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October Book Haul

Hi, everyone! It’s been a long time since I posted anything, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought any books – far from it! So, here are the recent additions to my already overpopulated shelves:

Borrowed from the library:

Shirley Jackson by the Library of America (LOA).I had planned on reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle for Halloween, but I didn’t. Because I don’t like reading plans except for my PhD (for which I cannot function but by setting weekly deadlines). However, I finished Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith last night and I’ve been listening to a Literary Disco podcast on Jackson, as recommended by Shannon, and I believe it’s time for me to read Shirley Jackson for once and for all.

Borrowed from Library - October 2015

For review:

I hauled a lot of books for review this November because the 10 books that I requested – and was sent – from publishers last December never made it to me. 10 books! I guess there is a well-read mail-person in Britain. So, this year I will no be accepting or requesting any books until January, and I obviously had to make up for it:

For Review - October 2015

  • American Housewife by Helen Ellis reminded me so much of Sarah Weinman’s Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives that I had to request a review copy. It helped that my lovely friend Elizabeth Preston is on charge of this jewel.
  • Antihero by Fiona Peters and Rebecca Stewart is an academic book, a study on the archetypes of anti-hero in crime fiction.
  • Detective by Forshaw is a study of four contemporary detectives and their relevance in nowadays’ fiction.
  • After You Die by Eva Dolan is the next installment in her series. I love Dolan’s novels because there is a strong social criticism behind the crime narrative. As it should be.
  • The Widow by Fiona Barton comes from the same publisher as Paula Daly. Needless to say, I had to have this one.
  • Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith is the third on the Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott series, one of my favourites. I finished it last night and I think it’s the best one until now.
  • Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell is the latest in the Kay Scarpetta series, and although I’m way behind the series, I was very glad to be offered this gorgeous hardback and golden copy.


Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood. After quite a terrible week last month I decided to go book shopping to my local library and fell in love with this light paperback copy of yet another Atwood’s classic. LIke with Kate Morton’s novels, I always like to have one of her works on my TBR pile, just in case I want some high quality, feminist fiction.

Margaret Atwood's Cat Eye



  • MarinaSofia

    I’ve been toying with the idea of buying the Shirley Jackson book for Christmas but a) it would be shipped from the US (not easy to find in Europe) and costs a fortune; and b) it doesn’t contain all the works I want to read. Like you, I love Eva Dolan and am planning to read her over Christmas, something to look forward to.

    • Elena

      I was lucky enough to find what I think is the whole LOA collection in my school library. Otherwise, I would have bought the Penguin edition of We have Always Lived in the Castle and be done with it. Tell you the truth? I have to return it next Friday and I still haven’t read any of the works. Major failure here.

  • crimeworm

    We had a book event yesterday – away up here in the Highlands! – with Eva Dolan, Stuart Neville, and Arne Dahl. It was great, and like you both I’m looking forward to getting stuck into After You Die over the festive season. At the moment I’m trying to finish off the 2015 books I should have read, but haven’t. I really want Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives….American Housewife sounds interesting. I can’t believe ten books went missing – I’ve had a couple of non-appearances too; it’s really frustrating!

    • Elena

      There was a moment last year when I went to my local post office and clearly told them that I was fed up of not getting my books. They kindly explained to me that if they had received the books, I would have known. I chose to believe them, because I don’t think anyone in Spain would want books in English.

      As for Troubled Daughters, Twisted Wives, I’m 99% sure you will love it. Please let me know when you read it!

      • crimeworm

        That’s true actually, I hadn’t considered that! It’s probably not even a reader stealing them, just a pilferer who sells them on eBay or Amazon. It’s obvious they’re books as the labels all have publisher’s names on them. My ex works in the main sorting office in Glasgow, and on his first day at work he was horrified to see a birthday card in the toilet, which had obviously been ripped open in the hope of money being in it! Thankfully it’s a rare occurrence, but I remember you mention books missing before.

        I’m dying to read TD, TW – I’ll let you know when I do! And Cat’s Eye is one of my favourite Margaret Atwoods – I think The Blind Assassin is the last one I read; it and Alias Grace are also favourites.

  • Lianne @

    Oooh, great book haul! I’ve been meaning to read more Shirley Jackson stories; I read my first one, The Bird’s Nest, lastyear and found it really intriguing (and kinda creepy!). Glad to hear that Career of Evil is great! I can’t wait to get my hands on it 🙂

    • Elena

      You’ll loooove it, Li. As for Jackson… I have to return the book this Friday and I haven’t even started any of the novels inside it. Don’t judge me!

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