September’s Incomings…

I have to admit I actually had to hunt around the whole house to check that my eyes weren’t deceiving me when it came to putting this month’s incoming books post together. I couldn’t quite believe the two very humble piles of new books that had arrived this month. This doubly hit me when I heard it was ‘Big Book Thursday’ yesterday. No, I had never heard the expression before, which caused guffawing laughter and comments of ‘call yourself a bookish person’ from my family, cheers thanks a lot. Apparently yesterday was the day when all the books for Christmas came out? Sounds like bobbins to me, though it was on Radio 4 apparently.

Anyway back to books that have arrived here, and first lets cover the books from the lovely publishers, note there were five more than this but I am saving them for another two arrivals which are all getting a special post of their own…

  • The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender – This year I am loving Windmills books, ‘Forgetting Zoe’ by Ray Robinson was ace, if very dark, then there was the wonder of ‘The Borrower’ by Rebecca Makkai. Before Richard and Judy chose this I had been eyeing up this novel, about a girl who can taste the emotions of those who cook the food she eats, since I heard it raved about on Books on the Nightstand. I think this sounds really original so have high hopes.
  • Pure by Julianna Baggot – Yes that book is actually plain bright white. This is a very, very, very advance (unsolicited) copy of an ‘apocolyptic’ book that’s out in February. It sounds intriguing but I can’t imagine I will read it before at least January as I will forget everything about it, but who knows.
  •  Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner – The publicist at Windmill was enthusing about this so much when I asked for Aimee Bender’s book I simply couldn’t say no.
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – This looks wonderfully creepy and comes with Victorian pictures interspersed throughout of ‘freak show’ characters from the olden days, sounds my perfect cup of tea and came all the way from America thanks to Quirk publishing. I think this will be read very, very soon.
  • The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue – I was thinking ‘wow, she wrote this quickly’ when this arrived, apparently this came out a few years ago and is being reissued. It sounds like a wonderful Victorian tale, so possibly a perfect read for the colder darker nights.
  • Collected Ghost Stories by M.R. James – I have a really battered cheap copy of this so I am welcoming its replacement and the nudge for me to finally read these spooky tales.
  • The Sound of Gravity by Joe Simpson – I have to admit I haven’t even seen ‘Touching the Void’ but my family have a copy of the book and the film thankfully as I am interviewing Joe at a solo gig in Waterstones in two weeks so will be having a Joe Simpson binge in advance, I have a feeling I am going to be feeling very chilly and snowbound throughout this binge, so maybe wait till the Indian Summer Manchester is having is over.

Now for the books I have been lent/given or naughtily bought, again I should add I am missing two of these which are going in a post about something else and I will also be buying ‘The Slaves of Solitude’ today by Patrick Hamilton for a book group my friend Joe has started, we are going to be called ‘The Bookaholics with Beards’ and if you don’t have a beard you can’t come in, yes this group was started after one too many drinks but it’s a great book choice from what I have heard from others (and is £3 in Fopp!, what more could you need?). I digress…

  • The Long Exile by Melanie McGrath – After having Melanie/M.J. at Bookmarked I was so enthralled with her tales of the arctic I was desperate to read ‘The Long Exile’ and thanks to her publicist Chloe I am, I have promised to send it back after. Thanks for the loan Chloe.
  • The Game/Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King – I haven’t read the first of these Sherlock spin off’s but so many people have said I would love them that when I saw these pristine for 50p each I snapped them up.
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgensten – Lynne of Dovegreyreader said I needed to pop this up my TBR imminently, well I hadn’t been sent it (I think almost everyone has though, weird) but thankfully Paul Magrs has let me have his. So that’s one to read, though the hype worries me. I am trying to avoid it so the read will be based just on that, the reading.

So that’s it. What do you think? Have you read any of these? Should I get to any sooner than others? What have you had in the last month?


Filed under Book Thoughts, Random Savidgeness

19 responses to “September’s Incomings…

  1. Nice stack there, Sir. I’ve read Lemon Cake (which speedily jumped to one of my favourite books in recent memory) it’s a great read and utterly original. Bender’s writing is a sumptuous as the titular Lemon Cake sounds.

    Also just reviewed The Night Circus, too. Another great book and one that whisks you away to another world. Escapism at its best!

    Received Pure myself, read the opening 30 pages which I enjoyed, but I put it down to read in New Year. My current review pile is too big to jump so far ahead. Looking forward to your thoughts!

    • I think Amy Bender will be one of the next novels that I read as I have heard so many great reviews about it. I am not sure about The Night Circus, all the hype about it has put me off rather a lot.

      I will be holding off Pure until nearer release, as I don’t want to start reading be unable to stop and have a post lingering that long.

  2. Louise

    I recently finished reading Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, and I loved it! The mix of weird but beautiful pictures and text works well, the book is gorgeous overall. The Night Circus I also really enjoyed. It defintely took me somewhere else and I loved the cover 🙂 Lemon Cake I was a bit meh about tbh, I’m on the fence with that one. I have also got my mitts on The Long Exile (sounds like fun) and White Heat, thanks to your recommendation…I really must stop adding books to tbr mountain 😉

    • I meant to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in the lead up to Halloween but I havent, maybe I could start it tomorrow, or maybe just sometime this week. It is one I am desperate to get around to.

      Oooh glad you have got both of Melanies books, I do hope you enjoy them, I am a big fan.

  3. I love the sound of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (especially for this time of year – although what is with this heat wave???). I really want Donohue’s book too (victorian – love it). You are not the only blogger not to be sent The Night Circus; I didn’t get one either (sob).


    • Hahaha you see by the time it has taken for me to respond, apols, the heatwave has long since gone! Shame on me, now it is perfect weather for Miss Peregrine and those rather peculiar children.

  4. Helena

    The night circus! Read it! It’s GREAT! You won’t regret it…

  5. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake was a bit of a sad read. I’d love to see what you think of the Donaghue book though.

    • I recently got very delightfully side tracked by a collection of Donoghue’s short stores so might not read her re-issued ‘latest’ as soon as intended, but I will, honest. I have a feeling that The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake might be quite a sad read, but a brilliant one too.

  6. Sue

    I would recommend the Lauire R King books are read in order as early on there is a story arc across them. I love them, the last but one ‘The Language of Bees’ was a blinder and I have just enjoyed the latest as an unabridged audio book ‘The Pirate King’ which I felt was a bit more of a display of Ms King’s research into various subject than a coheren story.

    • I am planning on reading them in order Sue but thank you so much for the advice. I meant to pick one up but now the new Horowitz ‘Sherlock story’ has arrived and that one is tempting me even more.

  7. Sue

    meant to add (above), but still very enjoyable!

  8. Lovely haul 🙂 I’m looking forward to the Emma Donoghue reissue.

  9. Lemon Cake is excellent and I hope you love it.

  10. I have not read any of your titles, though 2 are on my tbr. I had a very good September month. here is my wrap up:

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