I have a few tags and award posts I want to do, but they require a lot of thinking and my brain is a little exhausted at the moment. So, why not start this week with a nice easy post?
A January Book Haul seemed perfect as I am not planning on buying any more books in January and I doubt I will buy many in February. I have enough books to read as it is!!! Though I have seen some tempting ones…. Hmmm……
Part of this haul I already shared on my blog, but not the others. I bought a total of 13 books this month and I received one book from an author that I am planning on reading soon. Excuse my cat Tom, who just would not budge. He looks very grumpy! 🙂
So, let’s get on with it.
I bought a grand total of three new books:
Centaur (Declan Murphy & Ami Rao)
It is not often I use a synopsis to talk about a book, but it is the synopsis that made me want to buy this book, so…
A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post prepared his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.
For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.
I just had to buy this book and I can’t wait to read it.
A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
It is about time I read some Sherlock Holmes, so I bought this Wordsworth edition. I love the simple cover design.
Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier)
I have been meaning to read one of Juliet Marillier’s books for ages. This one came up as a group buddy read on Goodreads and I figured I may as well!
Most of the books I got this month, however, were from my local charity shop. Sometimes they have nothing of interest, but I went in one day and there was a good selection of English language books that looked unread, some of which were on my wishlist! Someone must have cleared out their shelves! Lucky me!
So I picked up seven initially:
I did a post on those earlier, so will just list them:
Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)
Botswana Time (Will Randall)
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
The Humans (Matt Haig)
Holland Mania (Annette Stott)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
I did see a trio of Wordworth Classics, but I left them, as none of them were on my TBR/wishlist. Yet, I could not get them out of my head, so a week later I went back and they were still there at €0.30 each – I had to buy them, clearly! All of them are chunkers, but brand new.
Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
Since buying this book I have actually read good things about it. It’s supposed to be quite funny too, so I may read it sooner rather than later.
Collected Ghost Stories (M R James)
Sounds like this a really good collection of ghostly short stories, which I will be keeping for Halloween.
Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
I never had much interest in reading Moby Dick. The story never appealed to me. When I saw it alongside the other two though, I could hardly buy the other two and not this one! Not sure whether I will ever read it. Has anyone read it? Is it actually any good? Let me know!!!
And finally, author Brian Kindall was kind enough to send me a physical copy of his book Delivering Virtue, which I am looking forward to reading at some point next month. So keep an eye out for a review in the next few weeks!
As I said, I doubt I will be buying any new books next month, but you never know! I am trying to reign myself in. I have so many books still on my shelves that need reading that I actually really want to read!
Show me your new books!