New Bookshelf Additions #2

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My original intention for this blog post was to share the books I had bought recently, but when I came to write it, I realised I had bought a lot more than I had thought.  *wears the cone of shame* 

In this instalment, I am sharing the Kindle books I have bought recently.

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 James is 34 and fed up. His six-year relationship with Adam has imploded, he hates his job making up celebrity gossip, and his best friend Bella has just announced she’s moving to Russia.  Adrift and single in loved-up London, James needs to break out of his lonely, drunken comfort zone. Encouraged by Bella, he throws himself headlong into online dating, blogging each encounter anonymously as the mysterious Romeo.  After meeting a succession of hot/weird/gross men, James has fans and the validation he’s always craved. But when his wild night with a closeted Olympian goes viral and sends his Twitter-fame through the roof, James realises maybe, in the search for happy-ever-after, some things are better left un-shared. Seriously, wherefore art thou Romeo . .

The Last Romeo by Justin Myers was a bit of an impulse purchase for me.  On the day of publication, it was 99p on Kindle and the early reviews claimed it would appeal to fans of Bridget Jones.  I couldn’t help myself. *shrugs*  

Maya Aziz dreams of being a film maker in New York. Her family have other ideas. They want her to be a dutiful daughter who wears gold jewellery and high heels and trains to be a doctor. But jewellery and heels are so uncomfortable…  She’s also caught between the guy she SHOULD like and the guy she DOES like. But she doesn’t want to let Kareem down and things with Phil would never work out anyway. Would they?  Then a suicide bomber who shares her last name strikes in a city hundreds of miles away and everything changes . . .

I couldn’t resist buying Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed in the Kindle half term deal.  Again, it was a new release and it was 99p. Seeing as I want to read more #ownvoices novels, I had to buy it, no?

In February, I visited the Bronte Parsonage Museum.  Considering I am from Yorkshire, I am embarrassed to say that this was my first ever visit to Haworth.  I enjoyed my visit to the Parsonage, and after I got home I downloaded The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Jane Eyre.

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Phoebe and Oliver are stuck in a rut. With a five year old daughter and demanding jobs, it’s not hard to see why the spark has gone. Not one for giving up, Phoebe creates a sexy wishlist: a jar where they can ask the other for anything they’ve ever wanted in bed – or out of it. But with distractions aplenty – such as, why do all her past lovers think now is a good time to make a reappearance? And, she may be wrong, but is Oli keeping something from her? – will they be able to relight the fire in the bedroom?

I pre-ordered Relight My Fire by Joanna Bolouri, the sequel to the ‘The List’, all the way back in May 2017.  I remember reading The List on the train home one weekend and needing a cold shower at certain parts.  Take from that what you will.   Joanna’s novels have the ability to make me laugh out loud, so I am very happy to read a new book from her.

FIVE WOMEN. ONE QUESTION: What is a woman for?  In this ferociously imaginative novel, abortion is once again illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers.

I was surprised to see Red Clocks by Leni Zumas included in the Kindle Monthly Deal promotion, as it was published fairly recently.   Red Clocks is recommended for those who have read The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.  I have read both of these books, and even though I didn’t particularly enjoy The Power, I am always up for reading a feminist dystopia.

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve ever to feel good again.  But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head. But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.  What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone – even a 100% bad person – deserve a chance to be good?

My bae Chelsea loved All The Good Things by Clare Fisher, and it is a book she frequently recommends.  I couldn’t find a copy of it in my local library, so it has been on my wishlist for months.  I didn’t expect to see it pop up in the Kindle Monthly Deal promotion, so when it did, I couldn’t buy it quick enough.

I tattooed a number on her arm. She tattooed her name on my heart.  In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust.   Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did, too.  So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the tattooist of Auschwitz.

And then today (literally, today!), I bought The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris.  This is a book I have been hearing so much about, and it has been on my wishlist since it was published.  I was on the brink of giving in to temptation and buying the hardback when my beady eyes spotted the Kindle version had reduced in price.   It was like it was meant to be.   I cannot wait to read the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, and how they fell in love in one of the worst places in the world.

What is new on your bookshelf?

Daniella x


3rd March 2018
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