Whilst I didn't buy any books during the months of June and July, I did acquire quite a bit of exciting bookish blogger mail and I thought you guys would like to see what I acquired because beautiful books are beautiful books. As ever, let me know if you've read any of the books featured and, if so, let me know which ones you would recommend that I read with some urgency.
After seeing me loitering around their Instagram page, the people at Roads Publishing got in contact and asked whether I'd like to own some of their beautiful re-designs of classic books. I'm not entirely ridiculous so, of course, I said yes. I've not read Madame Bovary of Lady Chatterley's Lover but they're two books that I've always been interested in due to the controversy that their publications caused. I have, however, read The Picture of Dorian Gray and very much enjoyed it. I probably shouldn't own three copies of it though?! I've already popped some more Roads Classics on my wishlist and will be buying Venus in Furs, Dracula and Frankenstein when my funds allow! These pastel-coloured editions are such high quality that I would recommend them to everyone - they'd make the perfect gifts too.
BOOKS ARE MY BAG
This bounty of books took me by surprise when they turned up on my doorstep but they were all entirely welcome. I'd not heard of any of the titles beforehand which was a bit of a treat. Thanks, BAMB! For those that don't know, Books Are My Bag is a nationwide campaign to get readers supporting their local bookshops and they run many fun events throughout the year. They do a fantastic job so head over to their social media channels and get involved.
the apple tart of hope by sarah moore fitzgerald
Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world's most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead. No one seems too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend, and his little brother Stevie. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie are determined to find out what happened to Oscar, and together they learn about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope.
PENGUIN CLASSICS DINNER
I was invited by the Penguin Class team to go to London for a swanky dinner to discuss all things bookish but unfortunately I couldn't go due to ill health. They were, however, very sweet and understanding and offered to send me a goody bag to cheer me up. The gems!
the world of sex by henry miller
Many people have castigated the shamelessness of Miller's Tropic novels - which were for a long time widely suppressed and illicitly supplied under the counter. Here, Miller seeks to set the record straight and argues that there is no contradiction between his salacious novels and his philosophy.
Maigret is drawn into the orbit of the self-made, mercurial Ducrau, as the latter's past catches up with him in a claustrophobic provincial town.
Freed from boarding school, Cécile lives in unchecked enjoyment with her youngish widowed father -- an affectionate rogue, dissolute and promiscuous. Having accepted the constantly changing women in his life, Cécile pursues a sexual conquest of her own with a 'tall and beautiful' law student. Then, a new woman appears in her father's life. Feeling threatened but empowered, Cécile sets in motion a devastating plan that claims a surprising victim.
A selection of Maupassant's brilliant, glittering stories set in the Parisian beau monde and Normandy countryside.
MY 23RD BIRTHDAY
I turned 23 on the 3rd July and I received a few bookish gifts from my family members to celebrate. I have read all of the graphic novels that I received already, so check out my recent book reviews for my opinions on them if you haven't already done so!
a slip of the keyboard by terry pratchett
A Slip of the Keyboard brings together the finest examples of Pratchett's non-fiction writing, both serious and surreal: from musings on mushrooms to what it means to be a writer (and why banana dacquiris are so important); from meories of Granny Pratchett to speculation about Gandalf's love life, and passionate defences of the causes dear to him.
Tony Chu is a detective with a secret. A weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, and most bizarre cases.
GIFT CARD PURCHASE!
As well as receiving some books as presents, I also received an Anthropologie gift card that I used, in part, to buy one of the beautiful Rifle Paper Co editions. I've never read Little Women but I almost feel like I should read it?!
And that's all of the bookish post I received during June and July! I feel incredibly grateful. I supposed I'd better get reading...
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