A few new books...
Sometimes having one of those weeks means buying a few new books is entirely necessary. Even if I did buy them from The Book Depository, which meant having to wait what felt like forever for them to be shipped. On the plus side...free bookmarks! And when the postman finally did knock on my door with an armful of parcels, I'd sort of forgotten all about them so it was almost like opening a bunch of gifts. Swings and roundabouts, right?
B by Sarah Kay | The Book Depository - Goodreads
After stumbling across a video featuring Sarah Kay's spoken word poetry on YouTube a little while ago, many a spare moment has been spent searching for more recordings of her work. When I saw this little book of wonder containing a beautifully illustrated poem called B, which I fell a little bit in love with after watching Sarah's TED Talk, I knew I had to add it to my little book collection.
B is described as 'a thank you note, a love letter, a wish, a promise, a confession, and a secret'. So far it has made me tear up every single time I've watched Sarah perform it and this little book has found itself a secure spot on my 'favourites shelf'.
The Listeners by Leni Zumas | The Book Depository - Goodreads
This caught my eye as I was perusing the 'readers also enjoyed' section on Goodreads. I can lose many hours without even realising immersed in those endless recommendations. I've purposely not read very much about the plot because I have a feeling it's going to be one of those books I'll really like if everything comes as a bit of a surprise.
All I do know is that it follows Quinn, once a star of the punk-rock music scene, who is now trying to cope with the things that happened in her past. The sentence that sparked my interest initially says 'The Listeners is about what lurks in the shadows and what happens when what's lurking insists on being seen'. Combine that with also seeing it described as 'hypnotic and profoundly disquieting' I thought it might be one that's perfect for reading on a drizzly autumnal afternoon.
Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner | The Book Depository - Goodreads
I'm not sure that I necessarily have a favourite publishing house, but if I were asked to choose the first that springs to mind is Faber & Faber. Although I couldn't really begin to tell you why, I just think they have a good 'vibe' if that makes sense? Anyway, I follow them on Twitter & I saw them tweet (or retweet) a picture of this book and the cover drew me in, immediately leading me in search of a synopsis, which sealed the deal.
Llewellyn and Cunningham assume they are two future stars of the literary scene. They work on their words of brilliance between poorly paid jobs writing captions for the 1985 cat calendar and blurbs for trashy novels, with titles like 'Brothel of the Vampire'. I started reading almost as soon as I opened the parcel and I must say, it's certainly delivering its promise of being a 'darkly comic tale of hope and humanity against the grim urban and political landscape of Margaret Thatcher's Britain' so far. This is my first Alan Warner novel and I can safely say it won't be my last because every page has been a real treat to read.
Have you read any of these? Or have you added any new books to your shelf recently?
I'd love to know!
Now Reading: Their Lips Talk of Mischief by Alan Warner | page 214/341