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Books I’ve Bought Recently | 2018 #1

Like many others, I entered the new year with plenty of books from the festive period; more than enough to satisfied my needs for fictional worlds. Unfortunately, with a new year comes endless lists on new books to look forward to and my TBR doubled in size and yes, I ended up buying some books. So here they are:

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend 

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“Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks – and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.”

This was a purchase that I made only a few days after Christmas because I’d heard nothing but good things about it and also the cover is just absolutely beautiful!
On Writers And Writing by Margaret Atwood 

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“What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god of Art? An improver of readers’ minds and morals? Looking back on her own childhood and the development of her writing career, Margaret Atwood addresses the riddle of her own art.”

This was an anniversary present from my boyfriend and does exactly what it says on the tin. Admittedly, I’ve never read any Margaret Attwood but I’ve been saying for a while that I’d like to get a book on writing from one of the greats!
The Sacrifice Box by Martin Stewart  

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“Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they’ll never visit it alone; and they’ll never take back their offerings.”

A genre that I actively avoid is horror; for the simple reason that I am an absolute wuss. But this book sounds very intriguing so I might have to read it with all the lights on!

The Extinction Trials by S.M.Wilson

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“Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.
In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win. But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…”

I normally hate when books are pitched as “if you loved this then you’ll love this…” or “x meets x” but The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park? Sign me straight up!
The Beautiful And Damned by F.Scott Fitzgerald

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“Anthony and Gloria are the essence of Jazz Age glamour. A brilliant and magnetic couple, they fling themselves at life with an energy that is thrilling. New York is a playground where they dance and drink for days on end. Their marriage is a passionate theatrical performance; they are young, rich, alive and lovely and they intend to inherit the earth. But as money becomes tight, their marriage becomes impossible. And with their inheritance still distant, Anthony and Gloria must grow up and face reality; they may be beautiful but they are also damned.”

I keep saying that I’m going to read more of Fitzgerald’s work and I never do. So I’ve decided to change this. Another Jazz age novel filled with drama? Yes please!

And that’s everything I’ve bought recently. Let’s hope I have more willpower as I make my way through these books!

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