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This Week In Books (Nov 9th 2016)


This Week In Books is a weekly update on what you’ve been reading hosted by Lipsyy Lost & Found . A similar meme is hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.

∧ Then ∧ White Noise, Don DeLillo / Faithful, Alice Hoffman


Jack Gladney teaches Hitler Studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New York expatriates who want to immerse themselves in “American magic and dread.” Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by their love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passage of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism.

Then a lethal black chemical cloud floats over their lives, an “airborne toxic event” unleashed by an industrial accident. The menacing cloud is a more urgent and visible version of the “white noise” engulfing the Gladney family—radio transmissions, sirens, microwaves, ultrasonic appliances, and TV murmurings—pulsing with life, yet suggesting something ominous.

Another assigned reading! This time I managed to finish it. I would not say it blew my mind and reconciled me with assigned reads but it was not as bad as Lolita.


From the New York Times bestselling author of The Marriage of Opposites and The Dovekeepers comes a soul-searching story about a young woman struggling to redefine herself and the power of love, family, and fate.

Growing up on Long Island, Shelby Richmond is an ordinary girl until one night an extraordinary tragedy changes her fate. Her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident, while Shelby walks away with the burden of guilt.

What happens when a life is turned inside out? When love is something so distant it may as well be a star in the sky? Faithful is the story of a survivor, filled with emotion—from dark suffering to true happiness—a moving portrait of a young woman finding her way in the modern world. A fan of Chinese food, dogs, bookstores, and men she should stay away from, Shelby has to fight her way back to her own future. In New York City she finds a circle of lost and found souls—including an angel who’s been watching over her ever since that fateful icy night.

Here is a character you will fall in love with, so believable and real and endearing, that she captures both the ache of loneliness and the joy of finding yourself at last. For anyone who’s ever been a hurt teenager, for every mother of a daughter who has lost her way, Faithful is a roadmap.

Alice Hoffman’s “trademark alchemy” (USA TODAY) and her ability to write about the “delicate balance between the everyday world and the extraordinary” (WBUR) make this an unforgettable story. With beautifully crafted prose, Alice Hoffman spins hope from heartbreak in this profoundly moving novel.

I am usually not very nice with coming of age stories, but this one convinced me. I wish there had been a warning about the mistreatment of animals story involved, though. My heart broke too many times for those poor babies.

≈ Now ≈ Safe with Me, K.L Slater


Thirteen years ago someone did something very bad to Anna. Now it’s her turn to get even …

Anna lives a solitary existence, taking solace in order and routine. Her only friend is the lonely old lady next door. She doesn’t like to let people to get too close – she knows how much damage they can do.

Then one ordinary day Anna witnesses a devastating road accident and recognises the driver as Carla, the woman who ruined her life all those years ago. Now it’s Anna’s chance to set things straight but her revenge needs to be executed carefully …

First she needs to get to know Liam, the man injured in the accident. She needs to follow the police investigation. She needs to watch Carla from the shadows…

But as Anna’s obsession with Carla escalates, her own secrets start to unravel. Is Carla really dangerous or does Anna need to worry about someone far closer to home?

A new read by Bookouture! I’m only 13% in but so far so good.

∨ Next ∨ Hello Me, It’s You, Hannah Todd


“Keep smiling and being you. Don’t let the world change you”

Hello Me, it’s You is a collection of letters by young adults aged 17-24 about their experiences with mental health issues. The letters are written to their 16-year-old selves, giving beautifully honest advice, insight and encouragement for all that lays ahead of them.

This book was produced by the Hello Me, it’s You charity, set up by the editor, Hannah. Hannah was diagnosed with depression and anxiety whilst at university and found comfort in talking to friends about their experiences, realising she was not alone in her situation. This inspired the idea for the charity and book. Through the creation of materials such as this, the charity aims to provide reassurance for young adults (and their families) who are experiencing mental health issues and give a voice to young adults on such an important topic. The result of that will hopefully be a reduction in the negative stigma surrounding mental health and an increase in awareness of young people’s experiences. All profits go the Hello Me, it’s You charity, for the production of future supportive books.

Trigger warning: Due to it’s nature, the content of this book may be triggering. Contains personal experiences of depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, trichotillomania and other mental health issues, as well as issues such as assault.

“…both beautiful and necessary” Sarah Franklin

Just what I need at the moment. I heard good things about this project and selfishly I hope it might help me a little, and help others a lot.

Have you read any of these books? What is on your list this week?
Do share in the comments:)
Happy reading



53 thoughts on “This Week In Books (Nov 9th 2016)”

  1. Faithful looks really intriguing! I may just have to add that to my TBR! I hope you enjoy these books this week. 🙂


  2. Isn’t White Noise made into a movie too? I’m too scared to watch those kind of movies though. I like the sound of Faithful but the thought of animal cruelty, I’m not sure I want to read it then. Safe With Me sounds like a great book, one I might add to my wishlist too perhaps. I’ve not read many reviews about that one yet but it seems like a good book!


    1. I checked and there’s indeed a movie (I even saw it) but it’s not related to the book. The movie is about voices of deceased people heard through the noise on your TV. Scary stuff! The book has nothing to do with this. I might have liked it better (or been scared witless!) Well, it was difficult reading about dogs being abandoned for example but I should have added things do get better for all of them but I saw it as a bit of spoiler, oops! There’s nothing “too” cruel, but I hate any mistreatment and I cuddled my babies a lot while reading the book to get a bit of comfort. I don’t tolerate animals not being treated as they should. Give me grisly murders every day but don’t make me read about a sad dog. Safe with Me is creepy, there’s a dark side to the story that is very appealing.

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      1. Oooff, that’s good news twice. I’m the same as you are, I don’t want to read that animals are mistreated, I can’t even watch those FB clips where they have they show a spectactular transformation of a poor dog because although they are happy in the end, the beginning is guaranteed to break my heart. Your ‘confession’ makes me change my mind, I might want to read it after all!


        1. I can’t either! My friends make fun of me because of that! I just can’t bear to see a poor and defenseless creature in such a state. If you can handle a little sadness followed by a spark of “chance” you will enjoy the story and meet adorable animals!

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    1. Well, the animals’situation do get better (thankfully or I would have been a mess at the end of the book) but I wish I had known prior to reading that I had to keep my dogs near to cuddle them when things got bad a few times. I’m glad I resisted and finished the story, despite those heartbreaks!

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        1. I just don’t want anyone else to feel crushed without warning! :((( There should be badges attached to books with animal status! Okay / Will make you cry / Say goodbye to your animal-lover heart, so you can pick what’s easier for you!

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  3. Glad to hear that you enjoyed Faithful. I have it on my TBR because I keep seeing it pop up everywhere! And glad to have the warning about animal mistreatment. I hate stories where animals get hurt 😦
    Happy Reading ❤


    1. I wanted to avoid other reader getting the surprise of a heartbreak caused by an animal’s story. A lot happens but I kept reading, and my surviving means the dogs survive too 🙂 Happy reading!

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    1. Yep there is, and I did not know. I ended up sending my kindle a little too abruptly on the table… But *light spoiler!* the mistreatment never last long, which was a relief or I would never have had the guts to finish the ARC! Surprisingly I really liked this story, despite the mixed reviews and the fact I don’t do well with coming-of-age books.

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  4. Adding Faithful to my TBR, every time I come across a Alice Hoffman book I’m intrigued by the synopsis…they always have a touch of quirkiness. Hope to fall on the side who love it 🙂


    1. Yes, I’ve seen the blog tour start 🙂 I’m not part of it, I had forgotten the ARC was waiting for me on NetGalley because I’ve been staying far far away from the site to avoid requesting! Faithful was a cover pick and the story surprised me in a very good way 🙂 Thank you for the link!

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    1. It sounds creepy, it IS creepy. I still can’t pinpoint why it’s different from the usual creepiness but I had a weird feeling all the way! Love seeing you buried in thrillers 😀

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