Monday 29 June 2020

4 New Additions To My Bookshelf

It's not even been that long since my last book haul but due to lockdown I've been reading way more than usual and I'd pretty much got through everything on my bookshelf and on my kindle. There have definitely been weeks where I've read absolutely nothing and been in some major reading slumps but luckily I seem to be out of that now and some of the books I've read recently have just been brilliant. If you haven't seen, I recently spoke about my love for The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid and also Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams so feel free to read those if you want to know more! I had quite a few books in mind that I wanted to get next but I was pretty restrained and ordered myself 4 so I thought I'd share them with you.
4 books stacked on desk shelf in front of musical programs

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

'A deeply moving and unforgettable portrait of an ordinary and yet an extraordinary teenage girl. First published over sixty years ago, Anne Frank's Diary of a Young Girl has reached millions of young people throughout the world. In July 1942, thirteen-year-old- Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne vividly describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters, and her thoughts, feelings and longings as she grows up. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, they were all betrayed.'

Just writing the synopsis out made me feel a bit emotional so I'm sure this will be a hard read at times. I do think I might have read Anne Frank's Diary when I was younger but I definitely don't have a copy so I really wanted to grab one for myself to keep. One of the things I really wanted to do on our trip to Amsterdam next week which is having to be re-scheduled, was visit the Anne Frank museum so I thought now was a good time to read the diary before hopefully going some other time. Have you read her diary?
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank laid on top of 4 other books

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

'Despite their differences, sisters Viann and Isabelle have always been close. Younger, bolder Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann is content with life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. But when the Second World War strikes, Antoine is sent off to fight and Viann finds herself isolated so Isabelle is sent by their father to help her. As the war progresses, the sisters' relationship and strength is tested. With life changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions.'

I've seen a lot about this recently and with each positive review, I've found myself more and more intrigued. I've read quite a few books centered around the second world war so this is a book I'm really keen to get started on. I've seen it mentioned several times how emotional this book is though so I fully expect to cry a lot!
The Nightingale by Kristin Hanna on desk shelf in front of musical programs. Ornament of Eiffel Tower next to book

Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney

'Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex menage-a-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time'

This seemed impossible to get hold of until recently! As I've said quite a few times recently I adored Normal People by Sally Rooney so as soon as I finished the book and the TV series, I wanted to see what her other novel was like and of course it wasn't in stock anywhere or the places it was, were charging ridiculous prices. It was reduced to just £4.50 on Amazon a few weeks ago so I had to get it and I can't wait to get stuck in. I hope I love it as much as Normal People though I have no idea what to expect with this.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney book on top of 4 other books

Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

'Everybody knows Daisy Jones and the Six. From the moment Daisy walked barefoot on to the stage at the Whisky, she and the band were a sensation. Their sound defined an era. Their albums were on every turntable. They sold out arenas from coast to coast. This is the story of their incredible rise: the desire, the rivalry - and the music. Then, on 12 July 1979, Daisy Jones and the Six split up. Nobody knew why. Until now...'

I can't wait to get started on this! I never expected to love The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo so much and as this seems like a similar premise, I have high hopes. I'm obsessed with the cover too, it's so pretty! Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid?
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid on desk shelf in front of musical programs. Ornament of Eiffel Tower next to it
So that's four new additions to my bookshelf! I'm definitely going to struggle to find room for them but they were all books I'd been tempted by for a while and I now I just need to decide which one to start first.

Have you read any of these books?

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Sophie said...

I've heard so many incredible things about Daisy Jones & The Six over the last couple of months, I really need to pick a copy up soon, I'm dying to read that one x


Riana Ang-Canning said...

I read Conversations with Friends last year and didn't love it. But I'm sure if you liked Normal People, you'll enjoy it. I also can't wait to read Daisy Jones when I can get my hands on it. Also loving your Come From Away playbill - loved that show!

Kelly~Diane said...

You've picked up some great books to read. I've read Anne Frank's diary several times and each time I feel I've learnt something new.

Heather Nixon said...

I've heard good things about most of these x

rewuest said...

I really liked Daisy Jones, but like with Evelyn Hugo, I felt there was an amazing set-up for a meh climax/conclusion. I also read The Nightingale and liked it a lot too! It was a while ago so I might have to re-read it soon.

Julia said...

Anne Frank's diary is such a moving read. We sometimes forget that it hasn't been that long since she lived and had to face the hardships she did.
I'm really intrigued about The Nightingale too, I hope you'll review it once you've read it! :)
Take care! x

Julia x
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Sarah Trademark said...

I have been after some new books so will have a look at a couple of these xx

R's Rue said...

A great haul. Love it.

Serena Reidy said...

The Diary of Anne Frank and The Nightingale are two of the best books I've ever read, hope you enjoy them! Daisy Jones and the Six is really high on my TBR list too!

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