Bout of Books Read-a-thon TBR List

I wanted to give myself a goal for this read-a-thon and I decided that I wouldn’t include any ARCs that I’ve got from NetGalley in my TBR list for the read-a-thon, so here’s the list of books I’ve come up with to read this week (hopefully):

  1. Say Her Name – James Dawson
  2. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  3. The Strangler Vine – M.J. Carter
  4. The Testament of Jessie Lamb – Jane Rogers
  5. Afterworlds – Scott Westerfeld

Hopefully I can get through them all. I’ll still have to do work, editing, writing, and university work alongside them – as well as reading two ARCs at least – but I’m sure I can knock out some of them at least!

Here’s some more info about each of the books I’ve chosen:

18621200Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Rowe is not the kind of person who believes in ghosts. A Halloween dare at her ridiculously spooky boarding school is no big deal, especially when her best friend Naya and cute local boy Caine agree to join in too. They are ordered to summon the legendary ghost of ‘Bloody Mary’: say her name five times in front of a candlelit mirror, and she shall appear… But, surprise surprise, nothing happens. Or does it?

Next morning, Bobbie finds a message on her bathroom mirror… five days… but what does it mean? And who left it there? Things get increasingly weird and more terrifying for Bobbie and Naya, until it becomes all too clear that Bloody Mary was indeed called from the afterlife that night, and she is definitely not a friendly ghost. Bobbie, Naya and Caine are now in a race against time before their five days are up and Mary comes for them, as she has come for countless others before… A truly spine-chilling yet witty horror from shortlisted ‘Queen of Teen’ author James Dawson.

Published: June 5th 2014
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Pages: 286

I’ve been wanting to read this book for ages and I finally got it last month thanks to an Amazon gift card. I’m not usually into scary stories, but this one just grabbed my interest and it really seems to have a lot of great reviews.

11346078Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous. Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them…but then they stop playing by the rules. From the Publisher (Hyperion)‘ to ‘Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you’ve got the mother of all sieges brewing!

Published: April 1st 2011 (originally 2001)
Publisher: Puffin Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 280

I picked up this book in November 2014, I believe. It’s been sitting in my ‘want to read’ shelf on Goodreads for a while and I decided to finally give it a try. I’m probably going to read this one first for the read-a-thon since I’ve already read the first chapter.

23063058Calcutta 1837. The East India Company rules India – or most of it; and its most notorious and celebrated son, Xavier Mountstuart, has gone missing.

William Avery, a down-at-heel junior officer in the Company’s army, is sent to find him, in the unlikely company of the enigmatic and uncouth Jeremiah Blake. A more mismatched duo couldn’t be imagined, but they must bury their differences as they are caught up in a search that turns up too many unanswered questions and seems bound to end in failure.

What was it that so captivated Mountstuart about the Thugs, the murderous sect of Kali-worshippers who strangle innocent travellers by the roadside? Who is Jeremiah Blake and can he be trusted? And why is the whole enterprise shrouded in such secrecy?

Published: September 4th 2014 (Originally January 30th 2014)
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 318

I picked this book up when I was at a service station on my way home from Wales after a weekend away with my mum in November. I picked it up because I liked the cover, and I needed another book for the buy one get one half price deal that the WH Smith was running. I can’t remember what the other book was that I got, but it was the one that I had really wanted.

13429393Women are dying in their millions. Some blame scientists, some see the hand of God, some see human arrogance reaping the punishment it deserves. Jessie Lamb is an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times: as her world collapses, her idealism and courage drive her towards the ultimate act of heroism. If the human race is to survive, it s up to her. But is Jessie heroic? Or is she, as her father fears, impressionable, innocent, incapable of understanding where her actions will lead? Set just a month or two in the future, in a world irreparably altered by an act of biological terrorism, The Testament of Jessie Lamb explores a young woman’s determination to make her life count for something, as the certainties of her childhood are ripped apart.

Published: July 5th 2012 (Originally 2011)
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd.
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Pages: 308

I don’t know anything about this book. I received it as a Christmas present. Canongate were doing a fantastic offer where you bought one book at a 60% discount, got a book handpicked based on the one you bought (for free!), and got free shipping too. I asked my mum to get me anything out of the young adult section and she chose this book.

20759444Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings… Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Published: September 25th 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 599

I picked this one up out of ASDA for £3.99. I love a big book and this one particularly grabbed my interest because of the blurb. Since I want to read at least one big book a month this year, I’ve decided to read this one first.

So that’s the books I’d like to attempt this week. We’ll see how it goes. If you’re participating in the Bout of Books read-a-thon, feel free to share a link to your TBR list for the week, or even just post in the comments what you’re reading this week.


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