Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Library Haul Part 1

A bit of a different post today and also a contender for the dorkiest post I've ever done. I don't care though because going to the library is honestly my idea of a really exciting day out. It's maybe not quite up there with Universal Studios or something, but not far off!

I mentioned in my Love/Hate tag that one of my favourite things ever is coming home from the library with a bag full of books, and that's exactly what I did on Saturday.

Sometimes I find recommendations for books that I think I'll like and then request them from the library Saturday was not one of those times. I've requested a few books, but they've not arrived yet (I'm 17th in line for The Miniaturist, I reserved it months ago and they've allegedly got 115 copies but I'm not holding my breath on that one) so I just randomly pulled books off the shelves that I liked the look of, absolutely judging them by their covers by the way. I have no idea if I've picked up a masterpiece or a book so bad that it could have been written by a drunk monkey.

This is Chantelle, she likes to read bear-y much

So pretty!
Briefs Encountered, Julian Clary

This is one from my Perfect Library list, (for new readers that's a ridiculously long list of books that I'm half heartedly trying to complete by the end of the year though technically to manage this I think I'd now need to average a book a day) and according to one of the reviews on the cover is "A haunting tale of love, obsession and a house full of spirits..." Genuinely not sure if they mean ghosts or vodka by that, but either way it's a win.

From the back :  

Noel Coward is the toast of twenties society...a brilliant writer whose witty songs and pithy lines don't quite tell the whole story. Goldenhurst, his house...provides a place where he can be himself... And more importantly where he can be with his lover Jack...But their romantic idyll is ruined, first by the arrival of Noel's demanding relatives and then by a mysterious death....

Twenties setting, secret gay lovers and a murder mystery..sounds great, can't wait to read this one!

This book appealed to me firstly because the cover is so beautiful and secondly because I couldn't for life nor money find a description of what it was about, which intrigued me.

When I got home I finally found it, looking blindingly obvious on the first page (but in my defence most books have a description on the cover or on the inside of the cover) :

Fifteen year old Angel knows she is different, that she is destined to become a feted author...After reading The Lady Irania, the publishers are certain it will become a success...Before long Angel is a literary sensation. Wealth, fame and adoration are hers. But how can she maintain the dream when she cannot see the world around her?

Without context that description almost sounds like a trashy novel, but the fact that it's hailed as a classic and was published in 1957 begs to differ. I'm not too sure what to expect from this one, but I'm really interested to get stuck in and I think I'll probably read this one first!

The King's Curse, Philipa Gregory

Ah, crazy old Henry VIII! I loved The Other Boleyn Girl, I'd even go so far as to say that it's one of my favourite books, but none of the Philipa Gregory books I've read since have really captured my attention the same way! I don't know if it's because a story can only really be as interesting as the (vague) history behind it and it's hard to find a story more fascinating than Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn? However this book holds a lot of promise for me because it's on the same topic!

From the back :

Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, Henry VIII, or to her beloved queen and princess. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret has to find her own way and hide her knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors, which is slowly coming true . . .

I'm interested to see how much this overlaps with The Other Boleyn girl, hopefully a lot! On a side note I was reading the reviews on amazon when I was looking for a link for this post and one of them said it was a "grim read but worth it" which I think bodes well?!

I got six books out and I originally intended to do this as one post but then, as always, I started rambling a bit, and this post was threatening to rival my 20,000 law dissertation in length so I decided to split this into two and will put the remaining three up within the next few days! 

As always, hit me with any book recommendations in the comments!