Book Haul!

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Happy 1st April Guys!

Hope you weren’t tricked into April Fools Jokes this morning.

I think this is actually my first ever post dedicated to a book haul and I am so excited to share what books I got with you. First I ordered 2 of these books of the internet and I then paid a trip to my local bookstore and library in order to check out what books they have lately. It’s been so long since I’ve visited either so it was really nice to finally get round to going again, I do have a ton of university work to be doing but I thought I would go ahead and pick some books up anyway so I can read and relax after a day of working on essays. Here’s what I picked up this month:

Books I purchased:

  • The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith
  • Career of Evil – Robert Galbraith
  • The Bane Chronicles – Cassandra Clare
  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare

Lady Midnight finally arrived and the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Although I am super excited to give it a read, i’m not sure which book I will start first with having so much uni work to do. I am actually reading The Drivers Seat by Murial Sparks at the moment so I can use it on one of my essays so I may start with one of the smaller books I got so I can read Lady Midnight when I can cut time slots out of my day to read it all. I’m anxious once I start I might not be able to put it down!

Library Books:

  • Half Bad – Sally Green
  • The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
  • A Thousand Nights – E.K Johnstone

I’m very surprised by my local library, I live in a small town therefore they don’t have a massive selection of books however they did have a new great selection of YA books so I’m sure i’ll be spending more time in their over summer. I have been seeing Half Bad by Sally Green over instagram a lot lately therefore I thought I would finally pick it up for myself and I have also heard great things about The Raven Boys and A Thousand Nights.

Thank you for reading, did you buy any books this month?

Also I would like to apologise for the quality of the images I used in this post, I really wanted to use a picture which I have taken myself however I only have my phone camera and the glare from the laminated covers of the library books has proved rather tricky and they haven’t come out as good as I hoped and they are a little hard to read. However I hope this hasn’t taken too much from the post quality and you still liked it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments and if you have read any of these books or have any recommendations for books I should put on my TBR list to try to read over summer and this year 🙂

 

 

The Cuckoo’s Calling…

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Goodreads Summary:

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.

Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

Thoughts:

The Cuckoos Calling by J.K Rowling writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the first Crime/ Mystery Novel I have ever read and I am so glad I had the courage to pick it up and give it a go because I absolutely loved it. Why did I only rate it 4.5 stars instead of a full 5 if I loved it you may be asking, well I struggled to get into it for a while but I think this was more to do with my unfamiliarity with the genre than the book itself.

The book itself is 455 pages (hardcover) therefore at first I held off from picking it up because of how daunting it was to commit to such a long book however I found it to be quite fast paced and ultimately I wanted to read more to see what was going to happen next in the reveal of how Lula died. Once Cormonan began to pick up more and more clues in the case the book itself became an even faster pace and I could feel a sense of tension and anticipation as the case drew to a close.

The Cuckoo’s Calling was an amazing read and it held the ability to shock me with its twists and turns, I thought I knew what had happened to Lula but then J.K. Rowling grabbed that rug right from under me and took the novel in a totally different direction. A books ability to shock me as a reader is very important because then I know it’s not going to be predictable and I know that I need to read the entire book to find out how it is really going to end. On numerous occasions throughout this book I found myself making up my own theories and questioning every character, at the end I actually whole heartedly believed one person in particular was responsible however I was wrong. (no spoilers).

A note on J.K Rowling… Of course I love her writing, I find it just descriptive enough to paint a full picture without being overly boring in the mundane activities and surroundings. Throughout this novel she managed to bring many emotions to me as a reader, especially one of hate towards the other characters in the novel. I hated how everybody refused to answer Lula’s phone calls or seemed too caught up with themselves and simply ignored her. Lula’s biological mother was rather annoying as well, with her dropping hints of how she wanted money as well as going on about how hard her life was. As a whole I found myself fighting for Lula throughout to the point where I could gain such emotions from the behaviour of other characters.

Finally one aspect I found really interesting was how Lula’s phone was tapped into by Paparazzi and her voicemail’s listened to, I thought this was great to incorporate into the story as it relates to the Phone Hacking Scandals which have featured on our news for a few years now. By incorporating such context it allowed me to immerse myself into the book to a greater level because I could find similarities directly associated to our current reality.

As a whole I recommend The Cuckoo’s Calling to anybody who is a fan of the crime and mystery genre but also to anybody looking to venture out of their comfort zones. The Cuckoo’s Calling delves into the mystery of Lula’s death, the revealing of secrets as well as a look into the fictional celebrity life which seems very much like the reality.

Have you read The Cuckoo’s Calling? If so what were your thoughts on reading it?

Useful Links:

Goodreads – BookGoodreads – Robert Galbraith |The Cuckoo’s Calling