Friday, 22 January 2021

New Year Book Haul

 It's a New Year which tends to always mean a fresh pile of books to read. Pretty much all I ask for at Christmas is books and as my birthday is just 2 weeks later, I tend to end up with quite a few in January to see me through the start of the new year. I thought I'd share a little new year book haul before I get stuck into reading these and I'd love to know if you've read any of them too!Stack of books on desk, background of musical prints and programs

The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
'In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet up once a week to investigate unsolved murders. But when a brutal killing takes place on their very doorstep, the Thursday Murder Club find themselves in the middle of their first live case. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves. Can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it's too late?'

This is a book I've wanted to read for months so I was thrilled to receive this for my birthday! You might know Richard Osman as one of the TV presenters from Pointless but recently he released The Thursday Murder Club, his first book and it's received endless praise ever since. I have a feeling I'm going to love this!The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman held up in front of bookshelf

Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris
'In 1942, Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The commandment at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, Cilka is charged as a collaborator by the Russians and sent to a desolate, brutal prison camp in Siberia known as Vortuka, inside the Arctic Circle. Innocent, imprisoned once again, Cilka faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, each day a battle for survival. Cilka befriends a woman doctor, and learns to nurse the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under unimaginable conditions. And when she tends to a man called Alexandr, Cilka finds that despite everything, there is room in her for love.'

I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris at the start of 2019 and it's stuck with me ever since. Cilka's Journey is the sequel and I'm so surprised I've not read it before now. It's been on my list to buy ever since it was released. No doubt this will be just as moving as The Tattooist of Auschwitz but I think books like this are really important to keep reading.Cilka's Journey by Heather Morris held up in front of desk

How To Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness by Michael Bond
'Paddington Bear is a beacon of happiness - well meaning, funny and always kind. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter... and everything in between.'

I adore Paddington. I don't know who couldn't. I love books like this which you don't have to rush with, you can just pick up as and when you feel like it. This is full of beautiful illustrations, quotes and more and I just know it's going to be a book I'll always have on my bookshelf ready for whenever I need it.How To Be More Paddington by Michael Bond held up in front of bookshelf

All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols
'A celebration of hope. An encounter with grace. A restoration of the heart. A healing of wounds. An anthem of freedom. All Along You Were Blooming is the ultimate love letter from the pen of popular Instagram poet Morgan Harper Nichols to your mind, heart, soul, and body. All Along You Were Blooming is a striking collection of illustrated poetry and prose.'

I've followed Morgan Harper Nichols on Instagram for a while and always absolutely loved her words so when I saw she had released a book, I knew I was going to have to read it. I think like Be More Paddington, this will be one I can just come back to time and time again and I won't necessarily read it all in one go. Whilst I love fiction, I also really enjoy having books like this to pick up as and when.All Along You Were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nicholls held up in front of desk

Us by David Nicholls 
'Douglas Petersen understands his wife's need to 'rediscover herself' now that their son is leaving home. He just thought they'd be doing their rediscovering together. So when Connie announces that she will be leaving too, he resolves to make their last family holiday into the trip of a lifetime: one that will draw the three of them closer, and win the respect of his son. One that will make Connie fall in love with him all over again. The hotels are booked, the tickets bought, the itinerary planned and printed. What could possibly go wrong?'

I watched the TV adaptation of Us on BBC towards the end of 2020 and absolutely loved it so I can't wait to read the book. David Nicholls also wrote One Day but I've never got all the way through that for some reason so I'm hoping I won't have that problem with this. I'd love to know if you've read this and what you thought of it?Us by David Nicholls held up in front of bookshelfSo, that's my New Year book haul! I can't wait to read all of these, I don't even know what to start with!

Have you read any of these books? What was your first book of 2021?

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Lindsey said...

How to be more Paddington sounds like the most charming book ever!! I've never heard of it before but definitely going to have to find that one. I love the mix of books you've got here, and hope you get to reading them soon!

jennyinneverland said...

Sounds like such a great collection of books. The Paddington one sounds MEGA cute! There’s nothing better than new books is there?

beautyqueenuk said...

Cilka’s journey is so wonderfully written, it’s wrong to say I enjoyed reading it but you know what I mean x

Kelly~Diane said...

These sound like some great books, especially Cilka's Journey. I love that you've got such a mix of genres too.

Alice Anne said...

Cilka's Journey is eye opening although I wish it had followed the same idea as the first as it's more fiction based / what she assumed would happen! xx

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