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Pre-Christmas Book Haul

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Its been forever since I did a Book Haul, I don't tend to spend money on books every month. It tends to be a a lot all at once and so it happens that the month of November has been a book buying month- excluding some books on my Kindle though. Even though I do love my Kindle I go through phases of reading from it non-stop to none at all. Anyway here we are...

1) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott- the novel follows the lives of four sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March sharing their journey from childhood to womanhood and is loosely based on the author (Louisa May Alcott) and her three sisters.

I'm looking forward to reading this during a read-along this December.

2) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell- When Margaret Hale's father leaves the Church in a crisis of his conscience, she is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill owner- and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction. (Source: Goodreads)


3) Persuasion by Jane Austen- Twenty-seven year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval office, Frederick Wentworth but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister and tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question; Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love? (Source: Goodreads)

4) A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens- After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, the ageing Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine. (Source: Goodreads)

5) The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom- First in the County Guides series, we meet Swanton Morley, Eccentric, autodidact- the 'People's Professor.'

Morley plans to write a series of guides to the counties of England. He employs a young assistant, Stephen Sefton, veteran of the Spanish Civil War, and together with Morley's daughter Miriam, they set off through Norfolk, where their sightseeing tour quickly turns into a murder investigation.

As Morley confronts the conventions of class, education and politics in 1930s England as Sefton feels his memories of the war, and as Miriam seeks romance, join them on their first adventure into the dark heart of England.

When Morley's map leads to mystery, no one is above suspicion! (Source: Goodreads)

6) Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle- Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that they way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks.

Thanks to three of today' bestselling teen authors, the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance and breathtaking kisses. (Source: Goodreads)

7) Nineteen Eighty Four by George Orwell- Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal. (Source: Amazon)

8) Animal Farm by George Orwell- A chilling fable of Soviet Russia's brutal dictatorship, Animal Farm brings to life in lucid, uncomplicated language the disastrous project of Russian Communism.

'All animals are equal- but some are more equal than others'

When the downtrodden animals of Manor Farm overthrow their master Mr Jones and take over the farm themselves, they imagine it is the beginning of a life of freedom and equality. But gradually a cunning, ruthless elite among them, masterminded by the pigs Napoleon and Snowball, starts to take control. Soon the other animals discover that they are not all as equal as they thought, and find themselves hopelessly ensnared as one form of tyranny is replaced with another. (Source: Amazon)

9) Keep the Aspidistra Flying by George Orwell- Gordon Comstock loathes dull, middle-class respectability and worship of money. He gives up a 'good job' in advertising to work part-time in a bookshop, giving him more time to write. But he slides instead into a self-induced poverty that destroys his creativity and his spirit. Only Rosemary, ever-faithful Rosemary, has the strength to challenge his commitment to his chosen way of life. Through the character of Gordon Comstock, Orwell reveals his own disaffection with the society he once himself renounced. (Source: Amazon)

So there we have it they are my books that I have bought this month, who knows when they will be read but they will and I cannot wait to get started!


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