As soon as my lovely work colleagues caught wind of my six month book buying ban, they knew I'd probably crack! So to prevent this they came in bundled with books and high recommendations. I've now got five more exciting books to add to my TBR pile, which I'm very happy about. So let's take a look at my borrowed swag:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Sometimes I feel like the only person who hasn't read this book. I also haven't seen the film yet as I'd like to read it first. The novel is narrated by Death in Nazi Germany, which is such an interesting concept. I've heard such great reviews about how touching the story is. I even filled up when I watched the film trailer which suggests just how emotional this will be to read!
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
I haven't read any Marina Lewycka previously but I'm always excited to read work from funny female authors. This story is about two sisters who put their problems aside to save their engineer father from a gold-digging wife. My favourite type of narrative is about families and complex relationships, so this sounds right up my street.
The Strain and The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
These are the first two books in the Strain trilogy. I've been wanting to read more horrors for a while but didn't know where to start. When I noticed that the creator of Pan's Labyrinth is involved with these I was instantly excited to start them as I adore that film. There's also a TV series based on the books called The Strain which will be interesting to watch once I've finished reading the trilogy.
The Year of Reading Dangerously: How Fifty Great Books Saved My Life by Andy Miller
I've already got a feeling that I'm going to adore this book. It's about how the author read all of the books he'd claimed to have finished in just one year. He goes from classic to cult and everything in-between and explains how each book has changed his perspective on life.
Have you borrowed any books recently? I must admit, it's a great way to keep out of book shops and stick to my buying ban!