Its been so long since I did a book post – I have loads to tell you and so many awesome books that I want to share with the world. I thought I’d start with my recent Giant Book Haul. There really is nothing like the feeling of having an incredible pile of books waiting to be read. What makes these books even more appealing is that they only cost me £2. I’d love to have a bottomless purse to be able to spend endless hours book shopping, but sadly that is not the case.
One aspect of my book buying habits I have changed dramatically is to use the library more. I can search our on-line library catalogue from the comfort of my own home (ask your local library for details of yours) I always used to think that our libraries only stocked books that would be read by the masses (I’m thinking your Danielle Steele, Lee Child, Catherine Cookson etc) but how wrong I was. I’m amazed at the new releases and authors that I’m desperate to read. Another option, if the library hasn’t got a particular book, is that I order in. This can be a whole new request or just an inter-library loan. In St Helens this costs me £1 (free for kids) but in a lot of areas (eg Leeds) there is no charge for this. One of the books in this haul is a book I requested that the library buys and arrived within about 3 weeks. As a payback to the library for this service, I always like to give a little feedback about whether I enjoyed the book. More often than not, my returned books will end up on the ‘Book of the Week’ stand at the front desk!
Libraries are not the only place I get my books from though. I have been lucky enough to have been gifted a couple of books this month as well as buying 2 from our book stall at our WI meeting. We charge 50p per book. Its always worth letting friends and family know that you are a reader. People are always wanting somewhere to pass their books to – I love knowing that the books I give away will be read rather than festering on a shelf.
So lets get on with the books:
An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (£1 reservation fee from library)
I’ve seen this book on various Book Tube channels and it rates highly on Goodreads.
Ray and Celestial are American newly-weds starting off in their married life together. Roy is arrested and sentenced for a crime 12 years ago that Celestial knows he did not commit. This love story follows Celestial as she learns to live without Roy while he serves his time in prison and after his release.
Our Song – Dani Atkins (Library Book)
I really enjoyed Dani Atkins first book, Fractured so got this out of the library on impulse.
Described as Four people, Two Marriages, One fateful night decide their past, present and future.
I think this will be a fairly quick read. Occasionally I enjoy a lighter book as sort of a palate cleanser between 2 books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time.
The Stolen Marriage – Diane Chamberlain (Library Book)
Diane Chamberlain is one hell of a prolific writer. If you enjoy her writing style, then you would never be short of a book to read. I’ve not read many (There is always something that stops me from reading a prolific writer that I know I will enjoy – almost as if I have to keep some spare books to one side in case my TBR pile runs out) but I do remember thoroughly enjoying Summer’s Child.
In 1944, Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life, marries a mysterious stranger and moves to North Carolina. Tess’s new husband is a secretive man who often stays out all nights & hides money from his new wide. Tess comes to realise that she is now trapped in a strange and loveless marriage.
Call Me Elizabeth – Dawn Annandale (WI Book Stall 50p)
This is the true story of how a bright, witty and highly educated woman became a well-paid and successful escort. This book is described as sad, funny, frightening and empowering. The author knows that there will be some who will judge her but equally many more will understand her situation.
I’ve seen this book around for a couple of years now and love a good memoir. I have no thoughts on which side of the fence I will be on until I read the book. Am really interested to find out what my end thoughts are.
Collecting Conversations – Sam Bunch (Gift)
This is more of a coffee table book that I will dip in and out of. A friend of a friend went to a book launch and got a book signed. Sadly (for her) the author signed the book to Helen and not Louise so I got given the book! Yay!
This sounds a fascinating discovery. Sam Bunch was feeling low after the death of her precious Mum. Whilst trying to focus on the positives, her thoughts turned to the quirky things and thoughts her mum used to say. She then decided to interview 100 women to discover their thoughts on all aspects of life. The questions she asked the 100 ladies, ranged from ‘Who or What Inspires You?’ to ‘What Would you like to leave for the next generation?’ The ladies are all age ranges from 20’s into their 90’s.
JamBusters – Julie Summers (Gift)
The book behind the successful ITV series, Home Fires which we absolutely adored. I’m so sad that they aren’t bringing it back for another series (not least because it ended on a huge cliffhanger). I’m not one normally for gentle Sunday evenings dramas (Shock horror, I’ve never seen an episode of Downton Abbey) but this really captured me. Even Mr C sat down and watched it each week. I think the initial attraction may have been my connection with the WI but after a while the drama and story telling took over. Looking forward to reading how the book and series compare.
The Escape – C.L. Taylor (Library Book)
The Missing (C.L.Taylor’s first novel that I read) was really good and fast paced.
When a stranger asks Jo Blackmore for a lift, she says yes – then quickly wishes she hadn’t
The Bones of You – Debbie Howells (Library Book)
A total impulse loan and I will confess I definitely judged a book by its cover!
18 year old Rosie disappears and the village where she lives will never be the same again. Rosie was beautiful, kind and gentle. She came from a loving family and she had her whole life ahead of her. Who could possible want to harm her? And why?
I’m a bit of a sucker for a missing person novel so looking forward to potentially discovering a new (to me) author.
Monday Mourning – Kathy Reichs (WI Book Stall 50p)
I’ve never read any Kathy Reichs before. I’m completely going off the word of one of our members that this will be good as she saw me looking at the WI book stall. I’m disappointed that this is actually book 7 in a series. I never like to start a series part way through so I may search for #1 before I start this.
The synopsis talks of old buildings, webs of evil and digging up bones so I’m expecting this to be as creepy as it sounds.