Friday, February 21, 2020

Waterstones Book Haul

Hey lovelies, reading is cool, and this year I plan to read a-lot more. I've actually fallen in love with discovering new books, and I've been reading a ton of new titles. Massive disclaimer that all the book links in this post are affiliate links, I've recently joined Amazon Affiliates and it would make my day if you use any of the links to purchase a book!

Stay Sexy And Don't Get Murdered, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

Stay Sexy And Don't Get Murdered is actually the only book from this list that I didn't purchase from Waterstones, it was a belated Christmas gift from my grandparents. I've followed the podcast for years and so when I saw the book was being released I had to have one. I've only read the first chapter but I'm absolutely loving it so far. I can't wait to dive into more.

The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan

Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners.

The Keeper Of Lost Things is a book that one of my friends recently recommended to me, since we both have similar taste I had to buy the book. I loved the concept of finding and storing things to return to their original owners, the book goes through a lot of characters but I felt that the development of the minor and major characters was just enough to keep me interested the entire way through. A really great read.

There are few things that's are mentioned in the book that aren't ever elaborated on enough for me, which I know would irate some other readers out there as much as it did me.

The Familiars: The Spell Binding, Stacey Hall 

"Fleetwood Shuttleworth is 17 years old, married, and pregnant for the fourth time. But as the mistress at Gawthorpe Hall, she still has no living child, and her husband Richard is anxious for an heir. When Fleetwood finds a letter she isn't supposed to read from the doctor who delivered her third stillbirth, she is dealt the crushing blow that she will not survive another pregnancy.Then she crosses paths by chance with Alice Gray, a young midwife. Alice promises to help her give birth to a healthy baby, and to prove the physician wrong. 

As Alice is drawn into the witchcraft accusations that are sweeping the North-West, Fleetwood risks everything by trying to help her. But is there more to Alice than meets the eye? Soon the two women's lives will become inextricably bound together as the legendary trial at Lancaster approaches, and Fleetwood's stomach continues to grow. Time is running out, and both their lives are at stake."

The Familiars: The Spell Binding is one that I have recently picked up and started reading. I'm not going to lie, I really didn't click with it very well at the beginning because I found it hard to get into. I really love the idea of the 17th century superstition, and witchcraft so I can't wait to see how this one ends.

Unnatural Causes, Dr Richard Shepard 

"Meet the forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd. He solves the mysteries of unexplained or sudden death.

He has performed over 23,000 autopsies, including some of the most high-profile cases of recent times; the Hungerford Massacre, the Princess Diana inquiry, and 9/11. He has faced serial killers, natural disaster, 'perfect murders' and freak accidents. His evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent, and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads. Yet all this has come at a huge personal cost. Unnatural Causes tells the story of not only the cases and bodies that have haunted him the most, but also how to live a life steeped in death."
When I saw Unnatural Causes I had to buy it, as soon as I picked it up it had really strong vibes of Sue Black's All That Remains; A Life In Death which is honestly one of my favourite books. I can't explain why but I have such a love for these sorts of books. I like how it covers the PTSD of dealing with death, and in such a well mannered way. I enjoyed reading about the evidence and court cases. I think it was just so eye opening that I loved it.

I'd love to know what books you are currently reading, and if there's any you fancy picking up let me know in the comments.


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