February Publishing Book Haul | #BookBreak

February Publishing Book Haul | #BookBreak

February 29, 2020 6 By Kailee Schamberger


Welcome back to Book Break. It is the most
exciting time of the month again, it is book haul time. So the package has just come in,
this box is stuffed full with some of the most exciting books that we have published
this month, so I’m so excited to see what’s inside. OK so the first book on top of the box is
a beautiful new MCL. And this is of Bleak House by Charles Dickens, so I’m really excited,
I really want to read more Charles Dickens now. I recently went to see the David Copperfield
movie and absolutely loved it, and then I made a video which I will link below, on classics
that you never knew were so funny, and a lot of that was about Charles Dickens as a comedy
writer. Obviously a lot of his books are very sad, but he has a really funny way of writing.
So I’ve never actually read Bleak House so this is perfect timing, I really want to read
this one. And the other MCL that’s in this box is The
Warden, this is a classic Anthony Trollope. This one’s got an introduction by Margaret
Drabble, and the quote on the back is ‘what on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa,
a book, and a cup of coffee?’ I mean has anything ever been more relatable? OK, then we have The Mercies. I have been
talking a lot about The Mercies on this channel so I’m sure you know what this one’s about,
but basically this is a historical fiction set on a Norwegian island called Vardo, and
it starts Christmas Eve 1617 when there is this terrible storm that kills all of the
men of the village who are currently out fishing. And so the island becomes this place of women,
into which a man arrives and is very suspicious of the women who are just fending for themselves.
So like I said, I’ve been talking so much about this one, it’s such a fun story, and
such a sad story, and it’s based on a true life story that really did happen so it’s
absolutely fascinating. And these finished copies are finally here and they are just
so beautiful. And they just coming, this box is just full
of my favourites. So this is the paperback of The Adventures of Maud West, Lady Detective.
This was one of my favourite books that we published last year, and I did a whole video
with Susannah Stapleton, the author, so I will link that below, do go and watch it,
it’s very funny, it involves me getting all dressed up in various detective disguises,
and becoming, I think, completely unrecognisable. So Maud West was basically a golden age detective
living in London, and her life is so bizarre, so in this book Susannah Stapleton basically
becomes a detective herself, and delves into trying to work out the truth of Maud West’s
life. And some of it is stranger than fiction, I promise. OK, next we have a Lucy Diamond, this is An
Almost Perfect Holiday, with this very recognisable scene on the cover of raining down on the
beach huts. So this one is about various different characters going on a seaside holiday, and
the holiday not quite going as planned. And it says here, with friendship, heartache,
and secrets in the mix, will this holiday turn out to be a scorcher, or simply too hot
to handle? Lucy Diamond’s always a lot of fun, so perfect time to pick this one up while
you’re booking your holidays. OK this one, this is Where’s My Happy Ending?
So you’ve probably seen on Instagram, Mother Pukka and Papa Pukka, who have these great
Instagram accounts that are really funny, talking about the harsh realities of being
parents. So in Where’s My Happy Ending, they talk about being parents, they talk about
their marriage, basically everything that comes after the happy ever after, and how
life isn’t always that perfect. So they confront these questions in their own life, they also
go and interview various people, like a former sex worker and her ex-gigolo husband, celibate
monks and free-loving hippies. And they’re absolutely brilliant, this pair, I love their
Instagram accounts, so I’m really excited to read this one. OK, this is Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky,
so this is the sequel to Children of Time. This is a sci-fi series, I haven’t yet read
the first one, but I think the first one is about humans having to leave Earth to find
a new planet where they can live on. So then this book takes place thousands of years after
humans settled on this planet, so it’s set in the same universe as the original but it
has gone through the ages so it’s a whole new cast in this one. This next one, oh I’ve been absolutely desperate
to read this. So this is Amnesty by Aravind Adiga, and this one is about a man called
Danny who is an undocumented migrant living in Sydney, he’s come from Sri Lanka, and he’s
working as a cleaner, and the book all takes place over the course of one day, when Danny
becomes the sole witness to this murder. And so basically throughout the day he has to
grapple with this question of whether he should come forward for what he knows, but then he
risks being discovered and deported, or whether he should keep lying low from the authorities,
but then not helping bring justice to this crime. And it’s kind of this question of whether
he still has responsibilities in this country where he doesn’t even have rights. Oh the next one is such a sweet one, I haven’t
actually got my hands on this in person yet, this is The Book of Tea. So this is all about
the importance of the tea ceremony in Japanese daily life. And it’s such a pretty book, look
at it. I’m really interested in this one, and learning a bit more about it, because
we are planning something for National Tea Day, so watch this space for that one. And another one I’ve been excited for, this
box is just brilliant today. This is Mountain Road, Late at Night by Alan Rossi, this is
another one that I haven’t yet read but I’m so desperate to. So this one sounds like it
will be very moving, it’s about this couple who live in this remote cabin in the Blue
Ridge Mountains with their four year old son. And one morning the couple are driving home
from a party when their car crashes on a deserted road and they’re killed. So the book basically
follows the aftermath of this, and all of the relatives coming to the family home and
deciding who’s going to take care of the son, and just kind of dealing with their grief,
but also working through their own issues. And the book spends a few days in the mind
of each family member, and I’ve heard such good things about this one. And also that
the setting is just described amazingly, this really isolated mountain town. So this is
exactly the kind of book that I love. OK what’s this? Oh this is the paperback of
It’s Not About the Burqa! This is absolutely brilliant. I read this one when the hardback
came out. So this a collection of essays edited by Mariam Khan, all contributed by different
Muslim women, and like it says in the title, it’s not about the burqa, so these essays
are Muslim women speaking to themselves about all sorts of topics, whether it’s about their
faith, or about their feminism, their sexuality, about love, it’s a really diverse collection
of essays that all speak out against the stereotypes that we hear most often of Muslim women. I
absolutely loved this one. Oh it’s a big one here, oh this is The Unspoken
Name by AK Larkwood, I’ve been hearing a lot about this one. This is the first in a new
fantasy duology, and what I remember about it is it’s about a teenage girl who was raised
in this magical death cult, so it sounds really dark. Yeah so she’s basically always known
on her 14th birthday she will become a sacrifice to the gods. Before her birthday, she is offered
a different fate, by this powerful wizard who asks her to come and work for him and
become an assassin. But it says at the end here, ‘but if you live long enough, all debts
become due’. So this one sounds really dark and scary, I think fantasy lovers will love
this. Then we have an Ann Cleeves, this is the paperback
of The Long Call, so Ann Cleeves is the author of the Vera series and the Shetland series,
and this is the first novel in a new series about Detective Matthew Venn. So this has
all the ingredients of a great Ann Cleeves book. Detective Matthew Venn grew up in this
really strict, evangelical community that he left behind, but now a murder case is drawing
him back in to discover the deadly secrets that lurk there. And the murder case in this
one starts with a man found dead on the beach with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck.
So that is very mysterious. And then while we’re talking crime novels, this is a crime
novel from the other side of the pond, Blood in the Water by Jack Flynn. This one is set
in Boston I believe, yep, in the gritty world of Boston mob bosses, con artists, and gangs.
And our main character here is a Homeland security agent. So this is a thriller about
terrorism threats, it’s really international. Also follows this agent tracking down her
nemesis, who is one of the world’s most ruthless and dangerous criminals, who killed her husband
and young son. So a lot going on in this one, this is action packed. Oh and talking of action, here’s a book I
loved, A Window Breaks by CM Ewan. This one’s absolutely terrifying. It all takes place
over the course of one night, and it starts with somebody waking up in the middle of the
night and realising that someone has broken into their home. So this is the stuff that
nightmares are made of, but it’s a really fun, fast paced story of this man trying to
defend his wife and daughter from intruders. And of course we uncover this whole mysterious
backstory of who these intruders are and how they’re linked to the family. It’s a really
exciitng one. Here’s a book that I just featured in a Book
Break video, so this is A Place for Everything by Judith Flanders, I just talked about this
one in our weird and wonderful nonfiction video which I will link to below. So this
is about the curious history of alphabetical order, which is such a cool idea for a book,
because the alphabet is something that we use like every day but never really think
about, but actually for a long time alphabetical order was not the way things were organised.
And now it’s kind of hit its peak and is declining, because now in the age of google and the internet,
we no longer need to use alphabetical order in the same way to store our knowledge. So
it’s actually like a really interesting history of something that I never have thought about
before. And then finally the last book in here is
a lovely one, this is Kika & Me, How One Extraordinary Guide Dog changed my world. So Amit Patel
is a doctor who got this really rare condition, which caused him to lose his sight literally
within 36 hours, it must have been absolutely terrifying. So this book is the story of him
getting his guide dog Kika, and their journey to learning to understand each other. And
a video of them actually went viral of somebody on the underground really rudely asking Amit
Patel to get out of the way. So after that video went viral and people were really shocked
by it, this book is Amit’s way of spreading positivity by telling his story. So that was one of the best book hauls yet,
I’ve loved so many of those books and I’m really excited to read some of the others.
So do leave a comment letting me know which of these you’re most excited about, or also
just what you’ve hauled this month, I would love to know. And of course, give this video
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