December 23, 2011 29 Comments
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
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
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
I won this ebook from Inga at Me and Reading.
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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 [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 [Night over West Wood – Dutch] by Wanda Reisel
A free ebook download from ebook.nl. 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!