#5Books: Books recs and book memes

#5Books for the week ending 6 August

I love book memes*. I wish I had more time for them because that’s one of the BEST ways to find out about the fabulous books out there and coming up — case in point, book rec number one today. Totally didn’t know it was coming.

So, what are your favourite book memes? 

* I say memes but there’s another name right? It completely escapes me at the moment, which is incredibly frustrating.

I think I asked this once before, but there are some new ones I’ve seen that leave me wondering again.

So, the Can’t Wait Wednesday book meme helped me find this gem over at Crystal Book Snob :

This Darkness Mine

Hello Mindy McGinnis has a new book coming and it’s something else: Sasha is good at everything she does, especially her music. She knows where she wants to go to school, and her boyfriend too is exactly the type of boyfriend he should have. Which of course, means there’s a new guy about to enter her life and mess with her world. But here’s where it gets trippy and just a bit creepy: how does the twin sister she absorbed in the womb play into all this and the missing time she’s experiencing? So, this is where the blurb gets illuminating when it asks: what and who is Sasha willing to hurt to get her life back? And somehow, I don’t think she’s talking about any other character physically present in the book, which I fully admit is my overactive imagination, but yes I went there.

Hex-Rated: A Brimstone Files novel

Okay, first when this cover appears in newsletter of recent releases, my curiousity gets piqued big time, and the blurb does not disappoint. It’s set in the 1970s, and James Brimstone is an investigator in LA. He’s so new to the PI business, he’s just signed his first client when the book opens — an actress with scars and a story of sex, demons and violence on a porn set (which yes, it’s always a porn set). So he takes the case and somehow all of this comes to include Hell’s Angels, a lost book of Japanese erotica and a mysterious new enemy

Shadow of the Lions 

Here’s an interesting question more than a couple of books ask: how long should people pay for the crimes of their youth? This question haunts Matthias, whose best friend Fritz disappeared after arguing with him 10 years ago. Years later he returns to his school as a teacher and gets drawn into finding out what happened to Fritz. Throw in campus politics, a death of a student and Frtiz’s family and I think this could be good. Really good.

The Arrangement  

Think of this as the adult version of When Dimple Met Rishi. Kind of. Well, it’s about an arranged marriage. Of sorts. Raina at 29 is unmarried — GASPS the horror! Or so her family thinks. Her family who has been dreaming of her fabulous Indian wedding (seriously, I’ve been to enough, including my own sisters’ to know that it’s entirely possible for them to go on for days), and so to make everyone’s dreams come true, her Nani AKA her grandmother decides she’s going to find her the perfect man. As they do. And this is what gets me — Raina doesn’t want to disappoint them, so she goes along with it. And then, the love of her life and her ex comes back into her life. It’s got family obligations versus Raina’s needs, and her desire for love. And I’m sure you’ve seen books like these around, but what I like is that this one is supposed to have lots of humour. 

And now, I think I’m ready to try something I’ve been reluctant to — a Ruth Ware book.

The Lying Game

So I think I am sufficiently over how bad In a Dark Dark Wood was for me, so I am now considering this one. This is a book that revolves around four women who went to school together, and who played a game of lies: as in they lied to anyone and everyone, except each other. Thing is someone died, and they were expelled and years later they are brought together when someone finds a body. So what did they do? Why did they get expelled? And how does this all tie into the man that died?

Here’s a question: what book made you give an author a second chance? 

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