Charity shops are my favourite places to buy books. They are normally so cheap and you can find some real gems that you might not have picked up full price. Although I have a kindle, I love having a book in my hand and popping them on my book shelf. I also find that I get so much more sucked into the story with a book. Here are a few books I've picked up in the last week or so...
 The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
'Kirby is lucky she survived the attack. She is sure there were other victims were less fortunate, but the evidence she finds is … impossible.Harper stalks his shining girls through the years – and cuts the spark out of them. But what if the one that got away came back for him?' Source

This is the book I started first. After hearing some really good reviews when it came out, I couldn't wait to read it. I refuse to spend a lot on a book unless it's something that I desperately want and normally just buy second hand, therefore, I was so excited to find this in the shelves of  a charity shop. I've started it and I'm around 100 pages in and I'm not convinced so far. I'm very confused to be honest and after reading some reviews on Goodreads, it seems like other people are too! 

You can buy this on Amazon from £0.01 here
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
'Bernadette Fox is notorious. To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she's his hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she's a menace. To design experts, she's a revolutionary architect. And to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, quite simply, mum. Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee must take a trip to the end of the earth to find her.' Source 

This was a book I picked up without knowing an awful lot about it. Upon reading the back I thought it would be a crime or thriller book  which is a genre that I love. However, once I got home and had a flick through, I began to read the praises and realised it was actually a comedy. I never read comedies so I'm actually quite looking forward to reading this. It's a different genre I haven't really read before. It also it written in a series of emails, notes and letters with small bits of dialog in between. 

You can buy this on Amazon from £4.94 here
 The Good  Girl by Mary Kubica
'I've been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don't know the colour of her eyes or what they look like when they're scared. But I will.
Mia Dennett can't resist a one-night stand with the enigmatic stranger she meets in a bar. But going home with him might turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life...' Source 

Another book I knew nothing about when I bought it. After reading the back I saw lots of comparisons to Gone Girl, which is a book I absolutely loved and got through so fast! I had a look on Goodreads at some of the reviews and they all look really positive! I'm going to start reading this one once I've finished with the Shining Girls. 

You can buy this on amazon from only £3.85 here. This is currently FREE on kindle. 
Gingerbread by Robert Dinsadale
'In Belarus, a land of endless ancient forests, an orphaned boy must scatter his mother’s ashes. His mama has exacted a solemn promise: to stay beside and protect grandfather, whatever happens.On their journey into the woodland, hunks of mama’s delicious gingerbread sustain the young boy as grandfather’s magical tales push the harsh world away.But the driving snow masks a frozen history of long-buried secrets. And as man and child forage further, grandfather’s tales turn to terrible truths of times past. Fairytale and history interweave in this magical, haunting tale of the lengths a boy must go to, in order to survive.' Source

I never thought this was a book I'd ever pick up. Like I said, crime an thriller is very much my genre and most of the time, I don't move away from that. There was a three books for a £1 deal on and needing a third book to make up, I picked up this one on a whim. I was completely drawn in by the  beautiful cover and the intriguing story line.

You can buy this from Amazon from £4.44 here

Have you read any of these before? Do you enjoy reading book posts?
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