I haven’t done a haul post in quite some time, so I thought it would be fun to share the books I got this month. There were plenty of sales over the past few weeks on my side of the world which I took full advantage of, stocking up on some good reads that I am really looking forward to get lost in soon. These are the books I got my grabby hands on this March:
ONE FOOT WRONG BY SOFIE LAGUNA: To be completely honest, this was a cover buy. I loved the illustrations on the inside of the covers and the black and read hardback was too pretty to pass up. One Foot Wrong is about a little girl who has never seen the outside world because she is held captive by her parents. It reminds me of Room by Emma Donoghue which I loved, and I have been quite interested in books written from a child’s perspective lately.
THE MUSEUM OF EXTRAORDINARY THINGS BY ALICE HOFFMAN: This book was a Goodreads Choice Award nominee for historical fiction in 2014, so I recognized the cover immediately and had to get it. As far as I can tell, this book is set during the 1900s in a museum of magical creatures, where the owner of the museum’s daughter takes part in the exhibition. The story is supposed to follow her early years, but also has a romantic spin when she falls in love with a photographer.
A PASSAGE TO INDIA BY E. M. FORSTER: I enjoy historical fiction because it focuses on real events that took place in some part of the world. A Passage to India interests me because I’ve always wanted to learn more about India’s history, since they have such a rich cultural heritage. I am really looking forward to reading this one soon!
ASTRAY BY EMMA DONOGHUE: I admit, I grabbed this book with out knowing anything about the story. But I’ve read Room by Emma Donoghue in January and I enjoyed her story telling and writing so much that I picked this book up without bothering to check if I’d like the plot. The blurb doesn’t give much away, but as far as I can tell, it is also a historical fiction and it is set in America.
Before I talk about the next few books, I just want to send a big shout out to my husband for surprising me with a bag full of books a few days ago. Some how he knew exactly what to get me which was just the sweetest thing!! (Love you Habibi!)
THE UNDESIRABLES BY DAVE BOLING: One of these books was The Undesirables, which has been on my reading list for the longest time! This book is once again, a historical fiction, and it is set during the Anglo-Boer war in South Africa. Like all historical tragedies we learn about, we can see the irony years later when the previously oppressed rise to power. It is heart breaking to think that people who were treated inhumanely can so easily forget the past and commit those same atrocities – as we can see today with what is happening in Palestine.
WANT YOU DEAD BY PETER JAMES: This will be the first Peter James book that I read which is rather surprising since I am always up for a good crime investigation novel and he is known as the king of British crime writing. Want You Dead is the 10th book in the Roy Grace series, so I am really hoping it can be read as a stand-alone! The book is about a virtual romance that turns into a disturbing obsession, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace’s mission to stop what is otherwise bound to happen.
THE GOOD LUCK OF RIGHT NOW BY MATTHEW QUICK: This contemporary adult fiction is written by the same author who wrote the best selling novel, The Silver Linings Play Book. The book is written in the form of a letter by the narrator to the world renowned actor, Richard Gere, after he finds a letter from said actor, addressed to his mother who recently succumbed to a brain tumour. I am only a few chapters in, but I’ve picked up that the narrator, Bartholomew Neil has been sheltered most of his life, and since the passing of his mother, he is trying to figure out his place in the world.
MR. PENUMBRA’S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE BY ROBIN SLOAN: This book was all the hype last year when I started Bookstagramming, so I needed to buy this copy when I found it on sale at a local bookstore a few weeks ago. The book follows a man who starts his new job at a bookstore, but the longer he works there, the more he realises that there is something weird going on, and the bookstore may be a front for something more. Along the way, we are met with some eccentric and lively characters, all of whom are grossly intrigued by their friend’s new place of work and the mysteries the walls may bare.
HARRY POTTER (1, 6 & 7) BY J. K. ROWLING: Book 1 and 7 were both included in the surprise from the husband, and it looks absolutely stunning on my bookshelf! I couldn’t help but stare at the spines for a few moments just to soak up the prettiness!
Those are all the books I’ve accumulated over the past few weeks on March. I am really looking forward to reading these and I cannot wait to share more with you guys as soon as I so! Have a happy (and safe) Easter, and if you’ve read any of these books, let me know what you thought of them!