My book buying got a little intense this month – new books by some of my favourite authors have come out so what else could I do but pick them up straight away? My last two posts went through my tbr list for the next few months – pretty much all of these books have made it on there because I can’t wait to read them and I’m finishing a book every few days right now.
First up is Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood’s new collection of nine short stories. I also picked up Oryx and Crake which is the first in a trilogy. The covers for both of these are just perfect. I’m also thinking about going to her event at the Cheltenham Literature Festival – David Mitchell and Kazuo Ishiguro are also there over the same few days which is basically my dream line-up.
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Murakami seems to a love/hate kind of guy – I like him a lot and it comes with stickers, which probably made me way happier than it should.
I’ve just finished J by Howard Jacobsen – completely unlike any book he’s done before: a dystopian book in the same vein as 1984 but with the same wit as the Finkler Question. I couldn’t stop reading it and the book has the most beautiful red endpapers (which matched my skirt perfectly – which again made me inexplicably happy).
Bad Feminist is another one that I’ve finished recently (a quick heads up: I didn’t pay for this – I’m a bookseller and do sometimes get free books. I always write a disclaimer to make it clear which ones they are) there are some amazing essays on: Sweet Valley High( how amazing!), women in Literature, The Hunger Games, and Django Unchained. I’m going to pull all my thoughts together on this and post something over the next few weeks. And lastly The Opposite of Loneliness – a collection of short stories and essays by Marina Keegan.
I’m redecorating my room and I got this beautiful A Midsummer Night’s Dream poster to hang next to my bookcase.
That’s everything – I have a lot of reading to do before I’ll let myself buy anything else even though there seems to be a new book I want coming out everyday right now.