Mini Book Haul

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Lately, I have acquired a few new books so I thought I would write a mini book haul blog post. Like I have said in a few of my previous posts, I am determined to read more this year. Booktube definitely revitalised something in me that has made me want to read a lot more again! Also, I am getting very fed up of wanting to read, but just not doing so. So, I am giving myself a kick up the butt.

Although I already have plenty of unread books on my bookshelves, I thought buying more recently released books would help me motivate myself. It's not that I don't enjoy classics because I do (shout-out to Jane Eyre), I just thought that if I bought books that were receiving a lot of interest and hype then I would be motivated to read them right now.

The Power

Firstly, I have The Power by Naomi Alderman. I have heard a lot about this book and it seems like it would be right up my alley. I really enjoy dystopian novels, so the fact that it is a modern dystopian novel was just calling my name! I was motivated to buy it after listening to the Banging Book Club podcast on the novel. They made some really interesting points about the novel, and I probably ruined a fair amount of the plot for myself by listening to it, but it was so worth it. Also, fun fact, Naomi Alderman is a creative writing lecturer at my university!

The blurb:
All over the world women are discovering they have the power. With a flick of the fingers they can inflict terrible pain - even death. Suddenly, every man on the planet finds they've lost control. The day of the girls has arrived - but where will it end?

The Virgin Suicides

Next, I have The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. I have been interested in this book for quite a long time now. Stupidly, I watched the film before even purchasing the book (typical Holly). However, it gave me the motivation to purchase the book as I really enjoyed it. Also, once again, I listened to the Banging Book Club podcast on this book and they made it sound so interesting. One critique I have for the film is that it isn't very dark considering the subject matter, so when they said that the book is darker, I knew I needed to add it to my TBR.

The blurb:
The mysterious Lisbon sisters obsessed the entire neighbourhood long before the first suicide, of Cecilia, the youngest. Looking back over the strange and hazy year that followed, men recall the boys they once were, and try to impose order on a tragedy that defies explanation. For still, the question remains - why did all five of the Lisbon girls have to die?


Thirdly, I have It by Stephen King. Like I said in my video, this is a long overdue read and purchase. I have wanted to read this book for a very long time. I've always felt extremely overwhelmed by the size of the novel, however, since reading 2/3 of Clarissa (something I am very proud of), I think I can handle it. The only other Stephen King novel I have read is Carrie, and about half of Misery. I have really enjoyed what I have previously read, so I'm hoping this will be just as good.

The blurb:
It is the children who see - and feel - what makes the small town of Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing...Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as it stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

The last physical book I have is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. I don't know too much about this book to be honest, but I am still extremely interested to read it. I have heard a lot of good things about it, and it was also the Costa book awards winner for 2017, which is quite impressive. I was in Exeter recently, and a woman in Waterstone's was telling me how much she enjoyed it and was encouraging me to read it as soon as I can. So that has really peaked my interest!

The blurb:
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled existence. Except, sometimes, everything...

The Miniaturist

Next, I have The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I managed to get this for 99p on the Kindle store so make sure you check Amazon as they have some really good book deals! I am really intrigued to read this book. Like I said in my video, I read somewhere that this book started a bidding war, which is extremely impressive considering it is Burton's debut novel. It has really intrigued me to see why it stirred up so much interest. I also heard about this book through ICovetThee on Youtube.

Call Me By Your Name

Finally, I have Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. I'm pretty sure I have probably bored everyone by now by talking about this. Once again, I managed to get this for 99p on the Kindle strore so it was a total steal. . Once again, I was naughty and watched the film first. I am really trying to get out of that habit, it isn't too important, but I really want to try. I am really looking forward to reading this book.

Ok, so that is my most recent little book haul. I hope you found a book that interests you! They are now going to be added to my never ending and forever growing TBR. If you have any recommendations, books or anything else, please just leave a comment or message me on any of my social media platforms. I recently uploaded a video of this book haul too, so if you fancy it please head over to my channel and give it a watch!

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