123. The Man who was Thursday- G.K Chesterton

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Title: The Man who was Thursday

Author: G.K Chesterton

Rating: ★★

On the Shelves: Fiction> Classics

‘”A man’s brain is a bomb,” he cried out, loosening suddenly his strange passion and striking his own skull with violence. “My brain feels like a bomb, night and day. It must expand! It must expand! A man’s brain must expand, if it breaks up the universe”‘

In a park in London, secret policeman Gabriel Syme strikes up a conversation with an anarchist. Sworn to do his duty, Syme uses his new acquaintance to go undercover in Europe’s Central Anarchist Council and infiltrate their deadly mission, even managing to have himself voted to the position of ‘Thursday’. When Syme discovers another undercover policeman on the Council, however, he starts to question his role in their operations. And as a desperate chase across Europe begins, his confusion grows, as well as his confidence in his ability to outwit his enemies. But he has still to face the greatest terror that the Council has: a man named Sunday, whose true nature is worse than Syme could ever have imagined (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday 32:- Spooky Reads!

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Time for the weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish once again, this week, in the spirit of the season, we have been asked to list our top ten Halloween-esque recommendations!

Mine are all books I have read and recommend, and I split them into three categories: Horror, Paranormal and Suspense. I don’t read much “horror” so I was pretty limited from what I have read, but I think it is a decent list 🙂

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122. The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)- Rick Riordan

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Title: The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5)

Author: Rick Riordan

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Young Adult Fiction> Fantasy

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over (Goodreads 2014)

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121. How to be a Woman- Caitlin Moran

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Title: How to be a Woman

Author: Caitlin Moran

Rating: ★★★★

On the Shelves: Non-fiction> memoir

 

Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven’t been burned as witches since 1727, life isn’t exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them?

Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women’s lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from the riot of adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother. With rapier wit, Moran slices right to the truth—whether it’s about the workplace, strip clubs, love, fat, abortion, popular entertainment, or children—to jump-start a new conversation about feminism. With humor, insight, and verve, How To Be a Woman lays bare the reasons female rights and empowerment are essential issues not only for women today but also for society itself” (Goodreads 2014)

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Top Ten Tuesday: 31- Top 10 New Series I want to start soon!

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This weekly meme hosted by Broke and the Bookish allows us to post a themed “top ten” each week. This week asks for you to list your top ten new series you wish/hope to start soon!- Well I’ve interpreted this as “new to me” series, so they won’t all be brand new out, just series I’ve not started yet but really, really want to!

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Giveaways: thebookheap is (nearly) 1 year old!

Firstly, I feel like I need to apologise for not updating over the weekend/s- which is stupid, because I work most weekends and I need to work to live so yeah, I shouldn’t feel bad for not being able to post. Hopefully I will be able to keep my schedule during the week going smoothly though.

I wanted to put a post up today, where instead of a review, I briefly mention giveaways!

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I recently won my first ever giveaway, hosted by the lovely Rachel over at “confessionsofabookgeek”- one of the first book bloggers I followed when I set up thebookheap last December. I’ve linked her profile so that you can click through and nose at her blog and follow her, because she is a very good book blogger who I recommend for sure!

Anyway, she recently hosted a “books to screen adaptations” based giveaway, which I somehow managed to win! As you can see from the picture, I chose Ned Vizzini’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story- which I’ve never read nor seen but I’ve heard good things about.  Thank you so much for this, Rachel! Can’t wait to read it!

It inspired me though, with my One Year blog-oversary (holy moly!) approaching, along with my nearing 100 followers (again, Holy Moly!!) I want to host my first giveaway as a thank you to all those who have followed my blog so far and those of you in the book community who have been so welcoming to me over the last year. I’ve yet to set this up properly, but keep your eyes peeled because it is an up-and-coming thing which I’ll post about nearer to the time. Probably aim for the end of November so I can post the winner’s book out before the christmas rush!

Friday’s Fairy Tales: The Frog King

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It’s time for another of Friday’s Fairytales, and this week, I have chosen

“The Frog King”

Origins: “The Frog King” , also known as “The Frog Prince” or even “Iron Henry”, is a tale which is normally featured at the very start of any Brothers Grimm tale collection. Most people will recognise this from Disney’s loose adaptation of the tale: The Princess and the Frog.

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