In my mailbox is a meme that can be found over at The Story Siren, intending to share any books bought/gifted/borrowed over time. I’ve decided to post these on Wednesdays sporadically, with the intention to share what I’ve got my hands on recently. Thanks to primarily Goodreads for blurbs and covers.

All from the charity shop this week.

Inkheart (Inkheart #1) – Cornelia Funke

Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service.

Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.

Genre: YA/Children’s Fantasy

I grabbed this one on Saturday when I popped over to the book/furniture shop for a little break. The charity shop I work in has 2 shops, I work in the book/furniture one on Mondays and the bric-a-brac one on Saturdays and Saturday I was stressed as all hell, so I decided to escape for 5 or 10 minutes. While over there I perused the shelves and spotted this one which I remembered had been on my wishlist for a while – so long, in fact, that it had never been categorised. It should be a fun little read.

The Host – Stephenie Meyer

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, didn’t expect to find its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Reluctant allies, Wanderer and Melanie set off to search for the man they both love.

Genre: YA SciFi Romance?

This is one that I’m curious about. I didn’t mind the first Twilight book too much, I just found that they got progressively worse in content. Bad writing doesn’t bother me too much so long as it’s subtle and the story itself is good. The premise behind The Host sounds interesting and thus I’d like to give it a read. My only issue was that I wasn’t prepared to pay full price for it, so lucky it popped up in the charity shop for 50p. Another nice easy read.

The Awakening and The Struggle (The Vampire Diaries #1-2) – L.J. Smith

The Awakening: Elena Gilbert is used to getting what she wants and she wants mysterious new boy, Stefan. But Stefan is hiding a deadly secret – a secret that will change Elena’s life for ever …

The Struggle: Elena is torn between her boyfriend, Stefan, and his brother, Damon. But these brothers hide dark secrets and a tragic past that threatens them all. Damon wants to lead Elena astray – and he’d rather kill Stefan than let him possess her …

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Dot dot dot. Ellipses are cool. *cough* Okay I use them a lot, but I’m not writing a book blurb here. And that cover! Will admit, it’s a little more interesting looking than the Twilight one but even so. Anyway this one I’ve seen is pretty popular amongst a lot of book bloggers and I’ve heard the series is a bit of a guilty pleasure (unless you enjoy vampires, and then it’s apparently great), I haven’t seen it yet myself but I will admit to being morbidly curious despite knowing that I don’t hold much of a soft spot for paranormal romance. At just 389 pages for both of the first two in the series, really does look a nice, easy read! Plus, I do remember one of the Night World books being especially awesome back when I was 11. There’s another series I’d really like to dig my teeth into sometime.

Can’t know if you like them unless you try them, eh?