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Latest Acquisitions (October – November 2014)

Not many today, but I’m rather excited.

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Anna Godbersen: Bright Young Things – When it was released, this book was featured on too many blogs to count and I read few negative reviews. I marked it as one I wanted to read but never got round to it. Now my friend has given me a copy; the plan is to read it soon.

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Christina James: Sausage Hall – From the publisher; I don’t know much more about it other than that it’s a crime thriller (and I’m forgoing reading the blurb so that it’s a surprise).

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Diane Setterfield: Bellman & Black – I haven’t yet read The Thirteenth Tale but saw no reason not to give this a go – knowing in advance it has garnered mixed reviews and is not as good.

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Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven – Whilst I know she works for the publisher, Sam tweeted up a storm and I had to find out what this book was about. It sounds in the vein of The Night Circus and this makes me very happy. I must remember to list the book under ‘M’.

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Peter Ackroyd: Tudors – I was always going to end up wanting to read this book. I’m of the mind that you can never read too many books on your favourite subjects, and whilst skimming the index inferred I may not agree with Ackroyd (he’s referenced G W Bernard), I’m looking forward to the book nonetheless.

What books have you bought/loaned/been sent recently?


Margaret @ BooksPlease

November 19, 2014, 7:33 am

I’ve got Sausage Hall too! I read The Thirteenth Tale some years ago and liked it, but wasn’t blown away by it. I know nothing about Bellman & Black but I’d give it a go.

Just wondering if you’ll be hosting What’s in a Name again next year?


November 19, 2014, 5:13 pm

What a good mix of new books. I read volume II of Tudors by Peter Ackroyd which I thought was fascinating. I haven’t heard of the book Bright Young Things but I love the film. I hope you enjoy your new books.


November 20, 2014, 11:26 am

I look forward to reading what you think of Bellman and Black, especially as you’ve not yet read The Thirteenth Tale. Actually, I look forward to reading how you find Bright Young Things as well, it’s one of my favourite slices of history.

I’ve had an influx of books recently, I’ve had to ban myself from buying any new ones till after Christmas.


December 8, 2014, 4:18 pm

Margaret: I read your review; you’ve made me want to move it higher on my TBR. If you weren’t blown away by The Thirteenth Tale that could be a boon for ytour reading of Bellman & Black.

Jessica: Glad to hear it’s good. I must confess I don’t know what the first book was, but this Tudor one I’m all for reading. I think the film is of a different story, but having read a fair amount of the book now I have to say the film sounds a lot better.

Alice: I’ve become interested in the 20s quite recently but it’s becoming a favourite of mine, too. Your idea’s a good one :)



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