Book Mail #2

Well i never expected Book Mail #2 to be written so quickly but today this beauty came through my door

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge

I was so thrilled! Frances Hardinge is an award winning writer and to get a proof of her latest book is such an honour.  Its published on 21st September by Pan Macmillan.  I’ve been lucky enough to receive ARC’s from publishers for over 3 years now but each one is still as much as a thrill as my first one.

Whats been your most exciting book this week?

 

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Gorgeous books

Sometimes you just have to sit back and admire the gorgeous covers that come on books these days.  I didnt buy any of these just because of the cover (well alright the Ghachar, Ghochar one did help) but damn it if they arent bloody delicious sights to behold.

Let me introduce you, first up we have…

The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton which at 680 pages is way, WAY bigger than my normal reads but hell it sounds so bloody good and from the sample I read of it I reckon we’re gonna be good friends.

To save their civilization he must destroy it. . . When images of a lost civilization are ‘dreamed’ by a self-proclaimed prophet of the age, Nigel Sheldon, inventor of wormhole technology and creator of the Commonwealth society, is asked to investigate. Especially as the dreams seem to be coming from the Void – a mysterious area of living space monitored and controlled because of its hugely destructive capabilities. With it being the greatest threat to the known universe, Nigel is committed to finding out what really lies within the Void and if there’s any truth to the visions they’ve received. Does human life really exist inside its boundary?

Next up we have…

 

 

Ghachar, Ghochar by Vivek Shanbhag (translated by Srinath Perur)  I mean please, this cover is just so iconic! The pink and orange is sublime!  Its the opposite to the book above at just 182 pages! I’m already 24 pages in and it’s lovely and informative and giving me all the feels.

In this masterful novel by the acclaimed Indian writer Vivek Shanbhag, a close-knit family is delivered from near-destitution to sudden wealth after the narrator’s uncle founds a successful spice company. As the narrator – a sensitive young man who is never named – along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house and encounter newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift. Allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background. Their world becomes ‘ghachar ghochar’ – a nonsense phrase that, to the narrator, comes to mean something entangled beyond repair. Told in clean, urgent prose, and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humour, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings – and consequences – of financial gain in contemporary India.

And now in a complete change of pace we have…

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall

What a creepy yet cool photograph they’ve used for this cover. It both scares and intrigues me at the same time.  This is a book of short stories which is not something I buy often. I guess I really prefer one big story to get my teeth into rather than having the story finishing too soon and then having to invest into another round of plot, characters, emotions etc but now and then I like a change and sometimes all i can manage to read is something small so this fits the bill.

She is running and becoming smaller, running and becoming smaller, running in the light of the reddening sun, the red of her hair and her coat falling, the red of her fur and her body loosening. Running. Holding behind her a sudden, brazen object, white-tipped. Her yellow scarf trails in the briar. All vestiges shed. Sarah Hall is an exquisite chronicler of landscapes – rural, industrial, psychological – and these haunting stories reveal a writer at the peak of her powers. Rich in the mythic symbolism of wilderness and wasteland, these tales blur the natural and urban, mundane and surreal, human and animal. Written in Hall’s lyrical prose, this uncannily disturbing collection glitters with poetic and erotic imagery. Marked by a fascination with the intimacy of nature – and the nature of intimacy – Madame Zero is a stunning new collection from an author twice nominated for the Booker Prize.

And finally, we have this…

The Cursed Child by John Tiffany & Jack Thorne.  Yes, i know, why did i buy this. Its not exactly set the world afire and i do have it in hardback but hey it was £2.99 on Amazon for god’s sake! I couldn’t resist and if i do actually read the thing at least i’ll have the paperback version to do it with.  ( I wont bother with the blurb as i’m sure you’ve all heard of it, unless you’ve been on another planet for the last year anyway)

So thems the books and feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of them and what you thought.

 

 

 

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June book haul

Yes, its happened again! I appear to have accumulated a few more books

*sighs loudly with head in hands*

But hey, its cool and I am NOT sorry and this is why!

Now you cant tell me thats doesnt get your blood pumping with excitement, can you?

anyway lets just do this thing shall we?

Here are the books I was kindly sent by publishers

Stevie over at Gollancz kindly contacted me to see if I wanted a copy of Sarah Pinboroughs The Death House and of course I said YES!

Toby is a boy who has forgotten how to live. Clara is a girl who was born to die. Toby’s life was perfectly normal . . . Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House. Isolated from the outside world the inhabitants of are watched for any signs of a mysterious illness . . . Clara was a girl who had everything. Adored by her friends and her family, her life was destined for greatness. Now, Clara is the newest resident of the Death House and she’s determined not to allow her life to end there. This is Toby and Clara’s story.

Next Lucie at Picador sent me The Reminders by Val Emmich!  I requested it afer having seen pictures of it on Twitter.

Overcome with the loss of his boyfriend Sydney, Gavin Winters has set fire to every reminder in their home. A neighbour has captured the blaze on video, turning this little-known TV actor into a household name. Gavin flees LA for New Jersey, where he hopes that ten-year-old Joan, the daughter of a close friend, can reconnect him with the memories of Sydney he is now in danger of losing for ever. Joan was born with a rare ability to recall every single day of her life in perfect detail, and in return for sharing her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help her write a song for a local competition. For Joan has had enough of being the girl who can’t forget – she wants to be the girl who will never be forgotten . . . Charming, beautifully observed, poignant and funny, The Reminders by actor and musician Val Emmich is an irresistible story of the unlikely friendship between a grief-stricken man who can’t remember and a ten-year-old girl who can’t forget.

and last but not least in any way Michael Joseph Books sent me My Name is Nobody by Matthew Richardson.

Solomon Vine was the best of his generation, a spy on a fast track to the top. But when a prisoner is shot in unexplained circumstances, and on his watch, only suspension and exile beckon. Three months later, in Istanbul, MI6’s Head of Station is violently abducted from his home. With the Service in lockdown, uncertain of who can be trusted, thoughts turn to the missing man’s oldest friend: Solomon Vine. Officially suspended, Vine can operate outside the chain of command to uncover the truth. But his investigation soon reveals that the disappearance heralds something much darker. And that there’s much more at stake than the life of a single spy . . .

Now to show you all the books i naughtily bought myself!

I adored the Harry Potter series like so many millions of readers but i’ve not bought them in any other form since they came out the first time round but once i saw the new ‘House editions’ I knew i had to have one and being a Hufflepuff it was the yellow one for me, and how gorgeous it is too with the sprayed edges for goodness sake!

 

 

 

The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry, Man Up by Jack Urwin and The Gender Games by Juno Dawson are all on the theme of men and gender which is something i’m fascinated by and have to admit I hadnt thought much about before so I am gonna love reading these.

I couldnt resist the next two mainly due to their gorgeous new matching covers. Lorali and Aurabel by Laura Dockrill sound so good and I’ve not heard a bad thing about Lorali so it was a no brainer! And The Serpent King & Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner both looked and sounded so good and they have been so highly recommended on You Tube that I had to see for myself.  Dont they make a great package?

 

 

I am so, so, so, so late to the party when it comes to Philip Pullmans His Dark Materials. I did read Book 1 a good many years back but never got around to the rest but since reading a sneaky first chapter of his new upcoming Prequel, The Book of Dust coming out in October I knew i had to read me the others first. I loved the chapter so much I have pre-ordered me a copy.  I just adore these new covers too with the shiny parts and the oh so subtle design, so much better than the previous garish ones, IMHO.

 

And finally, I really fancied some poetry and it has to be modern poetry nowadays. I just cant read the old classics right now, dont ask me why! ( I said, dont) Having heard good things about Plum by Holly McNish I had to get me a copy.

 

 

 

 

Well there you have it.  A very tasty selection I think you’ll agree.

What books have you bought this month?

What do you think of my choices, and what books would you recommend based on these?

 

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A book haul did you say? dont mind if i do!

Just a quick post to share with you some of the splendiferous books that I appear to have acquired recently. They seem to magnetically attach to my hands! No idea how it happens but hey, whos complaining?

First we have some rather lovely books i was sent by those splendid folk called publishers

I am especially excited to have New Boy by Tracy Chevalier as its part of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-imagined series. I now own almost 4 (one is in the post to me as i type) out of the 8 books they are publishing where modern days authors re-imagine a selection of  Shakespeare plays.


I also bought a few books myself (well I am a bookaholic so no excuses needed eh?)

What a stack!

I am so excited to have a copy of Replica at last plus The Hate You Give and you can see another two books in the Hogarth Shakespeare series here; A Gap in Time and My name is Shylock.

I’ll be doing a post on all the books in the series later in the month.

Anything you fancy here?   Or do you have any book recs for me? (they are always welcome)

 

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another book haul

Yes, another week, another pile of books is accumulated

*sigh*

*big smile*

here they be:

books i did buy for me

Yes, its true i have the two Isabel Greenberg graphic novels, at last, in my life and in my hot little hands *dances for joy*

I treated myself using gift vouchers i was kindly given for Crimbo.  Aren’t they bloody gorgeous? Oh yes they are!

Also i buyed me these

Yes, you’re right what am i doing buying 4 sci fi books when i dont read sci fi?

Well thats a good question but somehow i just fancied me some so Space type books and as im reading (slowly) The long way to a small angry planet it seemed sensible to buy the sequel.  Mind you I am annoyed with myself that i didnt notice it was only out in hardback *waves fist in air*

and now for some books i was kindlee sent by those sooper dooper publishy types

I was approached by Quercus who asked if id like a copy of Hattie Hoffman and after doing a bit of detective work on Amazon i said “yes please”  It is written from perspective of three characters in the first person so whats not to like there?

I responded to a blogger call on Twitter for a copy of Spontaneous which sounds rather unusual to say the least. (people spontaneously combusting, but humourously?) so thank Canongate books, i think!

and finally I was sent Skintown completely unsolicited by W5 books (Johnathan & Hannah) and Doubleday.  There is no way I would ever buy this for myself, its way out of the old comfort zone but a tiny bit i read is very funny and has whetted the old appetite for more, so who knows eh?  Its written by an actor dont you know?  Ciaran McMenamin was in Primeval which i used to watch until it became so barmy only a brain dead amoeba could follow it.

So there we have it, what larks eh?

Stacking The Shelves (240)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks! Click HERE to visit the page and join in for yourself.

I haven’t taken part in this for far too long so as part of my New Year, New Plan strategy for my blog i thought it was about time i did. Especially since I have hauled the most amazing books in this, the first week of 2017.

Here is my haul:

BOOKS BOUGHT

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi


The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin


The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney


Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff


His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet


BOOKS SENT FOR REVIEW

The Bombs that brought us together by Brain Conaghan


The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

The books sent for review were total surprises which is always nice.  I do already have a proof copy of The Edge of Everything which i requested last month but now i have a gorgeous finished copy too with the most amazing orange sprayed edges, look!

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and if so what you thought of them.

Happy New Year

 

Why I can’t read Fantastic Beasts

I bought myself a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them by the incomparable JK Rowling, I mean how could I not get a copy right? It arrived today after much stalking of Postie by me.

It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous book and it shows just how much I wanted it because it’s a hardback and you know i loathe hardback books!


So it’s here, I’ve photographed it, hugged it and then finally sit down to read the damn thing but oh oh!

I couldn’t do it!

Why?

Well it’s coz it’s such a special thing, a book about magic from JKR. It’s been way too long and will probably be way to long before the next one if at all?  So I don’t want it to be over too soon. I want to savour the pleasure I know it’s gonna give me for a while longer yet.

Anyone else feel this way or did you just dive in and gorge on it?

Am I being daft?

Christmas reading TBR

So, once again Christmas is steaming its way towards us at 100 mph and on one hand I cant wait for it to arrive. All the fun, family, food and festivity, its my fav time of the year by far.

So….

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Here is my Christmas 2016 reading TBR! *all the cheers*

Now i never do TBR’s normally because i’m a mood reader and i’ll read whatever I fancy, when i fancy which makes having one pointless coz i’d just be fibbing (bad)

But, I have here smallish books, some fiction, some non fiction and all of them do able.

You’ll notice that there is one book thats not actually festive (as far as i’m aware anyway, not having read it yet) but its one i just can’t wait to get to so it had to go on the list.

Who knows if i’ll stick to it but i’ll be sure to do a Wrap Up at the end of December to let you know.

Anyway here are the books

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aren’t they just gorjuss!

The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus by Dr. Hannah Fry & Dr. Thomas Oleron Evans

2016-11-09-11-58-01  How do you apply game theory to select who should be on your Christmas shopping list ? Can you predict Her Majesty’s Christmas Message? Will calculations show Santa is getting steadily thinner – shimmying up and down chimneys for a whole night – or fatter – as he tucks into a mince pie and a glass of sherry in billions of houses across the world?

Carols from Kings by Alexandra Coghlan

2016-11-09-11-58-29  Take a journey through the fascinating history of carols, from the very first – sung by the angels to the shepherds at Bethlehem – to anecdotes from contemporary King’s choristers. Learn how carols have evolved from pagan songs to become one of our nation’s most sacred treasures. Accompanied by lyrics and music and compiled in conjunction with Radio 4 and King’s College Chapel, Carols From King’s is the official companion for fans of Christmas and carols alike.

The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

2016-11-09-11-58-40  Dash and Lily have been dating for nearly a year, but when Lily’s beloved grandfather falls ill, the repercussions take their toll on everyone. Even though they are still together, somehow the magic has gone out of their relationship and it’s clear that Lily has fallen out of love with life.

Action must be taken! Dash teams up with Lily’s brother and a host of their friends, who have just twelve days to get Lily’s groove back in time for Christmas.

What Light by Jay Asher

2016-11-09-11-58-51  Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon – it’s an idyllic place for a girl to grow up, except that every year they have to pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life begins to eclipse the other. . .

What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

2016-11-09-11-58-12  Picking up where “What My Mother Doesn t Know “leaves off, this is the story of what happens next told from the perspective of Murphy, Sophie s new boyfriend.” “And even though Murphy s thrilled to be with Sophie, the consequences of their relationship and the temptations outside of it force him to consider everything he knows about love. Told in free verse and brimming with authenticity, this novel provides unique insight into the mind of a young man.”

I’m so looking forward to reading all of them and feeling really festive.

What books are you reading this yuletide season?

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3 fab YA titles

I’m getting back into YA books with a vengeance lately and these 3 titles sound excellent.

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I’m a bit late to the party with The Potion Diaries and have tried to read it last year but am so in the groove for this right now, immensely looking forward to delving into this properly.

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I think Ned’s Circus of Marvels may be more MG than YA but I just adore that cover and the premise sounds good too so i couldnt resist getting it.

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The Graces is the book i’m currently reading and it is ace! I love me anything witchy and a bit quirky like that and this is doing it for me right now. Look at that cover too its bloomin luverlee!

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Have you read any of these?

What are your top YA books right now?

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