A Big May Book Haul

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Lately, I've been making more than my fair share of visits to Waterstones and, let's just say, I've been getting a little too spend happy in the book store! So, over the last month or so, I've accumulated plenty of new books and I'm totally justifying my spends with the fact that I've just finished my English Literature Degree and I can finally read for pleasure again! I'm super happy with my (not so) little book haul and now that exams are over, I'm so ready to sink my teeth into a few great books, so here are the new books I've picked up this month.

You by Caroline Kepnes
You is a book that I've seen popping up on Booktube over and over again and, while I don't usually reach for psychological thrillers and crime novels, it's a genre I've been wanting to explore and this seemed like the perfect book to jump into the genre with. You follows the story of a woman being stalked by an obsessed man but, the really interesting part is that we hear the story from the stalkers perspective. This book sounds well and truly dark and well, a little creepy and I just can't wait to read it!

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
While John Green was an author I really enjoyed in my early teens, I can honestly say I've not picked up a John Green book in several years. But, I've seen a lot of great reviews that hail Turtles All The Way Down as a great presentation of anxiety, so I'm really keen to give it a read and see what I think. I am a little concerned that the writing style may be a little too teen oriented, but with so many great reviews I'm definitely going to give it a go!

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange has been on my radar for such a long time because I'm a huge fan of dystopians and, as it's such a short novel, I'm sure I'll be able to blast through it in no time. I don't know all that much about this novel because, with dystopians, I think it's much easier to get immersed when you don't know too much about the plot going in. What I do know about this book is that we follow a 15 year old protagonist, Alex, who's into ultra-violence and ends up in some government experiments which, if you ask me, is definitely enough to get me interested in a book.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones is a film that I watched years ago and absolutely loved so, when I spotted it in the book shop recently, I thought it would be rude not to pick it up! This novel follows a young girl, Susie, who has just been murdered and now exists in an afterlife in which she can see her family trying to cope with the devastation of her death as well as attempting to come to terms with death herself. To me, this book is super interesting because we have such a diverse blend of themes with everything from death, grief and love to the creepy murder mystery that underpins the whole novel and I really can't wait to get into this novel!

My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult 
My Sister's Keeper is yet another book that I'm coming to after watching (and loving) the film version. Generally speaking, I always try to read the book before watching the film but in the case of My Sister's Keeper, I watched the film years ago when I was probably a little too young for the novel but I recently remembered to pick up a copy and I'm really excited to see how the book and film compare. So, this novel follows a young girl called Anna who was conceived through IVF to be an organ donor for her sister Kate who has leukaemia as she decides to seek medical emancipation. With some seriously heavy subject matter, I'm definitely prepared to shed some tears during this read.

We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shirver
Shirver's We Need To Talk About Kevin follows a woman called Eva whose son, Kevin, has committed a massacre at his high school. While this is a really relevant subject right now, I think this novel, which looks at things from the perspective of a family member is going to be a really interesting take on this topic and I'm really looking forward to giving it a read.

The Astonishing Colour Of After by Emily X. R. Pan
I've been watching a lot of booktube lately and one book that keeps popping up with some great reviews is The Astonishing Colour Of After. This new release follows a young girl called Leigh whose mother has committed suicide. In the wake of this event, Leigh believes that her mother has become a bird and is led by this bird to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents and find out some more about her family history. I'm really intrigued to see how this novel blends magical realism with the really difficult topic of suicide and, on a completely unrelated note, the cover is absolutely gorgeous.

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
It was my 21st birthday this month and one of my friends bought me a copy of I Am Pilgrim. Having never heard of this book, I'm going into this thriller knowing only that the book focuses on the connection between a series of horrific crimes happening across the world but, having been assured that it's a truly great read, I'm ready to sink my teeth into a gripping thriller.

A Room With A View by E. M. Forster
Another bookish gift I received for my birthday was a short and sweet classic, A Room With A View. This book follows Lucy, a girl in a love triangle trapped between the middle class values of English society and the experiences she had whilst travelling through Italy. Overall, it sounds like a turbulent romance that will make a perfect summer read.

A Study In Scarlett and The Hound of The Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
As another birthday gift, my mum gave me two of the Sherlock Holmes novels which, for some reason, I've never read. Of course, we all know the basic premise of Sherlock Holmes and, as these books are dark, mysterious and gothic, they are 100% up my street.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favourite books, in fact, I love it so much that one of my pet rabbits is actually called Gatsby! The other copy of Gatsby that I own is actually super tatty and covered in highlighter and notes from when I studied it in my first year of A-Levels four years ago (!!), so I was definitely due a new copy and, when I spotted this gorgeous cover that just matches the book so perfectly, I just couldn't resist!

With a haul this big, here's to spending the next few months with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other!

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