Friday, 27 March 2015

Follow Friday and 'Sharp Object' by Gillian Flynn

Alison Can Read Feature & FollowIt is the end of term here! I now have a month off in which I have to write all of my essays and the dreaded dissertation. I love my dissertation, it's my baby, but it is as annoying as I'm assuming my future children will be as well! Let's move on to the memes before I start pouring my heart out to you all.

Follow Friday is hosted by Alison Can Read and Parajunkee. This week's question was suggested by The Paperback Princess:

Have you ever been to BEA? If not, what's stopping you? If you have, what was your best experience there?

Great question! But also one that makes me a little bit sad. I would love to actually go to BEA, were it not that America is a long and expensive way away from where I am. Last year, however, I "attended" Armchair BEA for the first time and that was absolutely amazing! Not only was it really interesting reading everyone's posts, I was also introduced to the complete and utter fun that is Twitter chats. It was a great time and I can't wait for Armchair BEA time to come around again!


Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. This week's question was suggested by Elizabeth over at Silver's Review:

 Which books have you read in the past month that still have you thinking back to the storyline and the characters?

I just finished reading When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord, which I can't forget about. It was simply fascinating and I loved the prose as well. Same goes for The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton, which is such a baffling book that I will have to reread it soon, just to make sure I actually understood it properly. I love it when books stay with you like that and it always make me slightly sad when I read a book that just sinks into insignificance after the last page.

Sharp ObjectsThis week I am using a book which I bought two weeks ago and started reading this week. I love it so far. It is dark and twisted, as I was expecting, and it is quickly working its way up my favourites list! I am talking about Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I figured I'd give this one a try before embarking on Gone Girl and I am desperate to get onto that one now!

WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.
NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory.
HARMFUL on her wrist, WHORE on her ankle As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.
Doesn't it sound fascinating? Book Beginnings and Friday 56 are hosted by Gilion over atRose City Reader and Freda over at Freda's Voice.

BB:
'My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly. It was May 12 but the temperature had dipped to the forties, and after four days shivering in my shirtsleeves, I grabbed cover at a tag sale rather than dig through my boxed-up winter clothes. Spring in Chicago.' p.1
I liked this beginning, although it wasn't exactly the most gripping of beginnings. You do get a sense of what kind of person Camille is though and it reminded me of the few days I spent in Chicago in spring, so that was fun as well!

F56:
'I wished then that I hadn't sucked down so much vodka. My thoughts were vaporizing, I couldn't hold on to what he was saying, couldn't ask the right questions.' p.56
Alcohol tends to do that to you! But it sounds to me like Camille has deserved a drink, or twenty, considering what she went through!

So, that's me for this week! I actually have time this morning to visit everyone and then it's off to go see Cinderella with my housemates! Have you been to BEA? And which book has stuck with you?

34 comments:

  1. I loved Sharp Objects, it was a hold your breath, bite your nails kind of read for me. I also agree with you about Camille, I'd be having more than a few drinks if I was her too.

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    1. That is exactly how I would describe the book! I'm glad you loved it as well! Thanks for commenting :)

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  2. I've downloaded the audiobook version and this really makes me want to start in on it! :)

    Check out my Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings).

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    1. Ooh I didn't know there was an audiobook! Definitely get started on it! Thanks for commenting :)

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  3. I really like "my thoughts were vaporizing." Great description. I've felt that way ... without vodka! This sounds like a book I'd enjoy.
    My Friday post features GRACIANNA.

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    1. It definitely is a great description and it is quite a common thing I think! Thanks for commenting :)

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  4. Very descriptive :-) Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my meme for this week - Here is the link for this week@s meme, Best Friends…Forever? (Landry’s True Colors Series).

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  5. I would probably pick this up just by looking at the cover. Sounds like it describes the book well. :-)

    sherry @ fundinmentalFriday Memes

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    1. I feel like the cover does fit the book extremely well! Thanks for commenting :)

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  6. Good choice. This one has been on my list since I read Gone Girl. I want to read everything Flynn has written.

    My Friday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2015/03/friday-focus-friday-56-book-beginnings_27.html

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    1. I haven't read Gone Girl yet, that one is up next for me! Thanks for commenting :)

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  7. Per usual, you choose the books that are on my to-read list, Juli! :D
    Have you read Gone Girl? have a good weekend!

    ~ Lenna

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    1. I still haven't read Gone Girl! I decided to give this one a try first to see whether I liked Flynn's writing style and I definitely do! Thanks for commenting :)

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  8. Must have been a bad feeling.

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  9. I actually loved this one...mostly because I had worked with girls like this one as a social worker. Girls who "cut," and the intense pain they try to hide from when they do.

    Thanks for sharing...and here's mine, a much lighter read: “THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY”

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    1. Oh wow, that must've given you a whole different insight into this book! Cutting is unfortunately very prevalent among young girls! Thanks for commenting :)

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  10. I loved Gone Girl, but haven't read Sharp Objects. It seems like it will be good, from the passages you chose.
    Here's my post: http://ebogie.blogspot.com

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    1. Exact same opposite for me loved Sharp Objects but haven't read Gone Girl! Thanks for commenting :)

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  11. I've heard great things about this book and the author.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. Definitely check it out! Thanks for commenting :)

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  12. Same here, I live a long long way from America and haven't been ever to BEA cause of the expenses. New follower via GFC and check out my very first FF here

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    1. Welcome to the FF family ;) It really is soo expensive! Thanks for commenting :)

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  13. The beginning is okay. It does give an idea of what her character is like.

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    1. There definitely could be more description, but I really liked it as an intro! Thanks for commenting :)

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  14. I haven't been to BEA. It's way too expensive.
    Old follower.
    My FF: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/03/feature-follow-friday-bea-attendance.html

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    1. Sharp Objects sounds really good!
      My F56: http://onceuntold.blogspot.com/2015/03/the-friday-56-dead-of-winter.html

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  15. Definitely waay too expensive! Thanks for commenting :)

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  16. I really want to read Sharp Objects one of these days.

    When We Were Animals by Joshua Gaylord does sound fascinating. I can see why that one would stay with you.

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  17. I have not yet read anything by Flynn but this sounds too intense for me.

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  18. Do check out my FF: http://bookstopcorner.blogspot.in/2015/03/feature-follow-6-lets-talk-about-our.html
    New follower

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  19. I just picked up Gone Girl last week. I found the hard cover at Good Will and it's in pristine condition. Reading it now and this will be next on my list!
    My 56 - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/03/27/the-friday-56-55-retaliation-by-imogen-rose/

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  20. I had never heard of BEA before this question. I haven't gone, obviously. It'd be a bit of an affair for me so I'd need to plan it well ahead of time. I'll have to check out Armchair BEA though!

    Old follower!
    My FF!

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  21. Armchair BEA? I’ll have to look into this! I just recently found out what BEA even was ha! It sounds engaging! I skimmed through your review of When We Were Animals and it looks like an emotional read, but a deeply affecting one too! I’m curious :)

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  22. The Man Who Was Thursday sounds interesting. You have me wondering why it is baffling.

    I hope you had a good weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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