Books, Books and More Books

For the last few weeks I've been settling back into school, the endless talk of GCSEs and coursework eating away at a lot of free time. Thankfully though, I have received many amazing books to cheer me up, and with all of these beauties, my posting should become more frequent! The pile on the right is the Man Booker shortlist, by the way.


She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick, hardback, for review: 
It's not a secret that I am a huge Sedgwick fan; Midwinterblood had me, quite literally, on the edge of my chair, whilst My Swordhand is Singing restored my faith in the vampire folklore. So, when this neat, conveniently-sized hardback arrived at my door, I think you can imagine the excitement that flooded my face...

Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher, paperback, for review: 
I seem to part of the minority with this one. I haven't actually read Christopher's highly-acclaimed debut, Stolen, and so I'm going into her latest novel with no knowledge of her other writing or anything! But I'm excited, nevertheless...

The Girl in the Mask by Marie-Louise Jensen, paperback, won: 
I love historical fiction, that is all I need to say about this one.

That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson, paperback, for review: 
After reading the Guardian's brilliant review of Syson's first YA novel, I've kept an eye out for anything else by this author. Like I mentioned above, I love historical fiction, so I reckon I'm in for a treat with this one... plus, I love the cover design (not that it has anything to do with the actual content...)!

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, hardback, borrowed: 
I'm moving away from YA territory now, my next book being one I have stolen borrowed from my mum. I am a huge fan of The Night Circus, all things Gaiman and, fundamentally, magic in general; I don't see how I could possibly dislike this book (if I'm honest)!

The Testament of Mary, paperback, for review: 
I've been lucky enough to receive this year's Man Booker prize shortlist for review… I don't think it's possible to explain my excitement, but let me just say: I'm incredibly, incredibly excited! The Testament of Mary is the shortest on the list, but intriguing, nonetheless...

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, paperback, for review: 
I started this one last night, and I'm already in love with Ruth Ozeki's writing style. Part of the reason I'm reading and reviewing these is so I can recommend some adult books to teenagers, and I think this is one is easily accessible and equally as endearing. 

Harvest by Jim Crace, hardback, for review: 
This novel is supposedly the 'favourite' to win. I've heard many things about both the novel and the author, all positive, so I'm hoping I'll be able to begin this one soon. 

We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo, hardback, for review
Like A Tale for the Time Being, I think the concept behind this book could be enjoyable for teens too. Of course, I've yet to delve deeper into the novel, but upon the surface, it looks like one of the more accessible books on the shortlist.

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri, hardback, for review
Admittedly, this is the one book on the shortlist I don't know very much about. However, I'd like to keep it this way, as sometimes a reading experience is more enjoyable when you don't know too much about the book in question!

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, hardback, for review
Last, but definitely not least, is my most anticipated book on the shortlist; the longest novel, yes, but a book that sounds utterly original and incredibly intriguing... I can't wait to begin!

Thank you very much to Orion, Chicken House, Hot Key Books, Lucy and Man Booker for sending these to me for review... there's not one book above that I'm not jumping-up-and-down excited for – and that's always a brilliant sign! Also, because I've mentioned the shortlist an awful lot, are there any Man Booker novels you're particularly excited about?

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27 comments:

  1. Argh, I am so insanely jealous! These all look incredible, I hope you enjoy them! That Burning Summer is on my TBR pile too, and I know I'll enjoy it because I loved A World Between Us. I also have Stolen on my TBR pile, and I'm really looking forward to reading it as I've heard a lot about it, so if it's good I'll have to find The Killing Woods. And as for all those Booker prize shortlistees, I NEED to read them! I'm glad you're enjoying A Tale for the Time Being, because that's probably the one I'm most looking forward to reading out of all of them.

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    1. A Tale For the Time Being is crazily good at the moment! Nao is such an endearing and quirky protagonist – love her!

      As for That Burning Summer, I can't wait to begin... I've yet to read A World Between Us though! :) The Man Booker shortlist is going to be my priority, but I'll be flicking through a couple of the YA books in between. :D

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  2. The Luminaries is probably the one that I'd be most curious to read.

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  3. I hope you enjoy The Girl in the Mask, Ruby! It's such a good book and I loved it.

    Happy reading!

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    1. I hope I enjoy it too! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway. :D

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  4. I haven't heard of any of these, but I am a bit curious about She is Not Invisible. I don't really know why, but it's calling to me.

    My STS: http://readingismytreasure.blogspot.com/2013/09/stacking-shelves-5-two-weeks-worth.html

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    1. Yessss, the cover for She is Not Invisible is so enticing! :)

      I left a comment. :D

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  5. Woah you got some really good books! Hope you enjoy all of them, Ruby. I did a book haul this week too. :) youtube.com/milelongbookshelf

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    1. I know! This is possibly my best haul. :D I just watched the vlog – you are SO funny! :D

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  6. You're books all look great!! Happy reading! I've seen a couple of reviews for She is Not Invisible, and it looks good, so I hope you like it!

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    1. I hope I like it to. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. You're right, you DO have a lot of books to read! I actually haven't heard of any of them except for The Killing Woods, which sounds so amazing. Happy reading, Ruby!

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    1. I know, my tbr pile is never longer than 5, usually!

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  8. That is a lot of books, you're going to have a lot of fun reading them. I really want to read Stolen, The Killing Woods looks great. I don't think I could ever read The Luminaries but I'm truly fascinated by it. Excited to hear how you like it, I have a feeling you will. Great Haul, Happy Reading Ruby!

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    1. Thanks for commenting Sunny! The Luminaries might take me awhile, but I can't wait to dive in!

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  9. Those books look so great, I just want to reach into my computer screen and grab them from your hans. *evil smile*

    The cover of That Burning Summer looks so good! I'm a sucker for vintage artwork and IT'S A HISTORICAL FICTION!!!! Which decade is it set? It looks steampunk-ish but I think that's because I always associate aviator hats with steampunk.

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    1. Hehe, I want to do that everytime I see a STS post! :)

      It's actually set during WWI (or WWII??) but I see what you mean about steampunk! The cover is so intriguing. :D

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  10. I always mean to read books on prize shortlists, but never get round to it!

    Here's my round up of the week.

    Sarah

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    1. I know, this year I've got on top of things though!

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  11. I haven't read any Lucy Christopher either! *blushes* I'm hoping to though - loads of bloggers rave about her! The Girl in The Mask sounds great too! I've been trying a few historicals lately so this might make the shortlist!

    Hope you enjoy all these new goodies! :D

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    1. Thank you Rachel, I hope I enjoy them! :) Stolen sounds so good, so I'll definitely buy it if I enjoy The Killing Woods! :D

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  12. Wow you got a nice haul. Lots of reading to do! All of those books seem really interesting.

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    1. They definitely do seem interesting! :) Lovin' my current read. :D

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  13. Congratulations Feed me books now
    I have nominated your blog for the Reader Appreciation Award.

    More about this nomination is at http://sameena.kidslounge.co.uk/#post6

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  14. Ruby, I am incredibly jealous of you right now! The Man Booker Shortlist!! I was lucky enough to buy A Tale for The Time Being today, and I'm already loving it. Like you, The Luminaries is my most anticipated book on the shortlist, so I really hope I get my hands on it soon. I've emailed each separate publicist because I'm determined to get my hands on the rest of the shortlist!

    The Killing Woods also looks pretty intriguing, I love mysteries. Wow, you're so lucky you got so many great books! Let me know what you think!! :)

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  15. Gah, I'm so jealous! Can't Man Brooker send ME their shortlist?! How did they end up sending it you, out of interest?

    As for your haul, ~GRABBY GRABBY HANDS~ I'VE NOT EVEN HEARD OF MOST OF THOSE BUT I WANT TO READ THEM ALL, YOUR BLOG DOES THIS TO ME RUBY DON'T YOU KNOW HOW LONG BY TBR LIST IS ALREADY?!

    ... Anyway.

    The cover of She Is Not Invisible is gorgeous, I wanna read it! And I love the cover of That Burning Summer XD

    Jonathon Norrell & Mr Strange is one I have but haven't read, but it looks pretty good! So long though ... rather frightening. As for The Girl in the Mask, I've read it ... it was good but not amazing. One of the many historical fictions that fall into that category.

    I MUST READ WE NEED NEW NAMES! I read about it in The Telegraph a while ago and have desired it since then ... I want to read the others to. The Lowland has a lovely cover, (don't judge a book by its cover? Ridiculous!) and A Tale for the Time Being is a great title and sounds good from what you've said.

    Looking forward to the reviews! :D

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