International Book Giving Day/Valentine's Day Loot!
I hope everybody's been enjoying either Valentine's day and/or International Book Giving Day. I'm hoping that everybody received some shiny new books for their collection (or at least some chocolates!)
My boyfriend and I decided to buy each other a book each for Valentine's day this year, rather than the usual presents. So it was a bit of a coincidence that it also coincided with International Book Giving Day. I brought him On The Road by Jack Kerouac, and I've received The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer.
I've been wanting to read this book since it won the Costa Book of the Year Award. I was drawn to it straight away as the cover is so pretty, and it looked quite whimsical. It's actually about man's decline into mental illness (a topic that is very close to my heart.) And Amazon UK have described it as a book that will "keep you up all night" and "linger in your mind for days". I'm really looking forward to getting stuck into this book and for some reason, I think it'll be similar to The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (which is definitely up there in my All Time Favourites.)
I was also lucky enough to receive TWO other books in the post this morning. I could not contain my excitement, and I'm still grinning from ear to ear. There is absolutely nothing nicer than receiving a book through the post, particularly when one of them is a surprise. There will be a blog post on Sunday talking more about those!
I'd love to know if you've given/received any books today. And let me know if you've read The Shock of the Fall. I'd be really interested in knowing what you thought.
I hope everyone's had an amazing day, whatever it is you've gotten up to.