The Bees by Laline Paull
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernières
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Yup, I bought more books. I've now got a fair few waiting to be read, so I've decided to go on a book buying ban until I've finished every unread one in my book shelf. There is just something really difficult about resisting to buy books, especially when Amazon offers them for really cheap, or when you happen to pop into a second hand book shop.... Almost all of these are books that I've really wanted to read for quite a while, so I can't wait to get started.
The Bees, Station Eleven, The Miniaturist and The Luminaries are all Amazon finds. I've heard a lot about both The Miniaturist and The Luminaries -- a mix of good and bad things, which in a way is good as it means I won't read them with too high or too low expectations. The Bees and Station Eleven are both books I've picked up many times in Waterstones. I haven't heard as much about them as I have about the other two, but they both look very intriguing. I picked up Everything is Illuminated and Captain Corelli's Mandolin in an Oxfam secondhand bookshop on the way back from university. I've read a couple of Jonathan Safran Foer's novels before and like them a lot, and I've heard a lot of good things about Everything is Illuminated. The author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernières, is one of my mum's favourites and she especially loves one of his other books, Birds Without Wings. I've been meaning to read his novels for a while, so when I found Captain Corelli's Mandolin for £2.5, I couldn't leave it behind.
Have you read any of these, and have you picked up any new books recently? I hope you've had a great weekend!