This is going to be a fairly long post, but I’ll try and keep the length down as much as I can. I hadn’t actually realise I’d brought so many books but then I haven’t done a haul since January, so this is 2.5 months worth.
- A Modern Faerie Tale series/trilogy by Holly Black ( Tithe, Valiant and Ironside) – [OFFER 3 books for £5]
Do you believe in faeries? Not the soft, gentle kind, but the sinister, feral kind – the ones that wreak havoc on everything in their path…Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother’s rock band, until an ominous attack forces them back to her childhood home. To the place where she used to see Faeries. They’re still there. But Kaye’s not… [Full Synopsis]
Okay, small lie here – I already had Valiant, but I found they had the series on offer in The Works (3 books for £5) so I brought the other two. Interested to see how these books pan out, I’m not 100% sure about them.
- The Demon Code by Adam Blake – [OFFER 3 books for £5]
Three years ago, Heather Kennedy left the Metropolitan police under a shadow that has followed her ever since. Now she has been called in to advise on a supposed burglary in the now-defunct British Museum reading room. Kennedy soon establishes that rather than steal anything, someone has broken into the stacks in order to photograph pages from books about Johann Toller, a crazed prophet of 17th century Europe. Toller believed that the end of days was at hand, and he made a number of prophecies relating to the Apocalypse and the events that would precede it. None of them came true. Until now.
One after another, the grotesque signs and… [Full Synopsis]
This is the other book I got when I brought the two other books in the Modern Faerie Tale series. It’s not 100% what I normally read but prophecies do fascinate me, so I’m taking a chance on this.
City of Bones (Mortal Instruments) by Cassandra Clare – [£2.99]
Sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is an ordinary teenager, who likes hanging out in Brooklyn with her friends. But everything changes the night she witnesses a murder, committed by a group of teens armed with medieval weaponry. The murderous group are Shadowhunters, secret warriors dedicated to driving demons out of this dimension and back into their own. Drawn inexorably into a terrifying world, Clary slowly begins to learn the truth about her family – and the battle for the fate of the world.
It’s that book/series that everyone has read or is reading right now. and since they’re about to release the movie – it could be the next big thing. I’ve heard good reviews from it, so thought I’d pick up the first book in the series.
- Nelson Mandela By Himself: The Authorised Book of Quotations by Nelson Mandela – [£0.50]
No description is really required for this one, it’s a book of quotes from Mandela on a huge amount of different subjects. Not read it through yet but I’ve skimmed a few pages and it’s full of good wisdom as one would expect.
- The Liar by Stephen Fry – [£2.00]
Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.
Love Stephen Fry (who doesn’t?) – really need to get around to reading one of his “story” books.
- The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures – [£3.99]
Another title that is self explanatory – but I do love reading these things. There are so much more mythical and magical creatures than the ones in popular films/books/culture.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – [£0.50]
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer. This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet… [Full Synopsis]
I’ve wanted to read this one for a while now – but kept putting it off and so never brought it, but after spotting it in a charity shop, I finally brought it. Looking forward to reading this one… finally.
- Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5), and Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince: Children’s Edition (Harry Potter 6)) – [£1.00 each]
I don’t think these books need any introduction. Okay, confession time – I’ve never read Harry Potter. Yes I realise this is not all the books but hey, they were £1 each. I’ll pick up the others sometime and I will read Harry Potter, I promise!
- Great Tales of Jewish Fantasy and the Occult: The Dybbuk and Thirty Other Classic Stories by Joachim Neugroschel – [£1.00]
The tradition of Jewish mysticism and Kabbalah has experienced a resurgence in recent years as these subjects have gripped the imagination of a new generation. This classic collection of 31 of the best works of Jewish occult and fantasy speak eloquently to this revival.
I honestly didn’t think any of these things went together, so I’m intrigued by this book – I’m not convinced it will be any good but I am interested how these subjects come together. Yes, I buy weird books sometimes!
- Wicked (Wicked Years 1) by Gregory Maguire – [£0.49]
In Baum’s land of Oz, animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. Green-skinned Elphaba, future Wicked Witch of the West, is smart, prickly and misunderstood; she challenges our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.
I confess, I’m a slightly obsessed with The Wizard of Oz. There’s just something about the characters. However I’ve yet to see or read Wicked.
That’s all 15 books! I have brought others on my Kindle but I’ll save those for another time because this post is long enough already!
What was the last book you brought?
What book do you really want to buy/read?