October 30, 2012

Wishlist Wednesday #1

In my search for new reading material I've come across 'Wishlist Wednesday' - a blog hop where you write about one book that's on your wishlist to read. It can be something that's been there for a while or something that you've just added. I've not taken part in many blog hops before but I can see myself doing this regularly as there are a lot of books out there I want to read and taking time to write about them might encourage me to get them off my wishlist and onto my Kindle!

The blog hop is hosted by Dani @ Pen To Paper

The book that has made my wishlist this week is Carnage by Maxime Chattam:

When a massacre takes place in a Harlem school, Lamar, A New York detective for twelve years, is called to the scene. A student, aged seventeen, has shot everyone in his path before shooting himself. Having collected all the evidence, Lamar reconstructs the blood-soaked morning of the killer. Ten days later, a second massacre occurs at a school in Queens. Once more, a student kills multiple victims before turning the gun on himself. A new massacre occurs elsewhere. Three sets of killings in three weeks, all the same with the perpetrators committing suicide. It isn't just a coincidence...

The book looks pretty short and has been translated from French so I'm interested to see how well the author can squeeze all the twists and turns needed for a good thriller into a short story and I hope that nothing is lost in translation. I'm definitely looking forward to getting into this one ... I love a good thriller!

Want to join in??

  • Follow Pen to Paper as the host
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get your hands on and read
  • Write a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of her post
  • Put a link back to pen to paper (www.pentopaperblog.com) somewhere on your post with a note about the host
  • Visit the other blogs, follow and enjoy :)

Thanks for reading! Please comment below and tell me what's on your wishlist this week....

October 28, 2012

What to read?

I'm turning to you, the imaginary people that live in my computer, for some help.

I love to read but since I came back to England I've hardly turned a page (or clicked the > button on my kindle). I'm hoping you can help me find something to change that.

To be a little bit more specific, I'm not one for soppy romances or very girly books that are about gossip or shopping (or whatever it is that girly books are about). Similarly though I'm not into very blokey books (I'm stereotyping here!) like war stuff. I'm not great at things that are set too far back in history (sorry if that's not very cultured of me but it's just not my type of thing!). Enough of what I don't like, what I do like are crime, mystery and courtroom dramas. I've enjoyed a lot of books by Michael Connelly and I also really liked the Stieg Larrson Millennium Trilogy as I could hardly put those books down!

So I'm looking for some inspiration to start reading again in the form of an exciting, gripping book! Please help and leave a comment with any recommendations you have of books and/or authors

Thank you

mmmm shopping and running....

I'm a sucker for shopping and running stuff so a couple of weeks ago I got to mix the two and treat myself. I was looking for something to wear in these months where it's too chilly for shorts and a t-shirt but it's not cold enough to break out the thermals! One of the items I've bought has really surprised me! It is the Nike Element Half-Zip Women's running top:

The main reason I bought it was because it felt like a really big hug the first time I touched it and I knew that it would feel great to wear either during or after a run. It's fitted to be flattering but is not tight, it has lovely long arms with thumb holes to keep you extra warm and it's made of Nike Dri-FIT material. I've worn it a few times and it really is much warmer than I had expected it to be!

If you're on the look out for something warm as the temperatures start to cool, I'd definitely recommend this!