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Yasmina’s Top Books of 2012

1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

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2. Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

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3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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4. Wonder by R J Palacio

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5. City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

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6. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

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7. Adorkable by Sarra Manning

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8. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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9. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

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Radiya’s Top Books of 2012

1. Before I Met You- Lisa Jewell

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2. The Taste of Sorrow - Jude Morgan

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3. Atonement- Ian McEwan

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4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo- Stieg Larsson

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5. Before I Go To Sleep- S.J. Watson

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6. Clockwork Prince- Cassandra Clare

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7. City of Lost Souls- Cassandra Clare

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8. Her Fearful Symmetry 

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9. A Half Forgotten Song- Katherine Webb

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Books of the Month: February ‘12

My favourite book this month has to be Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket). This book got me out of my reading funk so it deserves to be on this post today.

Why We Broke Up is about Min Green and Ed Slaterton’s relationship and why it ended. Min is returning a box of Ed’s things along with a letter to explain the box’s contents and of course the reasons for why they broke up.

It’s a brilliant read and as a fan of A Series of Unfortunate Events I was excited to read something new by Daniel Handler.

I also did a review for this so check it out.

I started a ton of books for February but quite frankly, none of them were amazing and the only one I finished made me angry. So I have no favourite book this month!

Let’s hope March is full of better books!

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson is actually the best book I have read so far this year! I actually could not put it down: it’s been forever since I’ve read such a good crime thriller novel. Even though the plot was kind of easy to guess since the author sort of gives it away, the way it is written is captivating!

Fourty-something Christine forgets the days events as soon as she sleeps and has been like this for twenty years. She lives with her husband Ben who dotes on her and has stuck by her, regardless of the fact she can barely remember her time together. Trying to figure out how she lost her memory with the hopes it could bring it back is a daily challenge for Christine, one that really had me gripped. Even though it was kind of easy to guess what would happen, I really wanted to know how it had happened and why. I honestly did not want to put this down and felt quite sad when it was over. A review will be arriving soon! READ IT! READ IT! REEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAD IT!


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"I cannot imagine how I will cope when I discover that my life is behind me, has already happened, and I have nothing to show for it. No treasure house of collection, no wealth of experience, no accumulated wisdom to pass on. What are we, if not an accumulation of our memories?"
S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep

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"We’re constantly changing facts, rewriting history to make things easier, to make them fit in with our preferred version of events. We do it automatically. We invent memories. Without thinking. If we tell ourselves something happened often enough we start to believe it, and then we can actually remember it."
S.J. Watson, Before I Go To Sleep

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Book Review: Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson

'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me …' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

Before I Go To Sleep is narrated by Christine Lucas. She awakes every morning to find she has no memories past her childhood sometimes her early twenties if she’s lucky. She gets the help of a doctor and starts writing a journal to help her remember things. Fortunately it does help but she begins to discover horrible truths about her life which leads to disastrous consequences. 

*WARNING* CONTAINS SPOILERS

I found myself getting slightly frustrated whilst reading this, I was actually tempted to skip to the end quite a few times. It didn’t help that the author Steve kind of gives away the ending. “Don’t trust Ben” I mean WTF! How about adding that to the middle or something?! I love reading suspense/crime/mystery novels for the guess work and you get to come up with your own assumptions.

However, I liked the premise of the book and that the narrator is Christine because it made the book very interesting, especially because she believes what Ben tells her and has to rediscover everything again and again everyday. I did get slightly annoyed when she would doubt her own memories and let Ben and Dr Nash tell her she was making them up. I found all the parts about psychology and neuroscience interesting mainly because I understood what Dr Nash was talking about. At the mention of episodic memory, fMRI, etc I got excited, being a psychology undergrad and all.

I loved the ending! It was the best part, finding out everything that happened and all the action was brilliant; even though I’d guessed as much way before. 

So i’ve mentioned this in a post earlier but this “NOT THE END” business at the end of the book. What does this mean? Will there be a sequel? If so do you think Mike is still alive? Also this is being made into a film so I’m excited to watch it when it does eventually come out. I wonder who they’ll pick for Christine. Who would you like to play her?

I’ve rated this book 4/5. If you liked this book you should read Sister by Rosamund Lupton and Room by Emma Donoghue.


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Before I Go To Sleep Question?

novelnerds:

Does anyone know if there will be a sequel to Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson? At the end it says Not The End.

I need to know if there will be a sequel or not!

Hey homie, apparently S J Watson is writing another novel (http://www.sjwatson-books.com/interviews/discussing-the-book/) but it’s not a sequel. Could be one on the way later though, keep the faith! 

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Is this meant to be some type of joke because it isn’t funny!

(Source: novelnerds)


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Before I Go To Sleep Question?

Does anyone know if there will be a sequel to Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson? At the end it says Not The End.

I need to know if there will be a sequel or not!

Hey homie, apparently S J Watson is writing another novel (http://www.sjwatson-books.com/interviews/discussing-the-book/) but it’s not a sequel. Could be one on the way later though, keep the faith! 

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In My Mailbox (1) - Yasmina

First off I want to say I have noticed huge amount of book blogs posting In My Mailbox posts which I believe was started off by The Story Siren. In My Mailbox is where you post pictures and maybe a small synopsis of the books you have received, bought or borrowed lately.

Okay so I’m just going to go ahead and post pictures of all the books I have bought in the last 2 months which have only recently been taken out of their amazon boxes or Waterstones/Foyles bags lol.

Harry Potter Page to Screen by Bob McCabe & Harry Potter Film Wizardry. I know everybody already knows about Harry Potter Page to Screen but Film Wizardry is awesome too. It had the Hogwarts Letter and Marauder’s Map inside as extras!!

The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling. I know I should have bought this a long time ago but I would always forget :S

The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen & Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. These are extremely hard to come by in the UK so after a lot of searching I managed to find them for around £15 each.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (signed) & The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Ben Selznick. I’m going to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret after I watch the movie because I’ve heard wonderful things.

White Cat & Red Glove by Holly Black

The Playbook by Barney Stinson & Palo Alto by James Franco. I still need to buy The Bro Code.

Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

Heroes of Olympus - The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan & Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes & Before I Go To Sleep by S J Watson & A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French

The Special Foyles Editions of 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. 

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell & The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett & Emma by Jane Austen. I had to get these books when I saw them on Tumblr, they’re beautiful.

Before I fall and Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick & Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Hopefully this will become a regular monthly post on the last Sunday of the month and I’ll most likely have only one book to post about.