Books That I’ve Bought of Late

I have been thinking about the books that I should be sharing on the blog, aside from the ones that I review of course. By that I mean the books that come in to Chez Savidge Reads. I used to do regular-ish posts of the books that the publishers were sending me yet whilst this came from enthusiasm, I was saying mere days ago how when I come home to a pile of parcels it still feels like Christmas, I have noticed that there seems to now be almost a sense of showing off the latest free books incoming around the blogosphere. All a bit icky and not something I am not interested in perpetuating despite my genuine enthusiasm.

So I have decided that I will tweet and Instagram select moments of postal joy, on the blog however I will review the ones I read AND share with you the books I have bought. I love book shopping, my bank doesn’t part of why blogging has been so amazing, since having a more regular salary (less freelance living) I have been enjoying ‘payday treats’ only sometimes more than just on payday. Here are the books that I have bought in the last few months and the reasons why (some are so flimsy it is shameful)…

Books Bought

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith – I know, I know. I haven’t even read the hardback I have of The Cuckoo’s Calling but I admit sometimes I can fall for the hype. This may well not get read until some point next year but it was half price, oh thinking about it it’ll probably be less than half price in paperback. Oops. Least I have the hardback set though, so far, meaning I will have to by the next. Oh…

The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson – I don’t know about you but I hate, hate, hate food and household good shopping. I have been offered to not have to do this, however I would end up with food stuffs and household trinkets I don’t like I am sure of it. So when said big shop happens every weekend, if particularly stressful I treat myself to a book. This was bought on one such trip when I had become infuriated by the bananas and so went off to buy something, anything. And I am going to Sweden so it made sense. I haven’t read Jonasson’s debut, it is on my devil’s device which I seem to have misplaced/forgotten where I put it.

The Rental Heart by Kirsty Logan – I am a big fat liar. The publisher sent me this pretend you haven’t seen it, I have clumsily mis-shelved it.

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – Isn’t it awful that the death of an author can lead you to finally getting your hands on their work. My mother has been telling me to read Maya Angelou for ages and ages, it sadly took her passing to make me actually go and buy a copy. I will be reading this as soon as my holiday week starts.

Things I Don’t Want To Know by Deborah Levy – Can you say you are a big fan of an author after only reading two of their books? If so I am a HUGE fan of Deborah Levy and this is meant to be an answer to George Orwell’s Why I Write which I have inherited from Gran. I may read them back to back especially.

The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell – This is the lovely Kate of Adventures with Words choice for the next episode of Hear Read This. I know nothing about it, but that can be quite exciting to have in your reading diet from time to time.

The Sundial by Shirley Jackson – Shirley Jackson is one of the many, many authors I often think ‘ooh I must read more of’. Yes, there are lots of those. This is apparently a newly reprinted old tale of hers that Penguin have brought back from the depths of time. Simon of Stuck In A Book has done a glorious review of it, and two others in Shiny New Books, which sent me off in search of it. Who doesn’t think a gothic family household at the end of the world sounds amazing? See, everyone agrees, instant must read.

The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark – Gavin has chosen this for next months Hear Read This along with Kate’s choice as we have been and are doing novellas over the summer. I have read this and loved it however didn’t have a copy, so a reread is a perfect excuse to by my own copy. I have to say any time I see a Penguin Modern Classic I want to buy them all.

The Absent Therapist by Will Eaves – After loving Charles Lambert’s With A Zero at It’s Heart so much and it being such a ‘different’ read I asked for recommendations along those lines. David (who should have a blog himself frankly) said that he had recently read this and it would be right up my street. I have been meaning to read Eaves for a while too.

Eeny Meeny by M. J. Aldridge – I apologise profusely, I cannot remember who was raving about this as a brilliant crime thriller, it might have been on Twitter or Instagram but safe to say they made me buy it. It was before it was announced on the new Richard and Judy book club list, just saying.

The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey – So I bought this as M. R. Carey was coming to read at Waterstones in Liverpool (where it has apparently sold the most copies in any store) and I have heard great things. I then got a shift at work which meant I couldn’t go. So it awaits a read, maybe he will come back again?

The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce – Graham Joyce told me and Gavin about this when he joined us on The Readers Book Club. I am intrigued as to how he makes a holiday park in the British summer time heatwave of the 1970s spooky. I have a feeling it will be very good.

Randall by Jonathan Gibbs – Spur of the moment buy when lovely lady said ‘oh you have used all ten of your stamps so you get ten pounds free’, you get a stamp every time you spend ten pounds. Having loved A Girl is a Half Formed Thing by Eimear McBride I have been meaning to try more of Galley Beggar Press’ novels, this apparently is a pastiche of the art world so should be fun. Note – only after I got home did I realise a) I only got that loyalty card 5 weeks ago b) I have another Galley Beggar Press book at home waiting to be read. But hey, life’s short.

Flaubert’s Parrot by Julian Barnes – The next choice for my book club and since I have suddenly discovered Barnes is actually an author I think I really like I am very excited about reading this.

Red Moon by Benjamin Percy – I blame supermarkets again. This is apparently a ‘spin on the werewolf novel’ and I do love werewolves, those ghosts and dragons I am all a fan off. It had also been a rather trying time in the ‘baked goods’ aisle, so a treat was once more needed.

The Ravens by Thomas Bannerhed – I have been picking up and putting down this book every time I have gone into Waterstones lately. The cover is stunning and it sounded like one of those ‘out in the countryside where things are more raw, rough and grubbier’ kind of novels which I love. Every time I have looked at it the copy has been battered so I have resisted. New ones came in, it is set in Sweden and so will be going with me in a week and a bits time. Job’s a gooden.

Beastings by Benjamin Myers – “A girl and a baby. A priest and a poacher. A savage pursuit through the landscape of a changing rural England.” I think that this is definitely going to be one of those ‘out in the countryside where things are more raw, rough and grubbier’ kind of novels which I love. And also like the above is from a small press so I purchased it even though I have not yet read Pig Iron which I have renewed from the library twelve times, true story.

So that is my haul. I have just realised I have missed the second hand copy of Persepolis which I bought myself today. I hadn’t been in any second hand shops for ages and was on the hunt for the second and third of Camilla Lackberg’s books however I only found the fourth and fifth, amazingly I didn’t buy them wasn’t I good? I am planning a big (baggage allowance allowing) second hand spree in Washington with Thomas which I can then go and read by his pool everyday on my mini tour of America so expect to hear about those then.

By the way, before I ask you all some questions, I am aware Other People’s Bookshelves has gone quiet recently. I have sent lots of the forms out am just waiting for the pictures and responses but if you fancy taking part please email me via savidgereads@gmail.com with Other People’s Bookshelves in the title! Back to today’s post though. Which books have you bought recently? Have you read any of the ones that I have grabbed lately?

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15 responses to “Books That I’ve Bought of Late

  1. Kateg

    I read and lived The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell for one of my book clubs and I am looking forward to Hear, Read This to see what you all think of it. I recently purchased I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings for the same reason you did, and one of my book clubs is reading it now. I just bought and am reading The Night Guest because of you and Thomas on The Readers. I also read both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, both of which I borrowed from the library. I have been off work since April because of foot surgery ( not a big deal, but taking forever to heal, although that might be my impatient nature) so I have been reading A LOT! Thanks for sharing your new reads.

  2. I “loved” The Maid’s Version. I did not
    live it🙂.

  3. Great post. It’s cool to hear the reasons why people buy the books they do. I bought both the Casual Vacancy and The Cuckoo’s Calling today. Partly curiosity, partly hype, partly awesome book deal.🙂

  4. Fairly certain no reason is flimsy when it comes to books😉

  5. I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one with a migraine-inducing book-buying habit (in addition to ones I’m sent for review or ones I borrow from the library). I think I’ll try and impose a moratorium on any purchases from August onwards. (But I’ve said that before.) I haven’t read the JK Rowling under pseudonym books yet either, although crime fiction is my genre. But you can’t go wrong with Muriel Spark, Shirley Jackson and Flaubert’s Parrot. (My favourite Julian Barnes however is A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.) And Persepolis is fantastic!

  6. I love your excuses for book buying. I use those too!

    Looking forward to reading the Woodrell (one of my fave US authors), plus Galbraith and the Girl with all the Gifts. I enjoyed Red Moon, although it was flawed – but a very interesting take on its subject. Your shelf reminds me that I’ve been meaning to treat myself to the Shirley Jacksons too.

  7. I have just read both Robert Galbraith books – they’re excellent. Highly recommend them.

  8. Am so excited to start the Galbraith books – but I just can’t be doing with hardbacks, they’re far too big! Going to start a paperback collection of those. Jury’s out on Julian Barnes for me. I find his writing fairly pompous. Looking forward to seeing how you find Flaubert’s Parrot🙂 I never got off the ground with it….

  9. Pingback: What Have You Bought Recently? Part One | Gav Reads

  10. I will be interested to see what you think of the Galbraith books, we read them for a book club read a few months ago… and it was slated. On the plus side, you have just added another half dozen books to my “want to read” list. 🙂

  11. heather

    Not at all envious of the books you receive from publishers Simon – you work hard for it and you are successful at your job of reviewing. It also gives me a giddy feeling to know what is coming out. So don’t feel that it is icky in any way at all, especially with the small presses who need you to get the word out. You are a class act. Best regards, Heather.

  12. The raven is an excellent Bildungsroman one my favourite books of recent times

  13. I haven’t read any Maya Angelou either and I would really love to. I need to. It’s compulsory for an English and American graduate!

  14. queenofthepark

    Ooh spooky! My next book group read is…..Flaubert’s Parrot chosen by my local library gurus. Look forward to your review

  15. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings would be a good one to read for your trip to the South.

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