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Book Haul feat. Call Me By Your Name

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January was very much a surprise book mail kinda month which, in my opinion, is an excellent way to start the year. I don't actually have a permanent new home for my books, since the house move, except for a row of stowaways resting next to Luke's middle grade collection. I want to have found a place for them all once we've done up the office. We haven't got too much floor space so I may need to get creative with wall shelves...but that's a different subject for a different day. 

For now, lets focus on the array of colourful books that I added to my collection during January. 

my first book purchase in six months 
I was in the middle of an awful reading year, mind and focus elsewhere, when I decided to go on an impromptu book buying ban. I  decided that there was no point purchasing more when I wasn't getting through the hundred or so that I already owned. So, last summer, I consciously stopped buying books and instead shared tips on how to survive a book buying ban

Six months have now passed and I have decided to allow myself a few bookish purchases here and there. Buying books, I found, inspired me to read more and I missed the buzz of searching for new voices and their stories. In short, my book ban taught me how much I actually love the act of taking new-to-me books home. If the local library was an accessible option to me, I would, of course, revel in taking books out but, for now, I'm back on my (mostly secondhand) book buying kick. 

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call me by your name by andré aciman (2007)
Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, and desire intensify their passion and test the charged ground between them. Recklessly, the two verge toward the one thing both fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

As awards season reared its glitzy head, it seemed that day-by-day more and more people were professing their love for the film adaptation of Aciman's 2007 novel, Call Me By Your Name. The promise of a queer love story told over one long hot summer was enough to wake me from my hauling hibernation and I ended up purchasing the film edition in late January. 

I don't imagine I'll wait until the sunnier months to immerse myself in the story of Elio and Oliver, but stranger things have happened. I can't wait to know this story inside out...and by that I mean I can't wait to know more of it than the peach scene. I'm putting this on my virtual 'read-soon' shelf. An excellent first purchase. 

sent by faber

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the blinds by adam sternbergh* (2017)
Imagine a place populated by criminals - people plucked from their lives, with their memories altered, who've been granted new identities and a second chance. Welcome to The Blinds, a dusty town in rural Texas populated by misfits who don't know if they've perpetrated a crime or just witnessed one. All they do know is that they opted into the programme and that if they try to leave, they will end up dead. For eight years, Sheriff Calvin Cooper has kept an uneasy peace - but after a suicide and a murder in quick succession, the town's residents revolt. Cooper has his own secrets to protect, so when his new deputy starts digging, he needs to keep one step ahead of her - and the mysterious outsiders who threaten to tear the whole place down. The more he learns, the more the hard truth is revealed: The Blinds is no sleepy hideaway, it's simmering with violence and deception, heartbreak and betrayal, and it's fit to burst. 

I could be mistaken but I'm pretty sure I first read about this book when I was pawing through Faber's catalogue one afternoon. The blurb, with its promise of a weirdly isolated and somewhat dystopian community, sucked me in and I really hope it delivers on the page-turning front. 

It sounds like something I could easily sink my teeth into on the weekend. We shall wait and see...

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SENT BY penguin
In celebration of the centenary of women (over the age of 30 who met strict property regulations) getting the vote, Penguin have released a series of books, under the title Penguin Women Writers, that champions four so-called 'forgotten classics' by female authors. The series was curated by author Penelope Lively and Royal Society of Literature fellow Kamila Shamsie and the stunning covers were designed by American artist Martha Rich. 

These books are full of meditations on womanhood, in its richness and diversity, with tales of misadventure and independence filling the pages. I think I will start with the following book. Although, granted, I could be being swayed by the millennial pink...

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the lark by e. nesbit* (1922)
It's 1919 and Jane and her cousin Lucilla leave school to find that their guardian has gambled away their money, leaving them with only a small cottage in the English countryside. In an attempt to earn their living, the orphaned cousins embark on a series of misadventures - cutting flowers from their front garden and selling them to passers-by, inviting paying guests who disappear without paying - all the while endeavouring to stave off the attentions of male admirers, in a bid to secure their independence. 

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birds of america by mary mccarthy* (1965)
Peter Levi, a shy and sensitive American teenager, moves to Paris to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, where he is determined to live a life in harmony with his own idealistic views. But the world is changing at breakneck pace, with nuclear war looming abroad and racial tensions simmering at home. Before long, Peter's naïve illusions are shattered, as he finds himself an unwilling participant in an era of extraordinary change.

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lifting the veil by ismat chughtai* (2001)
Lifting the Veil is a bold and irreverent collection of writing from India's most controversial feminist writer. These stories celebrate life in all its complexities: from a woman who refuses marriage to a man she loves to preserve her freedom, to a Hindu and a Muslim teenager pulled apart by societal pressures, to eye-opening personal accounts of the charges of obscenity the author faced in court for stories found in this book. Wickedly funny and unflinchingly honest, Lifting the Veil explores the power of female sexuality while slyly mocking the subtle tyrannies of middle-class life. In 1940s India, an unlikely setting for female rebellion, Ismat Chughtai was a rare and radical storyteller born years ahead of her time.

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meatless days  by sara suleri* (1989)
Meatless Days is a searing memoir of life in the newly-created country of Pakistan. When sudden and shocking tragedies hit the author's family two years apart, her personal crisis spirals into a wider meditation on universal questions: about being a woman when you're too busy being a mother or a sister or a wife to consider your own womanhood; about how it feels to begin life in a new language; about how our lives are changed by the people that leave them. 

And those were the books I added to my shelves in January. A whole host of beautiful books to help kick start a much better year of reading. Fingers crossed! Did you buy or borrow or get anything out from the library last month? 

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The books marked with an (*) were sent to me by the publisher for consideration. 


  1. The Penguin Women Writers collection sounds amazing and I really want to try and pick up these books!! I've bought quite a few recently, but there's no harm adding these to my wish list :)

    1. They're so beautiful! I hope the stories are just as good.

  2. Wow these look lovely! Enjoy reading!

  3. I can't get over those beautiful Penguin covers! Meatless Days sounds interesting - I might order it for my holidays!

    1. They're just so simple yet so effective! Ooh, enjoy!

  4. Although I had seen the four books, I didn't realize they were a special release through Penguin. Very cool -- and great covers. Hope you enjoy them all!


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