Thursday, 13 December 2012

In my stocking... Christmas Book Haul

Every year at christmas I get through a fair amount of books. Also, due to the general generosity of the season I feel I can indulge myself with a few good titles (after I've managed to get everyone's presents sorted of course)! Recently I've been ill and off school for a few weeks (long story) and have read and listened to everything I own, so it is all the more reason to get buying!

A beautiful old fashioned book cover with green swirls entitled 'dolly' with a lifeless doll beneath the title.

1) Dolly by Susan Hill
I was so excited to see that Susan Hill (author of The Women in Black and The Small Hand) has a new book out. It was brought to my attention when my ever loving Father started boasting about how beautiful the hardback is, with such a beautiful dust wrapper. Sure- a hardback copy would be little to no use to me, but I do love books. I bought it for my kindle for £4.74 at Amazon.

"The remoter parts of the English Fens are forlorn, lost and damp even in the height of summer. At Iyot Lock, a large decaying house, two young cousins, Leonora and Edward are parked for the summer with their ageing spinster aunt and her cruel housekeeper. At first the unpleasantness and petty meannesses appear simply spiteful, calculated to destroy Edward's equanimity. But when spoilt Leonora is not given the birthday present of a specific dolly that she wants, affairs inexorably take a much darker turn with terrifying, life destroying, consequences for everyone."

Dolly's Book Trailer - 

A door knokker is on the cover2) The Secret of Crickley Hall by James Herbert
I usually would decide against reading a book when I know what happens at the end, especially in ghost/mystery genres. However after watching the recent serial drama on BBC 1 based on this book I was head over heels in love with the plot and needed to know more. I bought The Secrets of Crickley Hall as an unabridged audiobook from Audible for one audible credit, but it retails for non-members at £15.74.

"There is an old, empty house in Devil's Cleave, a deep gorge that leads from the high moors down to the harbour village of Hollow Bay. The house is Crickley Hall and it's large and grim, somehow foreboding. It's rumoured to be haunted. It's thought to hold a secret. Despite some reservations, the Caleighs move in, searching for respite in this beautiful part of North Devon, seeking peace and perhaps to come to terms with what's happened to them as a family.
But all is not well with the house. They hear unaccountable noises. A cellar door they shut every night is always open again in the morning. They see things that cannot be real. The house is the last place the Caleighs should have come to, for the terror that unfolds is beyond belief. Soon they will discover the secret horror of Crickley Hall...."

The Secret of Crickley Hall's Television Advert (from the serial drama): 

A planet with a tongue sticking out, and a hitchhiking thumb on the cover3) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I know I know, how on earth have I got to this point in my life (at 15 years and 7 months) without reading this book?! Not only as a book reviewer but as a general human being? I can't wait to get stuck into this award winning read, so I can finally put a story behind the quotes I know (somehow) from here. I got a download from Audible with a credit, and it retails at £8.92.

"One Thursday lunchtime, the Earth gets unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, who has only just had his house demolished that morning, this seems already to be more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun, and the galaxy is a very strange and startling place."

Two figures embracing underwater, one male and one female. The female wearing a long white dress and the man a shirt and black trousers with the shirt sleeves rolled up.4) The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
This book has had more hype surrounding it than a grandparent at a birthday party. I am nervous to read this book in case it doesn't live up to my seriously high hopes for it. I bought it for Kindle at £4.99.

"Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger. She wakes from a coma in hospital with no memory of how she got there or of the bizarre accident that caused the deaths of her best friends and her boyfriend, yet left her mysteriously unharmed. The doctors suggest that starting over in a new city, a new school, would be good for her and just to let the memories gradually come back on their own. But Mara's new start is anything but comforting. She sees the faces of her dead friends everywhere, and when she suddenly begins to see other people's deaths right before they happen, Mara wonders whether she's going crazy! And if dealing with all this wasn't enough, Noah Shaw, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen can't seem to leave her alone… but as her life unravels around her, Mara can't help but wonder if Noah has another agenda altogether…"

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer's Book Trailer- 

5) Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Three faces with three different back grounds are above the title 'Good Omens' This was something that, like Hitchhikers, I HAD to be exposed to. My best friend is on the verge of killing me for claiming that "I am not a fan of Neil Gaiman" after reviewing Coraline as 'Disappointing'. Apparently his children's and adults books are worlds apart and I simply must persevere. So I shall... to protect our friendship. I bought an audible download for one membership credit and it retails at £11.02. As not a big fan of fantasy, and a pessimist, I am sceptical about this one.

"According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - the world's only totally reliable guide to the future - the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just after tea...The armies of Good and Evil are amassing, the Four Bikers of the apocalypse are revving up, and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not particularly looking forward to the coming rapture - having thoroughly enjoyed life on earth amongst the mortals.

If Crowley and Aziraphale are going to stop it from happening, they've got to find and kill the Antichrist. There's just one glitch: someone seems to have misplaced him..."

A merry holiday book shopping to you all! 
What is in your winter reads? 

1 comment:

  1. I credit the awesome Hitchhikers Guide as the only reason I did so well in my English GCSE! Hope you enjoy it :)