These past few weeks have been bumper ones in terms of acquiring new books for my already large collection! Here's what I've added to my ever-growing TBR pile recently (links go to goodreads).
From a family member de-cluttering her bookshelves:
One of my family members recently decided to have a big clear out of books, so my Mum, sister and I all got to have a look through and pick out some titles to keep. I chose the following:
1. In the Woods by Tana French - I'm not a natural crime/thriller/mystery reader but I've heard so many good things about Tana French on blogs that I had to bring this one home. It's about an Irish detective who has to solve a new mystery at a site familiar to him from his childhood. I'm looking forward to trying this, it'll be something new for me.
2. The Book of Loss by Julith Jedamus - A diary is stolen in the imperial palace of Kyoto and it reveals a bitter rivalry between two ladies-in-waiting to the Empress. I have a weakness for historical fiction of any kind, so bringing this one back was a no-brainer.
3. Digging to America by Anne Tyler - The story of two Korean babies adopted by two different families in Baltimore, who celebrate 'Arrival Day' each year. I love a good immigration story, hopefully this will measure up.
4. Jubilee by Shelley Harris - Historical fiction set around the Queen's Silver Jubilee in 1977. Promises to cover multi-culturalism and identity.
Other Physical Copies:
5. The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan - This was on the long-list for the Women's Prize for Fiction and is about Harvard graduates. When I mentioned that I wanted to read it, the lovely Kaz sent me her copy :)
6. The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown - For a blog tour. A house in Valencia, untouched since the Spanish civil war in 1936, is about to give up it's secrets. I do like a good dual narrative story.
7. Blood of the Lamb by Sam Cabot - The Historian meets the Da Vinci code? Yes please! This one is a supernatural thriller about a missing manuscript in Rome and I am so excited to read it! (Review copy from netgalley).
8. Farewell: The Greatest Spy Story of the Twentieth Century by Sergi Kostin and Eric Raynaud - On offer for Kindle. A true account of a KGB agent that became a spy for the West, under the nose of Brezhnev.
9. American Isis by Carl Rollyson - Review copy from Netgalley. I love Sylvia Plath, and this biography includes new material from the recently opened Ted Hughes archive.
10. Amity and Sorrow by Peggy Riley - I was actually invited to read this one, how exciting! I've seen a lot of positive reviews of it and polygamy is just interesting, so I'm hoping to read this very soon.
11. The Buddha of Suburbia by Hanif Kureishi - A bit of a cult classic about life in 1990s Britain. It's been on my wishlist for ages, so I snapped it up when I saw it reduced for the kindle.
Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think of them?