Big Overdue Book Haul!

 

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I am finally getting around to posting my first book haul of the year! As I did not get many books in January, I thought I would give that month a miss, and just do a double book haul at the end of February . . . and then I ended up not writing anything for ages, and now have accumulated fourteen new books since the start of the year! There is a wide range of genres, but this book haul is definitely the most YA heavy one I have done in a while.

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December Book Haul!

Happy 2018 everyone! This is my first blog post of the year, and I thought I would begin by sharing my December book haul. I bought and received seven books this month, including a few from Christmas!

At the beginning of the month I bought Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood and We by Yevgeny Zamyatin off of Ebay. After reading The Handmaid’s Tale early in the year I really wanted to read more from Margaret Atwood, and so I decided to try Alias Grace. I actually started reading this book at the beginning of December, but it is quite long, and I was trying to make it to 100 books by the end of the year, so I will be coming back to it this month! We is another book I’ve been really wanting to read – I think it’s supposed to be similar to 1984 in that it is a dark dystopian, so I will see where that goes! I wasalso delighted to receive a finished copy of Shell by Paula Rawsthorne from Scholastic, which I have now read and really enjoyed – this book comes out tomorrow, so definitely buy yourselves a copy! I will be taking part in the blog tour later this month, so watch out for that.

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A Double Book Haul!

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There’s a part of me that can’t quite believe it’ll be December tomorrow – in one month’s time, we’ll be getting ready to welcome in 2018! I haven’t done a book haul in a couple of months, primarily because I have not been doing much book buying recently, so this is a combined haul for October and November!

First, in October I bought a copy of It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne, which I was so excited to get, having waited months for its release. I actually read this book shortly after buying it (you can read my review here!), and no surprises, I absolutely loved it! The story is about Audrey, a massively skeptical girl who comes face to face with real, messy romance; in this book, Holly Bourne debunks a lot of the myths and clichés surrounding love nowadays (and does so brilliantly, in my opinion).

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August Book Haul

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My August was spent almost entirely abroad, and I was lucky enough to buy and receive six new books; I feel as if I have a lot of variety in this month’s haul, and so if any of these stand out to you, or if you have read any of these before, please let me know!

I visited a market whilst on holiday, and of course gravitated towards the book stall – here I found On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan*. At the time I was currently reading Atonement, and as I knew I would want to read more from Ian McEwan, it felt a little bit like fate! After that, I bought Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler* – this is a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew, and has one of the prettiest covers I think I have ever seen. It was love at first sight. I cannot wait to read this! I also got a copy of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern* from my grandma whilst I was on holiday! This is the story of a mystical circus which only opens at night, and two young performers caught in a deadly contest; it is apparently quite similar to Caraval, another book I loved, so I hope I enjoy this just as much! I have been wanting to read it for months, and plan on reading it this September! I then picked up a copy of Shirley by Charlotte Bronte*, having loved reading Jane Eyre in August. I will admit, the size of this book (as well as the teeny tiny font) has me a little daunted by this particular classic, but I nonetheless want to give it a try!

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A Classics Haul

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It’s time again for another classics related post – as I mentioned not too long ago, I want to really get on top of things, and read more classics alongside YA. Because of this, I have recently acquired a huge number of classics which will take me at least a year to read. There are around twenty books in this haul, so I will simply go into detail about the ones which I bought myself to start!

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A Bookish July Haul

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I’m slightly late with July’s book haul, but I did get some wonderful books last month that I want to share with you. I decided to do this haul separately from my YALC haul (as well as my upcoming classics haul!), as otherwise this would be far too long. I bought and received seven books this month outside of YALC, and I am super happy with all of them!

From one of my local charity shops I bought a copy of The One by John Marrs – this is a book which caught my eye a while ago, so I was pleasantly surprised to find it in the shop. In this book, ‘soulmates’ are found through a gene that only two people share, and as far as I am aware it is more of a thriller than a romance. Either way, this sounds like just my sort of thing, and I cannot wait to read it!

At this charity shop, I also got The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett – I bought this following a conversation with a friend of mine about fantasy books. We both are fans of the genre, but I tend to read YA fantasy, so she recommended Terry Pratchett to me. A few days later I was at a charity shop and saw The Colour of Magic, and thought it was the perfect opportunity to try some non-YA fantasy! This is the start of a series set in a place called Discworld, a parallel time and place, and it has been shelved as ‘Humor’ many times on Goodreads, so I’m looking forward to it!

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YALC Haul | 2017

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This time one week ago YALC 2017 was just beginning (meaning that we are one week closer to YALC 2018, yay), and I have finally managed to put together a haul of all the beautiful books I acquired over those three magical days. The first couple of days were mostly ARCs from various giveaways and competitions, and then on Sunday, after having ogled all the books throughout the weekend, I finally bought some!

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A Very Big June Book Haul

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This month was a bit crazy in terms of books – I bought more than I usually do, and I was given a whole lot. So I have this beautiful pile of new books, some of which I have already read over the course of June!

First of all, my sister Jess and I were sent two books by our friend Grace (because she’s fab, OK?) which were The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín and The Loneliest Girl In The Universe by Lauren JamesThe Call is about a fantasy world where all teenagers are ‘Called’ at some point before they reach adulthood; when this happens, they are sent into the Grey Land, before returning to the normal world three minutes later. Most die, and in this story the main characters are fighting to protect themselves from both this fantastical enemy, and ones within their own school (I read this book this month and was absolutely hooked). The Loneliest Girl In The Universe is the story of a boy and a girl, alone on separate spaceships travelling to a new planet; the two communicate via email, and slowly fall in love. This sounds adorable, and I love Lauren James’ writing, so I am so excited to read this!

As some of you know, I did a week working at Gallic Books in London, and they were super lovely and gave me a number of their titles to read, such as Murder on the Eiffel Tower by Claude Izner, which is about a young bookseller who tries to solve the mystery of a woman who dropped dead on the Eiffel Tower; Hector and the Search For Happiness by Francois Lelord, the story of a psychiatrist who takes a trip around the world to discover true happiness. I was also given an ARC of Green Lion by Henrietta Rose-Innes, which is a story set in Cape Town about a man and the last black-maned lioness in the world. Next I was given a copy of The Suicide Shop by Jean Teulé; in this story, set in the future, many people have lost the will to live, and have turned to The Suicide Shop as the answer to their troubles (I think this sounds particularly interesting). The final two books I read during my time at Gallic Books: The Portrait by Antoine Laurain and The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena MacDonald, both of which I enjoyed immensely.

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