A gazillion new books. Oh yes.

12 September, 2010

Well it seems to be a while since I did a post on new books. What? It’s not that long? Too bad because I just went crazy and BOUGHT lots of new books. That’s what happens when you have a crap day at work and it rains. You head straight to your nearest bookshop to make life a little better. So what did I get?

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

All from Waterstones on their 3 for 2 promotion. Amazing that there were a number of sff titles included too (of which Erikson is one of my favourites). You may also notice that I am exactly a year late to the Wolf Hall festival but am looking forward to reading it.

And at the charity shop I found a bumper crop:

Seeking Whom He May Devour by Fred Vargas
Living by the Word by Alice Walker
Jazz by Toni Morrison
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Plus I got I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett – which was included in the ticket to his book launch.

And finally I won the following:

The Other Half Lives by Sophie Hannah – from Annabel who blogs at Gaskella. I have yet to read any books by Hannah but have heard great things. Do check out Annabel’s wonderful blog which has a very nice mix of books.

And these came courtesy of the lovely Book Chick City in whose Thriller and Suspense 2010 Challenge I’m participating. This was the prize for July:

The Templar Magician by Paul Doherty
Sacred Treason by James Forrester
The Chalice of Blood by Peter Tremayne
The Shangani Patrol by John Wilcox

I’m so happy that I won the prize in which all the books are historical mysteries, my favourite genre!

I’m participating in Book Blogger Appreciation Week this year so I’ll be posting every day next week and looking forward to discovering lots of new blogs.

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16 Responses to “A gazillion new books. Oh yes.”


  1. The Bluest Eye is fantastic. I hope you enjoy Wolf Hall more than I did–I couldn’t get through it.

  2. Sasa Says:

    Oh I love Jazz! Looks like you have lots of good stuff to plough through ^_^ I read a book a day in my 6 week holiday…Well, maybe not but at least one every two or three, it was heaven.

  3. amymckie Says:

    Congratulations on the awesome books! Happy reading!

  4. Stujallen Says:

    A wonderful hall of books the toni morrisons were a good find ,all the best stu

  5. Iris Says:

    So many books, I’m a little jealous! I am looking forward to reading Wolf Hall myself.. um.. someday?

    And I really should pick up a Toni Morrison book.


  6. Wow what a great book loot I’m rather envious. I’ve not had a loot like this in one go ever I tend to add to my tbr shelf little amounts but regularly.

  7. Tamara Says:

    looks like a great collection. I’ve heard some good stuff about Jazz, so looking forward to what you think too. Congratulations on winning something special – thats always a huge buzz. Have fun with BB Appreciation week!

  8. Mystica Says:

    I love the charity bookshop finds and the Sophie Hannah whom I am reading about on the blogs. I had a good day at the second hand bookshop (go see my list!!). Just returned from a 3 day break in Jaffna and lazily took Monday off as well.

  9. novelinsights Says:

    OOh enjoy the Hannah and Wolf Hall. I too am a year late to the Wolf Hall party!

  10. chasing bawa Says:

    Thanks everyone! I haven’t read any Toni Morrison yet so am looking forward to trying out her books. And Wolf Hall is a bit of a chunkster but big books don’t scare me. Really, they don’t.


  11. i just finished reading The Bluest Eye last week and it was… interesting. good, thought provoking, but it’s going to take me a while to wrap my brain around how to write a review for it. and i’ll be reading Jazz in a couple of weeks, too.

    i need to pick up Wolf Hall and give it a shot before i’m the last person alive who hasn’t read it! and you’ve got a few that i hadn’t heard of in your pile that i’ll have to check out. great haul!

    • chasing bawa Says:

      Isn’t it weird how when you buy a book, you always find someone else who is also reading it at the same time? Especially when it’s not a new bestseller? I love that. I’ll bookmark your reviews for when I’ve finished Morrison’s books. And Wolf Hall? You’re not alone there!


      • i’m actually taking a class right now on Toni Morrison, so i’ll be reading 7 of her 9 books over the next couple of months. i’m finishing up Sula now and will be starting Song of Solomon next. i’m just overwhelmed with Morrison’s brilliance as a writer, really. and i can’t wait to get to her later works…

        as for Wolf Hall, i’m kinda bummed that it didn’t get picked for the monthly October selection, but i’ll get around to it one of these days. it just sounds too good to be missed. i’ll keep an eye out for your review, too!


  12. Yay you! Not read any from your list but do want to read Wolf Hall, the new Pratchett, both the Morrisons and the Sophie Hannah! Going book buying on Monday and can’t wait 😀


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