Book Haul | October 2019


Hi everyone, as you may have noticed from
the thumbnail I have quite a few books to show you today, so let’s jump right in.
First off I was sent these two books for review by Corsair. They are publishing
Heather Christle’s new book, this is a memoir and it’s called The Crying Book.
In this she talks about her friend who she lost to suicide and she talks about
depression, the birth of her first child, and the way that this is written looks
like it’s going to be quite a lot like Maggie Nelson and I’m 100% here for that.
Heather is also a poet and they sent me this which is The Trees, The Trees; it’s a
collection that they are.. I wouldn’t say reissuing as I’m not sure it
was actually ever published in the UK, it’s just available in the
States, and this is one of my favourite poetry collections ever; I made a video
recently where I talked about 50 poetry recommendations and this was one of
those and I’ll link that video in the description box if you would like to go
and find out more. I went to Lighthouse Books in Edinburgh, I’d never been there
before it’s fantastic I bought this which I had seen crop up
on quite a few booktube videos so this is Before the Coffee gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi and it’s translated from the Japanese by Geoffrey Trousselot. This is a novel with three connected stories within it, it’s set in
a cafe in Japan where you can time travel but there are strict rules: you
can only time travel to another time when you were in that cafe, you can only
time travel to that specific time and talk to who was with you at that time,
you can’t change the present so you can only go and re-experience things, equip
yourself with knowledge so that you can change the future going forward, but it
won’t alter the time loop, and you have to get back to the present
before your coffee gets cold. I think the premise sounds really wonderful
I’ve already started reading with this and I’ll talk about it more when I’m
finished. I also picked up this which I have never heard of before
it’s called Sykkel Saga by Vicki Husband and it says ‘The Sykkel Saga is a
long poem about a bicycle trip through the Arctic Circle in northern Norway,
it is a journey through landscape [which is making me smile reading], this Norse
mythology and the Norwegian language, exploring what draws us to a place of
distance and proximity in time and space and of connections.’ I mean it just sounds
like it’s ticking all of my boxes. Then I was sent this book for review which I
think sounds fascinating it’s by Patricia Farah and it’s called A
Lab of One’s Own and this is all about, let me read the blurb, it says “a lab of
one’s own reveals the untold lives of female scientists, doctors and engineers
who undertook endeavours normally reserved for men during the First World
War. It tells extraordinary stories of female
initiative, determination and isolation in a period defined by war, prejudice and
disease.’ Yes, thank you, and also Nonfiction November’s coming up so I
might pick it up then. I also have a few other non-fiction books in this hall to
talk about. Bext I was sent this book for review, it was unsolicited but it does
sound right up my street so I’m going to keep it,
this is Escape Routes, step into a world less ordinary, by Naiomi Ishiguro,
this is Kazuo Ishiguro’s daughter this is her debut short story collection and
it says that it is an “Alice in Wonderland book for our times… a space
obsessed child conjures a vortex in his mother’s linen cupboard and a
musician’s fascination with the birds who flock to her balcony offers a startling
new perspective, in the city a rat catcher summoned to a decaying
royal palace is plunged into a battle for the throne of a ruined Kingdom, and
two newlyweds find themselves inhibited by the arrival in their lives of an
outsize watchful stuffed bear.” So yes I am intrigued by this one. When I was on
book tour I was gifted these two books so this one is the Forgotten and the
Fantastical number 4, it’s modern fables and it was gifted to me by a woman
called Victoria who has a story in here so this is an fairy tale fable inspired
stories, right up my street, all of these books will be linked …that’s the doorbell,
two seconds… sorry about that okay also on book tour I was gifted this by Jan
who runs the English Bookshop in and he said this early right up my
street and I had to take it home with me so it’s called Goblin by Ever Dundas and
it’s about child called Goblin who’s running “feral in World War Two London,
she witnesses the carnage of the Blitz, she sees things that she can never be
unseen but can be suppressed, she finds comfort
in her beloved animal companions and lives on her wits, exploring a
fantastical world of lizard kings and martians and joining the circus”…. I can’t really imagine what kind of book this is from that description but
it definitely sounds very intriguing. Canongate very kindly sent me a copy of
Molly Aitken’s debut novel, this is called The Island Child and it’s coming out in
January, as the title would suggest this is about an island, it says “an island is
a gift for some, a prison for others” it’s about a mother and a daughter, about
the importance of storytelling and about Irish folklore. Lauren and Jean gave me a
copy of this they went along to a press evening that Viking were doing and this
was one of the books that they were giving to reviewers. Necause they know
that I love Lullaby they picked this up for me because it sounded… not similar i plot
but it that kind of similar vein as a literary thriller,
and also it’s got the quote on the back from Jeanette Winterson, which is quite
strange for a crime / thriller so I’m really really intrigued. This is called
Keeper by Jessica Moor, a woman who works at a women’s refuge is found dead
in the river. The police think that it’s death by suicide but the people who work
at the refuge don’t think so, they think it’s murder, and Jeanette Winterson says
that this is “a book by a new young writer who I believe in” so there we go. I
also have this book here which was sent to me by Cintage I don’t know if you’ve
heard of it no one seems to be reading it [sarcasm], this is The Testaments by Margaret
Atwood, the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. I will be reading this in the next month
probably and talking about it, and I also bought three other non-fiction books the
first two are the fault of Rosianna and I’ll link her channel down below, she
made a video where she was talking about books she’d read recently and really
enjoyed, so this one is the Uninhabitable Earth a story of our future by David
Wallace Wells, this is all about climate change
and I wanted a nonfiction book about climate change so I picked that one up. I
also bought this which is pretty big it’s called the Age of Surveillance
Capitalism, the fight for human future at the new frontier of power by Shoshana Zuboff and this is about our data and websites who take our data and how that
has all been normalized. Having watched the documentary which I have now
forgotten the name of but it’s about Cambridge Analytica… Oh what is that
documentary called… I don’t remember anyway having watched that I wanted to
find out more about algorithms and data usage. This is also I think
about Instagram and the way people use the internet and how companies latch on
to that, I think it’ll be really really interesting, so I’m hoping to get to this
one in the not-too-distant future. I also bought this which is Unfollow by Megan
Phelps Roper;l she was part of the Westboro Baptist Church, she was born
into that family and she has now left so this is her memoir and people are
comparing it to Tara Westover’s Educated so I’m very much looking forward to getting to this. I went to Brighton this week with Jean and went into a few
secondhand book shops and I picked up this which is What to Do When Someone
Dies by Nicci French, if you watched my latest video, my September wrap-up, you’ll
know I’ve been inhaling Nicci French novels so whenever I find one, I add it to
the bookshelf, so I picked that up and finally, finally I bought the second Book
of Dust, this is the Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman, it came out last week,
my heart is not ready but it is also so ready because we’ve been waiting so long.
The first Book of Dust was set before his Dark Materials. this one is set
afterwards so Lyra is 20 and I just… the thought of it makes me want to cry
so I really hope it lives up to all of the hype and all of the love I already
have for it inside my heart, which sounds very corny but I’m sure most of you are aware
His Dark Materials are my favorite books of all time so no pressure at all. Those
are all the books I wanted to talk to you about, have you read any of them
would you like to? Let me know in a comment down
below as I said I’ll link all of them in the description box, too.
I hope you will have a great week and I’ll speak to you very soon, lots of love x

31 thoughts on “Book Haul | October 2019

  1. What a great collection. Thanks for charing.๐Ÿ’š
    The Testaments and Book of Dust 2 have joined my TBR. Apprehensive about Pullman and I really regret having read the Irish Times Review as it was quite mixed. So I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it.
    Before the coffee gets cold sounds really quirky. Will check that out.
    Was the documentary you talk about The Hacks?
    Happy reading!

  2. I would like to ask you have you read books translated from the Arabic and did you like them? Or maybe have a favorite from Arabic books… Love you from Saudi Arabia

  3. Before the Coffee gets Cold โ€” sounds fantastic! Iโ€™ll definitely be checking it out.
    Sykkel Saga, Goblin, and The Island Child all sound intriguing too.
    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism also sounds interesting, if not downright creepy.

  4. I read Before the Coffee Gets Cold and also The Testaments the other day and they're good! I gave them both 4 out of 5 stars! Hope you enjoy them!

  5. They all sound good and I will be reading them as soon as my bank balance is healthier! The Testaments? I need to reread The Handmaids Tale first and that isnโ€™t where I need to be just now.

  6. I'm currently reading Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (222 pages read); The Warlock by Michael Scott (fifth book in series); The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (on Audible); and in The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (waiting to be read). All of these books have fairly high ratings I was told. Have you read any of these? ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

  7. I've just started The Secret Commonwealth and am absolutely loving being back in Lyra's world. I hope you enjoy it too!

  8. Ah this was nice . . I'm reading for a Japanese test so it's so relaxing to have a cup of Tea and some Chocolate and this nice book haul to relax a bit.

  9. Read The Testaments in a day! Lots to talk about there!
    Before The Coffee Gets Cold – just reserved it at the library, thanks for the heads up!

  10. I ADORE these videos, I got so excited to see a new video. They fill my heart with joy (and my tbr with recommendations). I've just finished Lullaby, although it's called The Perfect Nanny in the States, and loved it. I'll be looking for Keeper now!

  11. I would love to read Escape Routes because I adore short story collection, but it won't be in the states until February 5th. I also plan to read Before the coffee gets cold. Thank you for suggestions!

  12. Omg A Lab Of One's Own sounds like just my kind of book! I hope you like The Uninhabitable Earth, it was such an eye-opening book for me and one I think every single person on this Earth should read. Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. I just got Unfollow from the library. Hoping to start soon – also I blame you as I am now inhaling Blue Monday and starting the Nicci French journey! Thanks as always for your smart videos!

  14. Please excuse me if someone has already asked this…I have now got the full set…His dark materials, plus both of the other books ( the book of dust and this new one in this video) …I noticed you said the first book of dust is set before His dark materials, and the second one is set after them. If Iโ€™ve not read any of them…should I start with His dark materials and then book one and then the second book of dust, or should I read the first book of dust, then His dark materials and then the second book of dust? What is your recommendation for the reading order?

  15. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism also went straight onto my wishlist after watching Rosianna's video! I'd love to hear what you think of it.

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