February Book Haul 2017
I can’t believe it’s the end of February already! I know it’s a short month but really! Book Haul time!
Either way I bought a few books this month! And received some too! Love it. Time to jump in.
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla
A fellow crowd-funder at Unbound Nikesh put together a collection of essays about what it is like living in Britain as an Immigrant or as a child/grandchild of immigrants. It is a hard-hitting and extremely timely collection which I can’t wait to dive into!
The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
I saw this on Kindle Daily Deals for only 99p and it seemed too good to ignore. So I picked up an eBook edition. The story follows two people in 20th Century New York: Coralie, the daughter of the head of a Freak Show The Museum of Extraordinary Things, she plays a mermaid in his collection. And Eddie, a Russian Photographer who becomes embroiled in a mystery. It sounds Night Circus-esqe and looks stunning.
Alice by Christina Henry (eBook)
I like classic retelling’s of Wonderland, Oz, Neverland. I’ve seen this re-telling everywhere recently and, again, it was a daily deal and too good to pass up. I’ve heard mixed reviews but I’m looking forward to making my own opinion. It’s a darker version of Alice in Wonderland with Alice being kept in a mental asylum in a crumbling city called the Old City. She gets the chance to escape but something darker escapes with her…ominous.
Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi
This book only recently popped up onto my radar and I had to get it. The book cover itself is stunning but the story sounds fantastic also. The story focuses on sisters Effia and Essi, one is sold into Slavery and the other becomes a slave-traders wife. Written across continents, from the Gold Coast to Missippi, New York to Ghana. It has been highly praised and since I’ve recently watched the History re-make of Roots I am fascinated, and horrified, by the lifestyle that was Slavery.
Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
I’ve really wanted to read Roxanne Gay’s Bad Feminist for a while but I came upon this book recently in a second-hand shop and had to buy it. This is a collection of short stories about women’s lives in America. Taking a sharp, if fictional, look at the lives of people such a college student that strips, a woman that is married to twins and pretends not to realise when her husband and brother-in-law impersonate each other and sisters who are inseparable after being abducted together as children. It sounds harrowing and horrifying but should make an interesting read.
Wing Jones by Katherine Webber
This was wildly praised on Twitter when it was released at the start of the month. I was lucky enough to come across an ARC and snapped it up. The story focuses on a girl with mixed raced blood. One side of her family are from Ghana and the other from China. Tragedy strikes and she discovers a talent for running. I don’t know how this will all pull together but it’s about time we saw some diverse characters within YA!
Sirens by Joseph Knox
Another recent release I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. Sirens is the debut of Knox and focus’s on a day-and-almost-out police officer Aidan Watts who is hired to find a girl who has run away. The story unravels, as does Aidan’s mental state, as it becomes clear that the girl was right to run away. But from what? Very mysterious.
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
I won this in a Valentine’s Giveaway run by Granta. Revealing my worst valentines (it wasn’t terrible, more: funny). This is a story that focuses on a 30-year-old writer and wife who recounts the reasons for why she married her husband in the first place. She rarely talks about the husband in question it seems and it all comes down to the reader to determine whether this is a story of love or life.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella
I am a Kinsella-Virgin. I’ve never read the Shopaholic series and I’ve yet to read any of Sophie’s stand-alone’s, but I heard Sophie discussing this book on Emma Gannon’s podcast. And I had to read it. The story focuses on a 26-year-old who comes to London expecting to live the good life. Instead, she Instagram’s other people’s food, can’t afford a room with a wardrobe so hangs her clothes above her bed in a hammock. It’s the modern-day life and it feels like mine, as a future Londoner (who can’t afford to commute) so I’m diving into this really soon!
Everywoman by Jess Phillips
This was released on the 23rd of this month and is a politician’s view of the life of women in Britain right now. Focusing on her own experiences throughout her life, as well as her political career and then recent events within politics such as Brexit and Jo Cox’s murder. I’m hoping this is a balanced view of life right now. I can’t wait to see.
The Hate You Give (THUG) by Angie Thomas
Another book I’ve seen on Twitter recently. THUG is about a girl who witnesses her unarmed friend get shot by the police. Struggling to breach the worlds between living in her poor neighbourhood and attending her posh high school 16-year-old Starr has to adjust to this dangerous reality. Inspired by Black Lives Matter this is going to be an important book. Release date: 7th April.
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayshia Malik
I recently finished reading this book, so a full review is to come. This is a timely story about a Muslim women working in publishing in London, struggling to fulfil her family wishes and make up her own mind about her life. She is given the opportunity to write a novel about Muslim dating and writes the novel as she spends various time with men in her life: her old ex, an American Muslim she meets in Sainsbury’s, men she meets online, her Irish next-door neighbour etc. It’s a funny look at life, wholly taken from a new perspective.
There we go! Quite a few books this month! My TBR is adding up quite quickly at the moment…I see a no-spend month approaching.
But all in good time.
For now I am going to relax with a good book and a cup of coffee and go from there! What books have you bought this month? Anything you’d recommend I’d read in the future? Let me know in the comments below.