Here are the books I bought and received in July:
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
I said I wasn’t going to buy any more books and I’d been doing quite well this year – until purchased 21 this month! Whoops! I took a trip to my favourite bookshop, Daunt Books, and purchased Of Mice and Men & The Midwich Cuckoos. I’ve never read Steinbeck since I stopped studying English Literature at 16 , so I’m looking forward to reading my first novel by him. As I loved The Day of the Triffids, I thought I’d buy another John Wyndam book. The Midwich Cuckoos sounds creepy and brilliant: ‘In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.’
I also met up with fellow blogger Cait, who is now a brand new London/publishing friend of mine, and she kindly gifted me Heist Society and Graffiti Moon. And I have been unable to escape the Gillian Flynn hype, so I bought these three to find out what I’ve been missing! I’ll, of course, be picking up Gone Girl first.
Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid
The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
The Rig by Joe Dulcie
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith / J.K. Rowling
The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman (e-galley)
I borrow my Mum’s DSLR and had to give it back I received these books! Cross My Heart is YA historical – set in 1940s Brussels – so I’m sure I’ll love it. The Rig and Vivian Versus the Apocalypse won Hot Key Books’ Young Writers Prize 2012 and they both sound fantastic, out September. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse in particular has a beautiful cover. The Lost Daughter is my Mum’s new favourite book (previously Nineteen Minutes). I’ve been instructed to read it as soon as possible otherwise I have to give it back! I’m also really excited to read J.K. Rowling’s mystery (literally) novel. And I downloaded The Art of Flying, which sounds like a wonderful children’s book – and it’s illustrated.
I also bought the Roald Dahl Collection. I had been coveting it for a while – at least a year – so when The Book People offered free shipping, and as the box set is £15.99, already a bargain for fifteen books, I could not resist. I’ve never read a Roald Dahl book. Can you believe it? You’ll have to blame my parents, though, because they bought me many Dahl movie adaptations instead. Matilda will be my first pick!
I’m a little worried that one day I just won’t be able to appreciate children’s literature any more – and I know already that I probably would have enjoyed them much more as a child – so I’m trying to read as many as possible now.
And lastly, I purchased this tote bag from Daunt Books! I love it and have been using it every day.
Which books did you buy/receive/download in July?