This month was a good month for new books!
The Muse by Jessie Burton – I loved The Miniaturist so I’m really excited to read this. And oh my gosh, how pretty is the book? This novel follows two stories, one in London and one in Spain, linked by a mystery masterpiece. Reviews for this have been great and I can’t wait to get stuck in.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman – I’d heard so many good things about this book and just had to pick it up. This follows a grumpy old man called Ove and, having just finished an ARC of The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen (83 1/4 Years Old), which I loved, it sounded like the perfect follow up.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – I’m really excited to start reading this book. I’ve heard such mixed things about it – some reviewers I love are obsessed with this series and others put it on their ‘worst books’ list. I don’t usually read fantasy books (except for the obvious Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings!) so I’m hoping I enjoy it so I can read her other books.
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak – As did everyone, I absolutely loved The Book Thief so when I saw one of Zusak’s earlier novels in an Amazon deal I just had to buy it. Although a fairly chunky book, this seems to be a children’s novel so I’m looking forward to reading something a bit lighter.
This seems like a really mysterious and fun novel. It follows Ed Kennedy, an underage cab driver, who inadvertently stops a robbery and starts to receive playing cards with people’s addresses on the back. He becomes ‘the messenger’, passing on different messages to different people.
Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – This is another buy from an author whose previous books I’d loved. I loved The Shadow in the Wind and the follow up, The Angel’s Game. Again, I spotted Marina in a deal and just had to buy it. This is an earlier book by Zafon, a young adult gothic novel following two people who witness a mysterious ritual in a graveyard. On the last Sunday of every month a woman appears holding a single red rose. The novel follows them as they’re lead to a dark secret, hidden beneath the streets of post-war Barcelona…
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – I’ve been dying to read this novel forever. I loved Hosseini’s other books – The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns – so his third novel had been on my wishlist for a while. This sounds like a beautiful story, following a brother and sister living a life of poverty in Afghanistan.
The Martian by Andy Weir – I LOVED the movie of this book so just had to read the book. It’s not often I read a book after watching the adaptation but I was really intrigued about it. A lot of reviewers I respect had this on their ‘best books’ lists so I was really excited to read it. I enjoyed it but did find there to be information overload at some points. There was a lot of funny parts in it though – Mark Watney has to be one of my favourite characters of all time.
The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami – I hadn’t heard of this novel before I bought it but it was on early-sale in Foyles and I just could not resist. This was partly a case of judging a book by its cover – I love the cover photo – but the story sounds really interesting too. I’ve read the first few pages and I really like the way it’s written. It sounds very character-driven with no clear indication of a big plotline, so I’m really intrigued about what happens.
The Trial by Franz Kafka – An absolute classic, I’ve been wanting to read this after enjoying The Metamorphosis. There’s lots of ways this novel can be read but at the heart of it, it follows a bank officer who is arrested and can’t get any information with which to defend himself. It sounds absolutely chilling and I can’t wait to read it.
Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall – I loved this story of mental illness and appreciated the message that came out of it. It follows Norah who has Agoraphobia and can’t leave her house. A new family moves in next door and she slowly gets to know the son, Luke. But how can she ever get to know him properly if she can’t let him in? Read my review.
Yes Please by Amy Poehler – This looks like such a fun book! It’s full of tales, pictures, notes and letters. I was inspired to buy this after reading Bossypants by sidekick Tina Fey, which was so inspiring.
Human Universe by Brian Cox – I really enjoy reading popular science books and love anything specifically about humans the universe. I haven’t watched the TV series but this book sounded so interesting, I just had to pick it up.
Fermat’s Last Theorum by Simon Singh – I wrote a review about this last month because I just fell in love with the book. Singh wrote the amazing Simpsons maths book (yes, really) so I picked this up when I saw it at a lovely secondhand book shop in Edinburgh. Read my review.
Luckily I’ve already read a handful of these new books – maybe I should try and buy less next month so I can finally get my TBR pile down!