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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!

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!

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

 

April mini book haul – for review

I’ve been really lucky so far this month in getting three very different and very intriguing books sent from publishers for me to review.  I may get more as the month goes on but its easier to do them in small doses.

This is what i’ve hauled

The Electrical Venus by Julie Mayhew

The Last Children of Tokyo by Yoko Tawada

How to Love a Jamaican by Alexia Arthurs

Book 1 – The Electrical Venus

To be honest, I really don’t like this cover, its too garish for me but i’m sure it serves a purpose in the story. It was very kindly sent by Hot Key Books.

It does however sound very intriguing and it has been brilliantly packaged. It was sent with a sort of pretend newspaper advert, a feather (gorgeous) and a packet of popping candy!

In a lowly side-show fair in eighteenth-century England, teenager Mim is struggling to find her worth as an act. Not white, but not black enough to be truly exotic, her pet parrot who speaks four languages is a bigger draw than her. But Alex, the one-armed boxer boy, sees her differently. And she, too, feels newly interested in him. But then Dr Fox arrives with his scientific kit for producing ‘electrickery’ – feats of electrical magic these bawdy audiences have never seen before. To complete his act, Fox chooses Mim to play the ‘Electrical Venus’. Her popularity – and the electric-shocking kisses she can provide for a penny – mean takings are up, slop is off the menu and this spark between her and Fox must surely be love. But is this starring role her true worth, or is love worth more than a penny for an electrifying kiss?

Anyone who can get the words pickled rats and electric lips in the same book has to be admired right?

Book 2 – The Last Children of Tokyo

I couldn’t resist requesting this one as it fits in so nicely with my 2018 reading plans i.e to read more books by a Japanese author. This is a proof which was kindly sent by Portobello Books. Being a proof the cover is very basic but just look how beautiful the finished item will be!

Yoshiro celebrated his hundredth birthday many years ago, but every morning before work he still goes running in the park with his rent-a-dog. He is one of the many aged-elderly in Japan and he might, he thinks, live forever. Life for Yoshiro isn’t as simple as it used to be. Pollution and natural disasters have scarred the face of the Earth, and even common foods are hard to come by. Still, Yoshiro’s only real worry is the future of his great-grandson Mumei, who, like other children of his generation, was born frail and grey-haired, old before he was ever young. As daily life in Tokyo grows harder, a secretive organisation embarks on an audacious plan to find a cure for the children of Japan – might Yoshiro’s great-grandson, Mumei, be the key? A dreamlike story of filial love and glimmering hope, The Last Children of Tokyo is a delicate glimpse of our future from one of Japan’s most celebrated writers.

Book 3 – How to Love a Jamaican

This is a series of short stories by a debut author. This is just a proof but look how bloody gorgeous the finished item is gonna look! I’m dribbling here!  This was sent to me by Picador Books.

Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret–Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life. In “Light-Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands,” an NYU student befriends a fellow Jamaican whose privileged West Coast upbringing has blinded her to the hard realities of race. In “Mash Up Love,” a twin’s chance sighting of his estranged brother–the prodigal son of the family–stirs up unresolved feelings of resentment. In “Bad Behavior,” a couple leave their wild teenage daughter with her grandmother in Jamaica, hoping the old ways will straighten her out. In “Mermaid River,” a Jamaican teenage boy is reunited with his mother in New York after eight years apart. In “The Ghost of Jia Yi,” a recently murdered student haunts a despairing Jamaican athlete recruited to an Iowa college. And in “Shirley from a Small Place,” a world-famous pop star retreats to her mother’s big new house in Jamaica, which still holds the power to restore something vital. Alexia Arthurs emerges in this vibrant, lyrical, intimate collection as one of fiction’s most dynamic and essential young authors.

 


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.

 

 

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?

 

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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