I have had the fullest, most lovely weekend which started off with a catch up over coffee, with Ellie, who I havent seen since this YSL event a year ago. After updating each other on the milestones which had passed and plans we had for the immediate future, it was time for a trawl through the Plymouth charity shops.
Few things make me happier, than browsing though the organised mis mash that is a charity shop.
Plymouth City Centre has around ten charity shops on one street, within a short walk from the Mall. Theres a nice mix of the curated YMCA, to the more random and it can be such a treasure trove. Mutley is also worth a browse, with a similar amount of charity shops which always seem to have a good clothing selection.
Obviously, the clothes in charity shops are a big pull, but everytime we realised we’d lost each other, Ellie was by the vinyls and I was trawling the book shelves.
The point of this post, is i broke the book buying ban I gave myself when i realised I had over a hundred books i hadn’t yet read, in my possesion… I bought four new books, all of which are; new to me, second hand, and cost a pound or less.
I Let You Go; Claire Mackintosh
I have read this alreay, I borrowed this off the lovely Alice, roughly eighteen months ago. The only drawback of borrowing a book (beyond the anxiety of damaging it in some way) is having to return it afterwards.
This book focuses on a hit and run accident, which kills a small child. its told from multiple perspectives and is an engaging and addictive crime story. Its told in part from a female protaganist, the police investigating the accident and another narrator.
If you would like a review on the book, Alice wrote one which intrigued me enough to read this in the first place here.
Elizabeth; J. Randy Tarborrelli
I know very little about Elizabeth Taylor. From popular culture, i know the film star married several times, had voilet eyes, and an incredible jewelery collection.
Generally speaking, i opt for fictional reads. I think this will be the first biography I will have read, and i’m excited to learn more about a woman who still faciniates a generation now.
The cracked spine on this book also tells me, that the previous owner really enjoyed it. Or thats what i’m telling myself.
A Man Called Ove; Fredrik Backman
I already own a copy of this book (initial thoughts here), but there is a thing about Hardbacks which makes me very happy.
I’m going to donate my paperback, and keep this in its place. It will be one I read whilst at home rather than carrying around, but its worth it for such a beautiful hardback.
The Girl Before; JP Delaney
This cover has popped up a few on my Instagram feed, and after Lucy Wood discussed the story in a book video, it made its way onto my wish list. I am in need of a crime novel to become obsessed with.
The book tracks the stories of two women; the current occupant, and the woman who lived in the house before her. Its been likened to both Gone Girl and The Girl On The Train, with a movie adaption scheduled.
This is the book I’m most excited to read, after I finish Doctor Sleep, The Dark Half and We Need To Talk About Kevin.
I saw the trailer for A Quiet Place about a month ago, and I got so excited I made Matt and my brother watch and analyse the trailer with me.
The first thing to say about A Quiet Place is that, as with a good portion modern horrors, it is more of a thriller than a horror. Yes there are the jump scares, and monsters, and moments of horror but the whole storyline fits more closely within the thriller genre.
It doesn’t lose anything for this, but beyond the jump scares you shouldn’t come away too scared.
The film, at the hour and a half run time, could easily have been trimmed down to forty minutes or so.
That said, it’s worth a watch. It’s a fairly original premise, and well acted by the small cast. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, the same post dystopian future and band of survivors story line carries over into this film.
I probably wouldn’t rewatch this, but at the same time I wouldn’t discourage anyone from watching this for the first time.