Annabel's House of Books

Noli domo egredi, nisi librum habes – Never leave home without a book.

New Arrivals

As I’m midway through my current read, I thought I’d share some of the new arrivals chez moi.  From the top …


Have you read any of these?

NB: The book titles mentioned above will take you to Amazon UK, where I’ll earn a few pence if you buy anything.Have you read any of these?


  1. I’m a Max Barry fan and have read all of his novels. I enjoyed Lexicon a lot–very original but a just a bit wobbly at the end IMO.

  2. Well as well as stoner, I have read Rachel Joyce’s Perfect, which I though was excellent.

  3. A fab selection Annabel – do hope you like the Brautigan!

  4. I just finished Bernadette and loved it. It is light and funny. i loved the way it was told through various ‘documents’ – emails, letters, reports etc. I was a little put off by it at first – a mother leaving her family – but it quickly grew on me and was not at all tragic.

  5. You can’t beat a light frothy read for the summer can you. I’m looking forward to reading it.

  6. David Nolan (David73277)

    July 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    I see Rachel’s Book Snob blog is on your list of “Bookish Blogs”. She was distinctly underwhelmed by Where do you go to Bernadette? For me, the killer sentence in her review was: “much of the plot was left hanging off in mid air with no real bearing on the central story, and the whole thing rapidly descends into farce, with the end leaving a rather bitter taste in my mouth.” Then again, plenty of people are raving about it. I guess you will have to read it to find out whether it is right for you.

    As for another Rachel, Ms Joyce, I am pleased to say that “Perfect” is waiting for me to pick up from the library. The panel on a recent edition of Radio 4’s Saturday Review found it far from perfect ( – about 3/4 of the way through), but then they were also taking the latest comedy movie from Simon Pegg rather seriously so they were perhaps the wrong audience.

    • David – I haven’t made it over to Booksnob since I got back from hols …I shall visit for research and reserve my judgement for later.

      The ‘review’ progs on TV/Radio have to find something to talk about, so it’d be a miracle if they all loved anything, ever!. (I’ve heard the latest Simon Pegg film is so-so, but – I’ll still be going next week…)

  7. The Ozeki is sitting next to me as I type; I’ve just brought it home from the library. It looks extremely interesting and I’m dying to read the new Joyce too. I must check out whether the library has ordered a copy yet.

  8. Loved Where’d You Go, Bernadette?. Picked it up by chance in the library and laughed and laughed; it’s a great send up of a certain segment of Seattle’s population.

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