This month I managed to get a couple more Waterstones clearance bargains, and I pre-ordered one very special book! I’ll share those with you now, and also let you know what I’m reading next so you know what reviews to expect in the near future…
Waterstones Book Haul
Inside the Hub: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Torchwood Series 1 by Stephen James Walker
Torchwood is protecting the Earth against alien threats in the 21st Century – the time when everything changes. Created by Russell T Davies and starring John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Eve Myles as Gwen Cooper, Burn Gorman as Owen Harper, Naoko Mori as Toshiko Sato and Gareth David-Lloyd as Ianto Jones, “Torchwood” is dark and gritty, rain soaked and blood drenched, sexy and thrilling. Its first season covered subjects as diverse as a sex-addicted alien mist, a powerful Cyberwoman, a telepathy-inducing pendant, an invisible man and alien Weevils. In this, the first factual book to be published on the series, noted TV historian Stephen James Walker charts the story of Torchwood, complete with character profiles, cast and production team information, behind-the-scenes details and a comprehensive guide to each of the 13 episodes, looking at the key elements and the many links to Doctor Who that permeate the show. “Inside the Hub” is every fan’s one-stop guide to the secret world of Torchwood.
Theo by Ed Taylor
Ten-year-old Theo lives with his grandfather and his minder in a vast, decrepit Long Island mansion said to have inspired The Great Gatsby. His English father, a world famous rock musician, spends most of the year away on tour. His mother, beautiful and fragile, drifts in and out of his life amid bouts of rehab.
Alone for much of the time, Theo takes refuge in his attic bedroom, among his collection of live butterfly pupas and the tales of piratical adventure that fire his imagination.
Then, a fax arrives: ‘Reef the mainsail’. It seems Theo’s father is coming home to record a new album, and he’s planning to stay the whole summer. Along with the rest of the band, managers, PR people, agents and countless hangers-on good, bad and downright ugly…
Over two life-changing days, Theo captures the mind and voice of ten-year-old boy at the far edge of innocence. At once a tender coming-of-age story and an exploration of the radioactive effects of the rich and famous on those who love them, it peels away the image to look into the dark heart of fame and fortune.
“Ed Taylor upends our assumptions about naivete and wisdom, obscurity and fame, past and present, curses and blessings. Theo is a dream of a book.” – Jillian Lauren, New York Times bestselling author of Some Girls, and Pretty
The second I read the blurb of this book I was intrigued by the storyline. It sounds like an odd mixture of something magical, and also the harsh reality of having a famous parent. I can’t wait to read this book, I think it’ll definitely be one to review!
PRE-ORDER: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts I & II: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne & John Tiffany
The brand new, eighth instalment of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II, available as a script book, is a piece of theatre based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. The world premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be on July 30th 2016 in London’s West End.Being Harry Potter was never easy but now he must contend with being an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school children as well.Harry struggles to keep his past buried and move on, while his youngest son Albus must bear the weight of a family legacy that he does not want. As the past fuses with the present, father and son face an ominous truth: sometimes, darkness originates where you least expect it.
I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS.
The Cursed Child announcements have been a rollercoaster of emotion. I’m such a massive Harry Potter nerd, and when it was announced that J. K. Rowling would be writing an eight installment, I was over the moon. When it was then announced that it would be a West End play with ticket prices rocketing, I was excited by the prospect of it – but disappointed that there would be no way of me affording to see the show in London. BUT THEN! It was announced that the scripts for both parts of the play (yes, it’s in two parts) are going to be released as a hard-back script book, and I jumped for joy. Last week I went to Waterstones and pre-ordered it (it’s currently half-price if you pre-order at Waterstones – only £10 for a hardback special edition book!) and although we have to wait until 31st July (Harry Potter’s birthday, incidentally) for it to be released, I’m SO GOD DAMN EXCITED TO READ IT.
Since writing this post I’ve also bought a few books from Amazon, so I’ll include those too!
Amazon Book Haul
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her – but that almost seems besides the point now.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her – he is always a little upset with her – but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.
That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…
Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened?
After I just finished reading Fangirl I decided I wanted to read more of Rainbow Rowell’s books, and I remember wanting to read this one ages ago. So seeing as it was in Amazon’s 3 for £10 on paperbacks offer, I thought – why not!
The Glittering Art of Falling Apart by Ilana Fox
1980s Soho is electric. For Eliza, the heady pull of its nightclubs and free-spirited people leads her into the life she has craved – all glamour, late nights and excitement. But it comes at a heavy cost.
Cassie is fascinated by her family’s history and the abandoned Beaufont Hall. Why won’t her mother talk about it? Offered the chance to restore Beaufont to its former glory, Cassie jumps at the opportunity to learn more about her past.
Separated by a generation, but linked by a forgotten diary, these two women have more in common than they know . . .
I love books that are written over several generations so the blurb of this book jumped out at me. I can’t wait to read it! This was also in the 3 for £10 deal and seeing as it’s £7.99 on its own, that’s pretty amazing!
The Shadow Hour by Kate Riordan
It was in the shadow hours of deepest night that this tapestry of lies fell to rags . . .
Harriet Jenner is just twenty-one when she walks through the gates of Fenix House. Reeling from a personal tragedy, she doesn’t expect her new life as a governess to be easy. But she certainly does not foresee the spell Fenix House will cast.
Almost fifty years later, Harriet’s granddaughter Grace follows in her footsteps. For Grace, raised on Harriet’s spellbinding stories, Fenix House is a fairy tale; a magical place suspended in time.
But the now-faded grandeur of the mansion soon begins to reveal the holes in Harriet’s story and Grace finds herself in a place of secrets and shadows. For Fenix House hides truths about her family, and everything that she once knew is about to change.
Yet again this is another one that spans a couple of generations, and mixed with a mystery that I seem to like at the moment (I’m completely loving reading Gone Girl), it sounds interesting. This was the final book I got from the 3 for £10 offer.
Kindred Spirits by Rainbow Rowell
‘Everybody likes everything these days. The whole world is a nerd.’
‘Are you mad because other people like Star Wars? Are you mad because people like me like Star Wars?’
If you broke Elena’s heart, Star Wars would spill out. So when she decides to queue outside her local cinema to see the new movie, she’s expecting a celebration with crowds of people who love Han, Luke and Leia just as much as she does.
What she’s not expecting is to be last in a line of only three people; to have to pee into a collectible Star Wars soda cup behind a dumpster or to meet that unlikely someone who just might truly understand the way she feels.
Kindred Spirits is an engaging short story by Rainbow Rowell, author of the bestselling Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On, and is part of a handful of selected short reads specially produced for World Book Day.
Kindred Spirits is a short story written especially for World Book Day. It was only £1 on Amazon so I couldn’t turn it down, plus I’ve heard good things about it!
Those are all the books I’ve bought this month, and the one I’m clearly most excited about is Cursed Child – but I won’t be getting that for three months! In the mean time though I have plenty of books to get through…
What I’m reading next
A while ago I started reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and as I did with Fangirl, I got distracted – I only read 20% of it before I stopped, and I was really enjoying it! That’ll be the next book to finish.
I’ve also been given a couple of books to review as well as winning a Goodreads giveaway (and entering a ton more), I have a lot of bookish posts coming very soon! You can stay updated by liking my Facebook page or following me on Twitter.