Thursday, May 23, 2013

Recent Book Hauls


I've gone through a bit of a book-buying phase lately - some from amazon, and some from car boot sales. I'm an absolute danger at a book stall, I can't pass one without having a browse.

I don't have a kindle, or any other kind of e-reader, nor do I want one. I want a massive, huge, enormous library like Rupert Giles. Only with less demons. And more pastel covers.

First up - I placed an Amazon order about six weeks ago:

I did a post about The Dark Threads here and  posted my thoughts on Gone Girl over on Goodreads here. I haven't read the other two yet.

Another Amazon order last month:

I haven't read The Good Father or Me Before You yet. I liked My Booky Wook a lot but I don't think I'd bother reading it again - so I'll be giving this one to the library. My thoughts on How To Be a Woman are over on Goodreads here, as are my reviews of Safe Haven and Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.

Next, I picked up two books at a boot sale for €1.50:

I really, really enjoyed The Pact (Goodreads review here) and it's the biggest book I've read in a while, so I was happy I stuck with it as my concentration has been all over the place. The Sea, on the other hand, was dire. It just wasn't for me, but I can understand how others would enjoy it. It's the second book this year that I couldn't finish (the other being Tinkers by Paul Harding - John Joe the clock-mad boy from the Late Late Toy Show would adore it. Clocks - everywhere).

Finally, I picked up the book bargains of the century at the outdoor market in Cavan last week:

I got The Hunger Games boxed trilogy for €5, and picked up another box of brand new books, shrink-wrapped, for €8 - total of €13 for 13 books!

The ones in the box were:

Mother's Milk by Edward St. Aubyn - The once illustrious, once wealthy Melroses are in peril. Caught up in the wreckage of broken promises, child-rearing, adultery and assisted suicide, Patrick finds his wife consumed by motherhood, his mother consumed by a New Age foundation, and his five-year-old son Robert understanding far more than he ought.

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud - In Manhattan, just after the century's turn, three thirty-year-old friends, Danielle, Marina and Julius, are seeking their fortunes. But the arrival of Marina's young cousin Bootie - fresh from the provinces and keen, too, to make his mark - forces them to confront their own desires and expectations. 'The Emperor's Children' is a sweeping portrait of one of the most fascinating cities in the world, and a haunting illustration of how the events of a single day can change everything, for ever.

When We Were Bad by Charlotte Mendelson - Claudia Rubin is in her heyday. Wife, mother, rabbi and sometime moral voice of the nation, everyone wants to be with her at her older son's glorious February wedding. Until Leo becomes a bolter and the heyday of the Rubin family begins to unravel...

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold - "My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighbourhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer." This is Susie Salmon, speaking to us from heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counsellors to help newcomers to adjust, and friends to room with. Everything she wants appears as soon as she thinks of it - except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood - When he was a boy, Charlie St. Cloud almost perished in a car crash that killed his little brother, Sam. Years later, Charlie is still trying to atone for his loss. It is only when he meets Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventurous yachtswoman, that he faced with a choice - between death and life, the past and the present, holding on and letting go. 

The Sound of Butterflies by Rachael King - It is 1903 when Thomas Edgar says goodbye to his young wife Sophie and embarks on a journey to the Amazon, where he dreams of finding a mythical butterfly that will make both his name and his fortune. His dreams change, however, soon after his arrival in Brazil... Months later, Thomas arrives home, thin, sick and, worst of all, unable - or unwilling - to speak. Frustrated by his silence, Sophie takes increasingly drastic measures to uncover the truth about what happened to her husband while he was away. But as she sorts through Thomas' diaries and boxes of exquisite butterflies, it becomes clear that the truth may not be easy to bear.

Bridget Jones' Diary by Helen Fielding - (that unecessary extra S bugs the bejaysus out of me, to the point where I want to tippex it out on the spine).

The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde - Nineteen-year old university student Megan Thompson is beautiful, cool, clever and sexy - the kind of girls boys fall in love with. She has mostly steered clear of family life since the death of her younger brother. That is until the day she hears her mother, Diana, has been found floating face down in their swimming pool. Diana, as Director of the Center for Reproductive Choice, was a national figure who inspired passions and made enemies. Detective Huck Berlin is brought in to investigate the case when it becomes clear that Diana was murdered. Several people had quarrelled with Diana on that fateful day, not least Frank, her husband of twenty years, and her wayward child. Now father and daughter are thrown together in an unexpected twist of family life.

The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville - 'The Idea of Perfection' is a funny and touching romance between two people who've given up on love. Set in the eccentric little backwater of Karakarook, New South Wales, pop. 1374, it tells the story of Douglas Cheeseman, a gawky engineer with jug-handle ears, and Harley Savage, a woman altogether too big and too abrupt for comfort. Harley is in Karakarook to foster 'Heritage', and Douglas is there to pull down the quaint old Bent Bridge. From day one, they're on a collision course. But out of this unpromising conjunction of opposites, something unexpected happens: something even better than perfection.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her fate is merely hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the verses of the Book of Genesis that recount the life of Jacob and his infamous dozen sons. 'The Red Tent' is an extraordinary and engrossing tale of ancient womanhood and family honour. Told in Dinah's voice, it opens with the story of her mothers - the four wives of Jacob - each of whom embodies unique feminine traits, and concludes with Dinah's own startling and unforgettable story of betrayal, grief and love.

And that's it. For now. Not including all the books I bought in the bookshop I found on our Honeymoon break. Or the ones given to me by a relative who was having a clear-out.

Ever wish you could do this?


  1. you have good taste in books, I want to read.. Girl gone, and The wicked girls. I'm going to bookmark this so I know what else I should check out. I just read the playdate and it was rly good, keeps you guessing through out. Now followin on bloglovin hun x

    1. Thanks Christina! I must look the Playdate up, can't buy any more but have a list for the library already! Hopeless x

  2. Nice! Now your biggest problem will be which one to read first :)
    Great deal on Hunger Games, I still haven't read the third one but I hope I will soon.
    I was looking at Me Before You the other day, hopefully I will read it in near future!

    1. I've heard a lot of good things about Me Before You, I think I might start with that one x

  3. Aah, I'm so jealous of your amazing book haul! Such good value! I've read a few of these but have had a good few of the rest on my to-read list for a while too, can't wait to see what you think. Also, YES to both Buffy references :)

    1. Thanks Chloe! I love your book posts too, so much inspiration. I want to read ALL THE BOOKS. x

  4. What a haul!! I've read a few of those myself (My Booky Wook, The Night Cirus, The Lovely Bones, Bridget Jones' Diary, How to be a Woman, The Hunger Games trilogy and Gone Girl). I need to gather up some of my books to read, according to Good Reads, I have over 60 books I own but haven't read! Though I know the figure is actually more than that.

    I have some credit on my Amazon, seriously tempted to buy some books now! Also have €20 book voucher somewhere, must find it!

    1. Amazon is handy, I've gotten a lot of second hand books on there too. Also awesomebooks and the book depository are great! Love book vouchers, brilliant present x

  5. Now that's a haul and a half, I'm the green eyed one today! Some great reads there Gone Girl and The Hunger Games in particular. I have to read The Night Circus yet, I think I will love when I eventually get to it. Will send you a friend request on Good reads so I can follow your reviews :-)
    And yes to answer your question, I so wish I could do that!

    1. Thanks Trish! I'm looking forward to reading The Night Circus too x

  6. I next noticed that extra S before! Now its bugging me too, its just stupid! Thanks for that!

  7. I watched that episode the other day! You get extra gold stars for making two Buffy references in this post!

    I've just got The Red Tent myself, it looks quite different than what I'd usually read, so I'm definitely looking forward to it!

    I've read a few of your picks - Safe Haven, Charlie St Cloud, Lovely Bones, The Abortionist's Daughter and The Hunger Games Trilogy. I love the look of The Night Circus (and not *only* because of the gorgeous cover...)

    Glad I accidentally stumbled across your blog today... and sorry for the ramble!

    1. Haha thank you Daire, you can't beat a couple of Buffy references! I'm still trying to slowly work my way through this pile, I've bought two more since, am an absolute disaster. The Night Circus is next on my list, the cover is beautiful! No need to apologise, I love a good ramble :)


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