Latest Incomings

Now before you all baulk at how many books have arrived you might want to pop and see an explanation of how such a backlog developed, there could actually be more that have simply vanished. The latter part of that sentence doesn’t bear thinking about. So here are what delights (though I took out quite a few cricket and celeb books – again see above post for my thoughts on those) have arrived in the last month, I have even organised them into two groups for you…

The Hardbacks and larger books…

  • Dom Casmurro – Machado De Assis (printed specially from OUP for my Reading for Brazil thing, too kind)
  • By Midnight – Mia James (a young adult book set in Highgate Cemetery)
  • Stories to Get You Through the Night – Various (have started this, its great so far)
  • The Invisible Bridge – Julie Orringer (not heard of the author before have you?)
  • Dona Nicanora’s Hat Shop – Kirsten Dawkins (another kind send for Reading for Brazil)
  • God Says No – James Hannaham (hadn’t heard of this but sounds very, very me am itching to start this one)
  • Ilustrado – Miguel Syjuco (I know nothing about this but adore the cover)
  • The Lost Books of the Odyssey – Zachary Mason (they also sent me a copy for my Mum who is a classicist which was very kind)
  • Repeat Today With Tears – Anne Peile (most annoyed this was delayed as wanted to go to the launch but as hadn’t read it didn’t feel I could)
  • The Posthumous Memoirs of Bras Cubas – Machado De Assis (another book printed specially from OUP – again too kind)
  • Beatrice and Virgil – Yann Martel (I loved The Life of Pi but am going to try not to compare them when I read this one)
  • The Radleys – Matt Haig (Vampires as next door neighbours sounds fun, mind you might hold out on this one a while before I get vampired out)
  • Tony & Susan – Austin M. Wright (a book I would never have known was being republished – or had indeed been published – after many years, which has a book within a book sent to a woman from her ex-husband, sounds intriguing. We read the book as Susan does.)
  • Grace Williams Says It Loud – Emma Henderson (a tale of love and the life after of two people in a Mental Institute, an interesting debut)
  • Inheritance – Nicholas Shakespeare (have never read him but always liked the idea of doing so)

And onto the Paperbacks…

  • Cousin Phyllis and Other Stories – Elizabeth Gaskell (I have never read Gaskell and so want to and short stories might be a nice way in)
  • Dear Mr. Bigelow – Frances Woodford (I think this will be an unsolicited joy. Woodford and Bigelow never met but wrote to each other from 1949 to 1961. I cannot wait to read these letters.)
  • The Book of Fires – Jane Borodale (Too late to try and get done before The Orange First Novel Award but one I am looking forward to no less.)
  • Tender Morsels – Margo Lanagan (a modern fairytale receiving very mixed reviews around the blogosphere, wonder which camp I will be in – love it or loathe it?)
  • Jezebel  – Irene Nemirovsky (I am one of the few people who didn’t love Suite Francaise maybe a short novel with such a tempting title will do the trick?)
  • Ménage – Ewan Morrison (never heard of him but sounds like he has quite the cult following)
  • The Kindest Thing – Cath Staincliffe (another one I have never heard of but “a love story, a modern nightmare” sounds like it might be just up my street)
  • City of God – Paulo Lins (another book for Reading For Brazil that the publishers kindly sent)
  • The Lady in the Tower – Alison Weir (I am a little obsessed with Tudors and Anne Boleyn in particular, so this will be a great summer non-fiction read – I have a mate who works at Hever Castle, maybe I should read it there?)
  • Little Gods – Anna Richards (am super chuffed this one arrived as I saw it in Kew Bookshop and just wanted it from these words “an adventure, a black comedy, a fairy tale of sorts and a romance” that sounds my perfect book, let’s hope the blurb isn’t lying!)
  • Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier (love, love, loved ‘Falling Angels’ and this is Victorian again, ladies on the hunt for fossils doesn’t sound thrilling but I have been recommended it is by lots of people)
  • A Death in Brazil – Peter Robb (a historical study of Brazil looking at the country after slavery was abolished)
  • Henry VII: Wolfman – A. E. Moorat (as much as I am unsure about the Jane Austen zombie books this could be fun, and the next on ‘Queen Victoria; Demon Hunter’ I am going to beg for)
  • Troubles – J.G. Farrell (the Lost Man Booker winner which instantly made me want to read it and hoorah now I can)
  • The Scouring Angel – Benedict Gummer (another part of history that fascinates me is The Black Death and the plague years so this is perfect. Sounds like have some great long non-fiction for the summer months)
  • The Blind Side of the Heart – Julia Franck (I know nothing about this and, from the cover or the title, I am not sure how me it will be but is good to give new things a whirl)
  • Stone’s Fall – Iain Pears (I didn’t like ‘An Instance of the Fingerpost’ very much but have heard this is a cracker, has also been chosen for The TV Book Clubs summer reads)

So that’s all of them. Have you read any of these? Are they on your radar or your TBR? Have you read anything else by any of the authors? Which ones would you like to see me read first and hear about?


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27 responses to “Latest Incomings

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  2. gaskella

    I’ve just read the Radleys and loved it. Will be interested to see what you think.

    Adored the Tracy Chevalier – made me want to become a lady fossil hunter/collector.

    I’m looking forward to Tender Morsels, Little Gods and the Book of fires too, and am intrigued by Illustrado – it does have a lovely cover.

    • Glad to hear a good thought on The Radleys, I think after The Passage (review this week) I need a little time away from the undead.

      Chevalier am REALLY excited about, might read A Girl With a Pearl Earing first maybe!

  3. These look great Simon and should keep you busy all summer 🙂 enjoy

  4. That’s an obscene number of books! The Tracey Chevalier is lovely.

  5. ZOMG BOOKS. If you need any help, I’m here, ahaha.

    So. I’ve read Miguel Syjuco. He’s a Yay across the board, though the postmodernism can be a little tricky for some readers, I’ve found. I liked him well enough, but he can be exhausting. And I have not read Julie Orringer, but she’s one of those authors I’ve always wanted to read, on account of how lauded her short fiction has been.

    Have fun, as always. 🙂

  6. You’re in for a real treat with The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. It’s quite long, but well worth it. I think it might be the best book I’ve read this year, but I change my mind about that moment to moment it seems. Here’s my brief review, if interested:

    • Thank you Skip, I am in two minds about reading this pronto or in a while, if its the latter will pop by your thoughts! I can’t read reviews of books I am about to read. Weird I know!

  7. Ha, I loved An Instance of the Fingerpost (have read it twice) the anticipation for Stone’s Fall was enormous…..what a let down, really didn’t like it at all!

    good luck with the rest of your reading, your TBR pile must be visible from space!

  8. novelinsights

    There are some tempting titles there! I also love the title ‘God says no’ – it makes me think of Little Britain Computer says no…

  9. Goodness — I think I’d panic if this lot came through my door — an avalanche! I expect I was someone who recommended Remarkable Creatures — I liked this a lot. But I also loved An Instance of the Fingerpost so it will be interesting to see what you think of this latest one.

    • You were indeed Harriet, you Simon and a few others all made me want to read it after I read Falling Angels. I wonder if the timing with Fingerpost was wrong? I read it to join in one of my Grans book group and half the people felt the same as me and gave up!

  10. Holy crap Simon! I can’t even comment on everything because I can’t remember them all! I did very much enjoy Stone’s Fall…it is a bit long, but the ending is worth your effort. I am envious of many of these books, one of them being City of God. Movie was amazing, so I am hoping the book is too.

  11. Thats a wonderful mix of books you have there. The only one I have read is Tender Morsels and I hated it!!! The ones I would love to read are the Allison Weir and the books by the Brazilian authors (never having read any). Happy reading.

  12. I’ve read a few of Alison Weir’s books, they tend to be (well, in my opinion of course) either brilliant or really bad. I spotted The Lady In The Tower in your photo straight away, really wanting to read that one. And I’ve Suite Francais waiting on my TBR pile, I didn’t realise the author had other books out.

  13. Some very exciting titles in those piles! I was thrilled to read in my comments that you are enjoying Stories to Get You Through the Night.

    I forgot to mention in your post connected to this that one postman I had (back in Glasgow) used to leave Amazon boxes on the doorstep, which vexed me a LOT 😮


    • Yes Stories To Get You Throgh The Night is a really interesting colelction Claire. I am taking it very slowly but am enjoy it so far.

      What is it with these posties hey?

  14. Oh wow, that´s a lot of books! They look all quite fantastic, but I haven´t read any of them so far. Is Julie Orringer the same author who wrote How to Breathe Underwater? if so, I´m very excited for this book, because that collection was great.

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