Friday, 28 September 2018

September 2018 Book Haul

lots of books with some plants

This month I was meant to be on a book buying ban, but then my husband decided that we should go in Foyles, and well, shit happens! This is what I picked up this month:

  • Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neil (Kindle) - I can't even remember what it was that made me pick this up, I must've seen it in a YouTube recommendation or something. Anyway, it is described as being The Handmaid's Tale meets Mean Girls and I have already started on it and must say I agree.
    A dystopian novel where women can't be born naturally, they are designed and their sole purpose is for pleasing men and reproducing more males. It's totally harrowing and completely compelling. 
  • Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig - Matt Haig's books on mental health are always hailed as some of the best, so as a person who has been suffering with depression and anxiety for over 10 years now, I decided to give one of his books a go.- How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad?
    - How do we stay human in a technological world?
    - How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?
    Notes on a Nervous Planet looks at all of these questions and how to be happy in the 21st century. 
  • The Vegetarian by Han Kang - This is a book I've been wanting to pick up for ages, my friend Amy (check out her blog, obvitsamystitches) has been raving about it for a while and Han Kang's other book, Human Acts. The vegetarian is a contemporary fiction tale that follows Yeong-hye who has lived a normal life until she started getting terrible nightmares. In order to cleanse her mind Yeong-hye decides to give up meat which is seen as an act of subversion and rebellion to those around her.
  • Do Androids Dream of Electronic Sheep? by Philip K. Dick - On the 24th my husband and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary and this was actually part of his gift to me.
    To be completely honest I don't know much about this book other than that it is science fiction and the book that inspired the Blade Runner films. The reviews on this are great though and I'm excited to dig into a book that I wouldn't normally read.
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult - I recently read A Spark of Light, it was my first Jodi Picoult novel and I loved it. I consulted my amazing bookseller friend, Sasha and she recommended Nineteen Minutes as her favourite Picoult book, so of course I picked it up right away.
    The main character, Peter, has been bullied for years by his classmates which causes him to snap one morning and kill ten people in nineteen minutes, but things are deeper than what they seem when the case gets taken to trial.
I'm actually so pleased with all the books I got this month and can't wait to crack on with them. There is also no point in pretending I will try and go on a book buying ban in October either as I am attending my first book blogger event and I'm pretty sure it's right next to a Foyles store...
Let me know if you have any recommendations for me or if you have read any of these books!


19 comments:

  1. You got a good selection of books this month!

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  2. I haven't read any of those so be sure to let us know

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  3. I want to know about the PHILIP K DICK book. I love robots.

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  4. Ooh! Philip Dick's book has been on my TBR list forever. I love the original Blade Runner movie. (And I always intend to be on a book purchase ban until I get caught up but it never works!)

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  5. Such a great haul! I've heard really good things about both Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and Notes on a Nervous Planet so I'm excited to hear what you think!

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  6. I haven't heard of any of these! Let us know how they turn out :).

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  7. Book buying ban? Don't think I could manage. Great book haul. Let us know which ones you like!

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  8. I think the idea of a book ban is dreadful. Buy those books and enjoy them! Great picks this month!

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  9. I loved Nineteen Minutes - Picoult's books are always full of thought-provoking concepts, shades-of-grey characters and easy-to-read prose, so I've read most of them now, and Nineteen Minutes is one of my favourites. I haven't read Notes on a Nervous Planet yet but I did read and love How To Stay Alive, as well as The Humans which isn't non-fiction but a very nice, fun sci fi read. Hope you enjoy all of these when you get to them!

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  10. I LOVED Only Ever Yours, I think I read it in 2 sittings. What a realistic and upsetting future world...

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  11. Wow, that is a lot of books. I have just started reading again and am looking for some more books to read

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  12. I have enjoyed Jodi Picolt's books and think I've read 19 Minutes but now I'm not sure. She has written some books with hot topics!

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  13. Can I share? Ha ha! Some great picks, enjoy x

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  14. Ooh some great choices there - I am trying to find more time to read! Kaz

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  15. I haven't read any of these, but they look very interesting!

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  16. Only Ever Yours is brilliant, I hope you enjoy it!

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  17. The Vegetarian is a great book. These are awesome selection.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  18. Only Ever Yours sounds horrifying! But I'm intrigued. I've been meaning to read Nineteen Minutes for YEARS.

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