Here’s the books that I bought and received in August:
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Complete Collected Short Stories Volume One & Volume Two by Roald Dahl
Day 21 by Kass Morgan
The Dogs by Alan Stratton
Half Bad by Sally Green
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe
The Little Book of Lunch by Caroline Craig & Sophie Missing
Penguin’s Great Food series by Various
Lockwood: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (e-galley)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (eBook)
As you may know, I’m trying to buy all my books from bookshops this year, but if a book is extremely cheap or unavailable from bookshops, I have been using Hive and Wordery. I hold my hands up – I haven’t abandoned online book shopping completely! I can’t quite remember how I came across it, but when I saw that The Book People were selling Penguin’s Great Food series for only £5, there was no way I was going to be able to resist. I love a sale as much as anyone else! I also bought The Complete Collected Short Stories Volume One & Volume Two by Roald Dahl for £4.99. I have been a little curious about his short stories for years, but not being much of a fan of short stories (as I’ve said numerous times), I hadn’t gotten around to reading them. After now having read a few of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels and loving them, I’m willing to give them a try.
As I’ve had two cookbooks on my wishlist for a while – A Girl Called Jack (recipes for making inexpensive but delicious meals) and The Little Book of Lunch (because it’s about time I stop buying lunch and start making it) – I also thought it was the perfect excuse to add them to my basket. I’m looking forward to trying out recipes from both books!
I was also sent two books unexpectedly for review: The Dogs, which I’ve not heard too much about yet since it’s not published until February (about a boy and his mother who go on the run), and Day 21, the sequel to The 100 (about a bunch of kids who are sent to Earth from space to see whether it’s survivable after a nuclear war). I’ve only seen a few episodes of the TV show – I need to catch up.
I also visited a used bookshop and was delighted to come across The Luminaries for £1. It’s one I’ve been curious about since it won the Man Booker Prize in 2013, but I have no idea whether it’s something I’ll enjoy. It’s time to find out! I also downloaded a few books: the sequel to The Screaming Staircase, which I’m determined to read this year, and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which is longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. I already know the ‘twist’, but hopefully I’ll still enjoy it.
And lastly, I was given two books by friends: Helen gave me a physical copy of Half Bad (I already have it on my Kindle) and Jim gave me Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, since I also have read a few other David Levithan and Rachel Cohn books.
Have you read any of these books?