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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

New Books | Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

Throughout December Canongate were not only having a 60% off sale, they were also offering a handpicked book from their collection based on the books in your order. I only found out they were doing this on New Year's Eve and I'd had a couple of JD & Coke's so I didn't really remember what I'd bought until they arrived a few weeks ago. I've written a little bit about my purchases on my book blog here.

In the parcel with my handpicked book was a note from Lousia complementing my choice of books - I think maybe my taste is better when I'm a little tipsy, but thank you! She said that she wasn't really sure what she could add, but had decided to go with this little collection... 

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman
As the title suggests, it's a collection of 40 short tales from the afterlives and as Alexander McCall Smith has said on the front, it's a delight. I slowly made my way through the 128 pages over ten days. There are a handful that stood out to me immediately that I can't stop thinking about and many more that I'm already looking forward to rereading. One of my favourite things about the collection is that in many ways it's not about the afterlives at all, but instead about the immediate present.

The design is wonderful in itself. It's small, I assume because it's a book that many will want to carry with them reading little snippets here and there, and the cut out detail in the slightly ajar door is perfect. Canongate have very quickly become one of my favourite publishers. Their titles are quirky and diverse, which is a brilliant combination in my opinion and most of the books I bought are slightly floppy paperbacks - they fall open so beautifully it's almost as though they're demanding to be read. Really quite wonderful. 

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30 comments:

  1. Oh I like the sound of this. I haven't read a book of 'short tales' now for a very long time but have being keeping my eye out for one.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

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  2. Hand picking a book based on what you'd purchased is such a lovely touch! xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk

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  3. I need to read more short stories! I've been trying to make more time for independent reading, which I have, but not by that much. I feel like the prospect of reading short stories seems like less large of a task than reading a part of a large book and will motivate me to do more independent reading. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. It's a great way to read but without a big commitment xo

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  4. This looks like something that I would love! Duly added to my wishlist! xx

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  5. Oh sounds very interesting love books you can just pick up and read here and there... X

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  6. Ah, I remember you mentioning your tipsy book buying escapades! Well, you still seem to have great taste even when drunk! xxx

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    1. Haha it could have gone very wrong! xo

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  7. Sounds perfect for whiling away some of the train journeys I have coming up! Thanks for the recommend - I love discovering new reads :)
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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  8. I just adore your book reviews, and I am always amazed at the amount of books I just have never heard about. And In consider myself a book worm!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. There's something I find quite haunting about the cover of this book that may be due to a creepy dream I had last night where a door kept opening itself right in front of me, anyhow I'm intrigued and will be checking Canongate out :) xx

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    1. They're a wonderful publishing house <3

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  10. I didn't know about this book - you have me intrigued! it's on my list now, you always find such gems. x

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  11. ooh this sounds interesting! will have to add it to my very long list of books to read this year :) x

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  12. Sounds good! I love your recommendations. Now that exams are over I will be reading some of them :)

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  13. Definitely adding this to my goodreads, you always pick ut the best books!

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  14. Another book to add to my ever growing book wishlist!

    Lauren | Calico Skies xx

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  15. This sounds like such a beautiful collection and I love the cutout detail on the cover! I totally don't need any more books but this has definitely made its way onto my wishlist :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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