Mailbox Monday and What I’m Reading: 23/7/18

So last week I got absolutely drenched in the rain (in fact, I think I’m still trying to warm up). Luckily, the book I was carrying was completely safe! I had a super book week all round with reading and new books arriving.

Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott (released 31st July, RRP $29.99) sounds like a great winter thriller. Thanks to Pan Macmillan for sending it! Kit is thisclose to the top of her profession, but there could be something in her way. Diane. Kit knows Diane’s secret, and even though it gave Kit her drive, Diane knows something about Kit. How far will Kit go to make it?

Whitsunday Dawn by Annie Seaton (out today!) came thanks to Harlequin. Olivia has gone to the beautiful Whitsundays as a spokesperson for a mining company. But when she learns of the potential ecological impact, she’s in two minds. Add a missing woman to the mix and some long kept secrets and Olivia is playing a dangerous game.

August Falling by Les Zig (arriving 1st September) arrived from Pantera Press. August is trying to put his life back together after a bad breakup. It’s going…okay…but when he meets Julie, he makes her whole. But Julie has a secret that could send August right back to the starting line…

Early Riser by Jasper Fforde (available 31st July) is a brand new world from the man who created Thursday Next. It involves human hibernation and their protectors, the Winter Consul. Charlie Worthing is new to this and is sent to investigate viral dreams in Wales. It sounds pretty benign at first, but these dreams start killing people, coming true and then appearing in Charlie’s dreams. Can Charlie find out the truth in between creatures who want to eat him and villains galore? Thank you to Hachette – I’m looking forward to this one!

Heart of the Town (also released today) is an 800 page book containing four stories set in the small country town of Mindalby by S.E. Gilchrist, Susanne Bellamy, Lauren K. McKellar and Lee Christine. The stories focus on relationships, vengeance, family secrets and issues as the town grapples with the closure of the local cotton mill. Thank you to Harlequin for the copy.

Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett (released 30th July) is set in 1968 as Evelyn and her husband Lenny move to Evergreen Valley, California. Evelyn’s at war with herself and Lenny is a conscientious objector. But Evelyn becomes increasingly disenchanted with Lenny’s passive ways and finds a saviour in the Peoples Temple and Reverend Jim Jones. It’s the start of something that will be hard to leave… Thank you to Scribe for the copy of this book.

How to Be Famous by Caitlin Moran is a book I’ve been wanting to read ever since I heard about it. It is a sequel to How to Build a Girl, with Johanna’s adventures continuing in 1990s London at the height of Britpop. (Oasis! Blur!)

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) is another book I’ve been eagerly awaiting as I adore Japanese fiction. It’s about Keiko, who works part-time in a convenience store (which is where you will find me every day when in Japan). People are concerned that Keiko is different, as she’s single and not career minded. So Keiko’s practical mind turns to a way to make her fit in with society’s norms…

If you want to look at other books received this week across the globe, drop by the Mailbox Monday blog for links to everyone’s mailbox goodies.

It’s Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Book Date. Click on the pictures to read more about the books.

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  1. A lovely collection of books. I think my first read there would be Convenence Store Woman. I’d love to know what Keiko decides to do.

  2. Wow! What a haul! Give Me Your Hand and Early Riser especially get my attention. Hope you enjoy them all. I hope you have dried and warmed up. Happy Reading!

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