Monday, 3 September 2018

August 2018 book haul

books A Man Called Ove Murakami Toil & Trouble Kitchen The Nakano Thrift Shop

August typically for me is a month where I do the least reading, mainly in part due to the fact that I work in events and my biggest event of the year (gamescom) takes place in August, so not am I only working non stop throughout the 5 day event, the build up is also incredibly busy and stressful. Despite this I thought it would be a great idea to purchase loads of books, especially as I knew I would be taking my kindle with me to gamescom so I went ham on kindle books just in case I had time to read. I didn't have time.... Anyway, here is what I bought:
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman - I'm sure most of you have heard of A Man Called Ove as it was a New York Times best seller and was even turned into a film in Sweden. It's about a seemingly typical grumpy old man who hates the world, and what happens when a young family with children move in next door. Last month I read Beartown by Fredrik Backman and absolutely adored it and have had the biggest book hangover since so I am hoping A Man Called Ove will help me get over that as this looks like it's set be equally emotional and captivating. 
  • After Dark by Murakami - You will notice this month that I have picked up a lot of translated texts, it's a mini challenge I have set myself and Murakami is a king amongst Japanese fiction writers. After Dark is one of his shorter novels so I thought it would be a great intro to his works. It focuses on two sisters and the blurb starts off by letting us know that Mari is sipping coffee and reading her book at midnight in a diner (sounds like my ideal friend) whilst her sister Eri lies in a deep sleep that has lasted for two months. Seems juicy!
  • Toil & Trouble - This is cheating a bit as I actually got this in the post on the 1st day of September, but I'm still including it in August's book haul. It includes fifteen short stories all about women embracing their powers after years of witches being feared and scorned. Short stories + witches is like a dream combination to me and I can't wait to dig in on dark nights.
  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami - My husband and I have spent a lot of time at Nakano Broadway in Tokyo so when I saw this in Foyles, coupled with the bright pink cover it was pretty much an instabuy for me. Hitomi starts to work at a thrift store filled with bric-a-brac, although she is convinced their is hidden treasure in there and that all the objects have a story. She also believes the cast of curious people who also work there have equally interesting stories. This book has been described as charming and heart-warming and I can't wait to read a book that is set in an area so near to my heart.
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto - Another translated text. This one caught my eye in a Waterstones, mainly because of the cover but the description o won me over. It's a tale about two mothers, transsexuality, bereavement, kitchens, love and tragedy in contemporary Japan. I have a few friends also reading this at the same time as me and I always love having someone to discuss books with after reading them. 
  • Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon (Kindle) - This was on my recommended list on Amazon because I bought Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine (fantastic book) and I wanted something along those lines. Florence is 84 years old and has taken a fall. Whilst she is lying waiting for help on her kitchen floor she begins to think about her new neighbor who looks like a man she used to know and it's bought up memories Elsie thought she had long forgotten...
  • Mr Penumbra's 24 hour bookstore by Robin Sloan (Kindle) - Robin Sloan wrote Sourdough which was one of my favorite reads from last year, so when I saw he had wrote a book about a quirky, mysterious bookstore of course it piqued my interest. To be honest I didn't completely read the blurb before going in, and now I have read the book it is quite different to what I was expecting so I will definitely try to get a review of this up soon!
Did you pick up anything this month? Do any of the books I got this month interest you? Or have any international authors you would recommend, let me know I love to hear from you! 



  1. I haven't read any of these - I am a sloth

  2. I have seen Toil & Trouble a couple times and it's on my TBR. Enjoy your book haul reads :)

    Megan - Ginger Mom and the Kindle Quest

  3. I loved A Man Called Ove and Fredrik Backman can do no wrong to me!

  4. I have not read any of these. I have A Man Called Ove on my Amazon wishlist and have recently purchased Bear Town by the same author.

  5. Not read any of them, but Toil and Trouble are on my TBR list.

  6. Great haul!! I've been hearing great things about Toil and Trouble! Enjoy!

    Erica | Erica Robyn Reads


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