Book Haul: May 2013

May Book Haul

                I’m going away at the end of this month and for part of early next month so if I don’t post this now it’ll never get done!. I also re-bought a few books that I’ve read in the past but will be posting them aswell anyways! I’ll be re-reading them now that I have them again (and never ever lending out books again!)
                What books did you get this month? I seem to be sashaying my way back into adult fiction perhaps ❤

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The Diviners (#1) by Libba Bray
                Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”
                When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first

ImageThe Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
                The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows. He crashes into a ravine and suffers horrible burns over much of his body. As he recovers in a burn ward, undergoing the tortures of the damned, he awaits the day when he can leave the hospital and commit carefully planned suicide — for he is now a monster in appearance as well as in soul.
                A beautiful and compelling, but clearly unhinged, sculptress of gargoyles by the name of Marianne Engel appears at the foot of his bed and insists that they were once lovers in medieval Germany. In her telling, he was a badly injured mercenary and she was a nun and scribe in the famed monastery of Engelthal who nursed him back to health. As she spins their tale in Scheherazade fashion and relates equally mesmerizing stories of deathless love in Japan, Iceland, Italy, and England, he finds himself drawn back to life — and, finally, in love. He is released into Marianne’s care and takes up residence in her huge stone house. But all is not well. For one thing, the pull of his past sins becomes ever more powerful as the morphine he is prescribed becomes ever more addictive. For another, Marianne receives word from God that she has only twenty-seven sculptures left to complete — and her time on earth will be finished.

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The Postmistress by  Sarah Blake
                In 1940, Iris James is the postmistress in coastal Franklin, Massachusetts. Iris knows more about the townspeople than she will ever say, and believes her job is to deliver secrets. Yet one day she does the unthinkable: slips a letter into her pocket, reads it, and doesn’t deliver it.
                Meanwhile, Frankie Bard broadcasts from overseas with Edward R. Murrow. Her dispatches beg listeners to pay heed as the Nazis bomb London nightly. Most of the townspeople of Franklin think the war can’t touch them. But both Iris and Frankie know better…
                The Postmistress is a tale of two worlds-one shattered by violence, the other willfully naïve-and of two women whose job is to deliver the news, yet who find themselves unable to do so. Through their eyes, and the eyes of everyday people caught in history’s tide, it examines how stories are told, and how the fact of war is borne even through everyday life.

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
                1978 (Paris) The Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended with their fathers sudden death. Without his wages and the small amount their mother earns disappearing into the absinthe bottle eviction seems imminent. With few options Marie is sent to Paris Opera for a scant seventy francs a month she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet, she throws herself into dance and is soon modelling in the studio of Edgar Degas where she will be forever immortalized as ‘Little Dancer’. Her older sister Antoinette finds work and love of a dangerous young man as an extra in a stage adaptation however she falls lower and lover into society and must make a choice between a life of honest labor or the more profitable avenues open to a young woman of the Parisian demimonde…unless her love affair derails her completely
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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
                A young Andulusian shepherd named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried withen the Pyramids, along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom points Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way but what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of treasure found withen.

By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho
                Pilar is a frustrated Scholar looking for greater meaning in the endless cycles of her days, so when a childhood friend contacts her she is surprised to learn that he is now a charismatic spiritual leader. She is also more astonished when he reveals to her that she is his great love.
                Confused by the sudden opportunity for a new chance at life Pilar gradually comes to realise that the man she loves is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling. As they travel through sacred sites in the French Pyrenees the difficult choice they face offers a startling revelation about the divine and the redemptive power of love.

Brida by Paulo Coelho
                Brida, a young Irish girl has long been interested in magic but she’s searching for something more. Her search leads her to people of great wisdom who begin to teach Brida about the spiritual world. She meets a wise man who dwells in a forest who teaches her about overcoming her fears and trusting in the goodness of the world, a woman who teaches her how to dance to the music of the world and how to pray to the moon. As she seeks her destiny she struggles to find a balance between her relationships and her desire to become a witch

ImageThe Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker *This book is amazing
                Chava is a Golem, a creature made of clay, brought to live by a disgraced Rabbi. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbour in 1899
                Jinni, a being of fire, born in the Syrian desert was trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is realised accidently by a tinsmith in lower Manhattan. Though no longer imprisoned he is not entirely free. A un-breakable band of iron around his wrist binds him to the physical world.
                Overwhelmed by the longing and fears of humans around her, the cautious and tentative, Chava-inbued with extraordinary physical strength-fears losing control and inflicting harm. Jinni Baptized by the tinsmith who makes him his apprentice; the handsome and capricious Ahmad an entity of inquisitive intelligence and carefree pleasure-chafes at monotony and human dullness. Like their immigrant neighbors, the Golem and the Jinni struggle to make their way in this strange new place while masking the supernatural origins that could destroy them.
               
The Shadow of the Wind (#1) by Carlos Ruiz ZafronImage
                Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence.

ImageShe`s come undone by Wally Lamb
                Meet Dolores Price. She’s 13, wise-mouthed but wounded, having bid her childhood goodbye. Stranded in front of her bedroom TV, she spends the next few years nourishing herself with the Mallomars, potato chips, and Pepsi her anxious mother supplies. When she finally orbits into young womanhood at 257 pounds, Dolores is no stronger and life is no kinder. But this time she’s determined to rise to the occasion and give herself one more chance before she really goes under.

ImageSilence (#3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
                Nora Grey can’t remember the past five months of her life. After the initial shock of waking up in a cemetery and being told that she has been missing for weeks – with no one knowing where she was or who she was with – she tried to get her life back on track. Go to school, hang out with her best friend, Vee, and dodge mom’s creepy new boyfriend.
                But there is this voice in the back of her head, an idea that she can almost reach out and touch. Visions of angel wings and unearthly creatures that have nothing to do with the life she knows.

               

 

 

Wow! So glad I didn’t remember to photograph all the books I got this month! This took forever to write for some reason! ❤ Be seeing you all soon!

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