books

Book Haul and Un-Haul

NaNoWriMo is going excellently for me. Shows what difference planning ahead does but it’s especially surprising considering how often I’ve been distracted by the Youtube video of Queen’s Live Aid set in the last week (all because of Bohemian Rhapsody).

In fact, I’ve written enough to take a little break from writing today and do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Christmas is looming and I need to clear some space for new books (I get an awful lot). What didn’t help is the fact that I went mad in Waterstones this week and bought a load of books, cutting my Christmas list in half in the process. Oh, well. Gonna have to carve out some more reading time as well as writing time.

Book Haul

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Shirley Jackson – We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I liked The Haunting of Hill House and The Lottery so I’ll give it ago

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Trudi Canavan – Successor’s Promise

Finally! This book came out in paperback in January and I’ve only just bought it. What has taken me so long?

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Neal Shusterman – Scythe

Another one that caught my eye in the book blogs. I’ve heard lots of good things about this so I need to check it out.

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Lindsey Fitzharris – The Butchering Art

I support Under the Knife on Patreon and, since there haven’t been many videos recently, I’d almost forgotten about this book. I saw this on a Waterstones display and remembered and decided to buy it at once.

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Brandon Sanderson – The Well of Ascension

Another ‘about time’ book. If it’s anything as good as the first book, I’m in for a treat.

Book Un-Haul

The Fire Sermon series by Francesca Haig

This was a pretty difficult decision. The first book was good but the circular discussions got on my wick pretty quickly and ruined the other two for me. It was especially difficult for me because I have a small personal connection with the author. She was one of my lecturers in university so it feels like a bit of a betrayal to get rid of them but better books need the shelf space, I’m afraid.

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Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

I did enjoy the world building in this book but the world felt so relentlessly cruel that there was little enjoyment to be had and I don’t think I’ll be finishing the series.

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Ditto

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Vampire Hunter D Volume 1 by Hideyuki Kikuchi

I gave this an average rating in my CROWS review and I’m not sure I’ll be going back to this series any time soon or rereading this any time soon so it’s going.

The Morganville Vampires – Books 1-3 by Rachel Caine

This was a hard choice. This is the best YA vampire series I’ve read so far and I’ve said as much on CROWS but, since I’ve done the reviews, I don’t see myself going back to them again. If it’s a choice between them and the Anno Dracula series, there is only one winner.

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The White Devil by John Webster

For a Webster play, this really didn’t make a massive impression on me. I can’t even remember anything about it so that must mean it’s not for keeping.

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Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

Don’t get me wrong, I really liked this book and the TV series but, unless I absolutely adored it, I can’t justify letting one book take up the space that three books could fill.

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Hag-seed by Margaret Atwood

I love Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale and Cat’s Eye but this just doesn’t grab me in the same way.

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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

This is a lovely book and, as you can see from the cover, comes highly recommended. But, I’ve not read it in years and I probably won’t again.

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