Thursday, 19 January 2017

BOOK HAUL | Library Edition

I recently stopped by the library, browsed, and left with four books in my bag - I thought I'd share those titles with you today.

MONSTERS BY EMERALD FENNELL (this is actually a title I reserved near the end of summer last year and it just came in)
A blackly comic tale about two children you would never want to meet.

Set in the Cornish town of Fowey, all is not as idyllic as the beautiful seaside town might seem. The body of a young woman is discovered in the nets of a fishing boat. It is established that the woman was murdered. Most are shocked and horrified. But there is somebody who is not - a twelve-year-old girl. She is delighted; she loves murders. Soon she is questioning the inhabitants of the town in her own personal investigation. But it is a bit boring on her own. Then Miles Giffard, a similarly odd twelve-year-old boy, arrives in Fowey with his mother, and they start investigating together. Oh, and also playing games that re-enact the murders. Just for fun, you understand...

A book about two twelve-year-olds that is definitely not for kids.

In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it...

Forty-eight hours after leaving her husband’s body at the base of the stairs, Tanya Dubois cashes in her credit cards, dyes her hair brown, demands a new name from a shadowy voice over the phone, and flees town. It’s not the first time.

She meets Blue, a female bartender who recognizes the hunted look in a fugitive’s eyes and offers her a place to stay. With dwindling choices, Tanya-now-Amelia accepts. An uneasy―and dangerous―alliance is born.

It’s almost impossible to live off the grid today, but Amelia-now-Debra and Blue have the courage, the ingenuity, and the desperation, to try. Hopscotching from city to city, Debra especially is chased by a very dark secret…can she outrun her past?

With heart-stopping escapes and devious deceptions, The Passenger is an amazing psychological thriller about defining yourself while you pursue your path to survival. One thing is certain: the ride will leave you breathless.

What if you learn something as an adult that makes you question your entire childhood?

This is the scenario the Rockwell sisters are faced with.

Esme: eldest child, control-freak, perfect wife and mother. In fact, her husband has run off with his dentist and their teenage daughter is live-tweeting the entire mess to her 3,000 followers.

Liv: middle child, fianc stealer, squatter. Holed up in her ex-husband's apartment with her acupuncturist and a bottle of whiskey.

Ru: youngest child, writer, runaway. Hopes to find inspiration for her second novel by studying the behaviour of elephants - and fleeing her fiance.

One-by-one the siblings return to the family home, where an even bigger drama unfolds. A box of old letters is delivered to the house containing the answer to the mystery they have all lived with, until now: who was their father, and why the hell did he disappear?

Meet thirtysomething dad, Alex
He loves his wife Jody, but has forgotten how to show it. He loves his son Sam, but doesn't understand him. Something has to change. And he needs to start with himself.

Meet eight-year-old Sam
Beautiful, surprising, autistic. To him the world is a puzzle he can't solve on his own.

When Sam starts to play Minecraft, it opens up a place where Alex and Sam begin to rediscover both themselves and each other . . . When life starts to tear one family apart, can they put themselves back together, one piece at a time?

A Boy Made of Blocks is a beautiful, funny and heartwarming story of family and love inspired by the author's own experiences with his son.
I'm sure you'll be seeing more of these titles in the coming weeks.


  1. I liked The Passenger and All of Us and Everything - but didn't love them. Hope you enjoy them all!

    1. Two titles I've had my eye on for a while now - thank you!

  2. I had All of Us and Everything on my radar for awhile. I'll be interested in hearing what you think!

    1. I've had my eye on that title for a while now, but funnily enough when I picked this book up I didn't correlate it being the same book I'd been keen to read as in my head was the US cover I've been seeing all over other blogs!

  3. I really want to go to the library but I am trying to resist. lol

    1. Haha! I made sure to borrow no more books than the amount of books I'd already read from my own shelves this month. It can be so easy to get into visiting the library, and not reading your own books!

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    1. Thank you - I've had my eye on these titles for a while now!

  5. I love peeking into other people's library hauls! :) These all sound good. Enjoy your loot!

  6. I love a good library haul! Normally I just use my library for audio books and cookbooks but you have me inspired to do a bit of wandering and just pick up something fun. The Passenger looks really good and the rest are new to me but also sound intriguing. Enjoy!

    1. It's good to have a browse around the library every now and then; you can find some hidden gems. Thank you!

  7. The Boy Made of Blocks and Monsters sound fascinating... I think I need to go and reserve them now! PLEASE let us know your thoughts on Monsters - I want to read it, but I'm actually kind of scared...
    Beth x

    1. Haha! I've heard that Monsters is quite dark but well worth a read - I'm keen to delve into that one, and will for sure share my thoughts!


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