I visited a few bookshops when I was on holiday in New York a couple of weeks ago and below is the damage. I did not buy a lot as I was precariously near my allotted luggage limit, but I managed to squeeze by five books. I am so excited to read these and I am certain I will enjoy all of them.
- The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff
This was an impulse buy at the Gatwick Airport while waiting for the flight and I picked it up because it seemed an interesting subject. A few months ago I saw a few episodes of Salem on Netflix and it chilled me to the bone. Maybe the memory of that made me pick this one up, but no matter what, the subject intrigues me and it is a non fiction read so I suppose it won’t be as scary as the Netflix series.
From the back cover:
‘It began in 1692, over an exceptionally raw Massachusetts winter, when a minister’s niece began to scream and convulse. It ended less than a year later, but not before panic had infected the entire colony, nineteen men and women had been hanged, and a band of adolescent girls had brought Massachusetts to its knees…’
I am interested in finding out what really happened after the many screen adaptations I saw over the years. Hope it will be an easy and interesting read.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou is a must read and this book is an American classic so it had to be on my list. Here is an excerpt from the back cover:
‘Sent by her mother to live with their devout grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother endure the ache of abandonment and prejudice. At eight years old and back at their mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age – and has to live with the consequence for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.’
I know this will be a great read
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
I am a BIG fan of fantasy books, especially since I read two Brandon Sanderson books. The name Patrick Rothfuss was on my radar for quite a while, and this book especially was recommended by everyone. So I knew I had to pick up some fantasy books while in NYC. Read this paragraph and tell me you don’t want to pick it up immediately!
‘I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the university at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during the day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.’
Can’t wait to read more fantasy!
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
Another classic and my first Toni Morrison book. I knew I will pick up a Toni Morrison book as I hear only great things about her books in general. Even though she is not the easiest to read I plan to take it slowly and get the most out of it.
‘Staring unflinchingly into the abyss of slavery, this spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. Sethe, its protagonist, was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. She has to many memories of Sweet Home, the beautiful farm where so many hideous things happened. And Sethe’s new home is haunted by the ghost of her baby, who died nameless and whose tombstone is engraved with a single word: Beloved.’
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
I have read Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and really enjoyed it, so I picked Neverwhere up as my fifth and final book. I know it will not disappoint.
‘Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. Now he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.’
Overall I think I did well with two classics and two much recommended fantasy books. If I had to predict how many start I would give these, I would say 5* for at least 4 out of the 5 books. Let’s see how it will go!Follow me: