Book Haul | April 2015


“A library is never complete. That’s the joy of it. We are always seeking one more book to add to our collection.” – Catherynne M. Valente.

The first book I picked up is A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab – a fantasy novel about parallel versions of London, revolving around a Traveller who can jump between them. “And so Kell—inspired by the lost city known to all as Black London—had given each remaining capital a colour. Grey for the magic-less city. Red, for the healthy empire. White, for the starving world.” I'm a huge fantasy fan, and there's nothing I love more than to lose myself in reverie. So, naturally, this book seemed like a must.

Picnic At Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay is a 1967 novel about a group of female students who disappear  after a picnic. Going from the first few pages, I can tell this is going to be a short, but eerie and suspenseful, read.

The third book I picked up is one that I still don't entirely know the plot of. Essentially, the quote on the cover of this novel – “Curious Incident meets The Man Who Fell to Earth” (Joanne Harris) – is why I picked up The Humans by Matt Haig. From what I've gathered, this book is best approached when you don't know too much about it, and just leave yourself susceptible to the shock of unnamed territory and undefined mysteries.

I also picked up The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – a book which has received ridiculously high praise. The novel revolves around Harry August, a man who, upon death, returns to his childhood with recollections of all his past lives – nothing ever changes, until his eleventh life. I was initially quite skeptical of this book (after all, it isn't exactly an original concept) but, after reading reviews that refer to it as "the best book you'll read this year", I'm definitely intrigued.

Haruki Murakami has inspired my recent obsession with Japanese literature. And, whilst I don't expect to find any authors as bizarre as Murakami, I am looking forward to further exploring elements of Japanese culture. Strange Weather In Tokyo by Hiromi kAWAKAMI sounds like a beautifully-written novel, as well as tender examination of loneliness; I can't wait to read it.

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins has been hailed a masterpiece. And it sounds exactly like the kind of book I would enjoy. After hearing nonstop raving about its artful and suspenseful storytelling, and twisted characters, I have no idea why I've only just picked it up.

Have you read any of these books? Do you plan to? I'd love to know!

14 comments:

  1. You look like you have some great books! I'm pretty interested in exploring Japanese literature too. I don't think I've read any Japanese writers yet, but I think I'll definitely give Murakami a go when I'm go to the library next. He looks pretty intriguing, and you love him, so he should be a pretty sure bet. The other books you got look good too, especially The Humans. I'm always intrigued by books where not knowing a lot is a good thing, so I'll try give that a try soon. Great post, as usual!

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  2. Everywhere I go The Girl on the Train is there! I'm sure it's a bit too spooky for me but I might have to read it just to see what all the fuss is about! Would be great to read what you think of it.
    Great post!

    Apryl :)
    aprylshowers.co.uk

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  3. The Humans is meant to be amazing. I found a hardback in a charity shop last week and from what I've read, the writing is quite similar to Matt Haig's tweets. So if you like those then I reckon you'll really enjoy this :)

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  4. I really want all of these books. Sadly, I don't have any money. I hope you enjoy reading them. Could you please do a review on The Girl on the Train

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  5. These all look so intriguing! can't wait to hear your thoughts on them :)

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  6. I hope you enjoy all these new books, Ruby!! :D

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  7. You'll LOVE The Humans. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these, especially The Girl on the Train. I've heard it's incredible. x

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  8. I have not read any of these books but the Picnic one sounds like a really great book! I love it when a book has characters disappearing etc. because I love books with a mystery vibe.

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  9. The Humans is on my to-buy-very-soon list!

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  10. I could highly recommend all of these, minus the Murakami I can't believe I still haven't read any of his!

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  11. Ruby, I've heard loads about The Girl on the Train, so I can't wait to hear what you think of it! Enjoy all your books! :D

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  12. Hi, I really like your blog! :) Have you read The Humans by Haig yet? It has fast become one of my favourite books of all time, so I'd love to hear what you thought! :)

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  13. Very interested in hearing what you thought of 'The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August", will you be doing a review?

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  14. I highly recommend reading the book The Girl on the Train: A Novel.
    I finished reading it today, and my conclusion is that its a very good book to read.

    I ordered mine from Amazon and I got it in only 2 days.
    Here is the link for the book on Amazon:
    The Girl on the Train: A Novel

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