11 November 2017

Book Mail

I rarely do a good old book haul these days, so that is just what I'm giving you today. I haven't been buying many books this year, but I thought it was about time I made an order on Book Depository now I've finished university. There are a couple of review copies in the mix in the theme of historical fiction, fantasy, plus a good dose of non-fiction.

The Grip of Film by Richard Ayoade
I love Richard Ayoade for his films and self deprecating humour, and of course now his foray into the publishing world. Some people have understandably mistaken this book as being entirely written by the man himself, but as Ayoade explains in the introduction, it is actually by the relatively unknown Gordy LaSure. That won't deter me though, because Ayoade comments on what LaSure says throughout, which will ~probably~ generate a chuckle or two. As you've probably guessed, this book is all about films, but apart from that I'm sure what to expect.

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson
You know me - I love a good discussion about gender stereotypes. As I've said before, I would probably love studying gender at university. So far I've read one (YA fiction) book by Juno Dawson which I thoroughly enjoyed, and now I'm dipping into her non-fiction. Buying this book was a complete no-brainer to me for obvious reasons - if you've never checked out Dawson's books I would highly recommend (and I need to get her other ones). If you don't know much about Juno Dawson you might not know she transitioned from male to female, so this book is her take on what it's like to be both genders and what problems come with being male and female.

The Boat Runner by Devin Murphy*
I don't know what it was - maybe a first watch of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas a couple of months ago - but suddenly I wanted to read more historical fiction. I find history as a subject incredibly interesting, but more than that, I do like getting caught up in an absorbing mystery. There are many, many books that tackle the subject of WWII but I'm yet to really read one which is why I think this will be a nice change from my typical contemporaries. This has been compared to All The Light We Cannot See, which I've seen just about everyone rave about, but apart from that I don't know much about this book.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
It was love at first read when I picked up The Humans by Matt Haig a couple of summers ago. I really want to reread that book, but unfortunately it was borrowed from the library. Anyway, his latest book is How To Stop Time, the story of a middle-aged man who has been alive for centuries unbeknownst to everyone around him. He works as a history teacher, using it as an excuse to retell tales he actually witnessed and lived through. Matt is a really good writer and is always imparting some kind of wisdom on his Twitter, so I'm really excited to get into this. This is actually going to become a movie eventually too, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr*
As mentioned above, this book has been raved about by a lot of people. It was the winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and is a New York Times bestseller. Once again, I don't know that much about this book apart from the fact it's a historical fiction and set during war. The blurb says it's about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France, and they're both trying to survive the devastation of WWII. I have no doubt this will be a touching, emotional story - I'm looking forward to a good cry to be honest.

Have you read any of these books/which ones would you read?


*Review Copy



  1. All The Light We Cannot See is such a beautiful book! You'll love it, and you will definitely cry. The Grip of Film book looks really cool, I'm a massive Richard Ayoade fan!

    Lauren | Dose of Wardrobe

    1. Yay, I'm so glad you like him too :) I'm looking forward to reading All The Light We Cannot See! xx

  2. I really want to read how to stop time, by matt haig as I loved his book reasons to stay alive. Plus, I love his twitter and he seems like a genuinely great man!

    Lucy | Forever September

    1. I also liked his book Reasons to Stay Alive :) I listened to the podcast he did with Emma Gannon and loved him even more x

  3. I've never heard of any of these! I'm in such a rut with reading at the moment, all of these sound like such good reads!x

    1. I'm in a little bit of a rut too! Hopefully you will find some good books to read x

  4. I haven't read any of this books but I going to! May be I'll start with "How to stop time" before there is the movie (if there is B Cumberbatch in it, I don't know how I'm going to wait ...)

    1. Benedict Cumberbatch is such a good choice :)


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