Where oh where do the months seem to be going? Can you believe that a third of the year has already been and gone? Well it has! So being the last day of April its time to share with you all the latest incomings that have arrived at Savidge Reads temporary HQ in the last month, however they might have gotten through the door.
First up are the gifts that I have bought myself, or indeed exchanged at the lovely local café, and my reasons why. I think you will find I have been rather reserved this month…
- Deja Dead & Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs – I have seen reviews all over the shop about Kathy Reichs and have been meaning to read her forever, especially as I have been told she is on a par with Val McDermid and Tess Gerritsen. A review of another of Reichs books by Harriet Devine made me pick these up at the book exchange.
- Nocturnes by John Connolly – I loved, loved, loved ‘The Book of Lost Things’ (pre-blogging) and rather liked ‘The Gates’ so this selection of short stories is sure to be right up my street.
- Fresh Flesh by Stella Duffy – I have recently read the second, review pending, of the Saz Martin crime series by Stella Duffy and they are rather hard to get hold of so this one was snapped up the moment I saw it.
Up next are gifts that have been kindly sent/lent by people that I know. I realised I forgot to include some of the books I had for my birthday from people in my March Incomings which is rather shoddy of me, so…
- Bedside Stories (a birthday pressie), and two treats of a World Book Night edition of Erich Maria Remarque’s ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ and ‘Cloudstreet’ by Tim Winton all from the lovely Kimbofo when she came to stay.
- ‘Bel Canto’ by Ann Patchett from Lou of I Hug My Books as she loved it and thinks I will, we do have quite similar taste.
- ‘Miss Buncle Married’ by D.E. Stevenson, a get well/birthday pressie from the Persephone purveyor herself Claire of Paperback Reader.
- After seeing her review of ‘Love in Idleness’ by Charlotte Mendelson and letting Harriet know I loved the author she kindly offered me her copy of the only Mendelson I don’t have.
- ‘The Middle Age of Mrs Eliot’ by Angus Wilson was a lovely old edition for my birthday from Paul Magrs. I haven’t heard of the author, but from the title I am guessing it might just be perfect for my love of books about women of a certain age.
So onto the books from the lovely publishers and lets start off with the paperbacks, a big thanks to Vintage, Virago, Picador, Myriad Editions, OUP, Hodder and Headline for these books…
- Deloume Road by Matthew Hooton
- What The Day Owes The Night by Yasmina Khadra
- The Stars in the Bright Sky by Alan Warner
- In-Flight Entertainment by Helen Simpson
- The Death of Lomond Friel by Sue Peebles
- Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead
- The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall
- The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
- Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco
- Hurry Up and Wait by Isabel Ashdown
- Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell
- Dandy Gilver and an Unsuitable Day for a Murder by Catriona McPherson
- Touch The Stars by Jessica Ruston
And thanks to Headline, Macmillan, Atalantic, Serpents Tail, Harvill Secker, Picador, Portobello and Simon & Schuster for this joyful collection of an audiobook, trade paperbacks, proofs and hardbacks…
- When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
- Scenes from Village Life by Amos Oz
- Embassytown by China Mieville
- The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes
- The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale
- Walking on Dry Land by Denis Kehoe
- The Reinvention of Love by Helen Humphries
- The Winter of the Lions by Jan Costin Wagner
- The Sly Company of People Who Care by Rahul Bhattacharya
- The Proof of Love by Catherine Hall
- The Rest is Silence by Carla Guelfenbein
- Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith
Phew, quite a loot. Without showing any preferential treatment I have to say that the new Tom Rob Smith is really, really exciting me. Which of the books and authors have you tried and tested? Any you would recommend or would like to see me get too sooner rather than later?