It’s quite clearly not unusual for me to indulge in a bit of book-shopping. It is unusual for me to lose all self-control and succumb to not just one but multiple hardbacks in a single splurge. Honestly, I don’t know what came over me. Maybe it’s the knowledge that it’s payday tomorrow or maybe I was just slightly high on the prospect of a week off with the forecast of blazing sun every day and absolutely no commitments beyond my blog and my books; whatever the (100% valid) excuse I’m now the proud owner of a diverse and somewhat unexpected pile of reading happiness. So what is this booky bounty?
“Silk” by Alessandro Baricco – since I’m still going with “4 3 2 1” I’m in desperate need of something short to make me feel like I’m achieving something! I would never have picked this up off my own bat but two colleagues at work have recommended it so I have faith that it’s going to be a good ‘un. As an added bonus the chapters are about a page each, so if that doesn’t make me feel like I’m making progress nothing will.
“These Dividing Walls” by Fran Cooper – I find Twitter such a great way of discovering new and forthcoming titles, and this is one that I’ve seen mentioned or reviewed several times with almost universally favourable comments. The premise sparked off comparisons in my mind with “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”, which I adore, due to its Parisian apartment block setting. The style and indeed the substance may well turn out to be completely different of course, but nevertheless I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy it.
“Swallowing Mercury” by Wioletta Greg – this is a bit of a risk in a sense since I know nothing at all about either novel or author. Yet something about it kept nudging at me as I was browsing the shelves and eventually I decided to take a punt. The cover art is stunning for a start, and the impression I get from the tiny sections I’ve dipped into is that it has a slightly strange, dreamlike and almost musical quality that I found magnetic, even without knowing anything about the story or setting. Watch this space.
“Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman – I read an excerpt from this novel in a magazine a while back and immediately thought: I AM Eleanor Oliphant! I was intrigued by the heroine and the idea that life can be, well, absolutely fine, and yet missing something very fundamental at the same time. There’s been so much love for this all over social media and I can’t wait to read it.
So, a week off awaits and I have a stack of new books, so the reviews should be coming thick and fast before too long! Here’s hoping your week is as sunny as mine, see you back on the blog soon.