My Favourite Books

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I have recently signed up an account over at Goodreads which is an awesome social media network for all book lovers. Get yourself over there if you haven’t already! One of the first things I needed to do was let them know my favourite books so that they could automatically generate recommendations for me based on those. Well that’s a tough question for a Scatterbooker like me,  but I have managed to come up with a short but definitely not comprehensive list.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,

The Power of One by Bryce Courtney,

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee,

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen,

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë ,

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger,

Bridget Jone’s Diary by Helen Fielding,

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory,

The Pact by Jodi Picoult,

The Kay Scarpetta Series by Patricia Cornwell,

1984 by George Orwell

It by Stephen King.

Over at Goodreads I have also joined the Aussie Readers group. It is full of very friendly Australian readers who have some brilliant book suggestions and they run seasonal reading challenges that everyone can join in with. I definitely recommend that any Australian readers head over and say hello to the lovely people over there.

I have decided to take part in the Aussie Readers December Challenge which is to read as many Christmas or New Year themed books as possible during December. So far I have decided to read:

The Perfect Christmas by Kate Forster

Yours for Christmas by Susan Mallery

Come Home for Christmas, Cowboy by Megan Crane

Also on my current reading list are:

Gray Mountain by John Grisham

I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes

Explicit Detail by Scarlett Finn

I will also need to be offline for around two weeks starting from Tuesday 25th of November. I have created Scatterbooker as part of an assignment for one of my university subjects at Curtin University. So that means that while the assignment is being marked I won’t be able to make changes to https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/ or any of my social media accounts. I’m going to miss all of you so much while I am offline, but I will use the time away to work on getting some of these book reviews ready to post as soon as my assignment is graded. While I am in exile you can still contact me at scatterbooker@gmail. I would love to hear about your favourite books or any Christmas/New Year themed books that you love.

 

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Leaving Time: Jodi Picoult

Title: Leaving Time elephant

Author: Jodi Picoult

ISBN: 978-0-345-54492-6

E-Book ISBN: 978-0-345-54493-3

Published: October 14th 2014 by Ballantine Books, New York.

Rating: 4/5

My Thoughts:

Jenna Metcalfe is 13 years old and desperately wants to find her mother. Alice Metcalfe has been missing for the past 10 years after a mysterious death of one of the employees at the elephant sanctuary that she owned with her husband Thomas. Alice was taken to hospital with a head injury after the accident but checked herself out and disappeared before she was questioned by police. Thomas had a mental breakdown and was institutionalized leaving Jenna to live with her grandmother. Jenna enlists the help of Serenity Jones, a disgraced former psychic to the stars who has lost her psychic ability and Virgil Stanhope, the original detective for Alice’s case who is now an alcoholic private investigator, to help her find out what happened to Alice once and for all.

Similarly to a lot of Jodi Picoult’s books, “Leaving Time” is written by several of the main character’s point of view. This can take a little while to get used to but I find that it does get easier to keep track of everyone after a while. Alice’s entries contain some fascinating facts about elephants and Jodi has obviously done an amazing amount of research on this subject. She is also incredibly passionate about elephant conservation which I found to resonate really well with Alice’s character. I recommend a visit the website of The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee which features in the book if you are interested in finding out more about elephant conservation.

“Leaving Time”  is about motherhood, grief, ghosts, memories and the connection between humans and animals with a lot of mystery and suspense thrown in for good measure. The more I read of this book, the more I desperately had to find out what on earth happened to Alice. I can guarantee that the twist at the end will knock your socks off!

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What is a Scatterbooker?

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A Scatterbooker reads books from far and wide, on any subject and from any genre. A Scatterbooker can never choose just one favourite book, author or even genre. If you ask them, they will probably give you a list of thousands. A Scatterbooker will usually have at least one or two books that they are currently reading at any given time and a ‘to read’ list a mile long. A Scatterbooker is well read on a wide variety of subjects which makes them exceptional conversationalists. They are up to date on current events and trends and are always the best people to ask “have you read any good books lately?”

If you are a Scatterbooker like me you might find some good books to read over at Scatterbooker on Goodreads.

Image adapted from an image that was uploaded by FutUndBeidl (2012) which was sourced via Flickr and I’m am sharing under the Creative Commons License. Visit here to view the original image.