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I haven't really covered the fact that I will be jetting off back to England for a month in a couple of weeks yet, and this still  isn&#...

I haven't really covered the fact that I will be jetting off back to England for a month in a couple of weeks yet, and this still isn't one of those posts I'm afraid. It will come in due time I assure you, but I can't quite put into words how I feel at this very moment. This isn't completely beside the point but let me get into the crux of this post.

I've been getting into reading a lot recently, and my boyfriend has let me use his kindle account so I can read some of the books that he has in his library. I have my account on my very own kindle and his account currently linked up to my iPad. Now, my iPad is going to have a permanent fixture in England when I go back and will not be travelling with me on my return flight back to Australia. Technically, I could still sync up the account with my kindle when I'm back, but I thought I'd create myself a little challenge of sorts.

I want to see how many of Alex's books (that I haven't read) I can finish from now up until the time that I get back to England, and I'm counting the ma-hoo-sively long plane journey in this time limit too. So here's the list of books I want to start reading, and I have until when I arrive back in England on the 20th June to do this!

Cruel Summer - Juno Dawson
A year after Janey’s suicide, her friends reunite at a remote Spanish villa, desperate to put the past behind them. However, an unwelcome guest arrives claiming to have evidence that Janey was murdered. When she is found floating in the pool, it becomes clear one of them is a killer. Only one thing is for certain, surviving this holiday is going to be murder.

All of the Above - Juno Dawson
This is a funny and moving love story about friends, first loves and self-discovery. When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry, exam pressure and anxiety over fitting in. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who's the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the 'alternative' kids take Toria under their wing. And that's when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band - and it's instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there's and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

Alex keeps on telling me to read some more Juno Dawson (formally known as James), and this is going to be the starting point as it's his favourite out of all of these. I read Say Her Name a couple of years back and I was throughly impressed with Juno's writing so I'm hoping for more of the same. This is the book that I'm currently reading, and so far it's a funny and easy read!

Hollow Pike - Juno Dawson
She thought she’d be safe in the country, but you can’t escape your own nightmares, and Lis London dreams repeatedly that someone is trying to kill her. Lis thinks she’s being paranoid - after all who would want to murder her? She doesn’t believe in the local legends of witchcraft. She doesn’t believe that anything bad will really happen to her. You never do, do you? Not until you’re alone in the woods, after dark - and a twig snaps... Hollow Pike - where witchcraft never sleeps.

Under My Skin - Juno Dawson
Meet Molly Sue. Once she's under your skin there's no getting rid of her. Seventeen-year-old Sally Feather is not exactly a rebel. Her super-conservative parents and her treatment at the hands of high school bullies means that Sally's about as shy and retiring as they come - but all that's about to change. Accidentally ending up in the seedier side of town one day, Sally finds herself mysteriously lured to an almost-hidden tattoo parlour - and once inside, Sally is quickly seduced by its charming owner, Rosita, and her talk of how having a secret tattoo can be as empowering as it is thrilling. Almost before she knows what she is doing, Sally selects sexy pin-up Molly Sue, and has her tattooed on her back - hoping that Molly Sue will inspire her to be as confident and popular as she is in her dreams.

Library of Souls - Ransom Riggs
The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children. They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

I was lucky enough to receive beautiful hard copies of the first two books (which I have in England) but I was overseas when the third one was released, I believe. I really enjoyed the photographical element to the previous books, as it really brought some life and realism into the story. However, on this third installment, I am reading in an ebook format, so I'm a little skeptical about how it's all going to work out. 

Sharp Objects - Gillian Flynn
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole life trying to cut from her memory. As Camille works to uncover the truth about these violent crimes, she finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Clues keep leading to dead ends, forcing Camille to unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past to get at the story. Dogged by her own demons, Camille will have to confront what happened to her years before if she wants to survive this homecoming.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks - E. Lockhart
Fifteen-year-old Frankie Landau-Banks has grown up a lot over the summer. She's no longer daddy's little girl - and almost immediately after starting the new semester at her highly prestigious school, she bags goofy-but-gorgeous Matthew Livingston as her boyfriend. They get along great but then Frankie discovers that Matthew is a member of a boys-only secret society that specialise in 'hilarious' pranks. Which hardly seems fair... especially when Frankie knows she's smarter than any of its members. And to prove this, she's going to teach them a lesson. Impersonating lead member Alpha by using a fake email account is surprisingly easy, and soon Frankie is setting the boys up with all sorts of ridiculous schemes and sending them on wild goose chase after wild goose chase. Alpha's not prepared to lose face and admit it's not him sending the emails - but the fun can't last forever, and soon Frankie will have to choose between what she think she wants, and the reputation she deserves.

The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman
Will is the bearer of the knife. Now, accompanied by angels, his task is to deliver that powerful, dangerous weapon to Lord Asriel - by the command of his dying father. But how can he go looking for Lord Asriel when Lyra is gone? Only with her help can he fathom the myriad plots and intrigues that beset him. The two great powers of the many worlds are lining up for war, and Will must find Lyra, for together they are on their way to battle, an inevitable journey that will even take them to the world of the dead.

I read the first two books Northern Lights (I will not write the American version of 'The Golden Compass' - that annoys the hell out of me) and The Subtle Knife agesss ago. His Dark Materials was the first series that ever got a reread because of my lack of liking to marathon series. I started the first book, then forgot all about it when I wanted to read the second book so I reread the first book - and repeat! I'm going to read some notes on the previous books though, instead of rereading so I remember everything. So excited to finally finish this trilogy!

Dark Places - Gillian Flynn
Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the 'Libby Day fund'. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend - a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family's past to uncover the truth - no matter how painful.

I loved and I hated Gone Girl - I hated it because of the characters, and I hated every single one of them. I don't see that as a bad thing with the book as a whole as they were developed perfectly, in fact, I see that as high praise for the Gillian Flynn that I would have such high opinions of characters that she has created. I am super excited to see what else this author has in store with us in this book, as well as with Sharp Objects.

Have you read any of these books?

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