The Last Policeman (Ben H. Winters)

13330370It’s been so long since I picked up a book on a whim and was absolutely blown away by it, but that’s exactly what happened here. I was intrigued by the cover (this is becoming a habit), so I started reading it without having heard of it before. And it was incredible!

Six months before a massive meteor is going to wipe out the earth, Detective Hank Palace is working a murder case that, at first glance, looks like a suicide. While almost everyone else has quit their job, or at least doesn’t really care about it anymore, he is determined to find the killer.

While I am always a fan of a good crime novel, the whodunit-plot (if amazing) is not the thing that I loved most about this book. It was the setting! With the certainty that most of the population will die in six months, Winters explores the effects such an outlook would have on society, and the changes that would need to occur. The entire concept was just so great and interesting backdrop for the story! Also, the way the protagonist deals with the impending doom is pure gold! There is so much sass in this, it’s incredible. And sometimes you get gems like this:

“You want to pray to someone, pray to Bruce Willis in Armageddon.”

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You Will Not Have My Hate (Antoine Leiris)

29913998On 13 November 2015, Antoine Leiris’s wife, Hélène, was killed, along with 88 other people at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris, when three men armed with guns and suicide bombs opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd at a rock concert. Three days later, Leiris, a young journalist, wrote an open letter on Facebook addressed to his wife’s killers. Leiris refused to be cowed or to let his 17-month-old son’s life be defined by Hélène’s murder. He refused to let the killers have their way. ‘For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom,’ he wrote. Instantly, that short Facebook post caught fire. It was shared over two hundred thousand times and was reported on all over the world. In his beautiful and moving defiance of the terrorists who had killed his wife, Leiris became an international hero to everyone searching desperately for a way to deal with the horror of the attacks.

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TBR-Tag

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

It’s a struggle! I love buying and borrowing books, and if I see a good one on sale, I just have to get it (even if the pile is slowly growing over my head). I also tend to read library books first, as I’ll have to return them, so there’s a lot of unread books that I own on my shelves.

2. Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Definitely print! I have a couple of e-books on my phone, for times when I’m stuck somewhere and forgot to bring a book, but I prefer a print book over an e-book any time!

3. How do you determine which book to read next?

I am trying to read the books that I have had longest first, but that never really works. Basically, I tend to read the book that I’m most excited for first, or the one that’s just come out (especially if it’s a famous one, I’ve waited a long time for it or I’m just desperate to avoid spoilers).

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The Invasion of the Tearling (Erika Johansen)

23548155This is the second book in the ‘Queen of the Tearling’ trilogy (so there might be some spoilers for the first book in this).

After successfully claiming her throne, Kelsea Glynn has to face the consequences of her actions, as the Red Queen prepares to invade the Tearling. At the same time, Kelsea begins to have visions of the pre-Crossing America, discovering the events that lead up to the journey to the new world.

I am absolutely in love with this world and these characters! Often, when you get a multitude of viewpoints, you start to prefer some over the others (that’s what always happens to me, anyway), and begin to look forward to certain chapters. Not with this book – I honestly loved all the characters, and their respective stories.

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Sad Girls (Lang Leav)

34023590I’ve been excited for this book to come out for about a year. Lang Leav’s poetry collections are among my favourite books; I love her language to pieces, and when she announced that she’s writing a novel I almost threw my laptop out of the window. But when I actually read the book… Well.

That said, I am someone who likes beautiful language. I don’t mind if an author uses ten words to say what one might, as long as they are gorgeous. However, I know that there are people out there who can’t stand that kind of writing, so I’ll say it in the beginning: if that’s you, this book is not for you. Lang Leav’s a poet first and an author second, and that’s very clearly reflected in this book. While I absolutely adored her writing, it’s probably not for everyone, and definitely something to expect coming into this book.

This book is about Audrey, a girl in the last year of high school, who tells a lie that ultimately leads to the death of a girl. Ridden with guilt, and at the same time unable to talk to anyone about it, she begins to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. When she meets Rad, he seems to be the one to get her life back on track, but they both have secrets, and falling in love with him may do more harm than she expects.

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Assassin’s Fate (Robin Hobb)

30688013 If you’ve ever asked me for book recommendations, you’ve probably been blown away by the amount of Robin Hobb books I will throw at you. I started reading Assassin’s Apprentice in 2015, and loved it so incredibly much I couldn’t read anything else for about a month. Robin Hobb is, in my opinion, one of the best writers I’ve ever encountered – her plots and writing style are incredible, but her characters and character relationships are just not comparable to anything that’s out there. I remember reading Fool’s Quest and realizing after I’ve turned the final page that the plot of that book could be summarized in about three sentences. Nothing happened, I read about 600 pages of pure character development, and I loved every single second of it.

Assassin’s Fate is the last book about FitzChivalry Farseer and the Fool, completing the Farseer Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy and the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy. However, characters from the Rain Wild Chronicles and the Liveship Traders Trilogy do appear in this book, so if you don’t want spoilers for those you should read them before you start reading this book. All in all, 12 books lead up to this finale, and the thought that has gone into this story, the sheer size of the world Robin Hobb has created is still blowing me away.

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Orbiting Jupiter (Gary D. Schmidt)

25775749 Fourteen-year-old Joseph is misunderstood. He was incarcerated for trying to kill a teacher. Or so the rumours say. But Jack and his family see something others in town don’t want to.
What’s more, Joseph has a daughter he’s never seen. The two boys go on a journey through the bitter Maine winter to help Joseph find his baby – no matter the cost.

As you can probably tell from my blog title, I am in love with the name of this book. I picked it up in the bookshop, read the blurb, and put it back down with a ‘eehhh, this is kind of weird’ in my head. I didn’t think about this book for the next couple of months, until I found it again on a library shelf. It’s a pretty short read, and the cover is gorgeous, so I shrugged and picked it up.

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