the tidal zone by sarah moss

i’m not sure why but i often find that books which have had rave reviews can leave me quite cold, it happened recently with this

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First let me say a huge thanks to Granta for sending me a copy of this

I blooming love this cover, love the synopsis and the whole quality of publication. Its the first book from Granta i’ve read and the first Sarah Moss too.  Given all that i thought i would adore this but, NO!

I can’t really say much without giving the game away which i never do so its hard for me to review it but suffice to say that it was a huge disappointment for me. Her style of writing is okay but nothing special, it didnt stand out above other books i’d read. It has a great opening but then becomes one huge anticlimax.

I felt it was padded out with nonsense that wasn’t relevant to the main story and that it seemed to not conclude satisfactorily enough for me.

I did buy another Sarah Moss book whilst i was waiting for this to arrive from the publishers, so confident was i that i would love her work but i didnt like that one either, so I’m guessing that we just dont get on. I cant possibly like every book i buy and nobody can like every author so thats fine.

I didnt finish either book sadly but instead kind of skimmed the text to get the gist of the outcome, thats how little I enjoyed them.

June book haul – Part 2

Welcome to my second June book haul post. I have been mega lucky this month with books sent to me plus i did indulge myself using a gift voucher from Christmas. (incidentally there are only 25 weeks to next Christmas! Hee hee) Anyway, here’s what i hauled.

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Isnt that just a glorious sight to behold?

Books sent for review

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Smoke by Dan Vyleta – I’ve already begun reading this but it didnt hold my attention as much as i’d hoped but I will persevere in the future.

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The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss – I find this cover so striking, it has to be my cover design of 2106 so far, its amazing and makes me want to pick it without knowing anything about it. Everyone I have seen talking about it on Twitter or You Tube reckon its the business so i’m so excited to read it.

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Bodies of Water by V.H. Leslie – This is another book that has been doing the rounds on You Tube and always being highly spoken of and i can understand why. I’m currently reading it and its wonderful.


Books I splurged on

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We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I’ve already read this as its little more than a pamphlet in some ways but a powerful little book that I really enjoyed. I plan to do a post on sexism as a few points she mentioned really hit home.

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Girls will be girls by Emer O’Toole – Lauren from Reads and Daydreams on You Tube sold this to me in about 5 mins during one of her wonderful videos. I began reading it as soon as it came but i’m not getting on with it really. She makes some interesting points but i cant help feeling its more of an excuse to write an autobiography even though she isnt well enough known for that yet. IMHO anyway.

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How hard can love be? by Holly Bourne – Holly is such a funny writer but her books are normally not my thing at all, however i began reading this on Amazon and its really sweet and very funny so i had to buy it for a bit of light reading.

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – I am way late to the party as they say on this one but having read her feminist book I just love her writing style so decided to give this a go and the cover aint half bad either eh?  The only problem I have with this is the font size. Its ridiculously small!  Why oh why publishers are you doing this to me lately? I am considering sending it back and buying it in ebook form to read on my iPad, at least that way i can control the font size.

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Romantic Outlaws by Charlotte Gordon – Isnt this another stunnner and its a right chunker to at over 600 pages! what am i thinking? books over 300 usually stump me. However this does sound amazing fun and i do love a biography about strong women. Sadly this is another victim of stupidly small font syndrome (SSFS) but i dont think i can part with this for a boring flat ebook version, i just wanna hug it all the time.

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Sweet Home by Carys Bray – this is a book of short stories which sound so good albeit heartbreaking and sad apparently. I havent read any of her other books but couldnt resist this one. Just look at that cover too its a stunner!

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Slade House by David Mitchell – This has been on my wish list for months and ive been waiting for it to come out in paperback form. The cover is beautiful and has a shiny slightly embossed design but the back is just as gorgeous look! I read a sample on Amazon months back and cant wait to find out more so this is near to the top of my TBR already.

Well thats it folks, what books have you hauled this month?

Where has this year gone? half of it is now over already! madness!

Do I overuse this! I think i do.

 

June book haul – Part 1

I havent done a haul in ages but how could i not when this lot came through my door yesterday!

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Oh the beauty!

2 of them were sent for review and the other 4 were books i just couldnt resist buying.

Books Bought

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I’ve been hearing lots about Sarah Moss from many booktubers so while im waiting for her new book The Tidal Zone to come out I thought i’d get this.

Anna Bennett hasn’t slept in months. Overwhelmed by the needs of her two young boys and opposed on principle to domesticity, Anna is a historian struggling to write without a room of her own. Stranded on a Hebridean island where her husband is researching the puffins, Anna’s work changes when her son finds a baby’s skeleton buried in the garden. As an investigation begins, Anna must confront the island’s past while finding a way to live with the competing demands of the present.

I love the sound of this and cant wait to get reading.

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I first learnt of this from another favourite booktuber, Jean at Jeanbookishthoughts

Go check out her channel, she’s so damn enthusiastic and she sold this to me in seconds

Its about Elizabeth I and faeries! I mean how can you not like that combination?

England flourishes under the hand of Elizabeth I, last of the Tudor monarchs. But a great light cast a shadow. In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above.

Flicking through it feels like an exciting fantasy ride but not too simple a read

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I saw this on Jen Campbell’s and also on Leena’s brilliant channel JustKissMyFrog

Leena’s review left me in no doubt that she adored it and she really should go back to book selling coz she convinced me to rush out and buy a copy.

Its a short story collection and i’m trying to read more short stories right now. Here is a quote from the back cover:

Dance like nobody gives a crap. Drink like you don’t have a family to go home to. Love because what else is the point.

They’re quite small stories some just 4 pages long so i’m really looking forward to this one.

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Check out this cover! Its shiny in parts of the design, can you see at the top left corner? This is a contender for cover of the year and the back is just as cool.

The tree design is also on every new chapter page too. Lushness abounding!

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I’ve been looking at this book for ages and just had to get it.

The babies were born as the clocks struck twelve. The spell had been cast.

I know i’m gonna love this book!

Books sent for review

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This was one I requested from and was kindly sent by Quercus books and MacLehose Press. Again we have another stunner of a cover. Its so shiny and lovely isnt it? *hugs book*

Sophie is haunted by the things she can’t remember – and visions from the past she will never forget.

Sounds suspenseful and exciting, not one to be read in the wee small hours though im guessing.

and last but never least we have

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This was a lovely surprise and is a re-packaging of a book first published ten years ago in a gorgeous new commemorative edition.

I havent read it but I do love Gabrielle’s work as I read ‘The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by her last year. See HERE for review.

Liz isnt even sixteen when she is killed in a hit-and-run accident. It’s not fair. Liz will never get a job, never get married, never have children. She will never fall in love. Or will she?

Loads of folk are saying how wonderful it is so i’m really thrilled to have been sent this by Bloomsbury.

Have you read any of these? Did you like them?

Let me know and we can chat about them or tell me about your latest hauls, im so nosy when it comes to books