Book Haul!

It’s been a very long time since I bought books, and it’ll be a very long time until I can do it again, but lately I did buy a few books to last me through most of the summer. I thought I’d just quickly show you them, as I made sure I bought only books I was very keen to read. Also, The Last Girlfriend On Earth which I reviewed here was among these books but I figured I didn’t need to show it again. Now, to the books which I shall also briefly comment on because, you know, it’s me and that’s what I do!

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. This is the second novel by the Swedish novelist, who is famous for writing the amazingly funny The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, a novel which was Sweden's bestselling book the year it was released, which has achieved international fame and has even recently been made into a movie. Very excited about this one.

The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson. This is the second novel by the Swedish novelist, who is famous for writing the amazingly funny The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared, a novel which was Sweden’s bestselling book the year it was released, which has achieved international fame and has even recently been made into a movie. Very excited about this one.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. I bought almost all of Gaiman's novels last year, then never got around to reading them and had to leave them boxed up in Australia for the time being. This, his latest novel, will help make up for that a little I hope.

The Ocean At The End Of The Lane by Neil Gaiman. I bought almost all of Gaiman’s novels last year, then never got around to reading them and had to leave them boxed up in Australia for the time being. This, his latest novel, will help make up for that a little I hope.

If you haven't seen the brilliant television show QI, get off my blog and go and look up QI on Youtube right now (I'll talk to you in a few days upon your return). For those more familiar with it, this book basically deals with the same sorts of information the show does, and even includes snippets from the show. A good way to find out a lot of what you know is wrong, and very funny too.

If you haven’t seen the brilliant television show QI, get off my blog and go and look up QI on Youtube right now (I’ll talk to you in a few days upon your return). For those more familiar with it, this book basically deals with the same sorts of information the show does, and even includes snippets from the show. A good way to find out a lot of what you know is wrong, and very funny too.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. Don't know much about this one, but the title made me curious. Every now and then I make a reckless purchase based on something like the cover or the title. Fingers crossed.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. Don’t know much about this one, but the title made me curious. Every now and then I make a reckless purchase based on something like the cover or the title. Fingers crossed.

Imagining Alexandria by Louis de Bernières. One of my favourite ever authors, famous for Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Birds Without Wings and Red Dog, this is his first collection of poetry. What I've read so far is beautiful.

Imagining Alexandria by Louis de Bernières. One of my favourite ever authors, famous for Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, Birds Without Wings and Red Dog, this is his first collection of poetry. What I’ve read so far is beautiful.

The Pleasure Of My Company by Steve Martin. I was swept away by a more recent novel by Steve Martin recently, An Object of Beauty, and have decided to backtrack to his first two works of fiction. This one is about a modern-day neurotic, and as I expected it is incredibly intelligent, witty and insightful. Steve Martin, I have to admit, is a very impressive writer.

The Pleasure Of My Company by Steve Martin. I was swept away by a newer novel by Steve Martin recently, An Object of Beauty, and have decided to backtrack to his first two works of fiction. This one is about a modern-day neurotic, and as I expected it is incredibly intelligent, witty and insightful. Steve Martin, I have to admit, is a very impressive writer.

Shopgirl, by Steve Martin. His first work of fiction, this short novella looks at a young woman working in a shop who embarks on a relationship with a man nearly twice her age. I am yet to read it, but the praise I have heard about it, plus the fact it was made into a film, make me suspect it's as good as everything else I've read by Martin.

Shopgirl, by Steve Martin. His first work of fiction, this short novella looks at a young woman working in a shop who embarks on a relationship with a man nearly twice her age. I am yet to read it, but the praise I have heard about it, plus the fact it was made into a film, make me suspect it’s as good as everything else I’ve read by Martin.

Well, that’s it for now. I aim to have proper reviews up of all seven of these books over the next couple of months, so keep an eye out for them!

What books have you bought or borrowed recently? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

23 thoughts on “Book Haul!

    • Hahaha glad its not just me who does that! I’ll definitely put up a review of that one when I get to it, although I must confess the Jonasson, Martins and Gaimans will likely be read first (just because they’re authors I’m more familiar with, I guess). 🙂

  1. LOVE QI!!! Ha. And i had no idea that Steve Martin was an author??? I love Steve Martin! I have even seen Shopgirl…i will have to look into this.
    Well apart from the Inheritance Cycle Series that i am reading, my aunt-in-law loaned me the biography of my cousin-in-law, Matt Hall. He is the Australian Red Bull Air Racer. I’ve also been loaned the Ranger’s Apprentice series. So even though i have piles of books by my bedside table, i won’t have a chance to even think about them until I’ve finished reading the books that I’ve borrowed!

    • I didn’t know Steve Martin was an author until a couple of years ago when I somehow stumbled across An Object of Beauty. That book was about the art world, about how at the core of it is art itself which is beautiful, but the art business that surrounds it is often ugly. It was such an intelligent read, and you can tell he really knows a lot about art (apparently he’s been collecting since he was 20 – probably a good thing he became so successful as a comedian and actor then, as I can’t imagine that’s a cheap hobby). So yeah, I’m really quite impressed by Martin’s writing, it’s not just “oh this is good for an actor/comedian”, it’s actually genuinely amazing.
      Ahhh Ranger’s Apprentice – I’ve never read those books but at my old high school I taught at until last year the kids read the first book of the Ranger’s Apprentice series in Year 7. A lot of them hated it too, but I think they were just under the impression they were allergic to school work of any kind. Silly teenagers, hahaha.

      • No, i can’t imagine collecting art is a cheap hobby either! And i am extremely intrigued now about his books from what you have said! So many celebrities like to dabble in many different things however rarely are any amazing.

        Haha. Oh well, i guess i shall see if i like it or not! I was thinking back to school and how we used to have “silent reading time”. Oh, those were the days!!!

        • I’ve generally found that out of all the types of celebrities who dabble in writing, comedians are always the best. Probably because they need to be observational to write their comedy, so it translates well into story writing. Some of my favourite novels of recent years come from different comedians.
          Hahaha yeah, the kids struggle to do silent reading time these days. They also struggle to do silent reading time without having 10 apps going on their phones. 😛

    • Yeah, a lot of people are surprised by that one. I can definitely recommend An Object Of Beauty by Martin, and at the halfway point of The Pleasure Of My Company I think that one will be a strong recommendation from me too.

  2. I loved The Pleasure of My Company. It’s been a long time since I’ve read it, but I remember it being so interesting and keeping me so engaged. Fantastic book.

    • Me too – I used to do a book haul a few times a year. I look forward to the day when I can do that again 😛
      And yeah Steve Martin is a really good writer, much better than you might expect. Very intelligent man. Though in my experience good comedians often make great novelists.

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