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Recentish Additions To My Book Hoard & A Giveaway

18th April 2018

I took this at Topping & Company, St. Andrews.

I’ve been promising a bookish post, and here it is.  Grab a beverage first, I’ll wait.

I’ll be linking up with WWW Wednesdays to share what I’ve recently read, what I’m reading, and what’s on deck.  But maybe not in that order.

Real talk time, I read one book in March.  There’s really no excuse for that except to say I’ve been writing more. AndIhavenootherexcuse.

However, the one book I did read was 10 stars and kinda like nothing I’ve ever read before.  I have no fewer than three copies of Goblin by Ever Dundas.  Goblin was my road trip and insomnia companion lately.

Goblin is a story of war and friendship and maybe what would happen if Angela Carter wrote Lord of The Flies.

Ever is a friend from my book-group in Edinburgh.  I read the entire book in her voice.  Here are some excerpts from it, and interesting interview, too.

I have a signed copy of Goblin to give away to one of you lucky people, but more on that later.

Some of you may remember I mentioned spending my birthday book vouchers (plus a wee bit more) on a recent road trip to St. Andrews.

On that trip, I somehow acquired:

Motel Life – Willy Vlautin – A road trip book I started in the car.  This was a blind date with a book selection.

The End of Alice – A. M. Homes.  – This was Neil’s blind date with a book.  We traded.  Because I love A. M. Homes.

The Bookseller – Cynthia Swanson.  Because books about bookstores are auto-buys for me.

Ashland & Vine – John Burnside – I got this one out of the library and never actually read it then.  But now I y’know, own it.

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax – Cal Moriarty – Same as above.

Malacqua – Nicola Pugliese – This was the one thrown at me by a very nice stranger,

Letters to Iris –  Elizabeth Noble –  I want to hug this book.  I haven’t even read it yet and I want to hug it.

A Gentleman In Moscow – Amor Towles – Because I LOVED Rules of Civility.

Killers of the Flower Moon – David Grann – This one first appeared in my New York Book Haul, but I re-gifted it to someone as part of a non-fiction book exchange and bought myself this new copy.

The Immortalists – Chloe Benjamin – Could this book be more hyped? I’m actually reading it now, for real, because Neil and I are back to our designated reading nights.  Funny story, Isla attacked this one with school glue, and the last few pages are actually stuck together.

Greatest Hits – Laura Barnett – I’m intrigued by this one, and it’s also very yellow.

Currently Reading:

The Immortalists, we’ve established that.

And Sourdough, because Jackie said so.  And if the thought of that book makes you want to make bread, read this from Real Life Reading 

Reading Next:

Think I may just read through this list, that I’ve spent 3 hours typing, highlighting, and linking up.


And if you want me to send you that signed copy of Goblin  (READ THIS BOOK!), reply to this post telling me what you’ve read recently and why I might want to read it, too.

One random groovy reader will be selected from the comments on this post.  Open til next Wednesday, April 25th.  

Open internationally, because I’m good like that.

Happy reading and recommending!


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  • Reply loristory 18th April 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I just finished Turtles All the Way Down, a YA novel by John Green. I think you’d like it because it is sweetly painful and painfully sweet, without sugar-coating anything. Great writing.

    • Reply Lorna 18th April 2018 at 10:55 pm

      Reading that now, too. I forgot my kindle books!

  • Reply Unbound Roots 18th April 2018 at 11:15 pm

    Your posts make me happy, Lorna! Specifically because of lines like these: “Letters to Iris – Elizabeth Noble – I want to hug this book. I haven’t even read it yet and I want to hug it.” Yep, makes me smile! I love any post about books, and I bought my recent book due to a blog “Furnishing Eternity” by David Giffels. Now, because of your blog, I have a few more books on my “To BUY” list.

  • Reply bluerosegirl08 19th April 2018 at 12:13 am

    I have heard nothing but awesome things about Killers of the Flower Moon. I believe it was on the short list for an award though which one one escapes me rightt now. The last thing I read and loved was Amy Bloom’s White Houses. It’s an historical fiction novel centered around Elanor Roosevelt’s life long and sometimes romantic relationship with a woman named Lorena Hickok. I had no clue that she had ever had a relationship with a woman but there are letters that support it. It also let me see a side of Franklin which is often glossed over. The book made me feel like the Roosevelts were people again rather than these monolithic figures we sww them as now.

  • Reply Book Club Mom 19th April 2018 at 1:39 am

    Nice to see what books you’ve added to your shelf. I recently read The Immortalists – I’ll be interested to see what you thought. I will be reading Killers of the Flower Moon soon, too! Happy reading to you!

    • Reply Lorna 19th April 2018 at 10:04 am

      Thanks, Barbara. Already left some thoughts at your place!

  • Reply Jackie Cangro 20th April 2018 at 4:59 am

    Sourdough! Just thinking about that book makes me want to eat a loaf of bread — and get a robot.

    Right now I’m reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. So far, I’m loving it.

    Do you like essay collections? If so, check out Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan. I kind of want to reread it already.

    • Reply Lorna 20th April 2018 at 8:35 am

      I have Manhattan Beach somewhere. Have you read The Unseen World by Liz Moore?

      • Reply Jackie Cangro 20th April 2018 at 2:31 pm

        I hadn’t come across that one yet. Adding it to my TBR list…

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