NIGHT FILM BY MARISHA PESSL: It feels like forever ago since I walked out of Exclusive Books with a very big smile on my face after finding this hardback for R69. I posted a review of Night Film some time ago, where I explained my thoughts on this very mysterious book.
BROKEN MONSTERS BY LAUREN BEUKES: I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read many books by South African authors. I decided to change that though. So when I walked into Bargain Books while on holiday in Langebaan in November, and saw this book on sale, I had to grab it. I haven’t read it yet but from what I’ve heard, it is a creepy, sci-fi thriller based on a murder investigation that even Stephen King – and I quote – “could not put down”.
THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE BY PATRICK NESS: I won a signed copy of this book last month so it shouldn’t really count as part of this haul post; but what the heck! I wrote a review once I finished reading it, which can be read here. The Rest of Us is the latest book by Patrick Ness but not necessarily the best. It didn’t put me off his work though because I picked up another one of his books this month.
HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHEONIX BY J.K. ROWLING: Every time I add another Harry Potter book to my collection, I get them all together and stand back to admire their beauty. I haven’t completed The Goblet of Fire yet so when this book arrived in the mail a few days ago, I felt compelled to complete it as soon as possible. I found The Order of the Pheonix for R177 on Raru which is the cheapest that I ever came across.
ROOM BY EMMA DONOGHUE: I have seen this book in some of my favourite Bookstagrammers feed for some time now and knew I had to get my hands on it. Room is a story narrated by a five year old boy, Jack, who lives in a single room with his mother, a woman held captive for seven years. I read a few pages and it can be a bit confusing to follow Jack’s train of thought since he is so energetic but I think once you get used to it, Room will be a highly compelling story.
FANGIRL BY RAINBOW ROWELL: I know, I am super late with this one! But I finally gave in to the hype and got myself a copy at Reader’s Warehouse last week. I am no stranger to Rainbow Rowell’s writing, so I think this will be enjoyable for me. My only hope is that I am not left totally disappointed once I finish reading it because every single person on Instagram has nothing but good things to say about this book. Also, the cover is really cute!
MORE THAN THIS BY PATRICK NESS: I consider this book to be my December bargain of the month. At R89 I think most would agree with me! Since I am building myself up to start reading the Chaos Walking trilogy, I figured getting all the stand-alones out of the way seemed like a good way to start. I have seen More than this in the bookstores and always stopped short of buying it for some reason. Now I know why!
I AM MALALA BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI: My husband gifted me a copy of I am Malala at the beginning of the month and I threw all the books I was reading at the time aside so that I could start reading it. I could not put this book down because it was such an eye-opener, on top of being the most inspiring read for me this year. I tried writing a review to share my thoughts and love of this thought provoking book, but nothing I wrote seemed good enough. I think I will give it another read before attempting to complete a full review.
THE ROSE SOCIETY BY MARIE LU: I read The Young Elites a few months ago and because it ended on a major cliff-hanger, it took all my patience to wait for the follow up to arrive in South Africa. I finally received my copy in the mail first thing on Monday morning, and started reading it two minutes later. I am really enjoying it right now and I am not quite sure what to expect. Also, I love Marie Lu’s writing so I might give her other books a read soon too.