November 30, 2011 26 Comments
I have been going to the library picking up more than the one book I allow myself every now and then. The books I saw looked so nice and new, I had to have them.
I did well on winning books recently: I won one book from a Dutch literature website, and 3 on twitter: two by retweeting a post (one is the Twitter book below, the other a Mysterious Paperback, to be received) and one is a book voucher from a Dutch book shop that I won by answering some questions correctly on Twitter. Yes, Twitter is the new way to obtain books, it seems!
Books that I won
A Twitter Year by Kate Bussmann
I won this book from Penguin Benelux (@PenguinBenelux) by retweeting their tweet about this book.
It seems like a really good Christmas present for any Twitterer that you may now, even if they’re not great readers. Important events of the year are introduced briefly and then described through tweets from people all over the world. There is politics, celebrity, science and nature, arts, religion, etc. At the end of the book there is a tweet for every day of the year.
Een steek diep [Six Feet Under] by F. Starik
I won this book from the Dutch literary website Tzum by answering some literary questions.
This is a non-fiction book about “solitary funerals”: funerals where there are no guests because the deceased was all alone in the world or their identity is unknown. The writer researches the background of the deceased and presents a poem (that is read at the funeral, made especially for the occasion, if I got this right). Sounds… interesting!
Books from the library
The Truth About Food by Jill Fullerton-Smith
From Dutch online book store bol.com: “Is red wine good or bad for you? Can certain foods stop you needing glasses? Is it worth drinking eight glasses of water a day? Which foods are aphrodisiacs, and which are just passion killers? Why does your thin friend eat what she likes, yet never put on weight? Do detox diets really work? It’s time to find out.
The Truth About Food is the biggest-ever investigation of its kind. For the very first time, all the common myths about food have been put to the test in the science lab and in real-life trials, in order to prove once and for all which are fact and which are merely fiction. Whether exploring spinach, soya, omega-3 or dairy products, this landmark book reveals the truth, and nothing but the truth, about the effects of food on our bodies.”
Don’t Look Now by Daphne Du Maurier
I’ve enjoyed several books by Daphne du Maurier but not yet this book of short stories. It looked so beautiful and new that I just had to take it home with me!
From Dutch online book store bol.com:”Daphne du Maurier’s Don’t Look Now was published in 1971 and became a haunting film in 1973. It describes a young couple who travel to Venice to try and escape the pain of their daughter’s death. Instead of laying their ghosts to rest, however, they find themselves caught up in a series of increasingly strange and violent events, in a brilliant meditation on loss, fear and fate.”
The Secret Shopper Unwrapped by Kate Harrison
Another book that I (mainly) got for its cover. I’ve read it meanwhile and it was OK (not brilliant, but a fast read).
The second in the Secret Shopper series, in which three friends, who worked together in the first book as secret shoppers, are having men trouble and with Christmas dinners at the in-laws not going as planned, they support each other through the difficult holiday period.
Garden Spells by Sarah Allen
For my local book group meeting. I’d heard a lot about this book. I read it yesterday on the train and in the evening. Quite a simple, nice read.
A woman returns to her home town after having been away for many years. Her sister is still living in the old family home and she takes her and her daughter in. In the garden are plants and an apple tree that seem to work magic when people consume them. Featuring several love interests and an abusive husband.