I hope you're having a better July than I am. I have two neighbours (in my unit complex) who seem to think that the only good music is extremely loud heavy metal and techno/dance music! Earlier this month I even bought some noise cancelling headphones to try and dampen the sound, but it still bleeds through. Reading is difficult at any time, but especially at night, and I've literally had to plug those headphones into my iPod to watch movies, or listen to a local radio station on my phone, to try and distract myself from going nuts! Arrrrrgh!
However, you really don't want to hear any more of that, so on to some happy news - my latest bookmail!
|Evie Nyxx likes the box most of all!|
On Wednesday the courier dropped off a rather large box that only contain five books. Yes, five smallish books all wrapped up in some amazing bubble wrap and held in place by those air pockets to make sure that my items were not going to move in the slightest. It's so funny when you rip open the box as you have to make your way through all the protective wrapping to get to the books ;-D
|Phrynekinns wouldn't get off the bed (or my pillow!), so she got surrounded by the books ;-D|
In this haul I took advantage of Booktopia's free shipping period and bought some long standing items from my wishlist.
I couldn't resist trying one of the graphic novel adaptations of Agatha Christie books. I've seen them hauled and review quite a bit on BookTube recently, but the titles I would have loved to get (The Man in the Brown Suit, Death on the Nile, And Then There Were None, and Murder on the Orient Express) were all unavailable, or worse still - out of print! So, I bought Hallowe'en Party, and I was very happy with it. I read it that afternoon and it took no time at all as it's only 45 pages long. Liked the art style, it was interesting but without being so odd or weird that it was distracting. However I adore the cover art. So good! 😸
Then I read Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones. This is the seventh book in the Charlie Davidson series, and while it is still okay, I'm not sure that I will be continuing to buy these in hardcover - unless I come across some amazing bargins (books 1-3 for $1.49 each on Book Outlet, but the p&h was just highway robbery!). Thankfully, this book was only $10, so I'm okay with that. Will try and get a mini-review up at some point in the future.
The last three books are on my TBR pile. Unseemly Science sounds amazing, but I don't know if I have to read The Bullet Catcher's Daughter first, or if I can just jump straight in? So that's why it's on the back-burner at the moment. Next is Shakespeare Undead, which sounds like a hoot and a half - and an odd coincidence as I reread Shadow of Night on Tuesday, and I love that books as we see Kit Marlowe as a daemon, and young Will Shakespeare as a wannabe playwright hanging around with the members of the School of Night - and eventually stealing Marlowe's work (given to young Annie).
Finally there is Stray Souls by Kate Griffin. This sounded amazing when I read the synopsis online, and I love this style of contemporary urban fantasy that mixes element of mythology. Since the Dark Heavens series finished earlier this year, I have been on the lookout for a new series (or stand alone) that can fill the void. Hopefully, this may be it.
And that my lovely ladies and gentlemen, is what came in the mail for me this week. Next week I am expecting the new release of the illustrated edition of Neverwhere. I nearly bought the previous release of the author's preferred text edition (I love that cover!), but when I found out from an IG account I follow that this was on it's way - I had to pre-order it as I love Chris Riddell's illustrations! So look out for a pic of that when it arrives ;-D
Until next time,