In April, I decided I would not be allowed to spend more than £30 on books. In spite of appearances, I stuck to that. The first seven books I bought at the end of March, and some of the others were presents, or on sale. So the money saving aspect of that decision went well. The attempt to keep my tbr pile under control? Not so much. But… books!
The first five books in this book haul I found in a charity shop. There was a shelf where the books were 5 for £1, so each of these books cost me 20p. None of them were at the top of my tbr pile, but all of them I had heard of before and was interested in.
This is a romance told over several years. The first chapter details the day that Emma and Dexter met, and each chapter following tells the reader what they are doing on that date for the next 20 or so years. I had high hopes for this story, but I’ve already read it, and it wasn’t for me. I talk about why in my March wrap-up. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn’t been looking for a light, heart-warming book. I believe this is considered to be a fairly good adult contemporary romance, but I wouldn’t call it heart-warming.
This is a Swedish murder mystery, and it’s supposed to be very, very good. That’s pretty much everything I know. Unless something pushes me, this might sit on my tbr pile for a while.
Another book that I know very little about. This one is non-fiction. From what I can gather, the author asked some women to tell her about their vaginas. And then she wrote a play. And here it is. It could be great and insightful, or it could be pretentious or it could be dehumanising. I don’t know yet, but it’s short enough that it shouldn’t take long to find out.
I’ve loved every Margaret Atwood book I’ve read up until now, so when I was going through the books in the sale and saw her name I picked it up without even reading the blurb. Later, when I looked it up, I discovered that it’s based on the true story of a servant in the nineteenth century who was accused of killing her employers, and the people who tried to establish her innocence using early psychiatry. I don’t know why I haven’t started this yet – it sounds amazing.
This is the first of Maya Angelou’s autobiographies. I read it a few years ago, but I’m looking forward to reading it again. As I recall, in this book she talks about racism and sexual abuse in her childhhod, and the impact it has had on the rest of her life.
I was supposed to absolutely definitely not buy any more books in March, but I had a bad day, and came home with these two.
In Will Grayson, Will Grayson, by John Green and David Levithan, Tiny Cooper, the huge and hugely gay best friend of one of the Wills writes and performs in a musical about his life. Now, Levithan has written (the words of) that musical. This is another one that I wrote about in my March wrap-up.
A plague wipes out most of humanity. Those who are left struggle to survive in the ruins of civilisation. We’ve heard this much before. But in this book, we follow a group of travelling actors, performing Shakespeare plays in exchange for food. I’ve never heard that before. Also, I’m a sucker for a post-appocalyptic artist.
Now, we finally get to the books I actually bought in April.
Sabriel is the 18 year-old daughter of Abhorsen, who is a… sort of necromancer. He can go into Death, but he does not bring the dead back, he binds them there. Sabriel has been sent away from the realm of magic to a boarding school for her safety, but when her father is trapped in Death by an old enemy, she sets out on a quest to bring him back. This book came out a long time ago, and I think I read at least part of the series, but when a fourth book was released recently, I decided to go back to the beginning.
I’ve been on a bit of a high fantasy kick this month, and I’ve heard good things about Brandon Sanderson. My understanding of the premise of this book is that there was a bad guy, and a hero prophisied to stop him. Only he failed, and now the bad guy’s in charge. So I have to assume someone’s going to try again, or there won’t be much of a story. Also, I hear that the magic system is very interesting. I’m intrigued.
This is another book about someone who kills the dead, but I think it’s going to have a pretty different feel to Sabriel. Cas travels the country getting rid of ghosts of people, and in that capacity he goes to the house haunted by Anna, who kills everyone who enters. But she doesn’t kill him. She wears the dress she wore on the day she was murdered, still dripping blood. I don’t think I’ll be reading this in the dark.
Love and Death are playing a long game. They choose a couple, and struggle to determine their fate. Death always wins. And Henry, the white boy from the rich family, and Flora, the black girl who sings in the jazz clubs, are their new pawns.
Penguin Classics are celebrating their 80th birthday with the release of of 80 of these little books and selling them for 80p each. I wanted to take advantage of this, but I wasn’t sure which I wanted, so in the end I went for the ones with the most beautiful titles. The Rossetti and Brontë ones are poetry collections, and the Darwin one is an account of what he saw during the voyage of the Beagle. In this time he was developing the theory of evolution, so I’m guessing the book talks about the evidence he saw for it.
The next couple of books were a present from my husband after I finished my dissertation.
I know I’ve seen the film of this, and I know I enjoyed it, but I’m still struggling to remember what it’s about. There are definitely good witches and bad witches and a curse and a romance and magical fights and all these things seem good to me. Also the cover is beautiful.
This is a collection of the five prequel novellas in the Throne of Glass series. I’m not sure exactly what’s in them, but I’m hoping to learn how it was that Celaena Sardothien became the most feared assassin in the land when she was only a teenager. In the first book, that knowledge is just handed to us, and I’d love to see how it came to be. Bonus points if it happens in a plausible way.
This is a book about two teenage girls who fall in love. It was published in the early eighties, and naturally it was considered controversial. Sadly, it probably still would be if it was published. I’m expecting it to be adorable, and probably also heart breaking, because there’s a pretty high chance that they will be surrounded by disapproving people, probably people who they previously admired, like teachers and parents.
So that’s everything for April. Next month I will have exams, so there might not be very many posts around here. But there might be a huge book haul, because the chances of me buying books to make myself feel better about revision are pretty high.