A Post-Christmas Book Haul

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This isn't the edgiest of book hauls, I'll allow that. All the books I ordered were either bestsellers in the chart or massively hyped by the book blogging community, which I don't have a problem with at all. I received a £25 Amazon gift card as a late Christmas present and went about finding out how many books I could get with that amount of money. The answer was, as you can see, five! I'm really happy with my choices and I cannot wait to get started once I've (finally) finished my MA reading list. Only three books to go, phew. However much I'm loving the books I'm being assigned, I am very excited for reading lists to be totally out of my life.

The Miniaturist - Jessie Burton

'On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives at a grand house in Amsterdam to begin her new life as the wife of wealthy merchant Johannes Brandt. Though curiously distant, he presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations run eerily true.'

Unless you've been living under a book-blogger rock, you've probably heard of The Miniaturist. From what I've read, I'm expecting this book to be spooky and full of suspense, so I cannot wait to pick it up. I don't think I've seen any bad reviews surrounding it as of yet!

Bring Up the Bodies - Hilary Mantel

'Bring Up the Bodies unlocks the darkly glittering court of Henry VIII, where Thomas Cromwell is now chief minister. With Henry captivated by plain Jane Seymour and rumours of Anne Boleyn's faithlessness whispered by all, Cromwell knows what he must do to secure his position. But the bloody theatre of the queen's final days will leave no one unscathed.'

The sequel to Wolf Hall and half of the basis of the current Wolf Hall BBC adaptation. I really loved the first book in the series and was eager to get into this before the show aired, but my reading list fiercely got in the way. I've never really gotten into historical fiction but I find the court of Henry VIII so fascinating that I was gripped by the first page of of Wolf Hall. Now I just need to decide to keep watching the series or read this first! I mean, we all know what happens in the end...

Wild - Cheryl Strayed

'At twenty-six, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's rapid death from cancer, her family drifted apart and her marriage crumbled. With nothing left to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to walk eleven-hundred miles of the west coast of America and to do it alone. She had no experience of long-distance hiking and the journey was nothing more than a line on a map. But it held a promise: a promise of piecing together a life that lay shattered at her feet.'

Strayed is probably sick of people comparing this to Eat Pray Love, but the story of a woman whose life has crumbled going on a life-changing adventure is one that will always hark back to Elizabeth Gilbert's bestseller. After hearing Strayed interviewed on a podcast (I wish I could remember which one!) about the book, the film adaptation, and her thoughts on strong women, I knew I had to pick this up as well as some of her other books later on because she seems like such a true, hilarious, and caring woman.

Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

I adore Roxane Gay. Her essays and articles on sexuality, gender, and race are always straight from the hearth and filled with truth. I finally picked up a copy of her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, after months of yearning and hearing her speaking on a variety of my favourite podcasts, one of them being the amazing Nerdette.

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

'There are two sides to every story... Who are you? What have we done to each other? These are the questions Nick Dunne finds himself asking on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they weren't made by him. And when there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what did happen to Nick's beautiful wife?'

Do we need any explanation here really? I really need to read the book before watching the film, even though it's practically impossible to be on the internet at the moment and not having it spoiled.

Have you picked up any books recently, or have you read any of these I've picked up?
M x

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