So despite being on a self-imposed book-buying ban this summer I have nonetheless managed to acquire quite a lot of books, far too many to include in a single haul post hence why this is coming to you in three parts. I honestly don't know why I bother telling myself I won't buy any for the time being because I invariably break my own rules so I suppose I might as well embrace it!
The first part contains the books I ordered on Amazon to have sent to my grandparents' house in England where I picked them up when we went to visit earlier in the summer. They're just a select few titles that have been on my to-buy list for ages and ages so I took advantage of some low prices and having the option of UK delivery to tick some off the list.
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides // The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
It's no secret that I'm a major fan of The Virgin Suicides, which Jeffrey Eugenides is perhaps best known for, so it was only a matter of time before I got my hands on these two. And they look really interesting too: the protagonist of Middlesex is intersex which is something I've never come across before in a novel so I'm interested to see how the author tackles that topic, while The Marriage Plot, quite aside from the stunning cover, is set in the 80s and is about a group of college students which just about redeems it for smacking of clichéd chick-lit love triangles.
Reckless by William Nicholson // The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
I love novels set in World War 2 or immediately afterwards and I have a certain fondness for the Cuban missile crisis when it appears in books - according to the blurb Reckless manages to tick both these boxes so I'm excited to get stuck into it. The Paying Guests just looks like a cracking good novel: it's about a widow and her daughter in the 1920s who are forced to take in lodgers and what happens when a young modern couple move in with them. Apparently it's also a crime story so that gets bonus points in my book!
Rise by Anna Carey
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Lastly I ordered Rise, which is the third in a trilogy by Anna Carey. To be honest I can't quite remember what it's about because I read the first one years ago, but I do know it's one of those YA dystopian deals which I used to love so much and at some point I planned to get the second and third so I'd have them all. I'm definitely going to read the whole trilogy through at some point anyway. I also have no recollection of why I ordered How to Build a Girl but it looks really good and the cover is quite striking. Last but not least, As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust is the latest in the Flavia de Luce series which I'm sure I've raved about somewhere on my blog before - in a nutshell it's about an 11-year-old amateur sleuth and chemistry whizz who solves crimes in the small town of Thornton Lacey where she lives. The difference with this installment is that Flavia has been sent off to boarding school in Canada, which I'm not quite sure how I feel about because I dearly love the established setting - but I suppose we'll see.
And that's the first part of this colossal book haul - stay tuned for the next ones!