This week was the last week you could order three English novels for 25 euro at what I’d call the Dutch equivalent of amazon.com. I’d been pondering for a while if I should make use of that discount or not, since I technically don’t really have any disposable income (student loans and all that) and I still have quite a few books on my bookshelf waiting to be read, but on Sunday I thought “what the heck”. My motto in life is “you can never have too many books” (among several other mottos, to be honest) so I went ahead and ordered four books.
Huh? But I thought the discount was for three books?
Uh, yeah, that’s right… But there was another book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages, and wasn’t part of the discount, namely One Day by David Nicholls. I could never find it in the local bookstore, and there were always other books that took priority for some reason or other. But that’s over now! I can now read it whenever I want!
Which’ll probably mean somewhere next year or so.
Anyway, this post’ll be in the style of my first book haul post, which I thought worked quite nicely. It also features only three of the four books, since there was a delay concerning Paper Towns by John Green… I’ll get that one somewhere next week.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.
My thoughts: As you might know, I’m quite the John Green fan, even though I’ve so far only read The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska (oh, and let’s not forget the wonderful, Christmassy Let it Snow). I’ve already got An Abundance of Katherines sitting on my bookshelf, but I just figured I’d make my collection of John Green novels complete by buying Paper Towns (which, like I said, is still on its way) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I have to say I’m not at all familiar with David Levithan, but I’ve heard great things about Will Grayson, so I’m sure he’s just as awesome as John Green. I’m looking forward to reading this! But it’ll have to wait for a while, I’m afraid, because I first want to read both Katherines and Paper Towns.
One Day by David Nicholls
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be on this one day next year? And the yeart after that?
And every year that follows?
My thoughts: Like I said in the ‘introduction’, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a looong time. Carrie Hope Fletcher (who is a YouTuber) recommended it to her viewers (among whom I find myself) and was so enthusiastic about it I got enthusiastic as well. Even before reading it, I feel like I love it, which is perhaps not the best way to get into a book; it’ll probably disappoint now, won’t it? Either way, I can’t wait to finally read it.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.
Strike is a war veteran — wounded both physically and psychologically — and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s world, the darker things become and the closer he gets to terrible danger…
My thoughts: This is actually the book I’m most looking forward to reading. When I found out JK Rowling had gotten into writing crime fiction I got extremely excited because what you don’t know is that I love crime fiction. I haven’t read a lot of it lately (as you can see from the novels I’ve reviewed since the start of this blog in October) but I do love it, it’s one of my absolute favourite genres. Combine that with JK Rowling, who is my all time favourite author, and it must be gold, right? Disclaimer: I’m not really that naive, I read a lot of really great reviews about this novel from before it came out that Robert Galbraith is in fact Rowling.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is most likely the novel I’ll read next, after I’ve finished the Jill Mansell novel I’m reading at the moment. I can’t wait!
Have you read any of these novels? What did you think of them? No spoilers, of course!