Category: book hauls (page 2 of 4)

Its January! it’s more books! deal with it!

Yes, thats right this is another book haul or at least it will be once postie has been with my parcel.

*paces floor, bites nails and mutters under breath*

ME SPEAKING- CLICK PLAY BUTTON BELOW 

UPDATE: many hours later

They are here and I can share them with you *runs around whooping and doing the book haul dance*

Two of my reading goals for 2018 – which if you follow me on Twitter you’ll have seen me announce – are

1. To read more books by Japanese authors

and

2. To read more Science Fiction

I think you’ll agree I have made a damn fine start with this lot. Lets go through them shall we?


Literally a book about how much Haruki Murakami loves running. An autobiography of his passion for keeping fit and the reason he enjoys running for a hobby. A gentle sounding, quite short book (180 pages) which was a recommendation on none other than Ariel Bissett’s channel

For anyone new to my blog you will hear me praise Ariel many times for her quirky reads which are books I’d never heard of and wouldn’t normally pick up but, I trust her choices.


Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old history teacher, but he’s been alive for centuries.  From Elizabethan England to Jazz-Age Paris. As long as he keeps changing his identity he can stay one step ahead of his past – and stay alive.

The only thing he must not do is fall in love…

I mean, I ask you is that not such a teaser of a synopsis?  How could I not try this!


I’ve been waiting for this to come out in paperback form for ages. If you haven’t heard of it, go look it up right now. I just know this is gonna be a good’un and its my Sci-Fi choice, so double bubble.


These last two fit with my read more Japanese authors.  This book cover is so stunning too plus its short, shiny and floppy! Gah! what more could I ask for?


This was another book I learnt about from Ariel. (Tell me honestly am I sounding like a stalker?) Its such a simple premise and the book is another short(ish) one plus, it has those glorious french flaps. Nice touch Oneworld-Publications.

ME AGAIN 

Gill X

December book haul

Not long before Christmas I was sent these two beauties from Bloomsbury and Del Rey respectively

Just stunning aren’t they?  The book on the right is a proof copy hence no name or details and is called The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale.  I’ve dipped into it and its so evocative and beautifully written.


Then came Christmas and I was lucky enough to get the following

You can never have enough Catherynne M Valente books right? These covers are just sumptuous and her writing is glorious.

Wasn’t I a lucky little Christmas Elf?

 

 

another book haul – Sept/Oct

Yes, I did it again. More books have been purchased and sent by delightful publishers.

Fancy a peek?  Course you do, so here they are…

I am so mega, mega excited by all these books! *cue happy squealing*

I was so lucky to get sent copies of Warcross by Marie Lu and Wonder Woman Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Both of them came via the wonderful folk at Penguin books, and Turning for Home by Barney Norris is courtesy of Transworld books.

A new John Green book is something to celebrate so I had that on pre-order for ages along with All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater. I think I am in love with this cover and its gorgeous Uranium orange spine. That blue and orange work so well together dont they? am i right?

Invictus has been bigged up all over Twitter and You Tube and i do love me a bit of time travel so im hoping i’ll enjoy that.

The Ada Lovelace book is because I wanted to find out more about her, I mean imagine being Byron’s daughter and being involved with something so modern and forward thinking as computers! in Victorian times!

I couldnt resist the Potion diaries 2 & 3 even though i havent read book 1 yet. They are an easy but fun read and im sure ill enjoy binging on them sometime in the future.

Finally to get a copy of The Glass Town Game by Catherynne M Valente is so fab. It wasnt available in the UK when it first came out and considering its based around The Brontes and the fictional world they created how could I not get it! Oh and last but not least Radiance also by the wonderful Cathrynne was a no brainer really it looks to be an unusual type of book. Such a shame about the awful cover design though. The US edition is so beautiful. *shakes head in despair*

What books are you most excited for this month?

 

 

Best Loved Poems – A Treasury of Verse by Ana Sampson

I’ve loved reading poetry for 40 years now and this book is such a wonderful addition to my bookshelves. Its a beautiful naked hardback with as you can see the prettiest of covers and some beautiful teal blue end papers. Its perfect for picking up whenever you need a little lift or a laugh or the perfect words to say something.

It contains such a fascinting mix of poetry spanning hundreds of years from Shakespeare to the present day and is split into sections like; love, war, lost love, poems remembered from childhood etc.

In here there are so many favourites of mine that i first read years ago along with poems and poets i’ve never before encountered, so reading it was such a joy and a journey of discovery for me.

Poems like:

A Subaltern’s Love Song by John Betjeman

The Soldier by Rupert Brooke

High Flight by John Gillespie Magee

Sonnets from the Portuguese: XLIII by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now by A. E Housman

are ones very familiar to me whereas

Poems like:

I wanna be Yours by John Cooper Clarke

Hour by Carol Anne Duffy

Just in Case by Charlotte Mitchell

Outgrown by Penelope Shuttle and

Dis Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah

are all brand new and wonderful to discover.

You can see here just how many poems i tabbed for quick reading in the future

I was approached by the editor of this wonderful compendium, Ana Sampson who asked if I would like a copy to review. I couldnt have shouted YES Please! any louder. I may have a towering TBR most of the time but I can always find time for a poem.

Thank you to Ana and Michael O Mara Books for this total delight. It was published yesterday so rush out and buy copies for everyone as a Christmas pressie.

 

September Book Haul

Yes its happened again!

Yes I have more books!

Get over it!

Lets get to the books shall we?

I dont usually follow book awards especially not The Man Booker. All the books chosen are usually far too ‘high falutin’ for me but I have been eagerly waiting for Autumn by Ali Smith to come out and Elmet sounds really good so I had to get them.

UPDATE and WARNING: Just begun reading Elmet and this is why i hate books long or shortlisted for awards. Its really beautifully written and nicely descriptive but in just over 30 pages there are so many scenes of violence, ITS SICK! I cant read anymore and i’m sending it back!

I havent read a Nicholas Sparks book in yonks so it was time i remedied that.

Songs about a Girl was good so i decided to get book two to continue the story and find out more about the boy band characters.

Nature writing is a bit of a change for me and this year i’m trying to read more widely and especially genres i’ve never tackled before. This cover though, whoooosh! How gorgeous is the white and gold design?

This book was originally published in 1910 so I am really looking forward to seeing the different writing style for that time in history.

I didnt even know this book existed until i did a search on Amazon for The Brontes. It has essays and letters from the Brontes!

I know I say this everytime but I really am sooooo excited for all of these books.

What books are you excited for right now?

 

August Book Haul

Have i got a stash to show you this month? Well yes, i darn well have and its gorgeousness personified!

Lets begin with a couple of books sent for review, i’ve decided to add them here rather than give them their own Book Mail this time but it will return.

A huge, huge thank you to Abrams & Chronicle Books and Simon & Schuster for these beauties.

Odd & True by Cat Winters

Sit back and admire this cover design! and its a floppy, i adore floppies!

The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

BOOM! this is a stunner of a cover too even though its a hardback but not only is front and back gorgeous but… the naked book beneath is a lovely surprise too!

What about that eh?


Now for the books I bought myself which i really shouldnt have but what the heck.

I’m so excited for all these books, i really am.

Circe & The Cyclops by Homer

The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Bronte

A bit of culture for a change here. I am so stoked for Circe by Madeline Miller so thought id read about Circe in readiness plus i just love these Penguin Little Black Classics.  And then we have some poetry by Emily Bronte, as you should know by now I am a massive Bronte fan and have been for nearly 40 years!

Selected Letters by Charlotte Bronte

I have wanted to read this for such a long time and now that i am planning an exciting blog post all about The Brontes this will come in very handy. I am a sucker for letters, diary entries, text, emails etc. Real or fictional so this is gonna be soooooo good.

Seconds by Brian Lee O’Malley

I saw the next 3 books on Ariel Bissett’s channel and I trust her taste impeccably so I know i’m gonna love these.  But this book is so gorgeous. It has this strange 3/4 size dust jacket as if they had run out of paper! but the naked hardback beneath is just book porn basically, look!

You cant really see it but the speckles on this are silvery and shimmery! just stunning.

All My Friends are Super Heroes by Andrew Kaufman

This is a small book which i always prefer but i just love the premise and it has a few illustrations too. Ariel really rated this one too.

We Are Okay by Nina Lacour

Another thin volume which pleases me a lot. Have heard mixed things about this and apparently its more character than plot driven but I cant wait to try it.

Eliza and her monsters by Francesca Zappia

Oh my, this is such a cool book, another hardback which is such a change for me and it has illustrations, Oooooh!

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

Oh i forgot this was also a rec from Ariel Bissett. I’m not stalking her honestly! just love her channel. This sounds a really different idea for a plot and its super floppy! *all the smiles*

Can you solve my problems? by Alex Bellos

I do like me a puzzle or two to keep the old grey cells going for a bit longer. Cant guarantee ill get them all especially the Logic puzzles! I mean what are they all about?

PHEW! that was a huge pile and if you have made it this far Thank You!

Whats the best book you have bought recently?

 

 

 

 

Book Mail #3

BOOM! take a look at this!

I only got a copy of the wonderful Jen Cambell’s book, The Beginning of the world in the middle of the night! How exciting is that?

A huge thank you to Two Roads books for this treat.

It came with some fab little goodies too including:

  • a sort of tea ball? not sure as i dont drink tea
  • A bag of silver Smarties
  • a large seed, which looks like it could be some sort of bean. I will definitely plant it and see what happens.
  • a nice letter from Jen herself

Isn’t that such a cool idea? and i’m so honoured to be one of the lucky bloggers to get a copy.

Its published in Hardback on 2nd November

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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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