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Thursday, 3 October 2013

Five New Books.

As the evenings get darker and the night chillier I have plans to spend as many of them as possible curled up in front of the fire in my cosiest pyjamas, with a warm snuggly blanket, getting lost in a good book. Because, well, that's what Autumn evenings should be for, right? Apart from, of course, those pesky evenings I'll have to spend doing the food shop or some other necessary, but dull, home related chore. Maybe I'll start shopping online...

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? 

Love, Jennie
xoxo

56 comments:

  1. You can't beat curling up in front of the fire with a good book :)
    You'll love The Tales of Beedle the Bard, I must've read it about twenty times, I adore it.
    One Day was a really interesting read, too, I really liked the way it's written.
    I love the sound of The Herbalist, I'll have to keep an eye out for that :)

    Jess xo

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    1. I agree, it's such a perfect way to spend an evening! I'm so excited for Beedle the Bard, I think I might try and make time to read it today <3

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  2. Aahhhh a big pile of books like that just makes me so happy! I've read One Day and it was really good and even made me cry a little bit. I'm currently reading my way through The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith, aka J K Rowling.

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    1. I'm looking forward to reading it! I loved the Cuckoo's Calling a lot! ox

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  3. I wasn't a fan of One Day, in fact I think I posted a fairly scathing review after I'd read it, but I always find it interesting to see what others think.

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    1. Ooh that's interesting, maybe it's a love/hate kind of book! I'm looking forward to reading! ox

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  4. I haven't read any of these but I love reading! I tend to read classics more though, I did literature at uni and I loved Victorian literature :) Especially anything by Thomas Hardy!

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    1. I've not read many classics, I need to be better about that! xo

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  5. lovely post, I've got One Day but haven't had a chance to read it yet! x

    http://lifeinlipstick.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. I love JK Rowling! Tales of Beedle the Bard is such a good book. I just ordered Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: Quidditch through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -- Super excited for work to calm down so I can read them!

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    1. I just got Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them too, so excited to read it! xo

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  7. One Day is so brilliant. You'll love it :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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    1. Very much looking forward to reading! xo

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  8. I can hear Rupert Grint saying Babbitty Rabbitty from the Harry Potter movies.You've picked out some great books, will definitely have to read 'This Child of Mine' sounds so interesting!

    Eloise | simplynaturale xo

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  9. The herbalist sounds like a really beautiful read. I'm currently drowning under the weight of nineteenth century novels that I have to read for the next 10 weeks for a uni module so any easy, recreational reading will have to take a back seat for the moment alas.

    Bella. BELLAETC

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  10. Great choice in books! I wasn't a big fan of One Day, bit chick lit for me and I spent the whole thing silently screaming at the girl, but I know I'm in the minority for hating it lol. Looking forward to hearing your opinions on these, I do love a good book review :) I love different opinions too, I think books are so subjective!

    Claire | AgentSmyth

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    1. Aww hehe, I think it might be a very love/hate kind of book, you're not the first who has said they weren't really a fan! ox

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  11. The only one of these I've read is The Tales Of Beedle The Bard - The Tale Of The Three Brothers was my favourite, but I liked Babbity Rabbity aswell. Trust Your Eyes looks good too :)
    If you're interested we would absolutely love to have you guest post over at Blogger's Bookshelf sometime! xx

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  12. I got The Tales of Beedle and Bard a few Christmas's ago and sat and read it on Boxing Day evening and read it all in one go, it's such a lovely easy read! Also whatever you do don't watch One Day before you read it, the book is much better and the film would ruin the surprises! might have to check out some of the other books seeing as you seem to have a similar taste in books as me x

    www.uni-of-life.blogspot.com

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    1. Ooh I won't - thanks for the tip! xo

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  13. One Day is one of my all time favourite books. Moved me chapter after chapter.

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  14. One Day is one of my favourite books. Loved it. x
    www.rosesjaunes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm so looking forward to reading it <3

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  15. I really need to read One Day. looks like you have some lovely reads to keep you busy. I have three books waiting to be read, its been a month since my last book :-( i think i will start tonight x

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    1. Sometimes it can be hard to find the time to read, but it's lovely when you do <3

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  16. I really want to read trust your eyes and one day!definitely need to invest in some new books xx

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  17. One Day is amazing. I won't say any more though
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

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    1. Ahh I'm excited to start reading! xo

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  18. I really loved One Day. It's such a beautiful story! Can't wait to hear what you think about other books :)x

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  19. Oooo, let me know what you think of One Day. I picked it up recently but still need to start it. I am reading Filth at the moment in anticipation for the film. It's a bit grim but quite funny.
    Emma.x
    StyleMouth

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    1. I will do! Ooh, I'll look that book up! xo

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  20. Oooh Tales of Beedle the Bard! I have that buried away unread somewhere. Have you heard they're making a new film for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them? Which will mean the Harry Potter world in the early 1900's. Unbelievably excited.

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    1. Ahh yes! I am so so excited for it already! xo

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  21. Oh defos need reviews on all these! They look fab :D

    Loving all your posts right now love!

    xxx

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  22. I loved One Day, a bit of a weepy though! Sinead Moriarty is a great author although I haven't read that one xx

    Quite Frankly She Said - UK Lifestyle Blog

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    1. I've not read anything by her before, looking forward to starting! xo

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  23. I would always go for a book Stephen King likes. -Hanna Lei

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    1. I couldn't really refuse hehe! xo

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  24. Oh I envy you. I can't read anything but books for uni at the moment. Some of them are good and quite fun to read, but I can not wait to have time and read MY choice of books one day. It's waiting for me in the shelf ..

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  25. The Tales of Beedle The Bard is such a cute book, it's a great addition to the Harry Potter books. I've had One Day on my bookshelves for years now, but other (newer) books have always overshadowed it from getting read. Maybe I should make work of it soon... Have a happy time reading the books!

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  26. I didn't think too much of One Day, quite disappointing as I thought I would really like it. Hope you enjoy reading it though .x

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    1. A few people have said similar things, I think it's going to be a love/hate kind of book! xo

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  27. I disliked One Day which was a shame as it's been so hyped up to be a great book but it really frustrated me! I've heard a lot about The Herbalist from some booktubers so i've added it to my ever growing to read list! x

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    1. I'm a little worried I'm expecting too much from One Day, haven't started it yet and I think I might wait a little while! xo

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  28. I've only read One Day out of your selection. Can't wait to hear what you think of it. I was so desperate to read it after all the hype but I think I expected too much from it and was left a little disappointed. That said I would love to see the film adaptation when I can x

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    1. I have a feeling I might be a little disappointed with it too, but I'm still looking forward to giving it a go! xo

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