So, as you can see from the title of this post, yet again this month, I bought books, since of course, I already have only nearly 400 still to read (lots of free e-books in that count, but still), which is really nothing so … 😛
In October, I ended up adding thirteen books to my shelves, three of them e-books. The first bunch of books I ordered were these.
The Book Hunters of Katpadi by Pradeep Sebastian is a ‘bibliomystery’ taking us into the world of first eds and lost manuscripts (or rather, ‘found’ ones). I featured this one in Shelf Control here, so am not writing more about it in this post.
The second title, the Glory of Patan by K.M. Munshi is the first in a series of three books of historical fiction. This one is set in the kingdom of Patan where the king Karnadev is on his deathbed, while his son Jayadev is too young to take over. It falls to the Queen Minaldevi and chief minister, Munjal Mehta to ensure that order is maintained and the transfer of power takes place smoothly. I read a historical romance, Prithvi Vallabh (review here ), by this author earlier this year and really enjoyed it, so decided to pick this one up. (Both works are translations of novels in Gujarati.)
Next was an Eva Ibbotson children’s book, Monster Mission, which is about these three children stolen and taken to a bizarre island inhabited by all sorts of strange creatures, including mermaids. But a wicked man plans to use the creatures to make money, and the children must now help save their new friends and themselves.
Next I bought The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, which I’ve been wanting to read, but I haven’t yet. Since this one has been so talked about everywhere and the film is of course also out, I don’t think I need to say anything about what it’s about.
Next, I found this series by Victoria Schwab on sale on kindle, and being an author I wanted to try, I picked these up. This is an urban fantasy series with some basis in Shakespeare. Again, I’ve featured these in Shelf Control here, so am not going into details here.
Also on kindle, I picked up Naked Heat, the second in the Nikki Heat series. This one is all about a gossip columnist who is stabbed to death, a case which Heat and reporter Jameson Rook have to solve, and which involves, among others a Yankees pitcher and a pop star. I love the TV show Castle (though not so much the last couple of seasons), and still watch reruns, but I’d never read the books so when I found this on discount, I decided to give it a try.
The final set of six books I bought were all from a second-hand shop online, and were a bunch of books that I’ve been meaning to read for a while or wanted to add to my shelves.
In this bunch, I first bought Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke, a story set in an alternative England, where two magicians are at different ends of the spectrum of how magic should be dealt with, used in practice, or just in theory. They are of course opposites in more than one way. This was a book I quite enjoyed when I read it, and since I didn’t have a copy, I picked this up.
Next is One Corpse Too Many by Ellis Peters, the second of the medieval mysteries featuring the Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael, which is a series I am loving reading. In this one set in 1138, the battle between King Stephen and Empress Maud still rages on, and when Shrewsbury Castle falls and 94 defenders are hung, Brother Cadfael discovers one more corpse–this one strangled.
Another Eva Ibbotson I added to my shelves this month is The Great Ghost Rescue. Humphrey the Horrible is unfortunately a very friendly skeleton who wishes to be ghastly like the rest of his family, but when he discovers a plot to exorcise his family, he realises that he can be a hero without being spine-chillingly frightening.
The Misinterpretation of Tara Jupp by Eva Rice is sort of a continuation of the story of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, a book by her I read earlier this year and really enjoyed. This one is set in the 1960s’ music scene, where our ‘heroine’ Tara finds herself the object of some attention, while trying to deal with the bitterness between her sister Lucy and friend Matilda.
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier is a fictionalisation of the story of Mary Anning, the fossil hunter of Lyme Regis, and her friendship with Elizabeth Philpot, a London spinster who also has an interest in fossils. I read a review of this years ago and have been meaning to read it since, so very happy to finally have a copy.
And finally, Passion by Jude Morgan is the story of Byron, Keats, and Shelley told through the eyes of Mary Shelley, Lady Caroline Lamb, Fanny Brawne and Augusta Leigh. This one I actually ‘discovered’ from a blurb at the back of my copy of The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. It sounds really interesting, and I look forward to reading it.
So these were all the books I picked up this month.
Have you read any of these? Which one/s and how did you like them? What have you added to your shelves/TBR piles lately? Looking forward to hearing all about them!