The Book-It List

So last month I challenged myself to read four books, you can read the post here. I'm actually still reading the last one from February so I guess you could count that for this month's too...

Here's my Goodreads challenge update, give me a follow for encouragement!

The books for March were all bought in a charity shop near where I live and you just can't beat it for when you're at a loss of what to read.

I picked up the following three, a couple of which I'll probably read whilst travelling to and from Berlin next week, eep!

*All blurbs or reviews found on Amazon previous to reading.


Ian McEwan

'On the hottest day of the summer of 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis sees her sister Cecilia strip off her clothes and plunge into the fountain in the garden of their country house. Watching her is Robbie Turner, her childhood friend who, like Cecilia, has recently come down from Cambridge. 
By the end of that day, the lives of all three will have been changed for ever. Robbie and Cecilia will have crossed a boundary they had not even imagined at its start, and will have become victims of the younger girl's imagination. Briony will have witnessed mysteries, and committed a crime for which she will spend the rest of her life trying to atone.'

After reading the blurb, I instantly recognised the same thrilling feeling I had whilst reading Ian McEwan's novel 'Enduring Love' (which if you haven't read, you definitely should if you're a fan of a thriller). It's clear that this story will have the same twists and turns and I am fully expecting to be hooked.

Life of Pi
Yann Martel

'One boy, one boat, one tiger ...After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, a solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific. The only survivors from the wreck are a sixteen year-old boy named Pi, a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary and best-loved works of fiction in recent years.'

When this was released as a film last year, there was a lot of hype. I am still yet to see the film so I decided to read it first because well, I'm on of those people who think you should read before watching...
It sounds very different to the sort of story I'm used to but I'm going to give it a go. Let me know your thoughts if you have read it!

My Booky Wook
Russell Brand

'Russell Brand grew up in Essex . His father left when he was three months old, he was bulimic at 12 and left school at 16 to study at the Italia Conti stage school. There, he began drinking heavily and taking drugs. He regularly visited prostitutes in Soho, began cutting himself, took drugs on stage during his stand-up shows, and even set himself on fire while on crack cocaine...'

So that is only the beginning of what was written about this book on Amazon. I'd say it covers the controversial icon fairly well and I'm interested in what this book has to reveal. I'm on the Brand bandwagon so to speak - no matter his questionable history of crime and generally being an opinionated git - I think he's a bit of alright.