August 17, 2011 25 Comments
Here is my loot for the last two weeks. The postman doesn’t ring as often, while in the mean time I’m reading more than normal. Eventually, we’ll reach an equilibrium so my TBR shelves aren’t bursting anymore.
Lots of good books again. So look at this:
Books I got for review
The Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark.
A wonderful, atmospheric story about an American woman moving to India in 1947 with her family who finds some old letters of the previous occupants of her house. (I read this already: 5 stars, click on title for review)
I got this from Transworld Publishers in their Transworld Book Group Challenge.
Books I won in a giveaway
I won 3 books in a giveaway by Windmill Books. They did an author chat event on Twitter with author Jonathan Lee (of Who Is Mr Satoshi?) and I was declared the winner of a set of books. Even better, I was allowed to choose from their whole catalogue!
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
From Windmill Books: “When Henry McAllan moves his city-bred wife, Laura, to a cotton farm in the Mississippi Delta in 1946, she finds herself in a place both foreign and frightening. Henry’s love of rural life is not shared by Laura, who struggles to raise their two young children in an isolated shotgun shack under the eye of her hateful, racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.
As the Second World War shudders to an end, men return from Europe to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not and is sensitive to Laura’s plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the farm, comes home from war with the shine of a hero, only to face far more dangerous battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. These two unlikely friends become players in a tragedy on the grandest scale.”
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott
From Windmill Books: “Absorbed in her own failings, 43-year-old Clara Purdy crashes her life into a sharp left turn, taking the young family in the other car along with her. When bruises on the mother, Lorraine, prove to be late-stage cancer, Clara moves the three children and their terrible grandmother into her own house while Lorraine undergoes treatment at the local hospital.
[…] Is she acting out of true goodness, or out of guilt? And most shamefully, has she taken the family over simply because she wants one of her own?”
Every Last One by Anna Quindlen
From Windmill Books: “The Lathams seem to have it all: health, wealth and a vibrant family life. As Mary Beth Latham contemplates a life built around home, friends and community, she has every reason to feel fulfilled and content.
Then, for one of her sons, a process of unravelling begins. Mary Beth starts to focus on him, only to find that the comfortable life she has spent years carefully constructing is shattered in a single moment. Forced to confront her own demons, Mary Beth realises how the inconsequential moments we all share – and one shameful act she has hidden from everybody – may have contributed to her fate.”
Books I got from friends
More Than You Can Say by Paul Torday
My friend M. came back from a short holiday in England where she bought this hard cover of one of my favorite authors (and hers!). Back home, she discovered that she had got a (paperback) copy of this book already. But since her other books by this writer are also paperbacks, she wanted to keep the paperback, and give me the hard cover.
After declaring her slightly loony, I gratefully accepted the book.
From bol.com (Dutch online bookstore): “I’m having lunch at the Randolph Hotel in Oxford tomorrow with my uncle. If you can join us by one o’clock sharp tomorrow, I’ll tear up this cheque and write you another for six thousand pounds. It is a bet Richard Gaunt cannot resist – all he has to do is walk from London to Oxford in under twelve hours. As an ex-soldier he is up to the challenge. But what starts as a harmless bet turns into something altogether different when Richard is taken hostage by a mysterious stranger, Mr Khan, who makes him a highly unusual proposal.”
Dubbele Stilte [Double Silence] by Mari Jungstedt
Several of Jungstedt’s book have been translated to English, but I can’t work out what the English title of this book would be (or maybe this is too new and not translated yet).
From bol.com (Dutch online bookstore, description translated by me): “At the end of June a couple, Andrea and Sam spend the weekend with some friends on an island where they are planning to visit the Ingmar Bergman festival. […] But when they arrive at the film festival a text message turns everything around. An old secret is revealed that changes the holiday fun into uncontrollable anger. The consequences are terrible and deadly. Only two very experienced police officers can solve the issues: inspector Anders Knutas and his colleage Karin Jakobsen.”
Books I bought or borrowed
Eleven by Mark Watson
I bought this at the supermarket in England. It was the only book I bought on my recent England trip. Don’t you think that’s good? Well, fact is, I read all the others in the store. (No, of course not, not quite!).
From Simon and Schuster UK: “This is the story of radio DJ Xavier Ireland, who by night offers words of wisdom to sleepless Londoners and by day keeps himself to himself. That is, until a one-of-a-kind encounter forces him to confront his own biggest regret.
Meanwhile, a single moment sparks a chain of events that will affect eleven lives across the city, with unstoppable consequences…”
Het graf van de voddenraper
[The Grave of the Rag and Bone Man] by Bart Vercauteren
I got this from the library. It’s on the short list of a Dutch literary prize and I’m trying to read all five of the books (this is number 4 on my list, one more to go).
I read this already and it’s about a grave digger who is going to retire soon thinks back on his life. A short, very beautifully written book, unfortunately only in Dutch.
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?