Owned is the first book in the Billionaire Banker series and was a bit of a random read for me this morning when I couldn’t sleep. It has a bit of an unusual premise: 19-year-old Lana Bloom’s mother is dying of cancer and with no money to pay for further treatment for her, she decides to offer her virginity to her creepy boss for £50,000. However, she has a chance encounter with Blake Barrington, a (you guessed it) billionaire banker who offers to pay Lana £100,000 to basically be his personal escort for three months. Like I said, the premise is a bit unusual haha!
Welcome to the first month of my new book club, where myself and my best friend Kayleigh will discuss a new book each week! Our very first book is The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I explained our reasoning behind choosing it fully in my introduction post at the start of the month if you would like some more background information!
The Host is a dystopian novel set in the future, where Earth has been occupied by an alien race. The majority of humans have been replaced by gentle and kind ‘souls’. Our heroine is Wanderer, a soul who takes over the body of Melanie Stryder. Melanie doesn’t surrender her body easily though, and Wanda ends up breaking the rules of her people to reunite with Melanie’s loved ones. This leads her to a group of humans who have managed to avoid being captured. The Host explores what it means to be human, and the complexity of human relationships. It’s an all-time favourite of mine so I couldn’t wait to reread it and discuss it. In my post we discuss the slow start of the book and the main characters, then you can head over to Kayleigh’s post to read about the supporting characters and our hopes for the sequel. Enjoy!
This book caught my eye immediately when I was browsing Amazon (if you missed my post last week I discovered that Amazon Prime users get free books!). A dystopian YA focused on gender politics? Obviously, I was sold straight away. I was hoping for an interesting, original dystopia from a feminist perspective, and couldn’t wait to get started. Whilst it didn’t live up to my expectations, it was still a fairly decent read.
Guys, I was just on Amazon and spotted a ‘prime members read for free’ banner which I obviously clicked on immediately. If you have an amazon prime membership you can download selected books and magazines to your kindle or tablet for free! How have I only just found out about this?! There’s a great selection of books to choose from, from all different genres. I’ve immediately started downloading books – and am perhaps getting a little carried away…
Happy Friday and happy reading!
The last ‘You Should be Watching’ post I shared was about the Amazon show Good Girls Revolt (RIP), which I think I’m the only person who actually watched. The show I’m writing about today is way more famous than that, and I’m sure most of you will have already heard of this one: Big Little Lies. Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz, this show got a lot of attention before it had even aired. When I first heard about it I was immediately excited (you know I’ll watch/read anything with well written female characters), and couldn’t wait to watch. Annoyingly, the show aired in the UK in March, which is when I was finishing off my dissertation as well as juggling other coursework, so I wasn’t able to watch it. I finally decided to catch up this week, and guys, it’s SO GOOD.
I’m a bit of a weirdo when it comes to music. I get really obsessed with a few random songs and play them repeatedly until another song catches my attention. I’m really bad for falling down a YouTube black hole and finding cheesy songs from the 90s that no one listens to anymore, and then listening to them non stop. Does anyone else do this? My YouTube recommendations are always so embarrassing, I dread anyone looking at them. Anyway, here are 5 of the songs that I’ve been majorly obsessed with for the past couple of weeks, don’t judge me too harshly for them!
I went for lunch earlier this week with my best friend Kayleigh and as usual, we ended up discussing books. We’re both big readers, so every time we meet we inevitably end up chatting about our favourite recent reads. Whilst we were talking we moved onto the subject of book clubs, and how annoying it is that there are no book clubs aimed at young adults in our local area. Long story short, we decided that instead of just complaining, why not create our own?