Wednesday, 12 June 2013

JUNE Book Bonanza

You all know how much I am obsessed with books. Actually I think I have a problem. I cannot stop buying books. I am serious. 

I look at books online while at work. Amazon and Waterstones website is my favourite. I stop at Waterstones book shop in Leeds city centre on regular basis. If I am shopping at Urban Outfitters or Joy I must check their book stock as well. Not to mention Asda's supermarket and their temptation with 3 for £10 or 2 for £7 offers. It's like the world wants to buy me more books. 

And it's not like I have nothing to read. Trust me, I have plenty of books I have not read yet. But me being me, I have bought this month couple of new ones. So I have decided to start a new monthly regular post called Book Haul. 

So here is the list of treasures I found on my wondering around the shops and internet. I wrote also the synopsis from the back of these books. You might find some of them interesting like me and grab your own copy. I will also make sure that I will post the reviews of these books as soon as I read them. 


THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jay Gatsby's parties are legendary. Night and day, the rich and the beautiful descend upon his mansion to drink and to dance. For Nick Carraway, newly arrived on Long Island, the handsome, wealthy Gatsby seems to lead the perfect life. But beneath that shimmering facade Gatsby harbours an obsessive desire for the only thing he truly wants, but can never have. 

The Great Gatsby is F. Scott Fitzgerals's masterpiece, a tragic love story played  out in a world of dangerous illusion amidst the famous decadence of the roaring twenties. 

This edition also includes an exclusive interview with Baz Luhrmann - the director of the the movie adaptation starring Leo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire. 

THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett

Enter a vanished world: Jackson, Mississippi, 1962. Where black maids raise white children, but aren't trusted not to steal the silver...

There's Aibileen, raising her seventeenth white child and nursing the hurt caused by her own son's tragic death; Minny, whose cooking is nearly as sassy as her tongue; and white Miss Skeeter, home from college, who wants to know why her beloved maid has disappeared. 

Skeeter, Aibileen and Minny. No one would believe they'd be friend; fewer still would tolerate it. But as each woman finds the courage to cross boundaries, they come to depend and rely upon one another. Each is in search of a truth. And together they have an extraordinary story to tell...

I got this book as a present from my housemate after I nearly abused her ears after seeing the movie adaptation. I loved it so much. 

CITY OF GOLD by Anton Gill

Brazil, 1595
Sir Walter Raleigh leads a perilous expedition through the Amazonian jungle in search of a myth. He returns to England with tales of an extraordinary discovery. 

In present day New York, the financial world is rife with a terrifying rumour - that a vast source of gold has been discovered. If it's true, it would mean the downfall of the world economy. Rogue Special Operative Jack Marlow is tasked with finding the source of the rumour, and following his only lead he uncovers the brutal murder of an antique dealer who specialises in maps. 

But Jack isn't the only person looking for the gold - an ancient and powerful organisation is one step ahead - and soon the race to find the gold turns into a race to stay alive. 


On 2 May, 1536, in an act unprecedented in English history, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was imprisoned in the Tower of London. On 15 May she was tried and found guilty of high treason and executed just four days later. Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest - did Henry instruct Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Did Cromwell construct a ease against Anne and her faction, and then persuade the King? Or was Anne, in fact, guilty as charged?

Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn's fall; now in Alison Weir's richly researched and impressively detailed portrait we have a compelling story of the last days of one history's most charismatic, controversial and tragic heroines. 


Georgia Malone joined a book club to expand her literary horizons. But when they swap serious classics for steamy fiction, she discovers just how much fun reading can be...

When Georgia loses her husband at the age of twenty-five, her world falls apart. Three years on, and she has thrown herself completely into her job, leaving no time for love. But this suits her just fine - she's prefer to read about fictional romances than face the real thing. 

But when she discovers that her new client is gorgeous sportsman of the moment, Woody Hanrahan, Georgia finds that her long-buried libido is awakened. Woody is charming and cocky - the sort of man Georgia usually avoids. But while her head is telling her to stay away, her body wants something else.

And as her book club explores the tantalizing extremes of fiction, Georgia is exploring the limits of pleasure and beyond. Woody is hers to command in hundred deliciously wicked ways, but when it comes to writing her own happy ending, this girl doesn't just need his body - she wants his heart. 


1961: On a sweltering summer's day, while her family picnics by the stream of their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of bright future she can't wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything. 

2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history: a tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds - Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy - who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined. 

Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, murder and enduring love. 


Amy Wilde is tired of the idiots her glamorous flatmate Jo tries to set her up with - she'd much rather be landscaping a garden with her dog Badger at her side than trying to find the man of her dreams. That is, until she meets Leo Wolfsburg. Handsome, polite, funny, intriguing - Leo is everything Amy could want in a man. Best of all, the attraction seems mutual. 

But Leo's lifestyle is a world away from her own. Private planes, charity balls, exclusive members' clubs - Amy begins to realise that her simple existence has been turned upside down. And just where is Leo's home country of Nirona, anyway? Is this all too good to be true?

So here are the books which are now part of my ever-growing library. I hope you find something which might catch your eye and gets you to read. Summer is on our doorsteps so we all need something to read lying on the beach or by the pool. 

Let me know if you like any of my choices and why. 

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