Category: book hauls (page 1 of 4)

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!

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!

Learning to read Manga

Hey guys, two posts in one day, i’m spoiling you!

Just had to share my books which just arrived.

Manga and short stories

Yes, I’m getting into Manga. This could be very bad as apparently most of these books come in series of as many as 50 books! and they don’t come cheap so it will take me many millennia to read them all but what the heck eh?

I really wanted to get Orange also by Ichigo Takano but Volume 1 is sold out everywhere so I thought id give this series a go instead.  It will take some getting used to, to read the book backwards and right to left on each page!

  Brain exploding right now!

And as for Above Sugar Hill by Linda Mannheim this was the quickest most impulsive buy of my life!  I literally saw it on Twitter, fell in love with the cover, read a few pages via Amazon and bought it all within 10 minutes. I’d never even heard of book or author before!  I am truly a lost cause.

currently reading

Right now i’m moving between 3 books

Prose poetry, memoir and non fiction

3 books whose genre I don’t normally read much. I do love to mix it up a bit don’t I?

I bought both Poet X and Sick but was kindly sent The Friendship Cure from Duckworth Books after I requested a copy for review.  I’m highlighting and page tabbing The Friendship Cure. Its got so many interesting things to say.

I’m looking forward to postie coming today, hopefully with my graphic novel for review and maybe a book all the way from Canada! Yes a publisher in Canada has agreed to send me a copy of The Fairy Tale Museum which is so kind of them.

Plus I also have another two books coming that I’ve bought. A book of short stories and my first Manga! 

Cant wait!

Sci Fi & Fantasy mini book haul

Yes I bought more books!

Yes I am on a Sci Fi/Fantasy kick right now!

Yes one of them is a hardback copy which I try to avoid buying at all cost! But can you blame me, its bloody stonkingly gorgeous, don’t you agree?

If this post is quite short its because we in the UK are currently suffering a massive heatwave and I am literally a puddle of goo on the floor so, you’ll excuse me wont you if I don’t spend too long typing on a warm laptop!

I bought the Jy Yang book because virtually everyone on BookTube had hauled it and raved about it and the opening chapter so amazing so I have high hopes for this.

The Marie Lu and Jason Segel books just speak for themselves really, I loved Ready Player One (well what I read of it which was quite a bit) and these are meant to be very similar but I’m sure have a style of their own at the same time.

The Becky Chambers’ book was one I just couldn’t ignore despite it being a hardback. I am currently reading her first book, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and also have her second book to read too so now I can indulge myself with all this gorgeous Sci Fi.

Don’t they make such a beautiful line up?

35,35,291,310.869202

 

May Book Haul Part 1 – Women’s Prize for Fiction 2018

I may have mentioned it before but I’m not a huge fan of book prizes.

I mean, why do women need their own prize for goodness sake?

If there is a real bias in the publishing world for featuring male writers over female then this needs rooting out and destroying, otherwise if its just women whingeing because their books never win the big prizes then maybe its because their books aren’t good enough?

Whatever, thats not my problem but having said that I cant sometimes resist looking at the longlist and shortlist plus this prize is slighty more accessible to someone so low brow as me in my reading tastes.

So I now own 4 books out of the 6 shortlisted.

One of them I was sent in proof form last year but couldnt get on with it.

This is what i’ve bought recently

 

This years choices are bloody gorgeous, cover wise dont you think?

I am obsessed by this cover for some reason and the whole bonkers, crazy style of writing i’ve heard so much about. Can’t wait to dive into it. This never actually made the shortlist but was on the longlist.

Another lovely cover and this is the only one ive read so far. Well I read 2/3rd of it which I was loving but then the final 1/3rd goes a bit barmy and the whole way of writing changes which i found a bit off putting so i scanned the rest to get the gist of the story. Up to then it was a 5* read but it ended up 2-3* sadly.

I just adore the bright colours of this cover with all the writing and review snippets! G’ah!

I’m thinking this sounds a bit brutal and may not be my cuppa in the end but i’m excited to see how different this style of writing is from what i’ve heard.

and finally

Oh the rainbow has been used to great effect here hasn’t it? Annoyingly its missing a shortlist sticker!

I think this sounds like the lightest of all the books and maybe the easiest to read? Time will tell.

The winner is announced on 6th June but I doubt very much that i’ll have them all read by then. 25 days would be a doddle for most people but not slow old me.

 

 

 

Six books by non British authors

This year one of my reading resolutions was to read more books by Japanese authors. I find them to be – the ones I’ve read anyway – gentle, fascinating and beautifully written and I wanted more of the same.

In this round up I have included four books by Japanese authors and I’ve also added two more books by non UK authors as they just sound so amazing.

EXIT WEST by Mohsin Hamid

This has been all over social media and i cant wait to give it a go. Its written by a now quite famous Indian author.

The next four are by Japanese authors

The Housekeeper and the Professor

 by Yoko Ogawa

A really pretty little floppy book with shiny cover and a gorgeous premise

Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa

I heard about this on Ariel Bissett’s channel, its another gentle, sweet sounding story

The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiroki Kawakami

Another from Ariel’s channel. She has the best recommendations.  I have started this and its a bit slower than i like but I find the Japanese way of life endlessly fascinating.

What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami

Yep you guessed it I saw this on Ariel’s channel too! A strange little book and one I would enjoy more if i was a runner myself but I shall persevere.

Inside out & back again by Thanhha Lai

This is a recommendation from Russell over at Ink & Paper blog. Its written in poetry form with very few words per page and comes in a gorgeous shiny, floppy edition with an amazing cover. Thanhha is a Vietnamese author.

I’m very much an armchair traveler so these books will transport me round the world to places i’d never otherwise visit.

February book haul

Yes, its happened again. Proof that i have no control when it comes to buying books.

I also now have a very messy bookcase which needs sorting, badly!

Right lets get down to this shall we?

No your eyes don’t deceive you and yes, that is a book series. The Broken Earth series by N.K. Jemisin.

I have lost count of how many times The Fifth Season has appeared on my YouTube favourite’s channels. I really wanted to see for myself what was going on.

I actually bought Book 2 first as Amazon were selling it for £2, yes just £2! so i snapped it up then…

I found that book 3 was also £2 so i snapped that up too.

Book 1 was actually full price but even put together the whole series comes to just a tenner! Bargain of the day/week/month/year or what?

I have been waiting for The Spaceman of Bohemia to arrive in paperback form for months so it was good to get that and then i saw Exit West  was out and i have not heard a bad thing said about that anywhere. My god the cover is gorgeous too eh? (see featured image next to this post)

This duplicates a couple of the books but it also shows the most gorgeous graphic novel i’ve ever owned. The warmest colour is blue by Julie Maroh, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger. It is full of muted browns and greys with the odd hint of colour, mainly blue obviously and is just so beautifully drawn.

I would really love to have a graphic novel collection so this may be the kickstart i need.

 

 

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