New Arrivals!

In the last 2 weeks I received several books. I’ve been reading quite a bit too, and I think I have fewer unread books than at the beginning of the year, so I didn’t hold back and bought a few myself.

For review from Harper:

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Elegy for Eddie by Jacqueline Winspear

Publisher’s website: “Early April, 1933. To the costermongers of Covent Garden—peddlers selling fruit and vegetables on the streets of London—Eddie Pettit was kindness itself. A little “slow,” he was a gentle soul, more boy than man, with a gift for calming the most challenging horse. His recent death in a violent accident has shocked his friends and neighbors. They believe Eddie was the victim of foul play, but the police won’t investigate. Their only hope of finding the truth is Maisie Dobbs.

Maisie has known these men from childhood when her father, Frankie, worked alongside them. Determined to do right by Eddie, she plunges into the investigation. The search for answers begins amid the working-class streets of Lambeth, where Eddie lived. But before long, Maisie is following threads of intrigue to a powerful press baron, a “has been” politician lingering in the hinterlands of power named Winston Churchill, and to the doorstep of a writer who is also the husband of her dearest friend, Priscilla.

The story of a London affected by the march to war years before the first gun is fired, and of an innocent victim caught in the shadow of power, Elegy for Eddie is one of Jacqueline Winspear’s most poignant and affecting novels yet in her superb bestselling series.”

Free downloads:

I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

I downloaded this book for free from ebook.nl, who offered this book for free (in Dutch) on the day of its release.

From the publisher’s website: “Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect!

Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree. He wants his phone back and doesn’t appreciate Poppy reading his messages and wading into his personal life.

What ensues is a hilarious and unpredictable turn of events as Poppy and Sam increasingly upend each other’s lives through emails and text messages. As Poppy juggles wedding preparations, mysterious phone calls, and hiding her left hand from Magnus and his parents . . . she soon realizes that she is in for the biggest surprise of her life.”

The Mall by S. L. Grey

The Mall by S. L. Grey

I downloaded this book for free from Crimezone.nl, who offered this book for free (in Dutch). Sounds like a good book to read for Roof Beam Reader’s Magical March Challenge!

From the publisher’s website: “Dan works at a bookstore in a deadly dull shopping mall where nothing ever happens. He’s an angsty emo-kid who sells mid-list books to mid-list people for the minimum wage. He hates his job.

Rhoda has dragged her babysitting charge to the mall so she can meet her dealer and score some coke. Now the kid’s run off, and she has two hours to find him. She hates her life.

Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her search, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down, and before long Dan and Rhoda are trapped in a service lift listening to head-splitting musak. Worst of all, the lift’s not stopping at the bottom floor.

Plummeting into the earth, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears. Forced to complete a series of twisted tasks to find their way out, they finally emerge into the brightly lit food court, sick with relief at the banal sight of people shopping and eating. But something feels different. Why are the shoppers all pumped full of silicone? Why are the shop assistants chained to their counters? And why is a cafe called McColon’s selling lumps of bleeding meat?

Just when they think they’ve made it back to the mall, they realise their nightmare has only just begun…”


From a friend

Tongue by Kyung Ran Jo

Tongue by Kyung Ran Jo

I went to a book bloggers meeting yesterday and Chinoiseries brought along with this book, that she’d promised me almost a year ago – but we hadn’t seen each other since. This is a book by a Korean author, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a Korean author before. That plus the mention of food makes me very interested in this book!

From Dutch online book store bol.com: “Abandoned by her long-term boyfriend for another woman, celebrated chef Jung Ji-won closes the cooking school she ran from her home and slowly rebuilds her life in the kitchen of an Italian restaurant from her early cooking years, where she prepares sensual foods and plots a final act of culinary seduction.”

Books I bought

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

As I’m one of the judges for the Indie Lit Awards, in the Speculative Fiction genre, I needed to read this book, because it made the top five favorite books!

This is what it’s about (from the publisher’s website): “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… The monster in his back garden, though, this monster is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.”

Moab is My Washpot by Stephen FryMoab is My Washpot by Stephen Fry

This, and the book below, I got in the special bookdepository event, in which they had a book on offer for a reduced price every hour. I very much enjoy work by Stephen Fry, whether written or on TV, so I’m looking forward to reading this autobiographical book.

From the publisher’s website: “Stephen Fry’s bestselling memoir tells how, sent to a boarding school 200 miles from home at the age of seven, he survived beatings, misery, love, ecstasy, carnal violation, expulsion, imprisonment, criminal conviction, probation and catastrophe to emerge, at eighteen, ready to try and face the world in which he had always felt a stranger. “

I am Legend by Richard MathesonI am Legend by Richard Matheson

I think I saw this as a movie a few years ago and it made a lasting impression even if there are a few too many vampires for my liking. I have been wanting to read this book every since. Maybe for Roof Beam Reader’s Magical March Challenge?

From the publisher’s website: “Robert Neville is the last living man on Earth . . . but he is not alone. Every other man, woman and child on the planet has become a vampire, and they are hungry for Neville’s blood.
By day he is the hunter, stalking the undead through the ruins of civilisation. By night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn. How long can one man survive like this?”

Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?


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28 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. harvee says:

    The first two books and Tongue look very good to me. Enjoy! Glad you are getting most of your reading done!

  2. elliepotten says:

    I loved ‘I am Legend’ – MUCH better than the movie and completely different in tone as well. I reckon you might be more enamoured of the novel if the vampires were a bit OTT for you in the film version…

    I haven’t yet succumbed to the siren call of ‘A Monster Calls’, but Mum’s reading ‘Moab is my Washpot’ right now and I have that one AND ‘The Fry Chronicles’ sitting on Mount TBR so I’ll be eagerly awaiting your verdict!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ellie, I hope to read *I am Legend* next month. It’s not a big book and the movie made me very curious for the book.

      I also have a copy of *The Fry Chronicles* (unread) and was glad I was able to get hold of *Moab *for a nice price. I’ll read that one first.

  3. Rikki says:

    You have been busy acquiring books again, Judith. A monster calls has such a good title which makes me want to read it, but I know I am not going to enjoy it, so I won’t.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Rikki, a pity you are not attracted to *A Monster Calls* but actually, if I didn’t have to read it for the Indie Lit Award, I don’t think I’d have picked it up.

  4. Ally says:

    Stephen Fry is really funny, I hope his books are too. I have some of his books on my TBR/wish list since I really enjoyed his show on tv together with Hugh Laurie :)

  5. I read I’ve Got Your Number this morning (in English) and loved it. I have generally really liked KInsella’s characters, other than the ones in Twenties Girl so they are good, undemanding reads.

    A Monster Calls had me in tears and made my top 10 for last year.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Ellie, I did like *Twenties Girl* but the Shopaholic are the books I liked least. I’m looking forward to *I’ve Got Your Number* but since it’s an ebook I have to remember I’ve got it. I’m not using my e-reader a lot yet, and the books on the TBR shelf in my book case call to me louder.

      • Ellie says:

        Ha, I had trouble with the Shopaholic books the first time I tried them, Judith! Becky is like an alien from another planet to me – I’m not a shopping addict or a fashion slave and she’s so irresponsible and GIDDY. I liked her better on the second attempt – Kinsella always manages to make me smile – and I’ve since acquired a few more of the series, so hopefully I’ll enjoy them!

      • Leeswammes says:

        Same with me, Ellie. I’m not much of a shopper either and a lot more responsible than Becky. But the stories are fun so I do enjoy reading them. Just wish she could be more sensible!

  6. Leslie says:

    I’ve only read one Maisie Dobbs book, the last one, and I’m going back and read the earlier ones before I continue on. I liked Maisie but was a little confused on the backstory.

    I’ve been told the book I am Legend is different from the movie. I have the book but haven’t read it yet. I did like the movie.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Leslie, I like the Maisie Dobbs books (well, I read that same one as you, I think) but I don’t feel like reading them all. In fact, they are not in the library so I would have to order them all. Yes, the backstory was a bit unclear, but I didn’t mind that too much. Hope you enjoy reading the whole series!

  7. Marla W. says:

    I’ve read The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness and really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading A Monster Calls! Additionally, I’ve wanted to read I Am Legend since seeing the movie, but have never taken the leap! Finally, I believe I’ve already grabbed the ebook for I’ve Got Your Numb er – if not, I’m sure I will soon.

    So many good books!

  8. bibliosue says:

    I think I’ve only read the first 3 or 4 Maisie Dobbs novels so I’ll need to wait on the new one.

    The Sophie Kinsella book looks like a nice light read. Her Shopaholic series has petered out in my opinion, but I loved Twenties Girl so I will probably give this one a try ….

  9. Oh Wow, you’ve got several goodies there. I’m a huge fan of the Maisie Winspear books and look forward to reading the title you received as soon as I can get my hands on it. I too downloaded The Mall in Dutch last week and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is a wonderful book which I can’t imagine you not liking. After the judging is over I’ll share my review with you. Enjoy all your new treasures. I keep on receiving books too but unlike you I don’t even seem to be making a dent in my piles of unread books. Every time I appear to be getting somewhere I either bring home books from the library or receive more review copies in the post. Oh well, it’s a good complaint to have…

    • Leeswammes says:

      Marleen, you can never have enough books! Although I do feel stressed sometimes, because I think I have to read all those books in a timely manner and that’s sometimes hard to envisage. :-)

      • Judith, this year I’ve created a spreadsheet for my review books. I try to get them read and reviewed as close to the publishing date (when applicable) as possible and having that list sure helps. I really should stop bringing library books home since they come with a return date which sort of force my hand. The books I buy tend to sit on my shelves for far too long, caught between review copies and library books. But, you’re right, you can never have too many books and it’s good to be spoilt for choice.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Marleen, I also have a spreadsheet for books. It helps me stay organised. I recently have started taking very few books from the library, only when I’m really, really tempted, and so I have been able to read more of the books I own. But there are just so many good books around!

      • Judith, I’m always full of the best intentions when it comes to not bringing library books home. But since I work in a library and am often the first one to see the new titles it is very hard to stick to those intentions. And, because I’ve got a fairly good idea of which titles have been ordered and should be coming in soon, I even adjust a lot of my book buying to the library stock. I have been getting more sensible when it comes to requesting review copies lately though. If I have too many books waiting, or several books with the same or close publishing dates I postpone requesting more, no matter how tempting the titles might be. This reviewing is still fairly new to me though, so I’m still trying to find the right balance.

      • Leeswammes says:

        Ah yes, I forgot for a moment, Marleen. You actually work in a library. That must make it very hard not to bring books home. I just went to the library to return some books and erm… did end up with some {cough} new {cough} books. Unplanned. Aaarrrghhh!

      • LOL, sounds like the story of my (reading) life.

  10. JoV says:

    You actually download Sophie Kinsella’s latest book for free??!! Wow! I look forward to hear what you think. I don’t read chick lit, but I do love Kinsella’s. :)

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