How's that for a catchy blog post title? I do like to jazz things up when I can! I had planned on writing a 'proper' book post today (am trying to keep up with the books I am finishing, which shouldn't be too difficult considering how slowly I seem to be reading lately . . . ), but after having problems with my last book post (I lost or deleted it not once but twice--luckily got most--though not all--of it back both times, which I must say was very frustrating!), and then last night I was gone for most of the evening and not in the mood for or having the energy to think too hard, I decided that sharing a few new books was in order. I'm always up for reading about new book finds and hope you are too, since this is how I'm going to end the week.
First the library finds. When I saw Sarah-Kate Lynch's The Wedding Bees: A Novel of Honey, Love & Manners was being compared to Joanne Harris's writing I gave it a second look. And then was further enticed by the promise of this being a "romp designed to be read for pure pleasure" I was well and truly sold. This is supposed to be an old-fashioned sort of romance and it includes a "delightfully kind Scotsman". And there is something decidedly sunny and warm about honey.
The Financial Times has called In the Orchard, the Swallows by Peter Hobbs a "perfectly cut jewel of a book", which certainly makes it sound like a really impressive read. "A young Pakistani man survives fifteen years in a dreadful prison by clinging on to a single memory of a girl he once met in his family’s beautiful mountainside orchard – with disastrous consequences. Elegant and lyrical but never sentimental, this moving tale of love and redemption is storytelling at its most evocative and compassionate. This is a novel that transcends politics and class, its characters as accessible and intimate as those of universal mythology." That sounds a little heavy, doesn't it? But every review I've seen so far has been glowing and as it is a Europa Editions book, I have faith in it (they seem to be a dependably good publisher of exceptional books).
I've been waiting for The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes to come out and finally . . . here it is. It's a WWII story about a young woman who lies about her age to become a nurse in Rome where she hopes to find out information about her beloved brother who has gone missing. I've already started reading it. Part of the draw is the Italian setting, and of course the story sounds good, too.
Another novel of suspense. I have been meaning to read more by Lucie Whitehouse. I really enjoyed her book, The Bed I Made and have been meaning to read more of her work ever since. Caroline just wrote about Before We Met and now I look forward to giving it a go, too. Per Booklist--"will hook readers from the first page... A gripping cat-and-mouse read."
And last but not least, something a little bit different. Different is good sometimes! M.D Waters's Archetype is classified as a Science Fiction book--a "breathtakingly futuristic suspense debut--the story of one woman who rebels agains everything she is told to believe."
Lots and lots of good books to try out. And this is just new books--I have lots of great reads in progress at the moment. I have a longer short story to read in the Weinman this weekend. Maybe pure suspense, or a little walking? Deciding what to read is always a good problem to have, right?
And 'lured by crime"? The Book Depository sent an email/ad noting twenty good February books, and one of them caught my eye, The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith. "...A gripping, elegant mystery steeped in the atmosphere of London - from the hushed streets of Mayfair, to the backstreet pubs of the East End, to the bustle of Soho - The Cuckoo's Calling is a remarkable debut. Introducing Cormoran Strike, it is a classic crime novel unlike any other book you will read this year." That sounds pretty good, doesn't it? Seeing as I am 'reading London' at the moment I liked the idea of a novel steeped in the atmosphere of the city. Into the cart it went and I pushed the order button and then realized that Robert Galbraith is actually J.K. Rowling. I really do need to get out more, don't I? I have nothing against her, only I'm not sure I would have been so keen had I known she was the author. Can't tell you why I feel that way, and I bet the book is really good. Now I am very curious to see what a crime novel by J.K. Rowling is like. I shall find out soon enough!
As it is going to be a cold and snowy, sleety weekend here (followed by yet more Arctic air) I have every intention of spending as much time as I can curled up with a stack of good books (and maybe an audio book, too).
Happy weekend everyone. I hope you get to enjoy a good book(s), too!