Top Ten Books That’ve Recently Hit My Shelves
My book blogging skillz have been slacking lately – I had some time off work last week and was planning on scheduling lots for the blog, but my get up and go? It got up and went. I accidentally ended up posting next week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic yesterday, #fail, so have decided to quickly throw this one together and get it up today! And breathe. On the plus-side, next week’s TTT is done 🙂
1. The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm – A lot of the Booktubers I love talk about Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (Jean’s Bookish Thoughts is a prime example!), and a lot of the stories I love are derived from them (ACOTAR, Disney movies etc.). So, I thought it was about time I got my hands on a beautiful bind-up edition. I was tempted with the Barnes and Noble leather bind-up, but eventually went with the Wordsworth Library Edition. I think I’m OK with my choice… I’m always going to lust after gorgeous editions, le sigh. For eBook lovers, you can get your hands on the collection for just 99p!
Full disclosure – I was browsing in my local Waterstones and picked this up for £11.99. It is currently on Amazon for £7.79 and I’m facing a moral dilemma. I like that I supported a physical book store, but there’s a massive part of me (the bargain hunter) that seriously struggles with paying full price, when I could be getting the exact same book for £4.20 cheaper… Thoughts?
2. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende – I will admit, I had absolutely never heard of this book before – but I’ve recently taken to scouting out charity shops in the hopes of stumbling upon a great find (and to fuel my dad’s reading habits – more on that soon). So, when I found a brand new copy of this book, I snapped it up. I read a lot of book blogs, and I watch a lot of BookTube, and lately I’ve been gravitating towards channels that talk about adult, literary and classical fiction. Don’t worry, my YA/NA tastes aren’t going anywhere just yet! But, I am finding lately that while I may not be drawn to reading these types of books just yet, I certainly love watching videos about them. This one seemed pretty accessible (and it’s published by Penguin, good sign, right?), so I thought I’d give it a go.
3. Wool by Hugh Howey – I haven’t read a gripping dystopian in what feels like forever, and I seem to remember Stef raving about this series. I spotted this massive book in my local charity shop for 75p and instantly claimed it as mine. Now I just have to collect the rest of the series before starting it…
4. Elizabeth is Missing by Emma Healey – This book seemed to be everywhere at one point – getting great reviews and being talked about constantly. I’d just finished Still Alice (which I need to review yet… and I need to watch the movie), and as I knew this book was centred on similar themes, I thought I might like it.
5. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – Another fan-tab-ulous charity shop find! Some time ago I decided I should read more literature by Irish authors (Cathy and Trish have inspired me), though of course, I haven’t quite managed to read them yet, I am building up a nice collection, and this is one of them. I have a vague memory of reading parts of this when I was far too young to appreciate it. I’m really looking forward to reading this as an adult.
6. If You Go Away by Adele Parks – I’d just read The Nightingale last month and absolutely adored it (5* review to follow), and was looking to sink my teeth into some more great historical fiction, when I spotted If You Go Away. I’d previously contacted a book seller because the review section of their website had a glitch, and as a thank you for notifying them, they sent me a beautiful hard cover copy of this new release for free. Excited to read it!
7. The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kid – Another book I read and loved recently was To Kill A Mockingbird (does anyone have any favourite editions? I really want to invest in an attractive one!). The Invention of Wings seemed similar due to the Deep South element, the racial discrimination, and the time period, so I’m giving this one a go.
8. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – This is one of those books that for some inexplicable reason kept calling to me from the shelves. Maybe it was the purple cover? Maybe it was the praise I’d heard heaped on the book. Who knows? But I desired it (not even “wanted” it, I “desired” it) and so I gave in.
9. Then We Came To The End by Joshua Ferris – This was a charity shop find I’d never heard of before. The cover art drew me in, and then the blurb sealed the deal. “For anyone who has ever worked in an office, hating everything and everyone in it, yet fell apart when it was time to leave — this book is for you. Heartbreaking, yet hysterically funny, Then We Came to the End is the definitive novel about the contemporary American workplace.
10. Life Story – I was obsessed with this BBC documentary narrated by David Attenborough and binge-watched the entire thing in a day or two. When I spotted this coffee-table book for just £3 (RRP £25) I had to own it, if even to browse through the fantastic photography. Highly recommend this series and the book.
What books have you acquired recently? Let me know in the comments, and link me up to your TTT post if you’ve done one! Have you read any of my picks? What did you think of them?
So many books I actually haven’t heard of! Nothing wrong with that, though. But hey, sounds like you got a lot of good charity shop finds so you can’t go wrong there! And eek about the Amazon vs. Waterstones thing. In the end it is up for you to decide, but I’d probably go with Amazon. I won’t lie, I just pre-ordered three books from them this past weekend since they’re like half-price and I know I’d be buying them anyways. I support my local shop when I can, because sometimes there’s just no replacing the experience of going into a bookshop and selecting a book, but I think making some exceptions are okay.
Thought I’d mix it up this week! I’m becoming slightly obsessed with charity shops – it’s the closest thing I have to a second hand book store, and sometimes you really do find a steal. I think secretly I’m hoping to stumble upon an 80 year old edition of Pride and Prejudice or something lol My local shop is still a chain, not an independent, but it’s the closest thing I have to an actual book store. And I love going in there even when I don’t buy that often. I wish they could do more deals, I would definitely make an effort then. I usually buy from it when the price difference isn’t much, which happens sometimes. But it stung when I got home and realised my book was £4 cheaper online. Sigh. I’m writing it off this time, but it isn’t something I do often. I’ll consider it my treat lol R x
Now you’re just ahead of the game for next week. 😉
I totally get your dilemma, and I would feel the same way. I have a hard time spending more for a book knowing I can get it cheaper on Amazon. I honestly don’t think I ever have done that, although it IS nice to support local bookstores. But really, I only shop on the bargain racks at our local bookstore because I hate paying the full price for the books. $16 at Books a Million or $12 on Amazon? That’s $4 in lunch money!
Haha for once! I just need to go through and add photos to some posts, including today’s TTT! I have cross-posting to do as well. Sigh.
I REALLY struggle with spending full whack when I know I can get it cheaper! But then I know if Waterstones, or any other physical chain, were to disappear I’d be depressed. It’s a strange scenario isn’t it? I discovered the nearest second hand book store/independent book store near me is like 1 hour and 30 minutes away – in Ireland that’s half the country away. Insanity. On this occasion I’m going to leave it. I actually debated ordering the online version and returning the one I have! But now I have my copy in my paws I’ll add it to my good deeds for the year and be done with it lol R x
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I read ‘Angela’s Ashes’ a long time ago, and I do remember it to be really good. I think there was a sequel called ‘Tis’, which I read too. Hope you enjoy.
Yes, I’d heard of a sequel! For all the size of this wee country, we have an awful lot of famous/popular authors, I really should read more of them! Thanks, Amanda! R x
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I love the Brothers Grimm! ❤ x
I can’t believe how SHORT they all are! I also can’t believe how many of them there are that I’ve never heard of either. I actually Googled it just to be sure I hadn’t got some sort of abridged version, but I don’t think I have. Are they really that short?! R x
Sarah Waters! Must read. Must read. Women fiction and all that.
Really?? Have you read her work before? Or have you read this book in particular?? Oh you tease not giving any further information! 😉 R x
ALL of these are new to me! 0_0 Maybe I should go check them out! 🙂
I hadn’t heard of many of them before either, but I thought I’d branch out a little! R x
I hope you enjoy all your new books! I too have heard really good things about Wool, actually. I’ll keep a look out to see what you think about that one; I do plan on reading it soon.
Thanks, Kara! R x
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