Sunday 1 April 2018

April Book Haul

I just love books, and reading, and stories - I love just putting my headphones in and ignoring the real world for an hour, immersing myself in another time or place. I seem to have got my hands on loads of new books lately, which is so exciting; I can't wait to read them all, but I thought I'd share them with you first...

The Love Lottery by Raj Dhaliwal* is a non-fiction book about dating and love in the digital world we fine ourselves in today, from a British-Indian perspective and apparently full to the brim with funny anecdotes that I absolutely can't wait to get my teeth into!

The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor* is a novel about sharks (my faves) and first kisses, about marine biology and nostalgia and sunshine. If you know me, or you've been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that my favourite author EVER is Sue Monk Kidd, who happens to be Ann's mum - so I just bet this book is going to be incredible. It has good reviews AND it's about sharks; I'm so excited to read it.

Two Steps Forward by Graeme Simsion & Anne Buist* is a book of two halves: one from the perspective of a widow, and one from the perspective of a guy who's reeling from a divorce. I like books like that, because you almost get two stories for the price of one and then something magic happens to bring them both together. In this case it's a very long walk from France to Spain which sounds lush. I've read some of Graeme's other novels, and now he's written this one with his wife which is so cool.

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry is one I've been wanting to read for ages and ages and ages. It's won loads of awards and everybody loves it; I read another of Sarah's books last year and just fell in love with the way she writes. I've started this one, and it's not been that easy to get into but I'm sticking with it and I know I'll adore it by the end!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is based on a true story, about Lale and Gita Sokolov who were two Slovakian Jews who actually survived their experience at Auschwitz and made it home. Their story is one of love and hope and courage; as much as it is undoubtedly about the horrors and death at the camp, it is also a story about life. It's definitely my kind of book and as heavy as it'll probably be, I'm looking forward to reading it.

The Maid's Room by Fiona Mitchell* is probably the book I'm most excited to read out of all of these; it's meant to be similar to The Help, only it's set in modern day which is heartbreaking. It's about Filipina maids in Singapore, and the lives they lead and the issues they face. It has so many 5 star reviews on GoodReads and it's just 100% my kind of book. I will also be interviewing Fiona Mitchell for a blog post soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

So they're the books I've been sent and bought recently - thank you to the lovely publishers who send me books in the post, you don't know how happy it makes me. Look out for reviews of these books in the future!

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