I’m really not meant to be spending money at the moment, and certainly not on books.
Trying to set up a small business (more on that here), is hard, and consequently my spending has had to be dramatically cut in the last few weeks. Not only do I need to save, but I’m also definitely running out of bookcase space, so for that reason alone I should probably hold off on the book-buying, at least until I’ve cleared some space.
And yet, I still couldn’t resist picking up a few books yesterday, when my boyfriend and I had a little impromptu day out in Glasgow. Most of our days out seem to revolve around food (good – yesterday it was Wagamama) and book shopping (also good), so I suppose it was inevitable that I wouldn’t leave empty-handed.
I’m not going to be too hard on myself, however, as all of these were incredible bargains and I still had some money on a Waterstones voucher left over from Christmas. What can I say – the addiction is real.
I’ll start with the two that I picked up in Waterstones, because that shop is my spiritual home and I’d live there if I could. A Spoonful of Murder by Robin Stevens is the sixth in the fantastic Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, and one of my most anticipated 2018 releases. I adore this Middle Grade detective series; set in a 1930s all-girls boarding school, they are such fun, and remind me a lot of Agatha Christie and other Golden Age Detective fiction. This latest instalment sees our schoolgirl slueths Daisy and Hazel travel to Hong Kong, where once again they find themselves entangled in a murder – but this time, one of them is a suspect. I can’t wait to curl up one evening and devour it in one sitting, as you really can’t beat a good, cosy mystery in my book.
While heading to the till, I spotted a selection of The Reading Agency’s Quick Reads, a selection of short fiction books aimed at less confident readers. I think that the Quick Reads are such a great idea; specifically designed to be easy to read, they appeal to both newer readers and those looking for something short and fast-paced to fly through. This year’s range includes offerings from authors such as Kit de Waal, Fern Britton, Dorothy Koomston and Mark Billingham, but it was this instalment in the Baby Ganesh Agency series by Vaseem Khan that I couldn’t leave the shop without. I love all of the other books in this fun mystery series, set in Mumbai and featuring a very cute and very clever baby elephant, and I’m looking forward to giving this short story a try ahead of the release of the latest novel in May.
I’ve heard many people talk about The Dry, an adult thriller set in the Australian outback, and its sequel, Force of Nature, recently, so when I spotted the first instalment in Fopp for a mere £3 I just couldn’t resist. The thriller genre is relatively new to me, but I have enjoyed the books that I have read, and as everyone speaks so highly of Jane Harper’s books I thought this was a fairly safe bet. I don’t think I’ve read many books set in Australia before, so this will make a pleasant change, and I might even pick it up for the upcoming Thrillerathon readathon taking place next week.
Finally, when a book you’ve seen many people rave about selling on Amazon for just £2, you buy it, not questions asked. I’m not typically a big fan of Young Adult contemporary fiction, but I’ve seen The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed compared to Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu, a book that I read and adored last year, so I thought I’d give it a go. It promises to be quite a difficult and hard-hitting piece of feminist fiction, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what I make of it.
There you have it, a little round-up of the books that have come into my life lately. I’d like to say that I won’t be acquiring anymore for the foreseeable, but it’s my birthday this month and I’d like to hope I’ll be treated to a few rectangle-shaped packages – fingers crossed?!
Have you read any of these? What books have you been buying lately? Do let me know!