Thursday, 14 July 2016

Beautiful New Books! Part 263 (probably)

My birthday in June brought with it a host of gorgeous new books to drool over and add to the increasing strain on my bookcases.
I love a gift of books and the possibility that your new favourite read could be in there, waiting to be picked up! As always, I'm judging a book by its cover cause these are all stunning!
Without further ado:

A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf.

Up until now, the only Virginia Woolf novel I've read is Mrs Dalloway but I've had this on my to-be-read list for a long time so I'm delighted to have it in my grasp, and such a beautiful edition, too!

Love Stories; The Everyman's Pocket Classics.

This is an assortment of short stories, about, you guessed it; love! Featuring some amazing authors like Margaret Atwood, Roald Dahl, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ali Smith and D.H. Lawrence, to name but a few. This looks like a really varied and interesting collection of stories and of authors. 
Fierce romantic too, fair play to Himself!

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

I'm a big fan of Emily, have been since my Leaving Cert and I probably always will be. This, along with Love Stories and the Virginia Woolf were all presents from Himself. Yes, my husband buys me Virginia Woolf & Emily Dickinson books for my birthday. I know. #BestHusbandEver. 
Anyway, look at that cover! Embossed with her own poetry! Swoon! And the birdcages on the inside! Pass the smelling salts!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

My lovely sister bought me this, knowing my love for Aziz. I actually listened to this on audio last year because it was narrated by the man himself but I really felt like I missed out by not having a hardcopy  as there are a truckload of diagrams, graphs and other illustrated elements to the book that obviously, I didn't have in the audio version. 
In fact, it kept happening that Aziz would be reading away and then have to stop and go "if you had bought the actual book you'd be looking at a graph of the study's findings right now but you were lazy and got me to read it to you instead". 
I'm gonna re-read this now I can partake of the more researchy elements of the book!

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

This was sent to me for review this week and I'm super excited- it's been nominated for all sorts of awards and has received absolutely glowing reviews. I'm only on chapter 2 but it reads like poetry; the writing is just so beautiful. It's well matched with its cover, which let's face it, is glorious:

Shrill: Notes From A Loud Woman by Lindy West.

This was a birthday present to myself. Last month myself and my gals went to see Lindy West in conversation with Irish author Louise O' Neill at a Tatler event.
I love Lindy anyway (I read her column in the Guardian on the regular) but it was great hearing her speak and it made me want to read even more from her so I bought her new book on the night. Unfortunately, I was far too slow on the update to get a signed copy as I was too busy eating cupcakes and quaffing champagne. Thanks, Tatler! A great evening was had! 
I'm well into this one and am LOVING it! Full review to come soon!

The Vintage Tea Party Year by Angel Adoree

This was another one from my sister and I'm big enough to admit I squealed a little when I saw it. I've previously bought older editions in the Vintage Tea Party range as gifts but have never had my own copy- till now!
What I love about this is not only is it packed with vintage recipes and cocktails but it's full of lovely illustrations and gorgeous photography with a serious amount of attention to detail. 
It's extremely kitsch, which I am ALL about. 

And that's the lot! 
Have you read any of these?
To the comments!


  1. I have Vintage Tea Party Sweets book, I love it! Super cute. I feel like I read the one above but it's not marked on my Goodreads so who knows! It looks so pretty though. Really want to read Shrill too!

  2. I want them all! I tried to pick up Shrill recently but my local Waterstones didn't have in. :(

    1. Ah, boo! Definitely worth persevering to find it, I'm really enjoying it!

  3. I've been wanting to read Modern Romance for SO LONG!