The Latest Book HaulSunday, 12 March 2017
Every so often I go on a bit of a book shopping binge. I'm not sure what it is about buying books that gives me such satisfaction - I think I just really love collecting and owning them. I can't see myself ever being an electronic book person...I just love real books!
I'm a big fan of Book Depository, I find they have the best prices and the shipping time isn't too bad. Sometimes I will walk into a book store like Harry Hartog and accidentally find myself purchasing a book that would probably cost me half the price online, but I can't help it. Their stores are so amazing!
Anyway - I've mostly been purchasing books here and there but recently I decided to just go for it and order more than I probably needed, and whilst I haven't read some of them, I thought I would share them here for you. I actually really enjoy reading these kinds of posts, so many books I've purchased and loved have been found from posts just like these, so I hope you can get something out of this too!
Hygge by Marie Tourell Søderberg
I've actually written a post on this topic already, where I touched on certain elements of this book and how much I loved it. There's a few books on Hygge out there but I was drawn to this one because of it's beautiful photography and the fact that it mostly contains stories in it. Hygge in a way is sort of magical, and that is sort of how I would describe this book. It felt very warm and cosy, which is very fitting. This is a great read for a cold, rainy day, or for days when you're maybe looking for comfort or inspiration.
The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks
I've only just started reading this book. It was a recommendation from Book Depository and I've heard the authors name a lot in the past. He actually wrote the book Awakenings, which was later made into a film starring Robin Williams. Sacks is a neurologist and his books are essentially case histories involving sometimes bizarre and rare disorders of the brain.
This book in particular took my interest as I find the mind totally fascinating. The title of the book comes from a man who has visual agnosia, which to me is just...interesting to read about. There are many other case histories in the book that he touches on as well, all of which are just bizarre but fascinating. The only problem is that so far I am finding it quite hard to read. The man is obviously brilliant, and therefore has trouble writing for anyone who does not immediately understand medical jargon. I've had to pull my phone out to Google things quite a few times, but it's otherwise not bad to read.
The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
I love Gillian Flynn's writing, I've read all her books (she's the author of Gone Girl, in case you're not familiar) and so when I saw this pop up on Book Depository I immediately purchased it. I actually didn't realise it was a short story. Upon further research, I discovered this was originally published in a collection of short stories put together by George R. R. Martin so I figured it must be good!
It doesn't sound like a typical Gillian Flynn story, so I'm intrigued to read it. I've seen the words 'psychological thriller' pop up in reviews so I'm bound to like it. Has anyone read this?
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
I found this to be a pretty decent 'who done it' type story, despite the fact that it did seem a little unrealistic at times. The story begins with a couples baby going missing while they were at a dinner party at their neighbours, and we slowly start to get a back story on all the characters involved, with secrets coming out of the cracks to reveal a few twists and turns throughout the story. There were some elements that were quite shocking, which I guess is why I found it somewhat unrealistic, but overall I thought it was a pretty great read, if you're into crime mysteries.
The Witches Of New York by Ami McKay
This was sort of an unusual purchase. I bought it on a whim in the bookshop after not ever hearing of it before, just because I thought the premise sounded interesting. For some reason lately, I've been really wanting to read some sort of novel involving witchcraft, but not in a Fantasy type setting. I can't tell you where the interest came from, it was just an idea in my head and this seemed to weirdly check the boxes. Maybe it's because I watched Practical Magic for the millionth time - I love that movie.
ANYWAY, this book is set in 1800's New York City, which is another unusual pick from me as I don't usually like period books at all. It follows two friends, who happen to be witches living in New York, who meet a young girl who happens to have extraordinary abilities she did not realise herself. They come together to help the young girl and teach her how to recognise her abilities etc. Mostly what I loved about the book was the little bits and pieces, like the tea shop they run, the traditions they follow and all the little spells and beliefs that were passed onto them. I found it really lovely!
There was only two things about the book I didn't exactly love - I guess being set in 1800, the language was odd for me to read. I couldn't get into it. Secondly, I think this book could have been half the size it is. Just saying. Overall though, I actually really enjoyed reading this!
Mummy From Hell by Ken & Patrick Doyle
I wasn't going to include this but I hadn't read it at the time of taking the photograph, and I didn't expect it to be as shocking as it was. So I find true stories to be really interesting, like the stories of people going missing for decades, memoirs etc. So this again came up as a recommendation on Book Depository and it seemed to have good reviews.
Ken and Patrick Doyle were two brothers in a family of nine living in Ireland, growing up in the sixties and seventies. Their mother terribly abused them, and this is their story of growing up, and how it's affected them, and how their mother got away with it all of those years. I didn't think it was going to be so graphic, I honestly almost stopped reading it because it was just awful hearing about a woman who could be so cruel.
If I had known this book would be so hard to read, I wouldn't have purchased it, but ultimately these brothers wanted their story to be heard so that people could be aware of how neglectful child services can be, especially with so many of these stories actually still happening today. So, I finished it to get a better understanding, but it definitely left me feeling pretty down. It was eye opening, to say the least!
Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
On a much lighter note, this was an absolute delight to read. I'm actually a huge fan of Drew Barrymore, I've loved her since I was little and I love that so many of the roles she takes on is of a strong or independent woman. We all know she had a slightly unusual upbringing, like so many child stars, but in this book instead of revealing the darker moments of her childhood, she tells us stories from a more mature standing. From her book, I can tell she's matured and accepted her past, and everyone in it. There's no cold feelings or remorse, it's just memories and acceptance where she's focused on how it has changed her as an adult, and as a mother.
I think Drew's personality is just very warming and friendly, and her story telling is reflective of her nature. It's not a memoir exactly, it's more just stories that she's decided to share, and I found them to be really beautiful to read.
Death & Co by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald
This was more of a coffee table purchase, but it caught my eye because of it's cover. It's a cocktail book, to put it simply, but it looks like so much more. Honestly, it sort of is. I had a quick flick through it when I opened the box and realised this was something I was going to have to sit down and read. Apparently Death & Co is an award winning cocktail bar in New York, so naturally it's contents include some pretty in depth information that is far beyond just a cocktail recipe. As someone who really enjoys a good tequila and mezcal, I'm quite excited to read about what they have to say regarding quality and it's uses! Not to mention, it just looks so nice sitting on my shelf.
Definitely a bit of a different haul, I usually buy a bunch of novels but this time I decided to go with bits and pieces from everywhere. As usual though, if you guys have any recommendations for books I'm all ears! Let me know in the comments if you've read anything good recently, or if something has caught your eye!