Thursday, 3 August 2017

Summer Book Haul

Something about the summer always makes me particularly spendy- especially when it comes to books, and this summer is no different. I've recently made a few purchases, and I thought I would share them with you here!

Agatha Christie- The Murder at the Vicarage

This was the first book I acquired this summer and the last I bought from St Andrews before I returned home. After reading so many classics for uni, I was really craving something easy and comforting to read. I LIVE for the TV adaptations of Poirot, and also the BBC adaptations of And Then There Were None and The Witness for the Prosecution, so I thought I would pick up an Agatha Christie that I'd never read or watched before- and so I chose a Marple- The Murder at the Vicarage. It's a typical Christie whodunnit- Colonel Protheroe is found murdered in the Vicar's (Leonard Clement's) study, after the vicar himself declares that the Colonel's death would do the village a favour. I've already read this book and really enjoyed it- so keep an eye out for a review soon!

Hanya Yanagihara- The People in the Trees

You may remember that a while ago I read Yanagihara's most recent work 'A Little Life' and absolutely fell in love with it. Since then I've been really wanting to read more of her stuff, so I picked this one up a few weeks ago. Its about Norton Perina, a young scientist who travels to a remote island as part of a research trip, and comes across a small tribe who have unusually long lifespans. The book covers the discovery of why this is, and the events that follow in the years after. I've just finished 'The People in the Trees'- you can read my review here!

V.E.Schwab - A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows and A Conjuring of Light

Having seen this trilogy doing the rounds on booktube, I've decided to give them a go!
These are slightly different from the books I usually pick up now, but seem to be reminiscent of the magical realism I used to read, and love, when I was younger. I've really been feeling like reading something immersive and gripping, so I hope this series will help to fill that void! They follow the magician Kell as he travels between four parallel Londons: Grey London which has no magic, Red London where magic is highly admired, White London where magic is controlled, and the mysterious Black London. The synopsis kind of reminds me of one of my favourite childhood books 'I, Coriander' by Sally Gardner' for some reason, so I really hope it captures some of the magic and wonder that book left me with.

Marjane Satrapi- Persepolis

This is the first graphic novel I've ever bought and I'm so excited to read it! I've been wanting to delve into the realms of graphic novels for a while now, and I thought that this one would be a perfect starting point for me. It is an autobiographical graphic novel (what a mouthful!) of Marjane Satrapi, the great-great granddaughter of Iran's last emperor, and daughter of radical Marxists. From the blurb it appears to be a portrait of daily life in Iran as well as giving a little about the history of the country. Having been studying Persian for about a year now, I'm really interested in all things Iranian, and I can't wait to learn a little bit more about life there. I'm hoping it will be enlightening and easily accessible, and I'm really exited to get to this one!

So, those are the books I've acquired as of late, and I'm sure there will be a few more on the way soon! Let me know if you've read any and what you think of them. Which books have you recently added to your library?

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