Since my TBR mountain was already somewhat like the picture above, of course I had to add some more to it πŸ™‚ (In my defence, I have been ‘good’ for a while now only adding a couple of books every now and then, but this month, this was not the case, as you will see below). Partly, this happened since there were a few sales on books, plus Amazon had some nice freebies on Kindle, and I also got a coupon which I used. So here’s what got added to my shelves this month. I’m still being lazy about writing posts so this one’s going to be only short descriptions πŸ˜›

These I ordered new.

Truly Devious is the first in a trilogy of young adult mysteries (or do I just say mystery) set in a school for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists, Ellingham Academy. Shortly after it opened in the 1930s the founder’s wife and daughter were kidnapped. In the present, Stevie Bell wants to solve this case, but gets pulled into another one taking place in the present as well. The mysteries I don’t think get resolved in one book, something which would have bothered me but since I know this already, I’m interested to give it a try.

Uncle Dynamite is part of Wodehouse’s books featuring Uncle Fred or Frederick Altamont Cornwallis Twistleton, Fifth Earl of Ickenham, who also appears in the Blandings books, filling in for Galahad to ‘help’ Emsworth. This is the first of his own full length adventures.

Thunderhead is the second in the Arc of a Scythe series, which I began reading last year and enjoyed the first book of very much. Set in a world where human beings have overcome most of their problems, including death, this revolves around Citra and Rowen two apprentices to a Scythe, people charged with keeping the population in check since natural death no longer occurs.

Next on Kindle I got the above three books for free. The first two were being offered as part of some books for World Book Day on the 23rd, while the last was free under another offer (It still is currently-India link here). The Hangman’s Daughter is a mystery (first in series) set in Germany in the 1600s; The Great Passage, the translation of a Japanese novel about friendship, love, and words (lingusitics), while Bewildering Cares is a diary of a vicar’s wife in Manchester in the early days of World War II (somewhat on the lines of the Provincial Lady).

Finally I got some books second hand.

Pompeii is the story of the place in the days before the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The Little White Horse and The Dragonfly Pool are both children’s books,the first about young Maria Merryweather who comes to live with her aunt and uncle in Moonacre, and the second about Tally Hamilton who is sent away to boarding school because of the war, a place that turns out far more interesting than she’d ever imagined. From there, they travel to the kingdom of Bergania, where she ends up befriending and helping the prince.

Life in a Cold Climate is a bio of Nancy Mitford written based on her novels and other material (I just finished Mary Lovell’s bio The Mitford Girls, earlier this month); Innocent Traitor is a novel about Lady Jane Grey, the nine-days queen; and News From Thrush Green is the third in the Thrush Green books by Miss Read, in which a mother and son move into the village.

Finally I also ordered Sophie’s World, which takes one on a journey through Western philosophy through a story. This one I’d started reading a year ago but didn’t finish because there were other things to be done; so am getting my own copy to finally read it.

And just as I was writing this, this arrived. Muhammad Bin Tughlaq: The Tale of a Tyrant by Anuja Chnadramouli, historical fiction re-imagining Tughlaq’s life and times.

Have you read any of the books on my list or plan to? What did you think of them if you did? And what have you recently added to your shelves? Looking forward to hearing all about it!

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8 thoughts on “What’s New on My Shelves: April 2019

  1. I too got some freebies on world Book day – downloaded all the 9 free books. πŸ˜‰ Dean Street Press usually has free books every week – all crime reprints. πŸ™‚ This week it’s E.R. Punshon. Plus, I saw some Agatha Christie novels for free last week on Amazon. With so many freebies, I don’t know how to make time to read all the books. πŸ˜€

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    1. Same here. I had picked up a couple of Punshon like this a few months ago. Had also got the first few Clara Benson books this way πŸ™‚ And the TBR pile keeps growing larger and larger

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  2. I love Robert Harris but he’s been quite prolific so it’s taking me a while to work through his back catalogue! Pompeii is one of the ones I most want to read, though – I’ve heard lots of good things about it. Hope you enjoy it and all your other acquisitions. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks πŸ™‚ Am sure I will. I only found Harris pretty recently when I came across his book Enigma in a second hand pile at our local bookshop. Since it was a setting and theme (Bletchely Park and code-breaking) that I was interested in, I picked it up and enjoyed it very much.

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  3. A lovely diverse selection, Mallika! I’ve only read Sophie’s World but I’ve got a number of Ibbotson YA/adult novel waiting including yours. Alison Weir is appearing at our bookshop soon and I was hoping to read at least one of her books but historical fiction isn’t my genre of choice and I’m committed to fantasy this month. Ho hum.

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    1. I must read Sophie soon- I was really enjoying the book but then got distracted back then.

      This will be my first YA Ibbotson–the ones I’ve read so far have been her children’s books with the ghost, witch etc themes-Same for Weir-I’ve read her Six Wives of Henry VIII which was non-fic so let’s see how this story turns out. I also want to read My Lady Jane at some point and thought it might make sense o know a little about the real Jane Grey before that.

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