Lovely Additions 24th March

I was going to update my lovely additions on a weekly basis but I will lose track unless I list them when a bulk delivery comes in.  We missed a delivery last weekend and it looks like Royal Mail have been dreadful teases and have held onto all my packages for a week!

So here’s a quick update of the latest acquistions…

First and foremost, the one I am most excited about, The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, “a novel for young and youthful readers“.  I thoroughly enjoyed his two adult novels The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel’s Game so this will bridge the gap while I await his next adult offering.  Thank you to Waterstones for this proof copy.

My son Luke was thrilled to see Jungle Kill by Jim Eldridge, another proof from Waterstones, as it features some of his favourite things, guns, SAS, explosions – you get the picture!  As I frequently say, “anything to get them reading”.  He’s starting this today so it will be interesting to see what he makes of it, he’s quite a harsh judge.  We also got Striker – Sudden Death by Nick Hale which might have less immediate appeal as it combines international football, espionage and counter-terrorism.  Luke isn’t very keen on the football element!

I’m not a big fan of  chick-lit so it will be interesting to see what I make of the “random” review book which arrived from WH Smith.  I will always give a book a fair chance so I’ll be reading Living La  Vida Loca, a first novel by Belinda Jones, targeted at women aged 25-34 (I’m ever so slightly out of that category..)  I might be pleasantly surprised.

Two great books have arrived from two wonderful book fairies on , One Moment, One Morning by Sarah Rayne from Annie and The Angel Maker by Stefan Brijs – thank you ladies.  I also received one swap, The Hindi Bindi Club by Monida Pradhan, a rather spur of the moment swap as someone wanted to swap it for two of the children’s books which had been on my swapping pile for yonks.  It looks quite promising.

Finally, phew… a film script of Glorious 39 signed by the writer/director Stephen Poliakoff, a lucky win on Twitter  and I treated myself to a biography, Edith Nesbit – A Woman of Passion by Julia Briggs.  I loved her Psammead Trilogy and Wouldbegoods and Treasure Seekers books as well as The Railway Children, the film of which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.  She seems to have led a very intriguing and, at times, trying life and was not perhaps the Aunt like figure we might have thought her to be.

Well, that should keep me going for a while.  Any thoughts on any of the above?  Which would you like to read or if you have read some of them, what did you think?  All comments much appreciated!

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  1. jenny wilson says:

    I’ve enjoyed all of Belinda Jone’s books so farx

  2. admin says:

    Thanks for enlightening me, Jenny! It would appear that this is her “first” novel with Hodder but actually her eighth novel. I’ll pass it onto you afterwards. :-)

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  4. Jenny Wilson says:

    Thank you tat is very kind of youx

  5. I didn’t realise that Carlos Ruiz Zafon had a novel for younger readers – I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one!

  6. admin says:

    I’m reading it at the moment, Jackie and it is most definitely for younger readers but I enjoy children’s/Young Adult books in the midst of my grown up stuff! If folk expect anything like The Shadow of the Wind or The Angel’s Game, they’ll be disappointed but within its genre it’s very good. I don’t think it really has that crossover element although I’m sure it will sell like hotcakes.

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