Book Haul – May 2020

Yes, you are seeing that right, I bought some books this month and it felt SO GOOD.

I decided to do my book haul and reading update in two posts instead of all together because I obviously bought a few, enough to fill one whole blog post, and I also read a good amount this month as well. Again. I am pretty damn proud of my reading habits these days. But that’s not what today’s blog post is about, it is about what I bought, and I am very excited about all of these.

A Murder Is Announced – Agatha Christie

The villagers of Chipping Cleghorn are agog with curiosity when the Gazette advertises: ‘A murder is announced and will take place on Friday October 29th, at Little Paddocks at 6.30 p.m.’
A childish practical joke? Or a spiteful hoax? Unable to resist the mysterious invitation, the locals arrive at Little Paddocks at the appointed time when, without warning, the lights go out and a gun is fired. When they come back on, a gruesome scene is revealed.
An impossible crime? Only Miss Marple can unravel it.

I will start right away with saying that I went on a little Agatha Christie shopping spree. I love her books and I have been in the mood for them lately (I’m always in the mood for them), so when I decided I was going to buy some books I already knew I would add a few of hers. A few turned out to be 3. This one is my first Miss Marple. I have actually never read any of those books so I am excited to give them a try. It sounds very typically Agatha Christie and that is exactly what I am hoping for. Just something fun (as fun as a murder can be), easy to read, a bit of mystery. I love Poirot so I am excited to try another one of her characters.

The Moving Finger – Agatha Christie

Lymstock is a town with more than its share of shameful secrets – a town where even a sudden outbreak of anonymous hate-mail causes only a minor stir.
But all that changes when one of the recipients, Mrs Symmington, commits suicide. Her final note says ‘I can’t go on’, but Miss Marple questions the coroner’s verdict of suicide. Soon nobody is sure of anyone – as secrets stop being shameful and start being deadly.

Another Miss Marple book, I clearly wanted to give them a fair shot. I honestly don’t know what to say about this other than I am very excited to read this one as well. It again sounds like everything I want from an Agatha Christie book, and this one also almost reminds me a bit of a Midsomer Murders episode which is right up my street as well (I love that show). I feel like where most of the Poirot books I’ve read are set either out of the country or in London, Miss Marple moves to the smaller towns in the English countryside and I absolutely love that as I do have a slight obsession with the English countryside. I also love this collection of covers and if I enjoy the Miss Marple stories as much as I am expecting, I will probably try and collect them all.

Taken At The Flood – Agatha Christie

A few weeks after marrying an attractive young widow, Gordon Cloade is killed in a bombing raid during the London Blitz. Overnight, young Rosaleen has inherited a vast fortune.
The rest of the hard-up Cloade family is less than happy, however. When the dead man’s sister-in-law tells Hercule Poirot that she has been warned by ‘spirits’ that Rosaleen’s first husband is still alive, the detective finds himself caught between a fortune and some bitter relations who would prefer to see the widow Cloade join her late husband on ‘the other side’…

With my third and final Agatha Christie book I moved back to more familiar ground with a Poirot book. Like I said, I’ve loved all the Poirot stories I’ve read so far and I don’t expect to be disappointed with this one. It seems like one of those “did the wife do it or not?” cases, which I feel like I’ve read a lot of from him, and I always liked how they turned out. Again, like I said with the last book as well, I love these covers and am kind of set on collection more of them (or all of them), the idea of having the whole set all nicely displayed together on a shelves sounds very pleasing to me. What also sounds very pleasing is the fact that June will probably be a Christie binge read month for me. I am so ready for it!

Red, White & Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

When his mother became the President of the United States, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius – his image is pure millennial marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex/Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colours shine through?

My final book in this little haul is not an Agatha Christie, but it is one that I have had on my wish list for quite some time after seeing it all over Bookstagram. Red, White & Royal Blue sounds like that almost YA but not really YA (but maybe it is YA, I don’t actually know?) summer read that I always crave this time of year. I’ve mentioned many times over the last year or so that I don’t have any of those easy, funny, romantic summer books, and that I really wanted them but didn’t know where to start. Well, I hope this is it. I think this is it. I have seen so many good reviews on the internet, people have told me they loved it, and I am hoping to love it too. Clearly I have high hopes for this one, and I’ll of course keep you posted on what I think of it.

Doing a book haul again after 2 months felt very good, and I am so so excited about all the books I bought. I am still on a sort of book buying ban, trying to only buy books that are on my wish list and also only if I also read a few books first, and I feel like it is going very well.
Enough chatting now though, I need to go back to reading.

What’s your favourite book you bought this month?

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