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Books Bought and Read – June 2018

Books Bought

Firstly I visited Foyles on a trip to London, and even though I wanted to buy ALL THE BOOKS, I limited myself to two. I got Heartburn by Nora Ephron, and To Be a Machine by Mark O’Connell.

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The next book I got this month was a copy of Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller. This is exciting because it was sent to me by Penguin, and I never get books sent to me. This is the first one, so I’m pretty excited about it.

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Later in the month I visited Oxford and went to the Oxfam books there. I got Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn – I had a copy that I lent out years ago and never got back, so I’ve been waiting to replace it! I also got Interpreter of  Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri, and Girls in their Married Bliss by Edna O’Brien.

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While I was in Oxford I was staying at Christ Church College. I was literally having breakfast in the Great Hall at Hogwarts, and let me tell you I was beyond excited about this. I know I don’t look it in the picture, but it was very early, and very busy, and I was trying to take my photo without looking like too much of a knobhead. Also, the stairs up to the hall are a Harry Potter location. Hogwarts, Hogwarts, Hogwarts!

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The final purchases of June, were part of my Happy Pay Day celebrations. I bought myself four books: I Hate the Internet by Jarett Kobek, The Boy With the Top Knot by Sathnam Sanghera, Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, and The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest.

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Books Read

Everyday Sexism – Laura Bates

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A Room of One’s Own – Virginia Woolf

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Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

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Little Black Book –  Otegha Uwagba

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Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

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How to Stop Time – Matt Haig

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Books Bought and Read May 2018

Books Bought

Conclave by Robert Harris for book club next month.

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THAT IS IT! OMG

Books Read

Click on the book title to got o a link to my review.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin

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The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller

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Our Endless Numbered Days – Claire Fuller

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This Must Be the Place – Maggie O’Farrell

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Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo-Lodge

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After You – Jojo Moyes 

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Books Bought and Read – April 2018

Books Bought

A quite good month on the book buying front. One I needed for book club. One because a boy recommended it (unfortunately already consigned to history, but at least I’ve still got the book to read ❤ ❤ ❤ ) . And three EMERGENCY purchases due to finding myself out of the house and bookless.

Let’s start with the emergency books. I was reading In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan and I was going to meet my friend for cocktails and food.

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I had a 40min rail replacement bus journey to get there and back. Sorted. Except In Watermelon Sugar doesn’t take long to read. Half the pages don’t have text on the full page. So I had finished it just after I arrived. Luckily there was a massive Sainsbury’s next to the train station. I found a sale section with some super cheap books left over from a promo they had recently had and got this lot for under a tenner!

Things A Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

A Galaxy of Her Own: Amazing Stories of Women in Space – Libby Jackson

Rebel Voices: The Rise of Votes for Women – Louise Kay Stewart

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Later in the month I picked up Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi for a book club in June.

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Finally I got Sarah by J T Leroy. Since getting this book, a friend told me I have to watch a film made about JT Leroy (Author: the JT LeRoy story). So I need to get round to reading this book, then watching the film!

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Books Read

6 books. Yes. Click on the book title to go to my review.

Nobody Told Me – Holly McNish

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Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach

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In Watermelon Sugar – Richard Brautigan

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The Hidden Man – Robin Blake

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The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry

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Sight – Jessie Greengrass

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Books Bought and Read – March 2018

Books Bought

Firstly this month, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge appeared in the post. I had pre-ordered this at xmas and I can’t wait to read it.

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I then bought: Eat Up: Food, Appetite and Eating What You Want – Ruby Tandoh because I kept reading about it on twitter! and I really like food.

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I also bought fellow physics teacher Alom Shaha’s new book: Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder: Adventures in Science Round the Kitchen Table. It’s a beautiful book that will help you do science at home with children.

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I’m still trying not to buy more books, but I needed to get hold of a few for book clubs I have over the next few months. I needed to get This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell, and got The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne at the same time because I keep reading amazing reviews of it and clearly I just can’t help myself when it comes to buying more books…

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I got Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller for the Continental book club next month,

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and finally The Hidden Man by Robin Blake for this month! This is the American name for this book. It is called The Scrivener in the UK version, but that was more expensive!

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Books Read

Seven books read in March. Three super short ones though! Click on the book title to go to my review.

Women and Power – Mary Beard

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All the Beautiful Girls – Elizabeth J. Church

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Motherhood – Helen Simpson

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Serious Concerns – Wendy Cope

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The Circle – Dave Eggers

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The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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Fat, Gay Vegan – Eat, Drink and Live like you Give a Sh!t – Sean O’Callaghan

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Books Bought and Read November 2017

Books Bought

I was doing very well at not buying a single book this month, then the black friday deals broke me.

Earlier in the month I used a few of my audible credits to get:

SPQR – Mary Beard (though having read a review, I’m not sure it will work that well as an audiobook. Think there will be diagrams and references it would be better if I can see them). Too late now!

Mythos – Stephen Fry. All part of trying to address a big gap in my education to ultimately help me be better at Learned League quizzes.

Dracula – Bram Stoker. A classic I’ve really wanted to get round to, especially after reading Frankenstein this year.

Then as I mentions, Black Friday sales broke my resolve and I ordered 6 books. They are all good uns though! They are:

  • Nina Is Not Ok – Shappi Khorsandi
  • It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
  • Moxie – Jennifer Mathieu
  • Hidden Figures – Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Days Without End – Sebastian Barry
  • Scrappy Little Nobody – Anna Kendrick

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I only bought two kindle books on the daily deal:

Seabiscuit – Laura Hillenbrand

The Outsider – Albert Camus.

So really, I did quite well for three weeks. Then just did all by book purchasing in one go! 😀

Books Read

Click for link to the review

Swimming Lessons – Claire Fuller

Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie

Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

What Happened – Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

Under My Thumb: Songs That Hate Women and the Women That Love Them – ed. by Rhian E Jones.

Bedtime Stories

The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl. I’ve never read this one before!

Fantastic Mr Fox – Roald Dahl. Or this one. I read all the longer novels when I was a child (well, all the ones my local library had).

The Magic Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton. My son absolutely loves the adventures of Silky, Moon-face, and the children.

The german book – My daughter is just fascinated by the busy scene pictures in this book. We don’t usually even say the German words – I say the name of an item, and she finds it in the picture.

Stories for Girl – Various vacuous stories about fairies and mermaids mermaid. I didn’t buy this book, and obviously my daughter thinks it’s the best book ever!

Crystallising Chaos – My little pony story. I’ve read this so many times! *despair*

Books Bought and Read October 2017

I’ve just gone crazy this month. Prepare yourselves!

Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet – Dallas Campbell. I actually bought this book a few months ago on preorder, but I didn’t get my hands on it until October 5th! It’s so beautiful.

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Kindle sale:

  • Spectacles – Sue Perkins
  • Lessons I’ve Learned – Davina McCall
  • Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” – Lena Dunham
  • The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
  • Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff
  • Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A Story – Richard Bach, Russell Munson.

To be honest, I could have bought easily double this. There was loads of books in the current sale that I would quite like to read. I tried to only buy a few, and so did quite well. The first three are all autobiographies of interesting women. I have noticed that I read biographies of men predominantly, and want to address this imbalance! The last three are all on my ‘really want’ list, so I got them!

Then it was Book Shop Day so I visited my local YMCA charity shop and came home with:

  • Is it Just Me? – Miranda Hart
  • Salmon Fishing in the Yemen – Paul Torday
  • A Most Wanted Man – John le Carre
  • The Paying Guests – Sarah Waters

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Then something triggered a Rebecca Solnit spree and I ended up with :

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

The Mother of All Questions: Further Feminisms.

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Pachinko – Min Jin Lee. Another kindle book at a nice price.

Next I needed the November and December book club books:

  • Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley
  • The Trouble With Goats and Sheep – Joanna Cannon. (Note to self: this is not The Men Who Stare at Goats, which I thought it was for a few days after it was chosen.)

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and finally, I decided I needed more poetry in my life after reading The Jeanette Winterson book, so I bought Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur.

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Books Read:

click for links to my reviews.

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? – Jeanette Winterson

History of Wolves – Emily Fridlund

Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood

Autumn – Ali Smith

Bedtime Stories

Folk of the Faraway Tree – Enid Blyton

A German Picture Book.

Bit of a repetitive month at bed times this month!

 

 

Books Bought and Read – July 2017

Bought

Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. I love this book. The stories of loads of amazing women written like fairy stories with amazing illustrations. I just want books like this lying around my house for my children to pick up and look through!

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small girl looking at the fabulous illustrations

Bit of a kindle 99p sale spree:

  • The Circle – Dave Eggers
  • Alice – Christina Henry
  • Howl’s Moving Castle – Diana Wynne Jones
  • I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  • Still Alice – Lisa Genova
  • Anger is an energy – John Lydon

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi. I’ve been after this for ages and it popped up on a lightning deal for under £5.

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The Seed Collectors – Scarlett Thomas. The next book for a book club I’m in. I don’t know anything about it.

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Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty. 99p kindle deal. I LOVED the TV series of this

I’ve decided I should always have an audiobook on the go, so have been getting the audible daily deal. I won’t get many listened to until I’m back at work at the end of August though. I’ve now got:

  • Engleby – Sebastian Faulks 
  • Swimming Lessons – Claire Fuller
  • Lincoln in the Bardo – George Saunders

Hot Milk – Deborah Levy (99p kindle deal). I’ve seen too many giant book shop displays of this to pass it by.

After the Man Booker Prize longlist announcement I had to buy a couple of them to read so I picked up:

Solar Bones – Mike McCormack. It’s one sentence. I’m intrigued!

Swing Time – Zadie Smith. I have on goodreads that I’ve read White Teeth, but reading the plot summary I’m not sure I ever actually did read it! So this might be my first Zadie Smith.

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More kindle 99p deals:

  • The Bone Clocks – David Mitchell
  • Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

Read

Click to link through to the review:

Anger Is An Energy – John Lydon

A Girl of Ink and Stars – Kiran Millwood Hargrave

All Grown Up – Jami Attenberg

Nasty Women – 404Ink

The Unseen – Roy Jacobsen

Holidays On Ice – David Sedaris

Reservoir 13 – Jon McGregor

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Bedtime Stories with my Children

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie – Book 1. Utter trash that my son adores.

Danny the Champion of the World – Roald Dahl. I didn’t think I’d ever read this one before but the story seems familiar, so I must have read it once as a child.

Matilda – Roald Dahl. Again!

The Witches – Roald Dahl. Genuinely terrifying!

Picasso and the girl with the ponytail – Laurence Anholt. I know… it’s great though!

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Cinderella. *yawn*

Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. -The noisy book version. At least it’s over quickly…