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Saturday, 24 July 2010

I went to the shops and I bought...

...an adult book.

Yes, you read that right. I bought an adult book of my own free will. Actually it is the second one in less than a week. I have been trying to resist this book...

...But it sounds so good!

Real this blurb and see:

The Unit by Ninni Holmquist

Summary from Amazon:
When Dorrit Wegner turned fifty, the government transferred her to a state-of-the-art facility where she can live out her days in comfort. Her apartment is furnished to her tastes, her meals expertly served, and all at the very reasonable non-negotiable price of one cardiopulmonary system. Once an outsider without family, derided by a society bent on productivity, Dorrit finds within The Unit the company of kindred spirits and a dignity conferred by 'use' in medical tests. But when Dorrit also finds love, her peaceful submission is blown apart and she must fight to escape before her 'final donation'.

I cannot wait to get inside the pages of this book. I hope this is a positive endeavour.

A Question for you:
What was the last adult book you bought? And if you don't usually buy adult books what made you decide to give it a try?


I Want To Read That said...

ooh sounds good and it has such a great cover! Really looking forward to your review on this one.

I do buy adult books too I just don't always include them on my IMM (I'm not entirely sure why) The last one I bought was Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost (I think)

Simcha said...

I read The Unit this past year and really enjoyed it. I kept thinking back to the book weeks after I finished it. I did have a few issues though with some of the decisions made by some of the characters and I look forward to hearing your opinion of the book.

La Coccinelle said...

The last adult books I bought were My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I don't usually buy adult books, but I haven't had much luck with YA fiction lately, so I figured it was worth a shot.

Jessheartsbooks said...

I'm a new follower of your blog. I love finding other UK bloggers, will you follow me too?


Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

OMG Sounds totally fascinating. I want to know more. I can not wait for the review.

prophecygirl said...

That one does look good! The last adult book I bought was The Passage. Vampires, 'nuff said ;)

StephTheBookworm said...

Wow, that DOES sound good! I am going to add it to my TBR... and YAY for adult books. They are my favorite.

Darlyn said...

I read adult books since i read everything. i read too much YA a few months ago and I was like having girlie-complex for a while LOL

Caroline said...

Yay for Adult Books!!
I am having a YA overload recently, and I feel like reading (and even reviewing) adult books every now and then...
The Unit looks amazing! Can't wait for your review :)
Have a lovely Sunday!!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

I'd say I mostly buy adult books. The last adult book I bought was "The Lace Reader" by Brunonia Barry.
I have to confess that I usually don't even care if it's a YA novel or an adult novel, I have to be convinced by a story. But somehow, I mostly buy adult books, yep. I am a newbie to the YA genre, actually.;)

Nikki-ann said...

I've never heard of this before, but it sounds like a great read! I hope you enjoy it and I'm looking forward to reading what you think of it. :)

Lauren said...

I don't buy adult books at all (although sometimes people buy them for me) unless you count books like Graceling that are published as adult titles in the UK but YA elsewhere.

I quite like the sound of The Unit though. If it were YA it would be something I would definitely pick up.

Shweta said...

I have heard wonderful things about The Unit. I hope u like it Becky.. My last adult buy was Angelology :)

Library Mice said...

My friends and I have got together to start a reading group so I read "grown-up" books for that. We have to read "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" next.

Shera (Book Whispers) said...

That sounds really good! Kind of reminds me of The Island in away.


Rhiana said...

That does sound interesting! I do buy adult books, mainly chick lit...but I'm not enjoying them so much at the minute. maybe I need to branch out in other genre's of adult books. On second thoughts, the TBR pile couldn't cope with it.

Splendibird said...

The last adult book that I bought was The Vanished Man by Jeffrey Deaver. I'm a sucker for crime thrillers...

Amy said...

I'm a teenager but I read adult and YA novels in near equal amounts. The last adult books I bought were The Firm by John Grisham and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I finished reading them and they were both fantastic stuff. If anything, I think I prefer adult books over YA because they're more detailed and thrilling; I feel like the majority of YA novels (contemporary and paranormal alike) are wont to spending copious amounts of time describing love interests and romantic thoughts, and if done artfully this is acceptable, but unfortunately most of YA does not, and as a result reads as a bore.

brizmus said...

I'm so excited that you bought an adult book of your own free will. They really can be amazing, you know! I tend to read one for every non-adult book I read.
I also see that you are presently reading the Left Hand of God - I hope that you will love it as much as I did! Though it got a lot of bad reviews, so I'm slightly worried.
In any case, the Unit looks fabulous!

Daria Hlazatova said...

oooh, that sounds like some kind of a thriller!
the last adult book i bought was Dwarves by Harold Pinter. I'm a great fan of his plays, and this is his only novel. So I wanted to read it. I also bought some Angela Carter books then.

Alessandra @Out of the Blue said...

I have The Unit on my bookpile, too :) The plot sounds very interesting.

Becky said...

Whoa... so many comments on a post that was totally an impulse thing. A bit like me buying the unit in the first place. Hmmm... I'm a little bemused. But I love that you all had something to say. This rocks!

Sammee, I agree the cover has power. I haven't anything by Frost. You should definitely post a review!

Simcha, the fact that you were still thinking about it really encourages me. Yay!

La Coccin, that's a shamme. There are some great YA books around at the mo. I loved The Other Countess, The Sky is Everywhere and Firebrand is out in a few weeks. Of course, if you haven't read Perfect Chemistry: buy a copy now!

Jess, I will look up your blog.

Juju, ah ha, you like my taste :-)

Jenny, vampires...LOL I think The Passage will be too scary for me.

Steph, that is so cool. I'm loving that people are as intrigued as me by this book.

Darlyn, I am always impressed by people that read everything.

Caroline, I did have a great Sunday. I hope you did too. :-) You should be especially happy that this book is a translation!!! :-)

Irena, you are always reviewing "big people's" books. I like it. It encourages me too branch out a bit. Love your blog :-)

Nikki-Ann, I will be reviewing it in the next few weeks. I'll probably read it on holiday :-) Thanks for commenting.

Becky said...

Lauren, I think The Unit is right up your street. I will let ou know. It may be the first adult book you should buy?!

Shweta, angel books...I would certainly consider buying even if they are adult. ;-)

Library Mice, I am part of a book group too. We are reading The Lacuna this summer. I usually hate every book we pick. Hence I don't see them as my free will.

Shera, I may have to read The Island.

Rhiana, sometimes you find that branching out is good and sometimes it is like falling down into a muddy puddle. But I guess it is worth it if you're wearing a rain coat.

Splendibird, ah crime thrillers. I might like these as I love crime TV shows. I am obsessed with The Mentalist. Crazy in love with it actually.

Amy, INTERESTING! Thanks. It is nice to hear from a young adult's perspective. I think writer's think that teens want love and romance over everything else. It sure is good to hear that is not the case. Thanks for commenting.

Brizmus, I am trying :-). I want to read more widely otherwise I get a bit bored being a YA reviewer. Quel Surprise: I used to read Classics a lot. But now I get all these review books and they eat my time. Hence, I am cutting back. I haven't got very far with TLHOG so I can't tell you much yet.

Daria, interesting! I did not know Pinter wrote a book. I have read some Angela Carter short stories. She is excellent!

Alessandra, ooh that is great. We can compare notes. Yay!

girlsinthestacks.com said...

I just bought Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella (book club) and recently read Insatiable by Meg Cabot...book club!