Sunday Roundup

The Sunday Roundup #2

Welcome to The Sunday Roundup where I roundup some of the fun bookish things I have come across in the last week. If there is something missing that you would like me to include, or you know of something that I might like and haven’t included, please do give me a shout!

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Incoming Books:

Outgoing Books:

None this week!

Finished Books:

Currently Reading (I REALLY need to finish up some of these):

Read-a-thons & Challenges:

Exciting Bookish News:

  • The Cover has been revealed for the new Harry Potter Companion Book, ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’.
  • Anne Franks Diary only comes out of storage every 10 years and this time around, they have discovered new pages; it’s amazing what they can do with modern technology!
  • This isn’t exciting at all but it is Bookish News .. I HOPE that they were trying to make a point and so didn’t show those that could do it but …. sigh. Watch this.

Books I have added to my Wish List this Week:

Upcoming Releases of Note:

I haven’t had the chance to look at this one – apologies!

Competitions I’ve Entered:

None this week (although I have done a few RT’s on Twitter it’s worth looking at!)

Sales & Good Deals I Know About:

My Loves of the Week:

  • The Charles Paris Dramatisations from the BBC. Bill Nighy is amazing in everything he does but he plays this part particularly well and is very funny!  The dramatisations are based on the books by Simon Brett.
  • I loved to see Harry and Meghan having a lovely time at their wedding – lots of smiles and giggles – BRILLIANT!

And finally.. a bookish quote of the week..

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Review

Review: The Cult on Fog Island by Mariette Lindstein

Rating: 4

Date Started: 9th May 2018

Date Finished: 13th May 2018

Where I got it from: NetGalley (via Publishers HQ)

Cost: £0.00 in return for an honest review

Published: NG lists as 17 May 2018 but Amazon lists as 24 Jan 2019.

Blurb: The most deadly trap is the one you don’t see…

Sofia has just finished university and ended a troubled relationship when she attends a lecture about a New Age movement, Via Terra. Its leader is Franz Oswald, young, good-looking, urbane and mesmerizing.

When Franz invites Sofia to visit Fog Island, the organization’s headquarters, Sofia is dazzled by the beautiful mansion overlooking the sea, the well-tended gardens, the peaceful atmosphere and the purposefulness of the people who live there. And she can’t ignore the attraction she feels for Oswald, and clearly he is fascinated by her also. So she decides to stay.

But when summer gives way to winter, and the dense fog from which the island derives its name sets in for months, it becomes clear that Franz rules the island with an iron fist. No phones or computers are allowed. All contact with the mainland is severed. Sofia begins to realize how very alone she is. And it becomes clear that no one leaves Fog Island…

About the Author: Mariette Lindstein was born and raised in Halmstad on the west coast of Sweden. At the age of 20, she joined the Church of Scientology and worked for the next 25 years at all levels of the organisation, including at its International HQ outside Los Angeles.

Mariette left the church in 2004 and is now married to Dan Soon, an author and artist. They live in the forest outside Halmstad with their three dogs. The Cult on Fog Island is her debut novel and was first published in Sweden where it won the Best Crime Debut at the Specsavers CrimeTime Awards.

Mariette now dedicates her life to writing and lecturing to warn others about the dangers of cults and cult mentality.

My Review: I want to point out here that this is the first book in a trilogy and is also translated from the original Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles.  I am not sure when the 2nd and 3rd books are going to be translated and published in English.

The book started a little slow – there were times when I felt that the translation faltered and slightly bought me out of the zone but not to the point that it made me think of putting it down .. because I was gripped from the start. Put the word ‘cult’ int he title of a book, film or TV Show and I’m in!  Not sure why it fascinated me so much but it does and this didn’t disappoint me!

I think one of the things I liked about it so much is that you can see it happening – looking at it from the outside it’s easy to see where things are going wrong and where Oswald is exerting his influence over Sofia and you almost want to shout at the pages “Can’t you see what’s happening here?!” or “Have a mind of your own for goodness sakes” but then that is the whole issue with cults and cult mentality.

There were a couple of occasions where information seemed ‘tagged’ on as if the writer realised, in editing, that she hadn’t introduced a theme, idea or person but again it didn’t really detract from the story or feeling and the final one (that I noticed) I even found myself thinking “we must need to know he was here for a future plot line” .. and we did!

I toyed with my star rating and I erred on the side of lower only because there were some things that poked at me … but in total honesty, I am not sure if it was plot holes / inaccuracies or very clever writing making me totally ensconced in the story.

Either way, I really enjoyed it and I will absolutely most definitely pick up the next in the series – having read the synopsis for it I am very much hoping that it is on it’s way soon!

Book 2: The Cult that Resurrected (Swedish Title)

Book 3: Children of the Cult (Swedish Title)

**I was sent this book by the publisher in return for an honest review and some of the links are affiliate**

2017, Book, Hardback, Review

Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

 

Rating: 4

Date Started: 15th November 2017

Date Finished: 16th November 2017

Amazon Link (I am NOT an affilliate)

Where I got it from: Library

Cost: £0.00

Blurb: When Mae is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. Run out of a sprawling California campus, the Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, and finances with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of transparency. Mae can’t believe her great fortune to work for them – even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public.

My Review: WOW. I’m not totally sure where to start with this one which I guess is why it has taken me a while to write this review!  I read the book for my Book Club.- it was our first book and recommended by one of our members who warned us it would make us think.  She wasn’t wrong!

It scared me, made me cringe and outraged me .. but all in a ‘good’ way, as in not because the book itself was badly written, quite the opposite in fact. Dave has a way of making you feel like you are sitting on Mae’s shoulder and going through everything with her.  She is a mostly likeable character, until things get really hairy towards the end maybe, but in all honestly, I think it affected me so much as I know that I would have been like her and done what she did throughout most of the book.

I spent a lot of time reading with my jaw on the floor, saying “bloody hell” in my head and reading excerpts out to my family, but the reality is that we are not all that far from what goes on in this book at all.  There are times when this level of scrutiny might be useful but in general it fills me with dread.  I have a horrid general FOMO anyway so I hope I am gone before this level of interactivity comes along!

I decided to watch the Netflix Film adaptation afterwards and was quite shocked at the changes they made – I totally understand that you can’t ever get everything in and that some artistic license has to be taken, but there were a couple of key story points that were reversed, specifically the ending,  It will be interesting to see if the roamed sequel comes along as I am not sure how they would make a film of it work!

Overall I did like the book and as I read it really quickly (it’s that kind of ‘can’t stop reading’ book) I would quite like to go back and re-read it (or perhaps listen to the audiobook) again and see if my opinions change or I notice new things, especially after the discussions at book club.