New Arrivals!

Books keep coming to my house. I love it! I’m doing quite well in getting through the TBR (although at 50, it’s not nothing) and some of these new books, I’m very keen to read soon. I hope to get an e-reader soon-ish (not for Christmas, though) so that should help me with the ebooks – I seem to win and download them more than ever!

Books for review

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

An ARC from Harper that I’ve already read since I got it. It looked very good and it was.

It’s a re-telling of the Jane Eyre story, but now set in the Scotland of the 1950s and 1960s. Maybe if you know the story of Jane Eyre very well, you’d find this book predictable (but maybe not). The ending is more modern, though.

I loved it!



First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty

First You Try Everything by Jane McCafferty

Another ARC from Harper: “An engrossing tale of the radical chances an anguished woman will take to try to save her crumbling marriage.”

This sounds very interesting and I’ll be reading it soon.




(e)Books I won

Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif

I won this ebook from Inga at Me and Reading.

About the book:

“Sadie O’Connell is a bestselling author and a proud mother. But her life is about to spiral out of control. After her six-year-old son Sam is kidnapped by a serial abductor, she nearly goes insane. But it isn’t just the fear and grief that is ripping her apart. It’s the guilt. Sadie is the only person who knows what the kidnapper looks like. And she can’t tell a soul. For if she does, her son will be sent back to her in “little bloody pieces”.”


Chasing Clovers by Kat Flannery

Chasing Clovers by Kat Flannery

I won this ebook from Inga at Me and Reading, too.

You can probably guess this is not my normal kind of book but I would love to be surprised!

About the book: “Mail order bride, Livy Green, is desperate to escape the memories of her past. John Taylor will never love another woman again, but his children need a mother. Will they learn to trust each other, or will their pasts interfere?”


Books that I bought

From the Dutch book chain Selexyz I won a book voucher through a Twitter competition called #boektweets. So, off I went to the local(ish) Selexyz shop where I spend 45 minutes deliberating, considering and hesitating. How hard can it be to find some good books? Very hard. They had to be perfect. I hope these are!

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris

This book I first heard about when I won a choice of books in a giveaway. I chose this book but got another one instead. Since then, I’ve wanted to read it!

About the book: “In his extraordinary novel Joshua Ferris delineates with great tenderness and a rare and inimitable wit the devastating story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is torn away without explanation or warning.”

It looks like a fast read too, so hopefully I’ll get round to it soon.



Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

I took a bit of a gamble with this book. The description didn’t quite grab me, but so many people have written reviews about the greatness of this book (and these are people whose opinion I trust) that I just have to try. Maybe I’ll read it over Christmas, it’s nice and big.

About the book: “Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics – their passion for the same woman – that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him – nearly destroying him – Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.”


The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

This book I bought because we’re reading it with my real-life book group in January. I never had any interest in the book, but looking through it, it seems like it might be OK. And it was a nice, reduced price too!

About the book: “Julian Treslove, a professionally unspectacular former BBC radio producer, and Sam Finkler, a popular Jewish philosopher, writer and television personality, are old school friends. Despite a prickly relationship and very different lives, they’ve never quite lost touch with each other – or with their former teacher, Libor Sevick, a Czech always more concerned with the wider world than with exam results.

Now, both Libor and Sam are recently widowed, and with Treslove, his chequered and unsuccessful record with women rendering him an honorary third widower, they dine at Libor’s grand, central London apartment.”

(e)Books I downloaded for free

I’m terrible with free books! I mean, I don’t even have an ereader! Still, “building up my e-library”, shall we say? And I may read one or two on my laptop, even if that’s not so handy.

Showstoppers by Helen Smith

Showstoppers by Helen Smith

I downloaded this book free from Amazon.

About the book: “When Emily helps out at Showstoppers Stage School’s end-of-term show, she’s soon mixed up in murder. But can she prevent a massacre happening live on stage?”

It’s a short story of about 75 printed pages long. A long short story, then.



The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett

The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett

I downloaded this free from Amazon via a link provided by Evie at Bookish book blog.

Evie mentioned Steampunk (which is a relatively new genre for me that I have been enjoying). Also, it seems to be dystopian, which is always good.

About the book: “”The Guardians,” have saved a fragment of 1890s America in nineteen spheres when a natural disaster threatened to drive humanity to extinction. One hundred forty years later, Clara is a seventeen-year old princess that feels a great obligation to her kingdom that is encased in a steam-engineered, bio-sphere for their survival. Clara’s father, King Raymond, passes away when she is only twelve, leaving the Kingdom of Ohio in the sadistic rule of her mother. Queen Ada has promised Clara’s hand in marriage to an abusive prince of a neighboring sphere. When it’s discovered that there are people outside the sphere that did survive, Clara deliberates on escaping Outside to a future free of abuse and tyranny. Unbeknownst to Clara, the Clan people of the Outside have their own calamity and set of perils. Those two objectives collide in an emotional and tumultuous story of love, duty and survival.”


Dodelijke Hobby by M.P.O. Books

Dodelijke hobby [Deadly Hobby – Dutch] by M.P.O. Books

This ebook was a free download from the author’s website and since it mentions Christmas, I thought it might be nice to read over the holiday. As my e-book alternative to Cutting for Stone.

The book is about André who is hoping for a quiet Christmas looking after the remote villa of his cousin’s who is gone on holiday. Through his fault there is a break-in. The police is busy with three recent murders and has no time for André’s case. André was hoping the case could be closed before his cousin comes back, so he takes matters in his own hands, not realising what danger he puts himself in.


Nacht over Westwoud by Wanda Reisel

Nacht over Westwoud [Night over West Wood – Dutch] by Wanda Reisel

A free ebook download from I had already reviewed the first few chapters of this book, in Dutch, here, and decided that it would be an interesting book to read. So I was glad to see it available as a free download.

About the book: “A Jewish GP has a temporary job in a village where the inhabitants are divided in their opinion over the large groups of Muslims that buy sheep at a local farmer for their Feast of Sacrifice. When a foreign boy is accused of rape, the conflicts come to a head.”


Do you know any of these books? Let me know! 


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29 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Tiina says:

    I haven’t read any of these, but The Pearl Savage sounds really interesting! Also I’ve had Cutting for Stone on my TBR list for a long time now. It will be interesting to read your thoughts on it.

  2. I love the cover of Children of the Fog – it makes me want to dive into the pages.

    Happy reading this Christmas, Judith. Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday and very happy new year 🙂

  3. Iris says:

    You bought Cutting For Stone. Which I LOVED. Hope you do too.

  4. Incredible, the amount of books you’ve got this week 🙂 I haven’t read any of them, but the Finkler Question sounds like an intriguing read. I’ll wait for the grrls’ reviews then 😉

  5. Tes says:

    Wow what an incredible selection. I love that you always have something different and diverse 🙂 I am gonna check out The Pearl Savage now 🙂

  6. Meg says:

    I had no idea The Flight of Gemma Hardy was a retelling of Jane Eyre — that’s awesome! And definitely makes me more interested in the story.

  7. I’m hoping to read the Gemma Hardy novel early 2012. It looks interesting.

    So many new titles, your TBR pile must be getting high! 🙂

  8. I just downloaded Doodelijke hobby; thank you for the link. Before or later I´ll have to prove I can read Dutch, won´t I? 🙂

    Merry Christmas, Judith.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Of course, Dorte, give it a try. With my knowledge of English, German, Dutch and a little Swedish I was able to read Frisian. If you know some German, in addition to Danish and English, you *may* just be OK. Good luck!

  9. Nadine Nys says:

    Wow, Judith, so many new books… And they all look interesting. I haven’t read any of them, but heard great things about some. Enjoy them!

  10. Suzanne says:

    The first 100 pages of Cutting for Stone are slow going but stick with it — your patience will be rewarded. It is such a wonderful book.

    The flight of Gemma Hardy sounds interesting — I’ll look that one up.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Leeswammes says:

      Hope you have a great Christmas too, Suzanne!

      Thanks for the tip about Cutting for Stone. I usually stop around 100 pages if it’s not as I hoped, but I’ll sit it out a bit longer – actually, probably the whole book! 🙂

  11. Leslie says:

    I had heard that The Flight of Gemma Hardy was a retelling of Jane Eyre so that is one I want to read. I have a copy of The Unnamed and hope to read that next year (which is really only a week away!) as I have a goal to read more of the books already on my shelf.

  12. Wow! Great haul – I have The Finkler Question but haven’t got to it yet.

  13. Janneke says:

    Wauw wat een mooie oogst Judith. Ik benheelnieuwsgierig naar THE Flight of Gemma Hardy. Maarik wacht wel tot ereen paperback editie uitkomt. Hardback is meer dan 16 euro. In mijn boekenkast staat een bescheiden plankje met zogenaamde retellings of mee lifters op de verhalen van de Bronte Sisters. Over Cutting for Stones was ik niet zo enthousiast. THE Finkler Questionnaire staat ok op mijn wenslijst. Nacht over Weswoud heb ik ook gedownload en al een eerste hoofdstuk gelezen. Cover vind ik erg mooi. Veel leesplezier en fijne feestdagen.🎄🍸

    • Leeswammes says:

      Janneke, wat grappig, ik wist niet dat jij van Bronte retellings hield. Dan moet je deze inderdaad hebben. Ik ben wel heel benieuwd of je het leuk vindt of dat het tegenvalt. Maar dat hoor ik tzt wel van je.

      Jij ook fijne feestdagen gewenst!

  14. Joanna says:

    Goodness, Judith. So many books! Enjoy as always 🙂 . I’m looking forward to the one about the kidnapping and the Finkler book. I’ve heard many things about the latter and I look forward to seeing what you think before I consider borrowing it from the library.

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