I lifted my book buying ban this month to get my hands on some of the books from my wishlist. I figure I’ll be doing good if I manage to keep my book shopping to once a season so I guess this is Spring’s Book Haul.
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Books I Bought this April
Longlisted for the Women’s Prize For Fiction 2021
The Sunday Times Bestseller
‘A book of pure fineness, exceptional.’ Diana Evans, Guardian
‘Leilani’s live-wire sentences are a giddy joy, crafted with mischievous perfection.’ Mail on Sunday
Edie is just trying to survive. She’s messing up in her dead-end admin job in her all-white office, is sleeping with all the wrong men, and has failed at the only thing that meant anything to her, painting. No one seems to care that she doesn’t really know what she’s doing with her life beyond looking for her next hook-up. And then she meets Eric, a white, middle-aged archivist with a suburban family, including a wife who has sort-of-agreed to an open marriage and an adopted black daughter who doesn’t have a single person in her life who can show her how to do her hair. As if navigating the constantly shifting landscape of sexual and racial politics as a young black woman wasn’t already hard enough, with nowhere else left to go, Edie finds herself falling head-first into Eric’s home and family.
Razor sharp, provocatively page-turning and surprisingly tender, Luster by Raven Leilani is a painfully funny debut about what it means to be young now.
A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Guardian, New York Times, New Yorker, Boston Globe, Literary Hub, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times, Glamour, Time, Good Housekeeping, InStyle, NPR, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Electric Literature, Town & Country, Wired, New Statesman, Vox, Shelf Awareness, i-D, BookPage and more.
One of Barack Obama’s Favourite Books of 2020
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award.
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LONGLISTED FOR THE WOMEN’S PRIZE 2021
SHORTLISTED FOR THE COSTA NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE THE TIMES, GUARDIAN, OBSERVER, DAILY TELEGRAPH, FINANCIAL TIMES, i PAPER, NEW STATESMAN, SPECTATOR, TIME MAGAZINE, TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, BBC CULTURE, NETGALLEY AND THE CHURCH TIMES
The spectacular new novel from the bestselling author of JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL, ‘one of our greatest living authors’ New York Magazine
Piranesi lives in the House. Perhaps he always has.
In his notebooks, day after day, he makes a clear and careful record of its wonders: the labyrinth of halls, the thousands upon thousands of statues, the tides that thunder up staircases, the clouds that move in slow procession through the upper halls. On Tuesdays and Fridays Piranesi sees his friend, the Other. At other times he brings tributes of food to the Dead. But mostly, he is alone.
Messages begin to appear, scratched out in chalk on the pavements. There is someone new in the House. But who are they and what do they want? Are they a friend or do they bring destruction and madness as the Other claims?
Lost texts must be found; secrets must be uncovered. The world that Piranesi thought he knew is becoming strange and dangerous.
The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.
‘What a world Susanna Clarke conjures into being … Piranesi is an exquisite puzzle-box’ DAVID MITCHELL
‘It subverts expectations throughout … Utterly otherworldly’ Guardian
‘Piranesi astonished me. It is a miraculous and luminous feat of storytelling’ MADELINE MILLER
‘Brilliantly singular’ Sunday Times
‘A gorgeous, spellbinding mystery … This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered’ ERIN MORGENSTERN
‘Head-spinning … Fully imagined and richly evoked’ Telegraph
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Mary Cannon’s Commonplace Book, An Irish Kitchen in the 1700s, is centered round 100 recipes written by the author’s ancestor Mary Cannon, between 1700 and 1707. They include some intriguing comments from contemporary sources, concerning the use of herbs and spices for medicinal purposes and for protection from witchcraft and the plague. The historical background of the family forms interludes between each section and the next. The Cannon men were mostly soldiers, sailors or surgeons and had interesting lives, being involved in the Jacobite wars, the Battle of Trafalgar and the Indian Mutiny. The stories of Alexander Cannon, a Jacobite leader, and Moses Rouquier, a Huguenot refugee, make fascinating reading. The women of the family include a later Mary Cannon who escaped from the Indian Mutiny in 1857 and later crossed the Sinai Peninsula on a camel with her two children. Alice Bouillez, also a descendant of Mary Cannon, has provided the drawings and a painting for the jacket. She lives in France and has researched their Huguenot forbears. The book combines social history with a readable account of an Irish family through three centuries.
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I also subscribed to Kindle Unlimited this month because they have a pretty damn good offer on at the moment. I was able to subscribe for 6 months for just over €20!! Absolute steal!! They also have an offer at the moment to sign up for 3 months for free. You can sign up for Kindle Unlimited here.
Whenever I browsed the books available on KU before they looked a little…iffy but I found some great books this time. Also, a lot of indie authors publish their books on KU so it’s a great way to support writers who are just trying to find their feet.
Here are the books I added to my KU library this month. Click on a cover to view it’s synopsis.
So, those are all of the books I bought this month. If felt good to break my buying ban for such good books. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these books in the comments.
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