July Book Haul

9 Jul 2015

A picture of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel
It's been a couple of months since I shared a book haul here on the blog, but behind the scenes I've still been buying books like it's going out of fashion. 

The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel 
£3.99 on Amazon
If you've read any of my previous book hauls or book reviews you will know I am massively swayed into buying books by their covers. There's that age old saying 'don't judge a book by it's cover', but it's always the first thing I look for in a book. Let's be honest, it's the first thing anyone is likely to notice and considering you have to physically pick up a book (or open up 'description boxes' online) to find out what it's about, there's no harm in a beautifully designed book cover to draw you in. 

The Strings of Murder is set in the late 1880's, when a violinist is found murdered in his home. A murder-mystery of sorts, things get complicated when the maid promises she heard three people practicing in the night, but the room where the violinist is found was looked, with no way in or out. Setting panic of another Jack the Ripper, Scotland Yard investigate.

I adore murder-mysteries, particularly ones set in times long ago - I can't wait to get stuck into this! 

A picture of Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook by Ajahn Brahm
Mindfulness, Bliss, and Beyond: A Meditator's Handbook by Ajahn Brahm
£12.08 on Amazon

One author whose books I will always buy and read regardless of cover (which, let's be honest, aren't usually much to write home about), is Ajahn Brahm. I've mentioned Ajahn Brahm a few times here on the blog and most often in previous book reviews or posts about my anxiety. I am not religious in any aspect, but there are aspects of Buddhism I try to practice in everyday life. Am I a Buddhist? No. But certain aspects, thought processes and general approach to life and people? Things I think everyone world-over could take on board.

I've read a few books by Ajahn Brahm now and Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond is the latest to join my growing collection. Described as a practical and energising book, it is a sure fire way to helping you achieve mindfulness and calm. I've started dipping into this already, and can't wait to dedicate more time to it! 

A picture of The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester
The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester
£3.49 on Amazon 

Unsurprisingly, this is another one that caught my eye for the cover. It's beautiful! Like The Strings of Murder, The Hourglass Factory is by an author I have never heard of before, a trend that has followed me through most book purchases in 2015.

The Hourglass Factory follows the story of tomboy newspaper interviewer Frankie George during the suffragette movement in London. After interviewing a trapeze artist, Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the acrobat and is soon following her around London, until one fateful performance when Ebony mysteriously disappears.

The Hourglass Factory is due to hit movie screens this autumn, titled Suffragette, staring none other than Meryl Streep - so I'm hoping I enjoy the book, and that the film does it justice (although with Meryl Streep, I am sure it's set to be an amazing adaption!).

Have you read any of my recent book purchases? Discovered an author recently that you think I should check out? Let me know - and in the meantime, don't forget you can keep up with my reading progress by adding me as a friend on Goodreads here.