Top Ten Recently Acquired Books

The thing I hated most when I started book blogging was seeing “book hauls” on people’s blogs. Mostly because I was a little jealous… as a South African I do not get access to many ARCs at ALL, and as a student I could hardly ever afford to purchase new books.

Anyway, I haven’t bragged about books in a long time – so I’ll use this week’s Top Ten Tuesday to do so.

1. Frog by Mo Yan (bought)

China’s one child policy, feticide, and midwifery sounds like things I need to read about. Also, Mo Yan is a Nobel Literature Prize winner, so I’d like to read it. I got this book for less than $5 (ZAR50). The cover I got is not exactly the most gorgeous, but that’s hardly why I bought the book.

2. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (bought)

An adult dystopian that is approved by Christine must be good! I also got this book for ZAR50. I’m nothing if not a bargain hunter.

3. Red Glove by Holly Black (bought)

The Curse Workers is my new favourite series! I ordered Red Glove from The Book Depository back in April but knowing the South African Postal Service, it only arrived last week.

4. Finders Weepers by Penny Lorimer (bought)

This made one of my top reads of 2015 so far, so you know it’s good. Authentically South African crime thriller. Love love.

5. My Year of Running Dangerously by Tom Foreman (ARC)

I expected more people would be eager to read this one but it doesn’t have many reviews yet… Anyway, reading a running book is almost as good as running… right?!

6. Another Day by David Levithan (ARC)

It’s two years to the day that I read Every Day and I LOVED it. I was so excited to get this one as an ARC!!! Levithan is very particular about it “not being a sequel” but whatever. I’m not sure this is quite as good as Every Day, but I’ll give the final verdict when I’m done with it.

7. Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (bought)

Female pilots! Ethiopia! What’s not to love? I’m sill reading this one, but it seems good so far.

8. Tokoloshe Song by Andrew Solomon (bought)

Another South African novel and it’s set in Nieu Bethesda and the Owl House.  I can’t wait to start reading it.

9. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (bought)

I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time and didn’t even think I’d find it available in SA. Shout out to Bargain Books for always having some jewels on offer.

10. Coraline by Neil Gaiman (gift)

I got this from my awesome Ninja Book Swap partner! It was my first time participating and I was so happy.


  1. I love the cover of Coraline and that’s a book I’ve been wanting to read. My Year of Running Dangerously is new to me and looks intriguing and Station Eleven is on my TBR. Great list! Enjoy your reading!

  2. Jazmin Jade says:

    Red Glove sounds great. I cannot believe how long you have to wait for it! I am moving in a bit under a month and I have stopped ordering books because I am worried they wont get to my house in time, but I would hate to wait months! Happy readings 🙂

  3. Ooh, Tokoloshe Song sounds interesting, will keep a lookout for that title 🙂 I hope you enjoy Station Eleven, it’s such an atmospheric read. And I still have yet to read Coraline!

    Happy reading 🙂 My TTT

  4. Love Letters to the Dead is a book I need to pick up ASAP. I hope you enjoy all your amazing new books 🙂

    Our TTT

  5. Melissa says:

    I love Coraline. Read the book after seeing the movie. Loved both even though the movie is different from the book

    my ttt

  6. Station Eleven sounds great! I’ve heard good things about it too. I hope you enjoy it.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  7. Gennie says:

    Super envious of all your reading time! I’m interested to read some of those South African books… If I can find them!

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Yeah, I really wish South African books were more widely available. I’m sure Amazon sells some of them, but probably at inflated prices. Our publishers are getting better at the whole ebook thing though, so that may also be an option.

  8. Some great looking books on there, Coraline is really great, and I’ve been looking at getting Station Eleven for a while

  9. Enjoy Station Eleven! And I love the Coraline cover.

  10. Tom Foreman says:

    You are so kind to say some nice words about My Year of Running Dangerously. Writing it was a labor of love that involved my whole family, and with a daughter who spent a semester in Cape Town we have wonderful feelings for South Africa. The book officially publishes on October 16th, btw, so you’ve had a chance to read it long before Americans.

    Thanks again,
    Tom Foreman
    Author – My Year of Running Dangerously

    1. barefootmegz says:

      Wow, thanks Tom! I haven’t started reading your book yet (busy season) but I’m so excited to read and review it. Also, it’s great to hear that your daughter had a good time in South Africa!

  11. Anne says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog. I notice you got a note from an author (Tom Foreman), how cool is that? I wish more authors would make comments on my blog. Where do you live? Your book covers look different than the same books I’ve read here in the US. I enjoyed BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN quite a lot and learned so much.

    1. barefootmegz says:

      I live in South Africa so we get a mix of covers between the US, UK, and sometimes our own. And yes, comments from authors are SO awesome! 😀

  12. Love the cover on Tokoloshe Song! Thanks for the inspiration. I’m on vacation and looking for more good books to read.

  13. I never knew that Coraline was based on a book! The movie gave me the creeps. I think I will give the book a try. 🙂

    1. barefootmegz says:

      I haven’t seen the movie… but I want to!

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