I am currently still waiting for all of my books to be sent from the UK, and to be honest I miss my book collection and having a choice. My husband made the mistake of asking me what I miss the most with moving to Australia and before I could answer, he knew I was going to say my books. But apparently, they will be delivered to my house within the next ten days or so, I cannot wait for us to be reunited.
Anyway, I have been having a bit of a spending splurge on books and these are a few I have recently purchased.
What I Like About Me – Jenna Guillaume
This book has been everywhere on social media, and I had to purchase a copy.
Here lies Maisie Martin, dead from embarrassment, aged sixteen.
The last thing Maisie Martin thought she’d be doing this summer is entering a beauty pageant.
Not when her dad is AWOL from Christmas and her best friend starts going out with the boy she’s always loved.
But Maisie’s got something to prove. And she’s not going to let anything or anyone – including herself – hold her back.
What I Like About Me is available here
A full review will be available in due course.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops – Jen Campbell
A book by Jen Campbell, I do not need to say anything else.
A John Cleese Twitter question (‘What is your pet peeve?), first sparked the Weird Things Customer Say in Bookshop Blog, which grew over three years into one bookseller’s collection of ridiculous conversations on the shop floor.
From ‘Did Beatrix Potter ever write a book about dinosaurs?’ to the hunt for a paperback which could forecast the next year’s weather; and from ‘I’ve forgotten my glasses, please read me the first chapter’ to ‘Excuse me…is this book edible?’; here is the book for heroic booksellers and booklovers alike.
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops is available here.
The Orchid Thief – Susan Orlean
I purchase two books by Susan, I purchased this one because I have a slight obsession about books about flowers or trees, not sure why.
A modern classic of personal journalist, The Orchid Thief is Susan’s wickedly funny, elegant, and captivating tale of an amazing obsession. Determined to clone an endangered flower- the rare ghost orchid Polyrrhiza lindenii – a deeply eccentric and oddly attractive male named John Laroche leads Orlean on an unforgettable tour of America’s strange flower-selling subculture, through Florida’s swamps and beyond, along with Seminoles who help him and the forces of justice who fight him. In the end, Orlean – and the reader – will have more respect for underdog determination and a powerful new definition of passion.
The Orchid Thief is available here
The Library Book – Susan Orlean
I have again seen this book everywhere and whilst I was purchasing The Orchid Thief, I thought why not get this one too.
After moving to Los Angeles, Susan became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986; who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why?
Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading with the fascinating history of libraries, Susan Orlean investigates the legendary fire to showcase the larger, crucial role that libraries play in our lives. She also reflects on her childhood experiences in libraries; studies arson and the long history of library fires; attempts to burn a copy of a book herself; and re-examines the case of Harry Peak, the blond-haired actor long suspected of setting fire to the library over thirty years ago. Along the way, she reveals how these buildings provide much more than just books – and that they are needed now more than ever.
The Library Book is available here
The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer
To be honest this book has been on my list to purchase since it was first released and now, I have finally purchase it and it has crept up my to be read pile, hopefully I will get to this soon.
Greer Kadetsky is a shy college student when she meets the woman who will shape her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant, has been a pillar of the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others. Hearing Faith speak for the first time, in a crowded campus chapel, Greer – misunderstood yet full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place – feels herself changed. And then astonishingly, Faith invites her to make something out of this new sense of purpose, with a career opportunity that leads her down the most exciting and rewarding path as it winds towards and away from her meant-to-be love story with high school sweetheart Cory and the future she had always imagined.
The Female Persuasion is available here
Last and certainly not least,
Love is Blind – William Boyd
Love William Boyd and will read pretty much anything he writes so this was a must purchase book.
When Brodie is offered a job managing a piano shop in Paris, he seizes the change to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father. There, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist changes his future – and sparks an obsessive love affair with Lika Blum – a beautiful Russian soprano. But as one century ebbs into another, a dark new chapter is about to unfold in Brodie’s life, one which will see him pursued across Europe by his love for Lika, and by its ultimately fatal consequences.
Love is Bind is available here
A full review of these books will be on the blog in due course.