A Magically Marvellous Book Haul

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The summer spirit is truly upon us at work, especially when it comes to the Summer Book Swap. After hauling in a few books my shelves could do without, I browsed the other donations and picked up some eagerly that have been on my reading list for a while. Two turned to three, turned to five. Oops. The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern, Vintage, 2012) was thrust into my hands by a colleague, even though I definitely would have picked it up on my own accord. I've been excited to read this slow-burning magic masterpiece and now I finally have the chance. The internet seemed to go crazy for it a few years back. Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel, Picador, 2015) came through the post after a friend recommended it to me (again, it was already on the list!), so that's another book soon to be read. The Taxidermist's Daughter (Kate Mosse, Orion, 2015) was a bit of a spontaneous choice on my part as I had no idea what it was about and had only seen it in passing. From the blurb it promises to be a dark and spooky read, maybe one to save for later in the year.

The final three books from the book swap are:

A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman (Sceptre, 2014) - I remember this book receiving a lot of praise last year after its English re-release. Ove is a grumpy old man getting on in his solitary world when a young family move in next door and shake things up. I think 'heart-warming' is the best way to describe this.

The Cuckoo's Calling, Robert Galbraith (Sphere, 2013) - This is the first time I've ever come close to reading anything non-Potter of J.K's, but I'm looking for some exciting crime and mystery to read, so I couldn't turn this down. 

The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende (Black Swan, 1986) - I will readily admit this was influenced a lot by the slightly uneasy but very pink cover. It looks like something you would find in a holiday hotel room or in a country pub, discarded by its previous owner. It reminds me a lot of my edition of Cat's Eye by Margaret Atwood. Reviews call it 'one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century', telling the story of three generations of the Trueba family.

M x

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