Good Day to you! And Happy National Tea Day!! Ooh I do love a nice cuppa and have to thank my grandparents for that addiction – I still remember being served very sweet tea in the most beautiful bone china tea cups whenever we went to visit! That’s why I always do my best to hunt out a cafe where they serve Tea the proper way! None of your plastic cup rubbish for me!!
Anyway, getting back to the books! Hope you’ve all had a lovely bookish week! Been a mixed bag here! Some good reads, some not so good and only one new addition to the bookshelf chaos! See, told you I can be good! Although this won’t be the case next week as it’s my birthday (21st yet again!!) and all i’ve asked for is books so watch out the birthday haul blog post coming soon!! Now, on to the books!
Mixed things up here this week with some graphic novel reads and loved the experience so will definitely be looking out for more to read! Any suggestions always welcome of what are the best graphic novels to read! Click on the title of each book if you’d like to see my GoodReads review!
Always a little disappointing not to enjoy a couple of the books, but I guess you have to experience the bad (in your opinion as others might love them!) to appreciate the good even more!!
Amy Snow by Tracy Rees
Left to perish on a bank of snow as a baby, Amy has never known love, never known family.
Reluctantly given shelter at nearby Hatville Court, she is despised by the masters and servants alike.
The beautiful Hatville heiress, Aurelia Vennaway, is Amy’s only advocate – she becomes the light of Amy’s life, and the centre of her existence.
So when Aurelia dies young, Amy’s world collapses. But Aurelia leaves Amy with one last gift.
A bundle of letters with a coded key. A treasure hunt that only Amy can unlock.
A life-changing secret awaits… if only she can reach it
Somehow she’d always known that she would end like this. In a small square room, in a small square flat. In a small square box, perhaps. Cardboard, with a sticker on the outside. And a name…
An old lady dies alone and unheeded in a cold Edinburgh flat, on a snowy Christmas night. A faded emerald dress hangs in her wardrobe; a spilt glass of whisky pools on the carpet. A few days later a middle-aged woman arrives back to the city of her birth, her future uncertain, her past in tatters. But what Margaret Penny cannot yet know is that in investigating the death of one friendless old lady, her own life will become enriched beyond measure.
The Other Mrs Walker – a detective story with no detective – is a beautiful, beguiling and intensely moving debut.
COW n. /ka?/
A piece of meat; born to breed; past its sell-by-date; one of the herd.
Women don’t have to fall into a stereotype.
The Cows is a powerful novel about three women. In all the noise of modern life, each needs to find their own voice.
It’s about friendship and being female.
It’s bold and brilliant.
It’s searingly perceptive.
It’s about never following the herd.
And everyone is going to be talking about it.
The job of the skin is to keep things in.
On the buttoned-down island of Here, all is well. By which we mean: orderly, neat, contained and, moreover, beardless.
Or at least it is until one famous day, when Dave, bald but for a single hair, finds himself assailed by a terrifying, unstoppable… monster*!
Where did it come from? How should the islanders deal with it? And what, most importantly, are they going to do with Dave?
The first book from a new leading light of UK comics, The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is an off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl. It is about life, death and the meaning of beards.
(*We mean a gigantic beard, basically.)
There we have it! Hope you’ve enjoyed a little peek into my reading habits this week!