Book Haul March 1st

Yay! Second hand books! I went to visit my grandparents this week in Clevedon and there is a lovely community bookshop there that sells most of its fiction for £2 a book. My mum treated me to five, so I am having to expand my TBR shelves yet again!

Second hand Goodies

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I read this book about five years ago and really wanted to read it again when I saw the film recently starring Dakota Fanning but it was missing, so I was pleased to see it second hand.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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This is a book my Mum recommended to me. I read the back cover and I am intrigued! Here is the description from Goodreads

Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets–an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

This book was originally published in Spanish so I am really pleased as it will count towards my 2015 reading challenge.

The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

By the same author as the book above, my Mum actually bought this book but I look forward to reading it when she is done!

Narcopolis by Jeet Thayil

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Shuklaji Street, in Old Bombay. In Rashid’s opium room the air is thick and potent. A beautiful young woman leans to hold a long-stemmed pipe over a flame, her hair falling across her dark eyes. Around her, men sprawl and mutter in the gloom, each one drifting with his own tide. Here, people say that you introduce only your worst enemy to opium.

Okay, I have to admit, I picked this book up because of its cover. I then saw it had been longlisted for the man booker prize in 2012. I read the inside cover. I read the prologue. When I reached chapter two I realised I probably ought to buy it. I am so looking forward to starting chapter two! It has moved right to the top of my TBR pile!

Timoleon Vieta Come Home by Dan Rhodes

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I hear this book is like Marmite, you love it or you hate it. The storyline has really appealed to me though. I read the first page and the writing was beautiful. So I really hope I will love it.

I was also recommended a book by my Dad by an author who I have never read anything by, much to my shame! Tony Parsons’ Man and Boy is a book my dad really enjoyed so I am determined to try this soon.

Books that arrived in the post

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Yeh, I know, I should have read this years ago! Neil Gaiman is fantasy staple and I am a bit embarrassed I have never read Neverwhere, but I now own it, so one step closer!

Us by David Nicholls

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I loved One Day. I loved the Understudy. I loved Starter for Ten. So I knew I needed to read Us. I was waiting for it to come out in paperback, because, to be honest, I really can’t afford to keep buying hardbacks. However, this week, David Nicholls is speaking at Bath literature Festival and I have the best sister in the world who bought me tickets, so I had to buy Us and read it. This is the back cover description.

‘I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.’
‘Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?’

Douglas Petersen understands his wife’s need to ‘rediscover herself’ now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they’d be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?

Does anyone else get the feeling this is going to be another tear jerker?

Manga

Soulless by Gail Carriger (Author), Rem(Illustrator). (The Parasol Protectorate Manga)

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This is the first time I have ever read the manga based on a book before the original book. I hope this makes me want to read these books! The drawings are really beautiful from the little I have seen and the concept sounds really interesting. This was recommended to me by Goodreads as I enjoyed the Infernal Devices manga.

Deadly Class by Rick Remender (Writer), Wesley Craig (Illustrator), Lee Loughridge (Illustrator) 

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This description!

It’s 1987. Marcus Lopez hates school. His grades suck. He has no money. The jocks are hassling his friends. He can’t focus in class, thanks to his mind constantly drifting to the stunning girl in the front row and the Dag Nasty show he has tickets to. But the jocks are the children of Joseph Stalin’s top assassin, the teachers are members of an ancient league of assassins, the class he’s failing is “Dismemberment 101,” and his crush, a member of the most notorious crime syndicate in Japan, has a double-digit body count.

Welcome to the most brutal high school on Earth, where the world’s top crime families send the next generation of assassins to be trained. Murder is an art. Killing is a craft. At King’s Dominion High School for the Deadly Arts, the dagger in your back isn’t always metaphorical, nor is your fellow classmates’ poison.

Eep! I am very excited to get into this! It sounds like a world I can lose myself in!

That’s all folks!

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Much Booky Love,

E.St.C