New Books Have Arrived! May

I know, I know… I have too many books already… But be honest, can you resist buying books now and then?  Or should you even resist when you can get them for free?  I didn’t think so.  The (virtual and real) shelves are a bit more loaded, because these books arrived in my house over the last month (May).

Mark Watson, Eleven (2010).Eleven

Yes…. It is only the 1st of May, and I have already started.  But BookDepository had a discount of 10%, so I couldn’t resist.

From GoodReads: Xavier Ireland is the assumed name of a radio-show host with a devoted following of listeners riveted by the sleepless loners who call in throughout the night to seek his advice. Off the air, he leads a low-key life of avoiding his neighbors, playing Scrabble, and maintaining an awkward friendship with his cohost, Murray. But his life begins to change when he meets a cleaning lady named Pippa, who becomes a constant, surprisingly necessary presence in his life as he starts facing up to his past and discovering solace and redemption in the most unexpected places. British comedian Mark Watson’s North American debut humorously and poignantly explores life and death, strangers and friends, heartache and comfort, and whether the choices we don’t make affect us just as powerfully as the ones we do.

Alexander Maksik, You Deserve Nothing (2011).You Deserve Nothing

Another one with a 10% discount (BookDepository).

From the author’s websiteSet in Paris, at an international high school catering to the sons and daughters of wealthy, influential families, You Deserve Nothing is a gripping story of power, idealism, and morality. In Maksik’s stylish prose, Paris is sensual, dazzling and dangerously seductive. It serves as a fitting backdrop for a dramatic tale about the tension between desire and action, and about the complex relationship that exists between our public and private selves.

 Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy (1944).The Perennial Philosophy

The third one with 10% off from BookDepository.

From Wikipedia: Perennial philosophy is the philosophical concept, which states that each of the world’s religious traditions share a single truth. Perennial philosophy asserts that there is a single divine foundation of all religious knowledge, referred to as the universal truth. Each world religion, independent of its cultural or historical context, is simply a different interpretation of this knowledge. World religions including, but not limited to, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Sikhism and Buddhism, are all derived from the same universal truth. Although the sacred scriptures of these world religions are undeniably diverse and often oppose each other, each world religion has been formed to fit the social, mental and spiritual needs of their respective epoch and culture. Therefore, perennial philosophy maintains that each world religion has flourished from the foundation of the same universal truth, making these differences superficial and able to be cast aside to find religion’s deeper spiritual meaning.

Aldous Huxley, who wrote a widely read book on the subject, defined the perennial philosophy as:

The metaphysic that recognizes a divine Reality substantial to the world of things and lives and minds; the psychology that finds in the soul something similar to, or even identical with, divine Reality; the ethic that places man’s final end in the knowledge of the immanent and transcendent Ground of all being; the thing is immemorial and universal. Rudiments of the perennial philosophy may be found among the traditional lore of primitive peoples in every region of the world, and in its fully developed forms it has a place in every one of the higher religions.  (The Perennial Philosophy, p. vii).

S.J. Bolton, Dead Scared (2012).Dead Scared

An offer from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press.

From GoodReads: When a rash of suicides tears through Cambridge University, DI Mark Joesbury recruits DC Lacey Flint to go undercover as a student to investigate. Although each student’s death appears to be a suicide, the psychological histories, social networks, and online activities of the students involved share remarkable similarities, and the London police are not convinced that the victims acted alone. They believe that someone might be preying on lonely and insecure students and either encouraging them to take their own lives or actually luring them to their deaths. As long as Lacey can play the role of a vulnerable young woman, she may be able to stop these deaths, but is it just a role for her? With her fragile past, is she drawing out the killers, or is she herself being drawn into a deadly game where she’s a perfect victim?
Dark and compelling, S. J. Bolton’s latest thriller—a follow-up to the acclaimed Now You See Me—is another work of brilliant psychological suspense that plumbs the most sinister depths

Tom Blackstone, Philosophy: What It is and Why We need It? (2012).Philosophy

Interesting title, downloaded for free from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon:  What is the point of studying philosophy?
Are philosophers just a bunch of crazy people who think that reality doesn’t exist and that human beings aren’t really conscious?
Moreover, since there are many competing ideas out there, is there some way to actually determine the truth, or does philosophy end up being just a matter of opinion?
In this engaging, informative, and often lively book, Tom Blackstone seeks to answer these as well as many more important philosophical questions. Drawing upon the history of philosophy from its origins in Ancient Greece to modern times and through an analysis of its central questions, Blackstone argues that philosophy can provide us with objective knowledge of the truth and is of vital importance to human life. Throughout his argument, Blackstone relies on the often neglected “Objectivist” ideas of the American novelist/philosopher Ayn Rand.
However, this book does not merely introduce the important ideas of Objectivism. Rather, it provides a strong introduction to philosophy, and philosophical thought, in general. Most importantly, it educates in such a way that allows the reader to make up his or her own mind as to which philosophy is true.
This book is an excellent resource for understanding the subject of philosophy

David W. Walker, The Final Deduction: The Last of Sherlock Holmes (2011).The Final Deduction

A title I couldn’t resist, free from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon: This novel offers a controversial interpretation of the famous detective that challenges all assumptions. Thrown together after many years, Watson and Holmes must save England from a nefarious plot. Yet, before they have scarcely begun, Watson discovers a secret so incredible that it threatens to dislodge his own reason. Can he still work with Holmes?
“This accounting of Sherlock Holmes’ last case I have penned only after much consideration and debate. What follows will not be released to my heirs until long after that brilliant intelligence and myself have passed from this material world.”
“Otherwise the scandal this chronicle will create would overweigh the momentous accomplishments of Holmes and sensationalize our remaining lives in a manner I am certain we would both find undesirable.”
“Yet this case and all its revelations must be published, for without it, the true significance of who and what Holmes was will never be appreciated. I know this to be true, for until this last adventure—though I called him friend for thirty years—I did not know Sherlock Holmes

Hazel Holt, My Dear Charlotte (2009).My Dear Charlotte

I wanted to give this mystery based on letters of Jane Austen, a chance, so  I downloaded it for free from Amazon Kindle.

From Amazon: My Dear Charlotte is a British Regency mystery set in the early 1800s and infused throughout with the actual language of Jane Austen, one of the world’s great stylists and comic writers. Hazel Holt has published 19 Mrs. Malory mysteries in the tradition of Barbara Pym and has admirers around the world. My Dear Charlotte is a departure from her other work. It is a novel-in-letters written “with the assistance of Jane Austen’s letters.” From the Introduction by Jan Fergus:
“Of course, you don’t have to love Austen to love this book. If you enjoy detective novels, you will find here a completely satisfying murder mystery, coupled with a romance (or more than one, in fact). My Dear Charlotte gives you, in addition to mystery and romance, a portrait of the world of the English gentry at around 1815, immediately after the defeat of Napoleon—its manners and its moral certainty. As in Austen, Napoleon is not directly mentioned, but his shadow is there: one brother of the heroine is a sailor and the other a junior diplomat at the Congress of Vienna. It’s the social world at home that is central, however, with its balls, visits, courtships, gossip, and of course murder, underlining the tensions and rifts within that apparently civilized society.
But it’s readers of Jane Austen who will get the most pleasure from My Dear Charlotte. It is in my opinion the only successful attempt to re-create the world of Austen’s novels, better even than the best of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances. Holt does much more, though: she has chosen to write a novel-in-letters, which allows her to incorporate witty quotations directly from Austen’s letters into her novel, quotations about persons, occasions, the minutiae of daily life from housekeeping and shopping to the weather and human nature

Clarissa Draper, The Sholes Key (2012). The Sholes Key

This is the first in  the Evans & Blackwell series… and it was for free… so I downloaded it from Amazon Kindle.

From AmazonAll across London, single mothers are vanishing. Margaret Hill, mother of two, walked out of her house two months before, never seen again. A month later, Carrie-Anne Morgans takes her two-year-old son for a walk in the park and disappears leaving him alone in his stroller. Lorna McCauley leaves her London flat in the early hours of the morning to buy medicine for her sick child and disappears.

Newly promoted Detective Inspector Theophilus Blackwell is assigned the case of Lorna McCauley, which, on the outside seems to be a simple case of mid-life crisis and child abandonment.

Elsewhere in London, MI5 analyst, Sophia Evans, is working undercover to catch an animal rights group responsible for targeted bombings. As her case (and her personal life) fall to pieces, she receives a strange envelope in the mail. It contains a picture of Lorna McCauley s lifeless face along with a daunting code.

Now the police and MI5 are forced to work together to stop the murders, and Sophia must find her way into the terrifying mind of a serial killer.

Teju Cole, Open stad (2011). Open stad

Een nieuwe boekenapp op de iPad moet meteen uitgeprobeerd worden (Lees dit Boek van WPG Uitgevers).  En ja, een van de boeken die in de focus staan is deze literaire roman.  Kopen dus.

Van Boll.comJulius, een jonge psychiater van Nigeriaanse afkomst, maakt schijnbaar doelloze wandelingen door de straten van Manhattan. Dit doet hij echter met een reden: de wandelingen geven hem de mogelijkheid om aan het keurslijf van zijn werk te ontsnappen en zijn leven te overdenken. Zoals de breuk met zijn vriendin, zijn getroebleerde verleden en ook zijn onzekere toekomst. Hij loopt door de drukke stad, waar de vele anonieme gezichten die hij langs ziet komen zijn gevoelens van eenzaamheid alleen maar versterken. Op straat ontmoet hij mensen uit verschillende culturen en klassen die hem verrijken met inzichten. Deze zal hij gebruiken tijdens zijn reis een reis die hem naar Brussel voert en terugbrengt naar het Nigeria van zijn jeugd. En naar de diep verborgen delen van zijn ziel.
Open stad is een beklemmende roman over identiteit, ras, vrijheid, verlies, isolatie en overgave. Een boek waarin het lot van de immigrant in het hedendaagse New York op fantastische wijze wordt beschreven.
Open stad is bekroond met de presitigieuze PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Fiction



  1. Ik heb helaas geen i-watdanook dus kan de nieuwe app niet uitproberen. Wel jammer. Open Stad klinkt wel interessant.

    Leuke boeken trouwens. Eleven vond ik erg leuk en boeken van Sharon Bolton zijn ook altijd erg goed. Veel leesplezier!

    • Die app is natuurlijk puur reclame, maar hij ziet er wel erg mooi uit (en hij werkt ook, want ik heb toch al een boek gekocht, dus…).
      Als ik zelf eens herlees welke boeken mijn stapels zijn komen vergroten, dan vind ik ook dat ze er heel goed uitzien. Dead Scared heb ik ondertussen al gelezen, en die was erg goed; was er zonder bij na te denken ‘s avonds aan begonnen en heb hem dan, na een vruchteloze slaappoging, uitgelezen. Het was half vijf ‘s morgens voor ik eindelijk in mijn bed lag. Zeker een aanrader dus.
      Eleven heb ik gekocht na het lezen van jouw recensie, dus daar draag jij ook wat verantwoordelijkheid, Judith. 🙂
      Bedankt voor je coomentaar.

  2. You have got some great books here. I loved You Deserve Nothing and I read a book by S.J. Bolton which was a real page turner.
    I’ve also got Huxley’s book and would love to read it. Not enough time. Bah

    • I think you’re not alone with the ‘not-enough-time’ problem. I know I have the same problem. So many books, so little time.
      I have already read Dead Scared now and it was great.. A real page turner. I think I will try to read the Huxley one of the coming weeks, that is, if my attention doesn’t get distracted by other books. Because, well,.. I would like to read them all in the coming weeks, they all look great.
      Thanks for your comment and enjoy your reading.

  3. You’re ready for whatever reading mood you’re in! Enjoy!

    • Oh yes, Kathy… I love having books ready to read for every possible occasion and mood. I think I would panick if I had only say 10 un-read books in my house, although the 400+ that I have now is a bit too much, I agree. But the problem is: there are too many good books out there and I can’t resist.
      Thanks for your comment!

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