A/ Absolutely nothing!
Hence three rather large piles of books that have managed to work their way into my house over the last few weeks.
Firstly, thank you to the following publishers for sending me these lovely goodies: Simon & Schuster, Headline Review, Short Books, Amazon Vine and Peirene Press.
Tomorrow Pamplona by Jan van Mersbergen (translated by Laura Watkinson) – I love Peirene Press’s novella’s – they haven’t let me down yet and this looks like a good’n!
Mercy by Jussi Adler-Olsen – Had been lookig forward to this one anyway and then saw this great review from Kim at Reading Matters and now I can’t wait to read!
The Godless Boys by Naomi Wood – there have been some good reviews of this book around the blogosphere recently – looks interesting!
Ophelia in Pieces by Clare Jacobn – a sort of legal chicklit/thriller from what I can tell
The Story of Beutiful Girl by Rachel Simon – apparantly being compared to The Help and The Memory Keeper’s Daughter (big shoes to fill, but looks interesting)
I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark – *squeeeeeeal* This is coming on holiday with me: I just love MHC’s books!
Blue Monday by Nicci French – the first in a brand new series by this author pair staring a psychologist who finds herself caught up in the case of a missing child (looks fab!)
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith – first book by this author and I have heard so many good things about it that I’m not sure why it has eluded me thus far
Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith – a signed hardback proof of the third book by this author, out in July
When she’s good she’s very, very good but when she’s bad she’s horrid!
Well, perhaps according to my bank manager and my husband…. but me? I’m just happy, happy, happy 🙂 These are all little treats for myself for no other reason than I WANTED THEM!!!
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver – I have been told by so many people that I will love this book so why I haven’t read it before now is anyone’s guess but I am thinking I may take this on holiday with me
The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay – I was at a BBQ recently at a friends who comes from Zimbabwe’s house and I got chatting with other Zimbabweans who all recommended that I read this book. Really looking forward to it
Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis – Judith from Leeswammes said this was one of the funniest books she had ever read and I love books that made me laugh, so……
Forgetting Zoë by Ray Robinson – I heard loads about this when it came out last year that made me want to read it and it’s now out in paperback
Purge by Sofi Oksanen – another one raved about on severall blogs including Stu at Winston’s Dad
The Dark Side of Love by Rafil Schami – one of Jackie at Farm Lane Book’s favourite books of last year and it’s set in the middle east (which I love)
The Unseen by Katherine Webb – I read (and loved) this authors debut book, The Lagacy, last year. This is another that is split between present day and secrets from 100 years ago
The Somnambulist by Essie Fox – I bought this because I follow the author on Twitter (@essiefox) as she runs the Virtual Victorian blog that I love (you know how I love books written in and set in this period). It looks really intreguing
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – some of my American friends have recommended this to me and it is finally out in the UK – hurray!
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin – Jackie at Farm Lane Books reviewed this and it caught my attention so I have swapped a copy on RISI
Out by Natsuo Kirino – another one that Jackie and Judith are responsible for grabbing my attention with! Damn them! 😉
The Bad Book Affair by Ian Sansom – I picked this up for a quid (brand new) in my local garden centre. It’s a crime thirller set in Northern Ireland, starring a Jewish librarian
Battle Royale by Koushun Takami – ever since Shannon from Giraffe Days chose it as her scary read last October I have been on the look out for this – £1.00 from the garden centre. Result!
Marriage by Susan Ferrier – another one from RISI. This was written in Georgian times and apparantly Ferrier was as popular as Jane Austen back in the day…
Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson – picked up in a charity shop for 10p (it would have been rude not to…)
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – I have been recommended this book by several people now and I am intruiged
The Step Mothers’ Support Group by Sam Baker – given to me by my gorgeous cousin Sara wnen she popped round last week. Looks like a fun chicklit read to kick back with
You like??? 🙂