New Books: November & December 2018

Hello my fellow bookworms, after a little break for Christmas, I return with a well overdue update on the new books I have got my hands on, during November and December. There were a fair few new goodies for my Kindle and my shelf over the last two months, so sit back and get comfortable:

Lost Worlds: The Ultimate Anthology: 24 Classic Tales edited by Nico Lorenzutti (Masterworks of Adventure Book 2)

First, in November, I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this anthology of classic ‘Lost Worlds’ tales from the editor Nico Lorenzutti, who has previously sent me the rip-roaring adventures of Sandokan, The Tigers of Mompracem and Sandokan, The Pirates of Malaysia. This collection includes, amongst others: King Solomon’s Mines by Sir Henry Rider Haggard, The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling. I think I might need to tweak my Classics Club list to include some of these.

The Golden Antilles by Tim Severin

Margaret Tudor by Melanie Clegg

Next, through Endeavour Press’ weekly e-newsletter, I got a free copy of new-to-me author, Tim Severin’s non-fiction about the exploits of the adventurers, who risked it all in attempts to establish themselves in the Caribbean sun. I also received, via Netgalley, a copy of a history of Henry VIII’s sister, Margaret by another new-to-me author, Melanie Clegg.

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris

Finally, in November, I snapped up bargain copies of these from Smile Amazon (UK). A Second Chance is the third book in Taylor’s The Chronicles of St Mary’s series, which I put on my wish list after really enjoying the first book, Just One Damned Thing After Another. While Dead Until Dark is the first book in Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, a series I have long wanted to read.

The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett

Then, in December, whilst I was Christmas shopping, I spotted a copy of this, the 24th book in Pratchett’s fantastical Discworld series, in one of my favourite charity bookshops.

Anna of Kleve: Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir

I was also thrilled to receive, via Netgalley, a copy of the fourth book in Weir’s epic, historical fiction series, Six Tudor Queens. I have already loved the Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn instalments.

Indian Paintbrush by John A. Heldt

Last but not least, I was contacted and happily accepted a review copy of Heldt’s new time-travel novel, which is the third book in his Carson Chronicles series. I have previously enjoyed several books from Heldt’s earlier American Journey series, so I look forward to trying more.

Do you fancy any of these? What new books have you got recently?

10 thoughts on “New Books: November & December 2018

  1. King Solomon’s Mines is a brilliant adventure story – have you never read it? If not, I’m very jealous of you getting to read it for the first time! Wait till you meet Gagool… 😱 I love The Lost World too, so that sounds like a great collection. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you FF 🙂 I haven’t read King Solomon’s Mines or The Lost World, so sounds like I have a lot to look forward to. I was very tempted to add both to my Classics Club list, but now, having heard your thoughts, I am definitely adding them. 😀

    1. Yes Helen, lots to look forward too! I hope we both enjoy Margaret Tudor and Anne of Kleve, although I highly suspect you will get to them first, so I look forward to your thoughts on them! I also have Weir’s Jane Seymour instalment to read first.

  2. Happy for you with all your new books. I went a bit nuts on book buying here at the end of the year. I considered them a reward for being frugal in other ways and as Christmas presents to myself! And I agree with Lynn. That Fifth Elephant cover is a beauty!

    1. Thank you Judy and I hope you enjoy all your new books as well 🙂 As for The Fifth Elephant, I love the original Josh Kirby covers for Pratchett’s Discworld series – I am always on the hunt for them in charity shops.

    1. JoAnn, all these certainly will keep me busy for quite a long time to come! I highly recommend Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series – The Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn instalments were amazing, and I am really looking forward to reading the Jane Seymour one next.

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