It’s been a year since I’ve last bought any books and you won’t believe how excited I was at the book-fair. I initially intended to only go for 5 books (and that was alot even, since I didn’t know what sort of selection they had to offer). Initially didn’t work out.
Either ways, I’m (still) super excited and happy about my haul! I’ll put the back synopsis on each of the books below, as well as their goodreads and book depository links so you can check it out too, if you’re interested. A short commentary on why I bought them will also be included.
From left to right, top to bottom:
House of Silk (Sherlock Holmes by Anthony Horowitz, #1) by Anthony Horowitz
THE GAME’S AFOOT… It is November 1890 and London is gripped by a merciless winter. Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson are enjoying tea by the fire when an agitated gentleman arrives unannounced at 221b Baker Street. He begs Holmes for help, telling the unnerving story of a scar-faced man with piercing eyes who has stalked him in recent weeks. Intrigued, Holmes and Watson find themselves swiftly drawn into a series of puzzling and sinister events, stretching from the gas-lit streets of London to the teeming criminal underworld of Boston and the mysterious ‘House of Silk’…
This book sounds like all kinds of awesome, and I picked it up primarily because I have yet to read anything by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The book-fair-throw-everything-into-your-basket syndrome obviously got me down since this isn’t written by Sir Arthur. Nevertheless, am still hopeful about this.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
Charlie is a freshman. And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
I know this is a movie cover edition, but really, who cares? It’s not too shabby in my opinion (I even have The Hobbit in movie cover edition, yep). I have never read this and have been wanting to for the longest time, the cover (Emma Watson is babe) and the price sealed the deal for me.
A Time to Kill (Jake Brigance, #1) by John Grisham
Before The Firm and The Pelican Brief made him a superstar, John Grisham wrote this riveting story of retribution and justice — at last it’s available in a Doubleday hardcover edition. In this searing courtroom drama, best-selling author John Grisham probes the savage depths of racial violence…as he delivers a compelling tale of uncertain justice in a small southern town…Clanton, Mississippi.
The life of a ten-year-old girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime. Until her black father acquires an assault rifle and takes matters into his hands.
For ten days, as burning crosses and the crack of sniper fire spread through the streets of Clanton, the nation sits spellbound as young defense attorney Jake Brigance struggles to save his client’s life…and then his own.
Ok, background story here. I’ve read The Litigators 2 years ago, and it was one of the WORST books I’ve ever read in 2013. Plus John Grisham has lost my respect as a decent, moral person (Are you fucking serious?? Can’t believe he’s an author, really). But being the generous reader that I am (Ha.Ha.) I’ve decided to give him another chance. This’d better be good.
Forbidden by Ted Dekker & Tosca Lee
New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future.
Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.
Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.
But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.
Set in a terrifying, medieval future, where grim pageantry masks death, this tale of dark desires and staggering stakes peels back the layers of the heart for all who dare to take the ride.
Wow. How could anyone not pick this up after reading the synopsis?
The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) by Robert Galbraith (a.k.a. J.K. Rowling)
A brilliant debut mystery in a classic vein: Detective Cormoran Strike investigates a supermodel’s suicide. 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.
You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this.
Unpopular Opinion: I’m not the biggest fan of J.K. Rowling. However, this book is praised left and right for showcasing Rowling’s skill as a writer, so why not? There was also The Silkworm at the fair (a ton of it, in fact), but I decided against it because that’ll be a risk. Better try the first and see how it goes, am I right?
The October List by Jeffrey Deaver
Gabriela waits desperately for news of her abducted daughter.
At last, the door opens.
But it’s not the negotiators. It’s not the FBI.
It’s the kidnapper.
And he has a gun.
How did it come to this?
Two days ago, Gabriela’s life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She’s given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the “October List” within 30 hours, or she’ll never see her child again.
A mind-bending novel with twists and turns that unfold from its dramatic climax back to its surprising beginning, THE OCTOBER LIST is Jeffery Deaver at his masterful, inventive best.
The synopsis is interesting but the format inside is even more so. Pictures that screamed “EVIDENCE” and “CREEPY” start off every chapter. And the story is told backwards (from what I’ve gathered). Though especially difficult to master, who doesn’t love the occasional retrospective narrative? *drops it into basket*
The Full Montezuma by Peter Moore
Intrepid travel writer Peter Moore recently invited the new love of his life, a.k.a. the girl next door, to join him on a romantic sojourn through Central America. The trip would take them into an area of the world emerging from decades of civil war, an area racked with poverty, disease and natural disasters. Naturally, she jumped at the chance. Over the next six months they battled hurricanes, mosquitoes, uncooperative border officials and over-sexed Mexican commuters, and along the way they learnt rather more about each other than they really wanted to…From Zapatista rebel heartlands in Mexico to a quiet game of cricket in Jamaica, from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch in Honduras to breathtaking ancient Mayan sites and perfect golden Caribbean beaches, The Full Montezuma chronicles the highs and lows of one couple’s journey into the unknown. Written with Moore’s wicked sense of humour and his eye for the bizarre, and punctuated by a roll call of annoying habits – map-hogging, over packing, bite-scratching and over-zealous haggling – The Full Montezuma is hilarious, incisive and acutely observed, a cautionary tale for anyone planning to cross a continent with their significant other.
Let’s be honest, the cover constitutes 90% of why it was checked out. 9% was due to it sounding like a hilarious, witty read. The other 1% is up in the air for God knows what.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
In a perfect world, Jonas begins to see the flaws…THE GIVER is the classic award-winning novel that inspired the dystopian genre and a major motion picture adaptation for 2014 starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes and Taylor Swift. It is the future. There is no war, no hunger, no pain. No one in the community wants for anything. Everything needed is provided. And at twelve years old, each member of the community has their profession carefully chosen for them by the Committee of Elders. Twelve-year old Jonas has never thought there was anything wrong with his world. But from the moment he is selected as the Receiver of Memory, Jonas discovers that their community is not as perfect as it seems. It is only with the help of the Giver, that Jonas can find what has been lost. And it is only through his personal courage that Jonas finds the strength to do what is right…The Giver is the award-winning classic of bravery and adventure that has inspired countless dystopian writers as the forerunner of this genre.
I’ve never read this classic. Enuf said.
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
‘I’m a dead woman, or I shall be soon…’
Hercule Poirot’s quiet supper in a London coffeehouse is interrupted when a young woman confides to him that she is about to be murdered. She is terrified – but begs Poirot not to find and punish her killer. Once she is dead, she insists, justice will have been done.
Later that night, Poirot learns that three guests at a fashionable London Hotel have been murdered, and a cufflink has been placed in each one’s mouth. Could there be a connection with the frightened woman? While Poirot struggles to put together the bizarre pieces of the puzzle, the murderer prepares another hotel bedroom for a fourth victim…
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Since the publication of her first novel in 1920, more than two billion copies of Agatha Christie’s books have been sold around the globe. Now, for the first time ever, the guardians of her legacy have approved a brand new novel featuring Dame Agatha’s most beloved creation, Hercule Poirot.
Checking the goodreads page is kinda discouraging for this novel, even more so when I gave up other books to buy this. Hopefully Hannah delivers on this, else I’ll be raging. I kid.
Night Film by Marisha Pessl
A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.
On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.
For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself.
Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world.
The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.
Night Film, the gorgeously written, spellbinding new novel by the dazzlingly inventive Marisha Pessl, will hold you in suspense until you turn the final page.
There is alot of hype over this at BookTube and it’s a successful hype since it got me so intrigued that I literally shooed off potential (none at all) competitors and snatched it up with my greedy hands. Format’s really cool, the pictures and screenshots were 90% why I bought it. Heck, I’d even purchase a bent copy.
That wraps up my book haul! I won’t be getting to these delights anytime soon because I still have a stack of library books awaiting. Worry not, I’ve kept these wrapped up in my drawers, heheh. What books have you recently hauled? Let me know in the comments below.