Thursday, 21 August 2014

On My Shelf 4

It's that time of the month again where I share some of the books that live on my shelves with you. Each month you guys give me some numbers and each number corresponds with a book on my bookshelf. You pick the number and I then tell you a bit about that particular book, the story behind its purchase and, if I've read it, what I thought about it. This tag was created by Iain Broome and it's a fun way to share more of my books with you! You know the drill guys, let me know if you've read these books below and tell me which ones I need to read first if I haven't already done so. 

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111. my cousin rachel by daphne du maurier 
My Cousin Rachel is the gripping story of a Victorian young man whose placid life in the English countryside is turned inside-out by an older woman. 

I read Jamaica Inn earlier this month and I absolutely fell in love with it so I'm really looking forward to reading more of Du Maurier's work. I picked this copy up from a charity shop for 50p because I'd heard so much about Du Maurier's writing and I have a cousin named Rachel. Ah, I love me a tenuous link! I love a good bit of dark brooding Victoriana so this should be a pleasant read.





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8. neverwhere by neil gaiman 
Under the streets of London, there's a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew is going to find out more than enough about this other London (when) a single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: neverwhere. 

I read Neverwhere sometime last year, after picking it up for £1 in a charity shop, and I really enjoyed it! Gaiman's world building is just absolutely phenomenal and I adored the wide range of settings. I gave it a 4/5. I would definitely recommend this to people looking to get into the fantasy genre because it was one of the first fantastical books I read and I really enjoyed the experience! If you'd like to, you can check out my Coraline book review and my Ocean At The End Of The Lane book review too.

In 1956, Stevens, a long-serving butler at Darlington Hall, decides to take a motoring trip through the West Country. The six-day excursion becomes a journey into the past of Stevens and England, a past that takes in fascism, two world wars and an unrealised love between the butler and the housekeeper. 

My babely friend Jamie sent this to me a while ago now and I'm really looking forward to reading it at some point in the future because of its West Country links. I read Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go last year and really liked it so I'm hoping this will be just as good! 

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34. selected poems by t. s. eliot
I'm studying Modernism at university  next term so I decided to use some old bookstore gift cards on this beautiful anthology of T. S. Eliot's works. I haven't had the chance to properly browse through it yet but I'm sure I'll be forced to do so pretty soon. I'd love to read some of his works beyond the most famous ones! This anthology also makes a really great gift, by the way.

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12. rebecca by daphne du maurier
Working as a lady's companion, the heroine of Rebecca learns her place. Her future looks bleak until, on a trip to the South of France, she meets Max de Winter, a handsome widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. She accepts, but whisked from glamorous Monte Carlo to the ominous and brooding Manderley, the new Mrs de Winter finds Max a changed man. And the memory of his dead wife Rebecca is forever kept alive by the forbidding housekeeper, Mrs Danvers... 

My Mum's workmate bought this for me following my surgery last year and I've been meaning to devote time to it ever since. I just know I will adore this book but, for some unknown reason, I just haven't got round to it yet. I think I'll save it for my winter break. I'm really looking forward to it. 


And there you have it! Would you like to see more On My Shelf posts in the future? Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I'm going to have a quiet weekend! ♥ 


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13 comments

  1. You own some great books! I have been intending to read The Remains of the Day as the author is great but now I know it is set in the West Country, I definitely want to read it! :)
    theemeralddove21.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. ooh I loved this post! I'm a new follower if yours so I haven't seen them before but I'm going to go back and read your other ones :) I've been meaning to read the daphne de maurier books for yeeeears after being nagged by my mother who thinks I'll love them! looking forward to the next one:)
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I read Never Let Me Go and didn't like it as much as i was expecting :( maybe cause of the high expectations.
    I have Rebecca on my shelf to read, i think i'm going to love it :D
    AND I ADORE THIS EDITION OF T.S.ELIOT!

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  4. The Remains of the Day is on my to-read list too. I'll be looking forward to reading your review on it x

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  5. I read The Remains of the Day a while ago and remember really enjoying it. I must try and reread it soon... Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it if you get round to reading it. That edition of the T.S Eliot poems looks lovely!

    Gemma

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  6. Neverwhere makes me happy and sparked a lot of my interest in the Tube and unused stations. I just read Ocean At The End Of The Lane too which I loved and it reminded me a little of Diana Wye Jones xx

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  7. You will love Rebecca (I think!) & saving it for winter break sounds like a good idea to me, will be extra atmospheric! xo

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  8. This is such a fun idea! I absolutely loved Rebecca when I read it (the Hitchcock movie based on the book is also good), but I haven't read anything else by Daphne du Maurier. I'll have to check out some of her other novels!

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  9. Neverwhere is sitting on my shelf ready for me to read. I need to taek a week off and do nothing but read.

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  10. I have the same copy of Eliot's poetry and it's so gorgeous, I wrote my dissertation on it :) I hope you enjoy modernism next term! I'm doing it for my MA and cannot wait because I had such a brilliant time with it before x

    Megan / pixiecrop.com

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  11. Yes please read Rebecca its one of my absolute favourites, the film is incredible as well!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. just to let you know, I featured this post in my favourites post of today:) hope you're having a lovely weekend!
    Helena / helenaterry.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I looove Rebecca, I've also read some of Du Maurier's short stories which I really liked too - her other novels are high on my to-read list!

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