A long time has passed since I wrote my previous book haul. I bought some books between then and now but never in bulk. As I was reading them almost immediately after buying them, I didn’t feel like sharing them with you on a post before reviewing them. This month, though, I decided to order seven books from the UK (before the Brexit transition period ends to avoid them potentially ending up in Customs next year) and they all arrived at the same time!
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Luminaries is one of the four massive books that I plan to read during the first half of 2021. Set in the 19th century, it has as main character Walter Moody, who decided to try to make his fortune in the goldfields of New Zealand. He becomes involved in the mystery surrounding various unsolved crimes. Although I wasn’t impressed by the TV adaptation, I decided to give the novel by Eleanor Catton a whirl.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
It is decided! The first book that I’ll read next year is the colossal War and Peace! Now that I’ve finally bought it (in a stunning Vintage Classic Russians edition, which sadly arrived damaged), I can’t delay picking it up anymore. As Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, the lives of a group of young people change forever. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy it as much as Anna Karenina.
Sulphuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb
Compared with the previous books, Sulphuric Acid by Amélie Nothomb is tiny. It’s about a reality TV show that takes place in a death camp and that makes watchers develop a taste for blood. The author’s aim is to criticise not only reality TV, but also the obsession around celebrity status.
Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
I read the Portuguese translation of Nineteen Eighty-Four more or less 10 years ago. Next year I want to read it in the original, as I remember it as one of my favourite dystopian novels. It’s set in a totalitarian state which is controlled through ubiquitous telescreens. Winston Smith’s work is to rewrite history in a way that is beneficial to the Party. His life gets even more complicated as he starts a secret love affair with Julia.
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
I want to read Romeo and Juliet soon, but I won’t review it. Reading Shakespeare makes me nervous. I blame it on the Early Modern English, which I’m afraid of not fully understanding. We all know what this play is about, though. Rebelling against their estranged families, Romeo and Juliet embark on a tragic story of young love.
The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
Set in Victorian London, this novel by Michel Faber is highly regarded. The main character, Sugar, is a young woman who is trying to improve her life conditions. It features a diverse cast of characters – troublemakers, physicians, businessmen and prostitutes.
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Assassin’s Quest is the third and final instalment in The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. I’m eager to discover what the future holds for the royal bastard Fitz, as he tries to get out of a perilous situation.
Have you read any of these books? Can you recommend me an online bookshop from the Republic of Ireland that ships to the rest of Europe? Tell me in the comments!