I haven’t done a book haul in a while (though I seem to do them all the time over on Instagram) so I thought I would share the books I’ve bought recently. This also gives me another chance to nerd out over the Arthur C Clarke awards because the short list was announced last week and The Long Way To A Small, Angry Planet is totally going to win.
Europe At Midnight by Dave Hutchinson. This is the sequel to Europe In Autumn which was also nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award, I actually enjoyed it though it felt more like a spy book rather than sci-fi. Picked this up because it’s on the shortlist too but I’m hoping it will be a little more sci-fi.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster. I’ve been meaning to buy this since The Force Awakens came out but haven’t wanted to because it’s just a retelling of the movie which some little added extras. Fortunately it’s currently £4 in Tesco and I had to have it at that price.
Hitman Anders and the Meaning Of It All by Jonas Jonasson. I really enjoyed The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window and Disappeared but then I read The Girl Who Saved The King of Sweden and I didn’t like it because it felt like a rip-off of The Hundred Year Old Man. But I’m coming to think that that is just the way Jonas Jonnason writes because again this sounds like it could be similar to his other two books. Even if it turns out to be terrible I’m not that bothered because again this was £4 in Tesco.
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. This is another book which has been nominated for the Arthur C Clarke award and has been apparently getting lots of praise. Though I hadn’t heard anything about it. But I’m about 3 chapters in so far and really enjoying it. This could even be better than The Long Way… I’m not saying it is, but it could be.
The Road To Little Dribbling by Bill Bryson. I was a massive fan of Bill Bryson in school but since then even though I claim he wrote one of my all time favourite books I haven’t read anything written by him. Again I came across this in Tesco for £4 and had to have it.
How To Be A Wildflower by Katie Daisy. Katie Daisy is an illustrator and artist. I came across a photo from this book on Tumblr and immediately went out and bought a copy. There is just something about her art style I love so much. It’s all typographic quotes and flowers done with watercolour and gouache (at least I think it’s gouache). I’m actually going to do a proper review of this very soon because I love it so much.
Arcadia by Iain Pears. This is the final book out of the Arthur C Clarke nominations that I didn’t already own and I was so annoyed when I found out this was on the list because I’ve heard various people talk about how good it is and have been thinking for a while about buying it and then just last week it was in a Kindle sale for 99p AND I DIDN’T BUY IT. WHYYYYYYYYY. TL;DR I paid £10 for a book I could have got for 99p.