New Arrivals!

A few more new books… .

Books I got for review

The Wishlist by Jane Costello

The Wish List by Jane Costello

Sometimes, I get an unsollicited book from Simon & Schuster UK. Usually, it’s a chicklit, and somehow they are always just what I want to read! So, a nice book for my recent long drive. Yes, I read this already, 4.5 stars, review to follow.

From the publishers: “There are six months left of Emma Reiss’s twenties. . . and she has some unfinished business.

Emma and her friends are about to turn thirty, and for Emma it’s a defining moment. Defined, that is, by her having achieved none of the things she’d imagined she would.

Her career is all wrong, her love life is a desert and that penthouse apartment she pictured herself in simply never materialised. Moreover, she’s never jumped out of a plane, hasn’t met the man she’s going to marry, has never slept under the stars, or snogged anyone famous – just some of the aspirations on a list she and her friends compiled fifteen years ago.

As an endless round of birthday parties sees Emma hurtle towards her own thirtieth, she sets about addressing these issues. But, as she discovers with hilarious consequences, some of them are trickier to tick off than she’d thought…”


Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley

Amity & Sorrow by Peggy Riley  (ebook)

This is a book that I found on Netgalley, and it sounded like something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, the book expires on May 1st, so I asked my Twitter friends whether I should read it. The answer: a resounding YES. So there. I read it more or less straight away and loved it, 5 stars, review to follow.

From the publishers: “A mother and her daughters drive for days without sleep until they crash their car in rural Oklahoma. The mother, Amaranth, is desperate to get away from someone she’s convinced will follow them wherever they go–her husband. The girls, Amity and Sorrow, can’t imagine what the world holds outside their father’s polygamous compound. Rescue comes in the unlikely form of Bradley, a farmer grieving the loss of his wife. At first unwelcoming to these strange, prayerful women, Bradley’s abiding tolerance gets the best of him, and they become a new kind of family. An unforgettable story of belief and redemption, AMITY & SORROW is about the influence of community and learning to stand on your own.”


Books I won in a giveaway

The Littles by Tallulah Grace

The Littles by Tallulah Grace (ebook)

I got this book as a win by taking part in a Tweet chat at the Book Bloggers Twitter Conference, organised by Parajunkee. I enjoy a good thriller, so I hope this one will have me shake in my shoes! 

From Smashwords: “The mountains of rural Georgia will never be the same after a series of vicious murders rock the area to its core. Not only does the killer target children, his gruesome murders are designed to inflict the ultimate agony upon their parents and to instill extreme terror within the small communities.

An SSCD team, part of the FBI’s Special Serial Crimes Division, accepts the case and the conditional Governor’s liaison, a prosecutor with more baggage than anyone realizes. Travel with them over the hills of the mystical Blue Ridge Mountains as they hunt the psychopath stalking the innocent. Can they capture him before he strikes again? Will he turn the tables and ensnare one of their own in his devious trap?

This psychological thriller delves into the mind of a deranged serial killer as it follows the twists and turns of an SSCD manhunt. Action packed and filled with suspense, The Littles takes readers on a thrill ride they will not soon forget.”


Reprobate by Martyn V. Halm

Reprobate by Martyn V. Halm  (ebook)

Another win from the Book Bloggers Twitter Conference. This is a mystery taking place in Amsterdam and it seems the author is also Dutch. I always love stories that take place at locations that are familiar to me. I don’t know Amsterdam very well, but will likely recognise a few street names.

From amazon: “Blessed with an almost non-existent conscience, Katla Sieltjes, expert in disguising homicide, views assassination as an intricate and rewarding occupation. Hidden behind her male alter ego Loki, Katla receives anonymous assignments, negotiates the terms with clients through electronic means, all to protect her identity. Her solitary existence satisfies her until she meets a blind musician whose failure to notice a ‘closed’ sign causes him to wander in on Katla’s crime scene. And Katla breaks one of her most important rules – never leave a living witness.”


Books I bought

Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne

Wild Abandon by Joe Dunthorne

This is a book that was recommended by a friend. When I discovered the author was part of a 20-author book club night, I got tickets for the two of us. As part of the ticket price, the book was sent to me. The idea is that at 20 different locations in Amsterdam (!), one evening in May, 20 authors will receive 25 readers each to discuss one of their books. I haven’t read any books by the UK writer Dunthorne yet, but my friend is a fan. I’m sure I’ll have a great read and a great evening!

From the publishers: “Kate and Albert, sister and brother, are not yet the last two human beings on earth, but Albert has high hopes. The secluded communal farm they grew up on is – after twenty years – disintegrating, along with their parents’ marriage. They both try to escape: Kate, at seventeen, to suburbia and Albert, at eleven, into preparations for the end of the world.

However, Don, the group’s leader and their father, is convinced he can save everything, if only he can bring his followers into the modern age. How? By force of personality, strict self-sufficiency and a rave with a 10k sound system. Understandably, Albert and Kate have other ideas . . .”


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


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10 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Alice says:

    Ever since reading The Thirteenth Wife I have been really interested in fiction around the latter day saints and polygamy. But, I still found myself umming and ahhh-ing about Amity & Sorrow, however, if you’ve loved it I am sure I will; that answers my doubt.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Alice, I haven’t read The Thirteenth Wife (but it’s on my wishlist) so I don’t know how much it differs. I think you should just try Amity & Sorrow and find out for yourself! 🙂

  2. Mystica says:

    I like it so much when a random book I pick up blows me away.

  3. Wow, great books, Judith. I am tempted to go and buy them all, but I will restrain myself and wait for your reviews.

  4. The Wish List looks fun!

  5. bibliosue says:

    Interesting books!

  6. Susanna P says:

    I read Wild Abandon when it first came out in the US and loved it. Maybe it’s just because I love books about “utopian” experiments, but I loved the story and the author’s writing.

  7. Marie says:

    I’ve read and really enjoyed Submarine by Joe Dunthorne, and the film is just as good! I will definitely read more by him at some point. Well done on your giveaway wins!

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