I’ve decided to do a weekly roundup of all my bookish activity so there’s a good flow of blogs going up on my site.
I usually like to have 2 books on the go, which most people find mind boggling, but I enjoy having the choice. So I read one (normally Netgalley) book on my Kindle and I also have a “human book” in my bag.
The Nix by Nathan Hill – This is a pretty daunting read at over 500+ pages, especially since it’s not really the type of book I tend to read, but I’m really liking it so far, it’s very funny!
The Trees by Ali Shaw – I’m almost finished with this now and to be honest, I’m kind of disappointed! This is nowhere near as creepy as I was hoping it to be and it’s not really a thriller like I was expecting.
Books finished this week:
Infinite Ground by Martin MacInnes: Technically I didn’t finish this one. I had to put this novel down as a DNF. I was so excited about reading something that’s getting called “a book like no other” but it was confusing. Maybe I’m a bit simple but this messed with my head and I was losing interest with every turn of a page…
Books I’m planning on reading next:
I’m really looking forward to giving both these books a read. What’s so exciting about these two is that they’re both advanced reading copies, but I got The Spider and the Fly in paperback format which was the icing on the cake at Christmas time! Such a nice surprise opening a random package and finding in it a free book from the publisher!
The Spider and the Fly by Claudia Rowe: publishing 24th Jan 2017
In this superb work of literary true crime—a spellbinding combination of memoir and psychological suspense—a female journalist chronicles her unusual connection with a convicted serial killer and her search to understand the darkness inside us.
Rattle by Fiona Cummins: publishing 26th Jan 2017
He has planned well. He leads two lives. In one he’s just like anyone else. But in the other he is the caretaker of his family’s macabre museum. Now the time has come to add to his collection. He is ready to feed his obsession, and he is on the hunt.
Set in London’s Blackheath, Rattle by Fiona Cummins explores the seam of darkness that runs through us all; the struggle between light and shadow, redemption and revenge.
Books bought this week:
My boyfriend got bonus boyfriend points for buying me a few books! Technically he bought me some last weekend (on the 8th) but I hadn’t started this series at that point and I thought they were worth mentioning as well as the ones he bought me this weekend!
The Trees by Ali Land was something he picked up himself because he loves foxes so much, and it’s amazing reviews and gorgeous front cover persuaded me to put down a different book I was holding and choose this one instead!
He also got me The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon which I’ve seen advertised here and there. I’m interested in what it’s going to be like as it’s not my usual sort of read with it having a coming-of-age vibe to it, but I am looking forward to starting it all the same.
I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork is a book I had only just seen being advertised in bookstores. We were then in Morrison’s (a grocery store for all you non-British) and it was on sale for just £4! I, conveniently, didn’t have my purse with me so I begged Matt to get it for me and he did!
Same story goes, as above, for Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent.
Naughty me. I also bought myself a book this week! I’ve been wanting to read House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski for suuuuch a long time but it’s worth about £20… for the paperback! So I’ve kept putting off buying it and never asked anyone for it for my birthday or Christmas because I thought they’d think I was a nutter for wanting a book that costs so much. After posting my book shame, however, I really wanted to get my arse in gear and read it so I scoured the web for a cheap option of it. In the end, I found the paperback on sale on The Book Depository and bought it (for still way more than a normal paperback is worth but cheaper than anywhere else on the internet).
I went a bit nuts on the Amazon Kindle deals this week! All of these books were just 99p, I couldn’t resist!
The Marriage Certificate by Stephen Molyneux – I was intrigued by the plot of this one – a man buys a vintage marriage certificate and looks into their lives, then finds out they could help be the answer to an age-old mystery.
Anything for Her by Jack Jordan – I read Jordan’s last novel Find Her which I had mixed feelings about, but everyone said this is a far better story!
Every Little Thing by Mark Blackmore – this is a total risk buy (only 99p though, who cares). This has two ratings on Goodreads, both of which aren’t great but the plot sounded interesting and I was drawn in by the simplistic but effective cover.
The Woman Next Door by Cass Green – I’ve heard and seen good things about this novel and I’ve been interested in reading it for a while, so I couldn’t really pass up a 99p version of it!
Girl on a Train by A J Waines – no, this isn’t The Girl on The Train, this is a different book. It was also published before Paula Hawkins well known novel. Same premise in the sense that a woman see’s something from her seat on the train… I don’t know, it could be just as good as the other Girl on The Train!
Blog posts this week:
Here’s a catch up on what I’ve posted this week.
Monday: Oh the shame!
Have a load of books you know you really should have read by now, but you haven’t ’cause you’re a mess and you don’t sort out your reading priorities? No matter, you’re not alone!
Part of the TTT weekly challenge from The Broke and Bookish, this week we were challenged to note all the books we didn’t get round to reading last year, that we wish we had.
L S Hilton’s second book in the series, Domina, is coming out later this year, which got me thinking about her Maestra and how hilariously funny my review for it was, so I decided to republish it!
Friday: Mystery Blogger Award
I got tagged to do the Mystery Blogger Award on my blog! How exciting!
Decided to hop on the bandwagon of yet another weekly blog post! This one showcases all the great new reads you’ve come across and added to your tbr list within the past week.