I’m back again with another ‘New Purchases!’ blog post for you all to enjoy! I know I certainly enjoyed purchasing them, although I think my bank account will disagree.
So I’ve literally just got home from another lecture at University in a city about 40 minutes away from the little town I live in. It was definitely a trek and a half but I noticed a quaint little Waterstone’s near the building where my lecture was… and you can probably guess where this is going. So I lied on Twitter yesterday when I said I had purchased 3 new books, it’s now actually 5. And I think I have the problem of purchasing new books faster than I can read them and having a small bedroom probably doesn’t help either. I’ve had to resort to piling them size order on the floor in order to make room elsewhere (I already feel bad!).
Anyway, onto the actual purchases!
1. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
I picked this book up purely because two ladies I work with were talking about the TV show on the BBC. They said it was amazing and they were hooked from the very first episode and that I desperately needed to watch it! Then as I was browsing through my local bookstore, I spotted the book on the shelf and was pleasantly surprised that the show was actually originally based off of a book. Now I love books that turn into films/TV shows, plainly because I can see what other people have in mind for the appearance of specific characters. Plus I love to read the book first and then watch the film/tv show to compare it (the only ones I haven’t done that for are Game of Thrones, the Divergent Series, and The Girl on The Train). I know, slap me on the wrist! It definitely seems to be an interesting novel and I can’t wait to start reading it.
“Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage.
But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair.
Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first.
But she can’t control what happens next…”
2. Perfect Remains by Helen Fields
Books that are ‘detective’ style books or anything to do with mysteries that the police/FBI/CIA must solve are without a doubt one of my favourite type of books. I love the mystery of it. I love the way you are guessing throughout the whole novel of who you think it might be to find out actually, you were wrong! I love the way the novels are set out and the format of them, the descriptions especially considering I always tend to imagine the scenarios in my head like a little movie screen (please tell me I’m not the only one!). Plus the beginning page really makes you dive first into the action and the mind of the killer. It’s super addicting and seriously makes me want to know more!
“The perfect death leaves perfect remains…
On a remote Highland mountain, a body burns. All that’s left behind are the victim’s teeth and a fragment of silk. Meanwhile, in the hidden room of a house in Edinburgh, a second woman screams into the darkness.
It’s D.I. Luc Callanach’s first day with Police Scotland, and he’s handed a homicide investigation. With everything to prove, he and his new colleague D.I. Ava Turner are up against a killer who meticulously covers his tracks.
When a third woman is taken, Callanach is desperate to prevent another innocent death – but the real fate of these women is more twisted than he could ever imagined…”
3. Corpus by Rory Clements
If I’m honest it was definitely the cover art of this hardback book that really drew me in. It must be the deep red/black contrast that seems to make me gravitate towards specific books. I bought this one in the local bookstore as well a day or two ago along with the other two above. But this book is set in 1936, in the midst of World War II (a definitive favourite subject during my History lessons at school) and much like Dan Brown’s novels surrounding Robert Langdon, the main protagonist is a Professor also. However, I suspect that will be the only similarity of the two books. I’m really looking forward to reading this novel especially because of the historic value and the mystery surrounding the plot. I hope it peaks your interest as well!
“1936. Europe is in turmoil. The Nazis have marched into the Rhineland; in Russia, Stalin has unleashed his Great Terror; Spain has erupted in civil war.
In Berlin, a young Englishwoman evades the Gestapo to deliver vital papers to a Jewish scientist. Within weeks, she is found dead in her Cambridge bedroom, a silver syringe clutched in her fingers.
When a renowned member of the country set and his wife are found horribly murdered, a maverick history professor finds himself dragged into a world of espionage which, until now, he has only read about in books. But the deeper Thomas Wilde delves, the more he wonders whether the murders are linked to the death of the girl with the silver syringe – and, just as worryingly, to the scandal surrounding King Edward VIII and his mistress Wallis Simpson…
Professor Wilde’s specialist subject is the Elizabethan secret service. As the scope of the conspiracy is revealed, he must use all the skills he has learnt to save the woman he loves and prevent a massacre.”
4. The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Geen
This book was one that I bought today from Waterstones. It was on my original wishlist that I had saved a while ago on my laptop but I completely forgot about it until I saw the cover on the shelf. It was so lucky that they had it to be honest as it wasn’t exactly the biggest shop that I’d ever been to so I was so excited when I saw it and I knew I had to buy it then and there otherwise I’d probably not find it for a while. Or have to buy it on Amazon. And the reason I really wanted to buy this book was due to the summary/first page because I don’t think I’d ever read a book like this before. It’s like those stories that you sit back and think ‘How on Earth did the author think of this? It’s brilliant!’ and the cover is so creative yet simplistic at the same time. And judging from the reviews on the back of the hardback copy, it’s more intriguing than even the cover suggests. It’s just going to an absolute favourite of mine, I can already tell.
“Since the age of twelve, Kit has been a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals for the purpose of research.
Kit experiences a multitude of other lives – fighting and fleeing, predator and prey – always hoping, but never quite believing, that her work will help humans better understand the other species living alongside them.
But after a jump as an urban fox ends in disaster, Kit begins to suspect that those she has trusted for her entire working life may be out to cause her harm. And, as she delves deeper into the events of that night, her world begins to shift in ways she had never thought possible.”
Doesn’t that sound amazing?!
5. Treason by James Jackson
This definitely isn’t the first book that is based around the 5th of November/Guido (Guy) Fawkes and it certainly won’t be the last. But there’s something so interesting to me about historical fiction, along with thriller novels, historical novels come close second of my favourite types of books. It’s the knowledge of it being a genuinely true event that happened in history yet has an interesting spin on it that makes it believable. The 5th of November is quite a big holiday in the UK with fireworks and a huge bonfire, which has been widely celebrated since the Gunpowder Plot took place. It’s a very fascinating part of Britain’s history if anyone would like to have a look around or a search for it (only if you want to though!). This book, like The Many Selves of Katherine North, is a hardback copy and like I’ve said previously I don’t tend to buy the hardback copies if there are paperback copies available. They do look prettier I have to admit but the outer casing really does annoy the living heck out of me, especially when I’m reading the book. Usually I end up taking the cover off but then the cover gets damaged. It’s an endless cycle but I’m probably just being snobby. Anyway, I would highly recommend this for those of you who love historical novels.
“Gunpowder. Treason. Plot…
On a cold November night in 1605, Guido Fawkes is discovered with thirty-six kegs of gunpowder beneath the Palace of Westminister.
His plan: to blow to pieces the Kind, royal family and the entire Protestant ruling class. But there is a wider plot, one that goes far beyond a simple explosion… one that calls for an uprising and the kidnap of a nine-year-old princess, with the aim of placing her on the throne.
In a desperate race against time, government spy Christian Hardy must uncover a web of deceit that runs from the cock-fighting pits of Shoe Lane, to the tunnels beneath a bear-baiting arena in Southwark, and from the badlands of Clerkenwell to a brutal reckoning in The Globe theatre.
But, amidst the chaos, one threat above all cannot be ignored: the renegade Spanish agent, codenamed Realm…”
Just as a sidenote, I actually was in York over the 5th of November which is actually where Guy Fawkes was born and where his body parts were eventually placed around certain parts of York as a reminder to the inhabitants of what would happen to them if they ever committed treason. If you live around the York area or are visiting there, I highly recommend doing either one of the ghost tours or the tours surrounding Guy Fawkes! Definitely worth the cold I got afterwards!
I really hope you enjoyed reading through my new purchases! And I want to know whether or not you’re interested in any of these books? Or whether you’ve already got them and read them? If you have, I’d love to you hear your thoughts on them! Let me know in the comments!
The image taken above is from my own copies of the aforementioned books. I do not own any of the summaries listed above, they are from my own copies of the books.