Recent Acquisitions (5)
by Aimee Burton - March 12th, 2011
I haven’t done one of these ‘Recent Acquisitions’ posts in a while, but I’ve definitely still been receiving books at a fairly rapid rate. I’ve chosen my most anticipated reads for this two-part post…I hope there are some in there you’re eagerly anticipating reading too, or at least are inspired to learn more about them!
First up is Across the Universe, by Beth Revis. Every time I read the title of this book my brain bursts into yes, THOSE lyrics (nothin’s gonna change my world….nothin’s gonna change my world), but Beth Revis’ book version is about OUTER SPACE, you guys! YA outer space.
Amy is cryogenically frozen, along with her parents, and placed aboard a spaceship as frozen cargo with the expectation that they’ll all wake up in 300 years on a cool new planet. Except Amy wakes up 50 years too early, on board the ship, and everything is kind of crazy – she learns that someone meant for her to die, and now her parents are next. There’s madness, but also romance. And it’s been receiving good reviews across the blogging universe – so I thought I’d give it a test-drive myself.
Next: Lady Audley’s Secret, by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Are you a sucker for the strange bravado of a red/pink colour combination? I know I am! But that isn’t the reason I chose this book.
Lady Audley’s Secret caused quite the sensation back in the day and was read widely during the Victorian era. Since reading Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White, I’ve been searching for another novel with similar themes and feel, and was recommended this one. With a protagonist as beautiful as she is murderous, Lady Audley’s Secret should prove to be quite the thriller!
And the award for the most random book on Aimee’s bookshelf goes to: the recently acquired The Cloudspotter’s Guide, by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Published in 2007, this is a not-so-serious guide on Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s hobby: ‘the science, history and culture of clouds’. Oftentimes on long car trips I find myself looking up at the sky and losing myself in sweet cotton daydreams or becoming pensive over the bruised and stormy harbingers of doom. But I don’t really know what they’re there for, where they come from, or how to tell them apart. I expect that if I like this read, I will be heading out to purchase his latest: The Wavewatcher’s Companion.
Part 2 up next!