Borrowed/stolen from my bestest friend
For some reason, this lovely girl will read a book, rave about it at me and then hand it over without even a speech about its required care, not bothered about whether it will grace her bookshelves again. I'm not complaining - we have very similar taste and these books more often than not dawdle my way (and then my mum's, truth be told...)! And I know that my life would be less cluttered if I was like her...but I'm not...ANYWAY, from her bedroom floor, I snaffled these:
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
This is a mystery-with-a-twist type book where Beatrice Hemming tells the story of her sister's murder...to her sister in the form of a letter. It's my current read and it's hard-going in places, not least because I'm a big sister myself and the story is one huge torrent of raw emotion, but I'm finding it oddly compelling!
Also *rescued* were: The Night Watch by Sarah Waters and The Other Side of You by Salley Vickers.
A moment of weakness in Waterstone's...
...saw me greedily grab up The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger - so I now have books 1, 2 and 3, or to give them their names Soulless, Changeless and Blameless which I am *tremendously* excited about!
I also bought a beautiful new cookbook of homely deliciousness in the form of Kitchen by Nigella Lawson. I'm not sure if she's as popular in the US but I love her and wish I could emulate her domestic goddessness - at least I'm one step closer now!
From the charity shop
Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie which was recommended to me by Dad and has otherwise been touted as brilliant. One quote about it which I loved was this one:
"Has such a sad story ever been told so beautifully?"
So this is marked up as a mega find for me!!
So what was in your mailbox this week?!