Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Arrivals

I've been trying to buy fewer books this year. With a TBR-mountain in the 400+ range I really need to get to the books I already own. I've been largely successful, but I simply can't resists a good sale. A local online store had an offer where you got a 40% discount if you bought 3 books. I only really wanted one book, but ended up getting a total of six!

I got:
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
Eifelheim by Micheal Flynn
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Patricia Cornwell Box set: Blow Fly, The Last Precinct & Trace

For Review

I also received two books for review. The Lowest Heaven is a thing of beauty. I haven't read it yet, but the beautiful cover alone makes it worth having. While I don't normally read books set in the Victorian era the premise of The White Forest was too intriguing to pass up.

The Lowest Heaven is a new anthology of contemporary science fiction published to coincide with Visions of the Universe, a major exhibition of space imagery at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Each story in The Lowest Heaven is themed around a body in the Solar System, from the Sun to Halley's Comet. The stories are illustrated with photographs and artwork selected from the archives of the Royal Observatory, while the book's cover and overall design are the work of award-winning South African illustrator Joey Hi-Fi.

The White Forest
by Adam McOmber is full of fantastical twists and dark turns which transports readers to a unique and memorable world.

Jane Silverlake is a lonely young woman with a strange, inexplicable gift – ever since her mother’s mysterious death she has been able to hear the souls of man-made objects. Nathan’s fascination with Jane compels him to understand her odd talent—sparking interest in a secretive cult led by Ariston Day.

Suddenly Nathan disappears from the streets of Victorian London. In order to save everything she must infiltrate Ariston Day’s mysterious secret society, leading Jane to a place beyond her wildest imaginings that will reveal vast reserves of power and strength within her she never dreamed she possessed.


  1. Nice Haul! I also got The Book Thief today :)
    Maybe a group read is in order!

    1. That might be a good idea. Perhaps we can sneak it in as one of the monthly choices :P

    2. I think we should :)
      Lauren F was also saying she wants to read it.

  2. The Book Thief is on my TBR list too. I've read a sample (and didn't like it) but I'm willing to give the book a chance and read it. Maybe I will like it, because most people gave it such good ratings/reviews. Goodluck on your 400+ books!

    1. It was more of an impulse buy for me. I needed to get 3 books from their selection to get the discount. Ended up ordering The Book Thief since I've heard loads of people rave about it. Worth a try.

  3. Great blog!
    I'm wondering: Do book lovers necessarily have to be book collectors?
    I tried to get rid of my books and failed miserably
    What do you think?

    Love from Germany,