The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J.K. Rowling.
This was in the 'recommended for me' section on Amazon and, well, I couldn't really resist. The cover is so beautiful and I'm looking forward to reading the stories, especially Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump - for obvious reasons! I think this will be a short but sweet read that's a very welcome addition to my bookshelf and I'll keep it safe for if we're lucky enough to have children in the future.
One Day by David Nicholls.
I have seen a lot of great reviews of One Day online and on GoodReads so when I spotted this copy in my local charity shop at the weekend for only £2, I had to pick it up. I don't really know very much about the story other than the blurb and I haven't seen the film but I'm already pretty sure I'll love it. Looking forward to reading this at some point this month.
Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay.
When I was in Tesco, doing the ever-dull weekly food shop, I got distracted by the book section; when books are only £3 each, it can be difficult not to find myself wandering over! I was first attracted to this book because I thought the author's name was pretty spectacular and I've been wanting to read some crime/mystery novels because I'm not very well-read in that genre. And when such a positive quote about the author from Stephen King features on the cover, how could I resist?
The Herbalist by Niamh Boyce*.
This book landed on my doorstep this morning from the very kind people at Penguin Ireland and I was instantly captivated by the cover, I think it's beautiful and I love the font used for the title. Described as a 'beautiful and gripping story from 1930s rural Ireland, a time when women paid a terrible price for unmarried pregnancy' this wouldn't necessarily be the kind of book I would pick up but I've had a quick look at reviews on GoodReads (avoiding any possible spoilers) and although they're quite mixed, the positive comments are overwhelmingly so that I would be silly not to give it a try. I wouldn't say I have a favourite genre and I do love a book that surprises me, so this is another I'm looking forward to reading!
This Child of Mine by Sinéad Moriarty*.
The second book I received today, also from Penguin Ireland (thank you!), is This Child of Mine and again, the cover is beautiful. It's the story of two mothers, two daughters and the extraordinary bond of motherly love. Both mothers carry secrets and can't forget the moment their paths crossed but a chance discovery is about to bring everything into the open and mothers & daughters, love & lies, past & future, will spectacularly collide. Reviews seem very mixed with this one, I think it's a love or hate kind of book and I'm actually quite excited to see how I get on with it.
Have you read any of these books?
What are you currently reading?