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Latest Acquisitions (February – May 2016)

It has been a long time, by reader standards, since my last acquisitions post. Whilst I didn’t receive fiction or prose-like non-fiction for Christmas, I did receive gift cards; this post is made up of the books I spent my gift cards on, an Easter gift, and some review copies. I’m changing my format for now and it may continue; there is too much white space left in these posts.

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Anna Hope: The Ballroom – It seemed everyone loved Wake and when I finally got to it myself I joined the ranks; there was no question – I was going to get this book.

Ayelet Gundar Goshen: One Night, Markovitch – Remember when I said I’d been eyeing this one since its release and it would get me one day?

Colm Tóibín: Brooklyn – Have I got those accents right? I’ve been after this one ever since it came out; if my pile could breath a sigh of relief, it would.

Deborah Levy: Swimming Home – I was intrigued by the previous cover and it was on a shortlist or two, but then I had the chance to hear Levy speak at a Peirene Salon, about Raymond Jean’s Reader For Hire, in fact (not her own book), and her thoughts on that book impressed me so much this one became a definite want.

Gabriel García Márquez: One Hundred Years Of Solitude – So I went in to get Margaret Forster’s biography of Daphne Du Maurier but whilst browsing I saw this and a voice in my head just kind of said ‘it’s time’, which was weird, actually, because whilst I’m not against it, García Márquez has never been on my want-to-read-at-some-point list. Anyway, it was a strong feeling so I left the mint-condition Forster on the shelf and got this instead.

Gerri Brightwell: Dead Of Winter – From the publisher, a darkly humorous thriller set in a small town in Alaska.

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Haruki Murakami: Norwegian Wood – I’ve asked for opinions before, about which Murakami to start with, and most people say another, but I just can’t shake the draw I have to this one and it’s stuck around through a cover change.

Martin Holmén: Clinch – From the publisher, this is a Scandinavian thriller that looks to rival others and has been described as ‘a remarkable début’.

Sue Gee: Trio – Very excited about this; I’d thought of requesting it, didn’t get round to it, then found it in my mailbox anyway.

V H Leslie: Bodies Of Water – Ditto the situation with the Sue Gee.

With the gift cards I was strict and got books I’d wanted for some time. Suffice to say I’m excited.

What are the books at the top of your to be read pile?


Tracy Terry

May 13, 2016, 5:51 pm

What a wonderful selection.I wouldn’t know which book to begin with.

Top of my reading list is The Complete First Edition, The Original Folk & Fairy Tales of The Brothers Grimm which was a present from Mr T


May 13, 2016, 6:05 pm

I hope you enjoy your new books. I am hoping to read Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye soon.


May 13, 2016, 8:30 pm

I read Norwegian Wood as my first and I loved it. I still have not read any of his other books, though. :(


May 14, 2016, 11:01 am

Norwegian Wood was my first Murakami too. I felt o needed to,warm up to the bigger books .


May 25, 2016, 11:04 am

Tracy: It’s bad when that happens, for sure! A wonderful book to have on your TBR, Tracy! And a lovely present, too.

Jessica: Loving the sound of that one so far.

Kailana: That’s good to hear. Quite a few others look lengthy.

Bookertalk: I think that’s a bit of it for me, too. I considered Kafka On The Shore but thought I should start slowly.



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