I bought more books! Are you surprised? Probably not. I took some books from my shelves this month, so to celebrate I acquired some more. My bookcase is now again completely full. However, I’ve promised myself that I won’t be buying any more books until the end of the year, as I have more than enough to choose from. Will I be able to stick to my book buying ban? I’m not sure, but I’ll try really hard!
This month I did some online and in-store book shopping. These were my choices:
The Good People by Hannah Kent
I’ve been meaning to read a book by Hannah Kent for a really long time. I thought about reading her debut novel, Burial Rites, first, but then I fell in love with the cover of the paperback edition of The Good People and bought it instead. It tells the story of Nóra, who is trying to cure her grandson. He can’t speak nor walk, and people believe him to be a changeling.
A Confissão da Leoa (Confession of the Lioness) by Mia Couto
I still have one unread book by Mia Couto on my bookshelves, but it’s part of a trilogy and I feel like reading a standalone by him first. A Confissão da Leoa (The Confession of the Lioness in the English translation) apparently focuses on how humans can become wild animals when faced with war, hunger and superstition.
A Sibila by Agustina Bessa-Luís
I really know nothing about this book to be honest, besides believing it to be a family saga. But I have the Portuguese author Agustina Bessa-Luís on my list of 100 women writers to read in my lifetime and this is her most famous book.
Flores by Afonso Cruz
I freely admit that I bought this book because of the cover. I saw it on a bookstand and fell in love with it. I’ve never read a book by the Portuguese writer Afonso Cruz. So, I don’t even know if I’m going to enjoy his writing style. According to the blurb, Flores is about two neighbours. One wants to help the other recover the memory of his first kiss.
Os Memoráveis by Lídia Jorge
I’ve read a review about this book on Emma’s blog, Book Around the Corner, and got really intrigued by it. I’ve read a few books about life in Portugal during the ‘Estado Novo’ dictatorship (1933-1974), but I don’t think I have ever read a book focusing on the military men who took part in the Carnation Revolution, which occurred on 25 April 1974.
Have you read any of these books? What books did you buy this month? Tell me in the comments!