As today is National Readathon Day, I thought it was the perfect time to share a book haul with you all.
Without a doubt, Christmas was massively book themed for me. I must had added over 30 books to my bookcases over Christmas; some I'd indulged in myself, some were gifts from family and friends. Books are one of my favourite gifts to receive, because as a total bookworm I think there's few things more thoughtful than a book for you to fall in love with. Here's some just a few of the new books adorning my bookcases, some I've started reading already, some I simply cannot wait to get stuck into!
Mostly, I'm a chick-lit or true crime kind of girl, but every now and then I like getting stuck into something which makes me really use my imagination. The Watcher in the Shadows by Carlos Ruis Zafon, £3.85, is exactly one of those books for me (well, from the description, anyway!). I've never read anything by Zafon, or even heard of him before - but the cover grabbed my attention with this one and I'm looking forward to giving it a read!
"A mysterious toymaker who lives as a recluse in an old mansion, surrounded by the mechanical beings he has created... an enigma surrounding strange lights that shine through the mists that envelop the small island on which the old lighthouse stands... a shadowy creature that hides deep in the woods... these are the elements of a mystery that bind 14-year-old Irene to Ismael during one magical summer spent in the Blue Bay. Irene's mother has taken a job as a housekeeper for the toymaker, Lazarus, but his house contains more secrets than Irene and Ishmael have bargained for."My beloved Corey Taylor, not only is this man the front man for one of my favourite bands (and arguably, one of the best bands ever, AKA, Slipknot - love to all maggots!!), I adore Corey's style of writing. A huge fan of his first book 'Seven Deadly Sins', £6.74, which I reviewed in this post, I've already started reading A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Heaven, £7.19. Admittedly, this one took me a few chapters to get in to compared to Seven Deadly Sins, but it's now a book I look forward to reading more of each night before bed.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns), by Mindy Kaling, £6.29, is a book I ordered on impulse, mainly because I adore the title. I seem to have a thing for books like this lately, and I am so excited to start reading this one!
"His second book, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven, compiles Corey’s most intimate, incredible, and insane moments with the supernatural. His memories are as vivid as they are vicious. As he recounts these stories, he questions the validity of religious belief systems and two-thousand-year-old dogma. As always his rapid-fire writing, razor sharp sense of humour, unbridled honesty, and cosy anecdotes make quite the case for his point. You might end up believing him or not. That’s up to you, of course. Either way, you’re in for a hell of ride."
"Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals and, now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships and planning her own funeral – all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls."Probably one of the books I saw reviewed and talked about the most in 2014, I have been wanting to see what the fuss is all about with Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, £11.89, for absolutely ages! I'll make a confession; I've tried watching 'Girls' and I'm not a fan, I just couldn't get into it. But I'm hoping I find the opposite with this best-selling and forever-talked-about book.
"Lena Dunham, acclaimed writer-director-star of HBO and Sky Atlantic’s ‘Girls’ and the award-winning movie ‘Tiny Furniture’, displays her unique powers of observation, wisdom and humour in this exceptional collection of essays.
“If I could take what I’ve learned and make one menial job easier for you, or prevent you from having the kind of sex where you feel you must keep your sneakers on in case you want to run away during the act, then every misstep of mine was worthwhile. I’m already predicting my future shame at thinking I had anything to offer you, but also my future glory in having stopped you from trying an expensive juice cleanse or thinking that it was your fault when the person you are dating suddenly backs away, intimidated by the clarity of your personal mission here on earth. No, I am not a sexpert, a psychologist, or a dietician. I am not a mother of three or the owner of a successful hosiery franchise. But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.”A book you've probably seen on more than a few Instagram accounts over recent months, as soon as it was released I wanted to get my hands on Pretty Honest: The Straight-Talking Beauty Companion, by Sali Hughes, £14.96. I cannot tell you just how excited I am to start this one! If you've read this one yourself, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it!
"In Pretty Honest, Sali Hughes draws on over 20 years of wisdom, advice and expertise to show real women how to make the most of makeup’s physically and emotionally transformative powers. Covering everything from teenage skin to mature beauty, botox to bridal make-up, sickness to good health, it's a work that is part instruction manual, part love letter to makeup – in a writing style that combines beauty editor, feminist and painfully funny best friend."Whether you love him or hate him, there's something about Russell Brand that intrigues me. I've previously read only one of his books - the first My Booky Wooky, which personally I really enjoyed. Over recent years his one-man-crusade and the start of the 'Revolution' has been constantly in the spotlight, so I obviously couldn't resist Revolution by Russell Brand, £8.45, if only to see what all the fuss is about!
"We all know the system isn't working. Our governments are corrupt and the opposing parties pointlessly similar. Our culture is filled with vacuity and pap, and we are told there's nothing we can do - "it's just the way things are".
In this book, Russell Brand hilariously lacerates the straw men and paper tigers of our conformist times and presents, with the help of experts as diverse as Thomas Piketty and George Orwell, a vision for a fairer, sexier society that's fun and inclusive.
You have been lied to, told there's no alternative, no choice and that you don't deserve any better. Brand destroys this illusory facade as amusingly and deftly as he annihilates Morning Joe anchors, Fox News fascists and BBC stalwarts.
This book makes revolution not only possible, but inevitable and fun."Last but not least, by an author whose every book I have devoured and loved, yet each has left me feeling both happy and frustrated by their less-than-happy endings. Us by David Nicholls, £8, is the latest of his releases and another one I don't doubt will leave me both happy and frustrated in equal measures.
"'I was looking forward to us growing old together. Me and you, growing old and dying together.'
'Douglas, who in their right mind would look forward to that?'
Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home.
He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together.
So when Connie announces that she will be leaving, too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again.
The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed.
What could possibly go wrong?"Have you added any new books to your collection recently? Or perhaps there's a book you think I should check out? Let me know! And in the meantime, you can follow my 'reading progress' over on my Goodreads account, which I've finally started using daily again! Feel free to add me as a friend on there, and recommend any favourite authors or books.
All books available at www.amazon.co.uk.