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Saturday, 25 May 2019

Book Haul | May 2019

It's been a while since my last book haul, so another one was well overdue, right? This year, I've fallen back in love with book buying and growing my book collection (I've totally accepted that I'm a collector now), which means I've now accumulated a little collection of books I want to share with you.

The one definite book that was going to find it's way to my bookshelf without a shadow of a doubt was the new release from Paige Toon - If You Could Go Anywhere. If you've followed me for a while, you'll probably be aware of how much I love Paige Toon's books. I've read almost all of them, and whenever there's a new release it comes home with me. This one tells the story of Angie, a small-town girl with dreams of adventuring out into the big wide world. When her grandmother dies, Angie sees this as her opportunity to start her adventures. However, when she discovers a letter with the address of her father, she knows where her journey must start - Italy! I can't wait to dive into Angie's story and see what she gets up to along the way.

Another author I've fallen in love with is Shari Lapena. I've read and adored The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House, so when I spotted a new release I had to have it. Lapena writes some amazing thrillers - full of twists and turns that I rarely spot coming - and An Unwanted Guest sounds like it's going to be another one of those epic thrillers. We follow the guests at the remote Mitchell's Inn, who are looking forward to a relaxing weekend. However, when a raging storm starts, the group become cut off from the outside world. That itself is traumatic enough, but to make matters worse, there's a killer amongst them. Can't get much more thrilling than that!

The last three books are definitely influenced by the amount of BookTube videos I've been watching lately. I adore watching people talk about books almost as much as I love reading them myself. One of these is The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor, another thriller. I saw this book mentioned on Kayla aka Booksandlala's channel, and when she reviewed it, I was intrigued. The story follows children who leave each other secret messages via chalk drawings. This sounds like a cute idea, until the chalk drawings lead the children to a dead body. Skip forward thirty years, and history looks as though it's about to repeat itself. Sounds creepy to me, and sometimes that's exactly what I'm looking for.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami is a totally different book purchase for me. You may have seen earlier in the year that I'm trying to read more non-fiction this year (you can read that post here), and I'm attempting to broaden this challenge into just reading a wider range of texts, and Norwegian Wood ticks these boxes. Translated from Japanese, Norwegian Wood follows Toru Watanabe, who is reminded of his first love when he hears a Beatles song. Turns out, though, that his first love happens to be the girlfriend of his best friend. We're then transported back twenty years to his student years, as he's forced to choose between his past and his future. I feel like this is one that I'll enjoy getting stuck into when I have some time off work, either this half term or during the summer.

And the final book I've picked up recently is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. This is a historical fiction novel, set during World War II. I really like books set during this time period, as sad as the subject matter is. This novel is about sisters Viann and Isabelle, who live in France, and live very different lives. As the novel progresses, we see how the war affects the two sisters in different ways. I'm looking forward to getting stuck into this, although I'll have to make sure I've got a packet of tissues close by, as I think this will summon a few tears.

So they are the latest additions to my bookshelf. I can't wait to get round to them, however long that might be! What are some of your recent purchases?

Love Lexie

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