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Books Bought and Read – July 2017


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!


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.


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


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.


More kindle 99p deals:

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


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!


Cinderella. *yawn*

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


Books Bought and Read – June 2017


I’ve started a Summer reading challenge and so have bought a few books I have wanted to read for a while that I have firmly put on my summer reading list!

Oryx and Crake – Margaret Atwood. It’s been on my wishlist for a long time and is also on my 2017 book challenge list (the one I seem to have almost abandoned).


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The Power – Naomi Alderman. I’ve wanted to read this since I first heard about it. I’m so happy it won the Bailey’s Prize.

The Lottery and other stories – Shirley Jackson. I don’t do scary, so thought I’d give it a go and start mildly (I hope!).

Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities – Rebecca Solnit. Loved Men Explain Things to Me. I’m clearly going to read everything by Rebecca Solnit, but need to space them out so they last longer!


lovely books with a beautiful peony from my garden

I discovered NetGalley this month, where reviewers can request ebooks in return for reviewing them. I’ve learnt very quickly that I need to request carefully! I ended up with too many requests being granted and not enough time to read them all. One of the books I have read is Queen of Spades by Michael Shou-Yung Shum (review will be posted in September!). This book is a rewriting of Pushkin’s Queen of Spades, a book I know nothing about – so I bought it to be able to compare the two.

Queen of Spades – Alexander Pushkin


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The Underground Railroad – Colson Whitehead. Looks great. Was quite reasonably priced on preorder. It hasn’t arrived yet, so not sure it really counts as a purchase this month…

The Song of Achilles – Margaret Miller (kindle 99p book) This has been on my wishlist for a while and it popped us as a kindle daily deal. Same with:

Wild – Cheryl Strayed. Read a very strong recommendation of this recently by someone I admire.

School Summer Fayre had books for 25p each! Picked up The Locked Room and Other Horror Stories – M. R. James, and Goth Girl and the Pirate Queen – Chris Riddell.

and finally, a year after I accidentally ordered the paperback not realising it wasn’t out for a year! My friend Gavin Hesketh’s book arrived! The Particle Zoo:
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rapidly taken, early morning selfie!

To finish off the month I has a few more purchases:

Alex’s Adventures in Numberland – Alex Bellos. He was coming to my college to give a talk, so I needed the book (I’ve wanted to read it for a while anyway) so I could get it signed

I also got Oreo – Fran Ross

and A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness. 


13 books bought this month. Not bad 


Books I’ve read this month. Linked to reviews if they are published yet 😀

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Queen of Spades – Michael Shou-Yung Shun (review due in september!)
The Power – Naomi Alderman. Loved loved loved this

Bedtime Stories with my Children

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – It all got a bit too dark! so we are taking a break and have replaced it with:
The Famous Five Get Into Trouble – Enid Blyton. That’s so wizard!
Diary of a Minecraft Zombie – book 1. Completely my own fault because I bought it him for xmas.
The Witches – Roald Dahl. Small person bedtime book. Surprised she’s not utterly terrified by it.
Matilda – Roald Dahl. Think we are on the third time through so far. It’s like comfort food.


Books Bought and Read – April 2017


Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts – Mary Gibson. 99p kindle book. What can I say. I love custard tarts and was a bit hungry.

Absolute Friends – John Le Carre. 99p Kindle book. I’m on a (very slow) mission to read all the John Le Carre books in order. I’m on book 3… but pick up others when I see them cheap!

The Color Purple – Alice Walker. Oxfam books paperback. It’s embarrassing that I’ve never read this.

The Female Man – Joanna Russ. Oxfam books paperback. Some 1970s classic feminist sci-fi. Yes please!


The Glorious Heresies – Lisa McInerney. 99p kindle deal. Last year’s Bailey’s prize winner.

Nobody Told Me – Holly McNish. I bought this brand new, shiny, full price from Waterstones. I heard an extract from it, one of the poems, probably on radio 4 – it feels like it would have been a radio 4 thing, and I needed to own it. It was written from when she found out she was pregnant and covers the first few years of her baby’s life. The poem I heard sounded raw and honest and made me cry. It was only about 4 lines long! As someone who has struggled with having small children (struggled as in I have not coped exceedingly well) I am very much looking forward to this warts and all look at parenting. Don’t think this one will take me long to read!


I was doing well this month. Don’t buy too may books. Don’t buy too many books. You CAN’T read them all. Just don’t look at the kindle sales… Then I spotted:

The Descent of Man – Grayson Perry. 99p kindle deal. It’s one I’ve been after for a while. So I bought it. Then I saw, a bit further down the page:

The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick. 99p kindle deal. Well, I really want to read this. It’s in my wish list. I may as well buy it now as it’s just 99p. But then next to it I spotted:

The Three-Body Problem – Cixin Liu. 99p kindle deal. Great! This is in my wishlist too. I must have it. But it’s part of a trilogy… and they are on sale too… so I ended up with:

The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu. 99p kindle deal.


Death’s End – Cixin Liu. 99p kindle deal. OMG send help.

FREE BOOKS! from outside a neighbours house 🙂 So these don’t really count because I didn’t pay for them…

  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas – Agatha Christie
  • Cards on the Table – Agatha Christie
  • Why Didn’t They Ask Evans? – Agatha Christie
  • The Last of the Mohicans – Fenimore Cooper
  • Billy Bunter Among the Cannibals – Frank Richards


And now I’m holiday planning so needed:

The Rough Guide to England – second hand amazon marketplace.

The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget – second hand amazon marketplace.

A Quiet Storm – Rachel Howzell Hall. Well because I just wanted to add a novel to the previous order.


I was feeling like I hadn’t read much this month – I was wrong! Think it’s just because I’m struggling with my current read.

Angels – Marian Keyes 

The Story of My Life – Helen Keller

Vinegar Girl – Anne Tyler

Bel Canto – Ann Patchett

Welcome to Biscuitland: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero – Jessica Thom

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carre

The Man in the High Castle – Philip K. Dick

Bedtime Stories

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J. K. Rowling. Harry has completed the second task now. We are getting there. This is the story I read every night with my oldest child. The rest in this list are the random choices of the small one!

Matilda – Roald Dahl.  Love Matilda. This is the second time through it.

Busy places around the world. Not much of a story with this one!

Harry Potter and the Philosoper’s Stone – J. K. Rowling. Harry is still in Diagon Alley. Slow going… we only read a little bit of this about once a week.

The Secret Seven – Adventure on the way home. I say.