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It’s a Shepherd’s Life

Doing some nature reading for Non fiction November and I had a brain wave to read these two gorgeous books

Sheep galore!

James Rebanks’ farms in the Lake District whilst W. H. Hudson lived in Wiltshire.  I think these will be fascinating to read simultaneously and compare their experiences. So i’m going to use my blog as a kind of Goodreads update as I go along.

ADDENDUM

Hmmm, I’m feeling a bit of a dunce for not knowing that A Shepherd’s Life by W H Hudson is actually a novel and not non fiction!  I guess i didnt read the blurb very well and just assumed it was a biographical account of farming in 1909.  It does say its about a character called Caleb Bawcombe too.

Oh well, you live and learn eh?  So it cant really count for non fiction November but then as my favourite BookTuber Jen at @InsertLiteraryPunHere says My channel, my rules!  Or in my case, my blog, my rules!

Currently reading

The top two books are ones I’m loving the most. The others are backup.

Vicious is so damn good and the second V E Schwab book I’ve read/reading recently. I do love me some superheroes even when they are as messed up as Victor and Eli!

In fact I’m gonna be doing a reading diary about Vicious which will include spoilers!

Books coming out in Oct/Nov

October really is a stellar month for new books. I’ve never known such a fab lot of titles published in the same month/months.

When I say books I actually mean paperbacks, some of these books have already been published in hardback but I always wait for the paperback version if I possibly can.

I’m most excited for What if it’s us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli. I reckon they will make a great author combo.

I just have another 5 days to wait for these as they are published on 18th October.

A book that is due out on 1st November is this

I literally haven’t heard a bad word said against this book and although I don’t normally read memoirs I have to give it a shot.  I have 19 days to wait to see if I like it or not.

What books are you looking forward to for the rest of 2018?

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

What a fabulous book this is, I enjoyed every page and I’m so hoping that it will be the first in a duology or even trilogy? Fingers crossed!

City of Ghosts

Synopsis

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn’t like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. So things are already pretty strange. But they’re about to get much stranger. When Cass’s parents start hosting a TV show about the world’s most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her “gift,” she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself. And she’ll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined. NYT bestselling author Victoria Schwab delivers a thrillingly spooky and action-packed tale of hauntings, history, mystery, and the bond between friends (even if that friend is a ghost . . .).

The character of Cass is a lovely creation. She is funny, brave, tough but vulnerable and needy at the same time.

I love that Victoria Schwab set the story in Edinburgh, its a place i’ve long wanted to visit and i loved the whole ‘fish out of water’, culture shock of the family as they learn about our British way of life.  The story is so funny in many places but never turns into a farce and then suddenly she writes some really moving dialogue and I was nearly in tears.

I cant recommend this book highly enough.

Is there a book similar to this or another book by V.E. Schwab maybe that I should try next?

October book haul – part 2

Yep, it happened. More books!!!!!

Another fairly mixed selection and I seem to be drawn to books with Winter in the title lately too.

Have you read any of these?

Bookpost 1 – October

I’ve called this bookpost 1 because I am certain I have a few more books on their way to me but just not sure when.

Fantasy

This was sent by Pan Macmillan. Its a fantasy book which is not my usual genre but I’m looking forward to giving this a go.

A Winter Journal

This is such a gorgeous book both inside and out from what I’ve seen of it. Its written like someones journal and it runs from October to March.  Being a Winter baby I really love this season and I cant wait to delve into this one.  It was sent to me by Elliott & Thompson.

October mini book haul

I only meant to order one book but then that naughty book devil that sits on my shoulder talked me into buying a few more (damn my weakness) still I don’t care really, I mean how can i regret these?

cool book stash alert!

Looking at them its a pretty mixed bag.  I could never be happy reading just one genre could I?

I’m learning to love Ali Smith’s quirky writing style

I already have this in hardback but couldn’t resist getting the paperback too and finishing it this time. Now that I am getting to grips with her writing I think i might get more out of this in a second reading.

Thomas Hardy? what am i doing?

Yes this will be my first Thomas Hardy!  I did try to read this once before back in the day when some of the classics came free with a monthly partwork but couldn’t understand a word he was saying!  I may have matured a bit since then so giving it another shot.

So love this cover 

I have seen this all over You Tube and everyone is raving about it so I went mad and bought a hardback! (it better be good is all i can say)

What a damn fine cover this is! I really want that jacket.

I have been eyeing this up for months now and was intending to wait until it came out in paperback but there’s no date for that to happen on Amazon and I’m just way too impatient to wait.

I cannot wait to sit down in a comfy place with peace and quiet and devour the lot!

Teensy, tiny book haul

Where has this David Levithan book been all my life?  Its meant for younger readers, doesnt have a lot of writing on some pages, has photographs and looks and sounds wonderful!

cool book covers or what?

I am so looking forward to reading it and adding it to my ever growing collection of David Levithan books.

I’ve actually been avoiding the Evelyn Hardcastle book because i thought it was just another book with a women in the title like the run of books after the weird Elinor Oliphant thing, but it seems this is something quite different and because the protagonist wakes up each day as someone else also a bit like Every Day by David Levithan!

Talking of which David has a new book coming out tomorrow, connected to Every Day and Another Day, Yay!

In fact October is a damn fine month for new books with three tomorrow and another four on the 18th.

There goes my bank balance!

Postcards of Edward VII 1901 – 1910

A couple of postcards of King Edward VII that I acquired recently.

This for me is what a King should look like. Regal and very impressive.

The first one has a lovely message on the back.

Edward VII

back of postcard

This card was sent to a Miss Coles, c/o Mrs Buxton in Surrey.  I love the part of the message when it says

“I thought you might like one of the dear old chap”

What an affectionate term and its nice to know he was a popular King.

The second card is very special.

Edward VII

This card is to commemorate the King after his untimely death on 6th May 1910.

His funeral was held on 20th May, this card was sent on 21st May and the sender mentions going to see the funeral and that they had a fairly good view.

Its sent to a Miss Allaway in Victoria, London

The funeral was the largest gathering of European Royalty ever to take place, with representatives of 70 states, and the last before many Royal families were deposed in World War 1 and its aftermath.  Imagine seeing all those European Kings and Queens, what a sight it must have been.

I think that makes it so special and its made this card top of my Royalty pile.

Strike Your Heart by Amelie Nothomb

I was kindly sent an Autumn/Winter catalogue by Europa Editions to look through and I chose this book, mainly for its fascinating synopsis but also its very striking cover.

So a huge thank you to Europa for sending me a copy of this and for enabling me to discover a new favourite author.

love those French flaps

This book is about love; too much love, not enough love, misguided love and about the relationship between mothers and daughters, between female friends and families in general.

This is Diana’s story. The story of a young, brilliant woman who grows up without maternal affection. It is the story of Diana’s relationships with other women: her best friend, the sweet Elisabeth; her mentor, the selfish Olivia; her sister, the beloved Célia; and, of course, her mother. It is a story about the baser sentiments that often animate human relations: rivalry, jealousy, distrust.

I don’t think I’ve ever noticed a writer adapt her writing style to match a character before. When she is writing the early story of Diane as a baby/young child her writing is beautifully simplistic and feels like it could be written by a child but as the character gets older so does the prose. Its astonishing! It moved me to tears in places and wreaks havoc with your emotions but its ultimately an uplifting read and well worth it.

There are some fairly unpleasant characters here who never get our sympathy and some you just want to scream at. Diane herself is someone who seems at times to be too good to be true and something of a superwoman in her daily life but I can see why she is like that and Nothomb treats us to some gorgeously unredemptive characters.

I read this over the course of one day and hated having to put it down for anything. Its not a long book at just over 130 pages but she packs so much into it.  She doesn’t waste a single word that’s not needed and whilst the story towards the end got a lot more complicated at times it didn’t put me off and I couldn’t go to bed until I’d finished it.

I’m glad to see Amelie Nothomb has a large back catalogue of books I can look forward to diving into sometime in the future.

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