, and Braddon deliberately creates significant sympathy for her criminal heroine, who rebels against the "marriage market."
I had actually already read this one a couple of months ago and somehow it managed to slip my attention.

And a review of The Rilke Alphabet by Ulrich Baer.

18637283The enduring power of Rainer Maria Rilke's poetry rests with his claim that all we need for a better life on earth is already given to us, in the here and now. In twenty-six engaging and accessible essays, Ulrich Baer's The Rilke Alphabet examines this promise by one of the greatest poets in any tradition that even the smallestoverlooked word may unlock life's mysteries to us. 
Fueled by an unebbing passion and indeed love for Rilke's poetry, Baer examines twenty-six words that are not only unexpected but also problematic, controversial, and even scandalous in Rilke's work. In twenty-six mesmerizing essays that eschew jargon and teutonic learnedness for the pleasures and risks of unflinchingly engaging with a great artist's genius, Baer sheds new light on Rilke's politics, his creative process, and his deepest and enduring thoughts about life, art, politics, sexuality, love, and death.
This one was very interesting and different from what I've read lately.

However, what I'm reading this week is a lot more exciting! Here's my current reading list:

The Fifteen First Lives of Harry August by Claire North.
18295861The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character - a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.
Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.
No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.
Until now.
As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says. 'I need to send a message.'
This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

I'm having doubts about this one. There just seem to be massive gaps in North's idea about the reincarnation etc. and these are really messing with me enjoying this book.

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The Wish by D.S. Affleck
If you could have your very own wish, what would it be? Fame, fortune, or magical powers? Everyone dreams, but for Jamie Lomax this might just be a reality. By chance he discovers a magical orb which legend states has the power to grant him anything he so desires. But there's a catch. He has to earn the wish by helping five people, and he doesn't know who or when this might be. Before he has a chance to explore this amazing opportunity, he meets with the true owner of the orb - an ancient warrior powerful beyond belief - whose appearance proves that the legend is true. However, if Jamie wants to see his wish granted, he will have only thirty days to fulfil the prophecy. And if he fails? He forfeits his soul...
So, how about you? What are you reading?

12 comments:

  1. Nice! Those are new to me! Hope you have a good reading week!

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  2. I'm very intrigued with The Rilke Alphabet. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Here's my It's Monday!

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  3. First Fifteen Years sounds like an interesting concept. Too bad there are gaps. I hope you have a great reading week.

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  4. Nice books, Juli! Have a great week and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. Rilke's Alphabet sounds very interesting. I have never heard of that book, but will be checking it out.

    The First Fifteen Lives looks quite good as well.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Enjoy your reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

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  6. Lady Audley's Secret looks good!


    Have a great week!

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  7. I haven't heard about any of those books. I hope you have a great week!

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  8. The Rilke Alphabet sounds intriguing but intimidating at the same time. Enjoy your week!

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  9. Both your books are new to me but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August sounds quite fascinating. Last week was a slow week for me reading wise, life getting in the way and all that lol
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

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  10. That's pretty impressive reading for someone just finishing University. :-)

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  11. I am drawn to read your book selection for this week, Both have interesting premises. First time visiting your blog,

    Jess@Jessy's Bookends

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