Book Haul #2

Last month, I posted the first book haul post of 2017. I have since realised that I have a problem. A very serious problem. You might even call it an addiction. I just love, and can’t stop, buying books. At least I predicted this last time round labelling the post Book Haul #1I am ‘supposed’ to be limiting the amount of books I purchase in the book department, but I think it is safe to say that particular New Year’d Resolution has firmly gone out of the window already (and we’re only 2 and a half months in). Oops!

So, what have you bought, I hear you cry:

The Alchemist’s Secret Scott Mariani: Amazon put their stupid 3 for £10 deal back on, which is like a magnet for my money. When you have Amazon Prime, they are there the next day too. Sigh. I bought 6 books, I am sure you can see where this is going. I wanted to read this for a while, because I vaguely liked the sound of it years ago, and there it was, so it fell in my basket.

This Man Jodi Ellen Malpas: I bought this (dreadful) book as part of said 3 for £10 deal, for no reason than it being in the offer, and I wanted something Mindless to read. James, at work, mentioned it as it flew past on the screen, so I blame him entirely for this.

Beneath This Man Jodi Ellen Malpas: I bought the second (woeful) book in the series because I knew myself and knew I would want to read (rant about) the rest of the trilogy and it rounded out the offer. I feel like if I had thought a little more carefully about the offer I could have saved myself a set of 3 for £10 books.

This Man Confessed Jodi Ellen Malpas: You can’t read two books in a trilogy and not buy the third, so I bought this (appalling) book to complete the second 3 for £10 deal I bought. Why oh why have I committed to a series such as this (again)??? I don’t even like them!

Hidden Figures Margot Lee Shetterly: I have to admit that until I saw the movie tie-in editions popping up everywhere, I didn’t realise this was a book as well as a film. The movie has received incredible reviews, and from what I have heard about it, I think I would really enjoy the story, so I decided to pick up the book.

A Summer at Sea Katie Fforde: I don’t read a lot of books like this really, but I quite like the descriptive way that Fforde writes about her English characters and settings, so I thought I would try another book of hers after enjoying one or two last year. They’re a little bit of nice throwaway fiction.

The Masked City Genevieve Cogman: I recently finished The Invisible Library, the first in a series of books about Librarian spies that travel between parallel universes to ‘obtain’ rare and important books, and because I (obviously) really enjoyed it, because it was practically written for me soul. I decided to source the second….

The Burning Page Genevieve Cogman: ….and the third books in the series, They have really pretty covers, and the spines are metallic and shiny. I haven’t committed to buying anymore than these two as of yet though, as I didn’t like the pacing of the first and I wanted to make sure it didn’t irritate me too much reading on.

Chew John Layman/Rob Guillory: Emma has mentioned this quite a few times, and as I have now realised (again) that I really like graphic novels, I decided to delve into the weird and wonderful world of the cibopath Tony Chu. He eats flesh and sees the entire life history of the organism, which is a brilliant skill for a crime fighter.

Chew Vol #2: International Flavour John Layman/Rob Guillory: Yeah, so, I read Chew  as soon as it arrived in about an hour, which naturally meant that is was very much up my street. What happens when you really like something and have precisely no self control?

Chew Vol #3: Just Desserts John Layman/Rob Guillory: You end up buying the third volume as well as the second. I really feel like this premise is interesting and unique, I’d actually really like to see it made into a film or TV show. For now, I will sit back and enjoy reading the weird world! I have a feeling that vol. #4 may appear on the next one of these that I do!

The B.F.G Roald Dahl: If you have read any of my previous posts, you will know how much I love Roald Dahl, and in particular how much I love The B.F.G. Well, they do these lovely hardback editions of the stories that I have had my eye on for a while, and so when I got my bonus from work, I had to treat myself to it.

The Lost Continent Bill Bryson: While I was away, my lovely friend Sarah (from university) visited, and brought with her a little something for my birthday. I really want to read some of his books, and it’s a pretty perfect present for someone who love travelling as much as I do. Thanks!

Sin City Vol #6: Booze, Broads, and Bullets Frank Millar: I wasn’t supposed to be reading these this quickly, but I just can’t stop reading them, which means I just can’t stop buying them. So, I bought another one. I *think* there is only one left to buy after this, which will inevitably be on the next book haul I do. But, moral of this, you should all read Sin City.

Dracula Bram Stoker: The March offering from Willoughby Book Club was (sadly) a book I already own, but as it is a book that I really, really like, and it is a super pretty cover, so I am not really that disappointed if I am honest. You really should have a look at the Willoughby Book Club, it’s awesome!

The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini: I am a really big fan of charity shops, so when I saw this (finally) in the local charity shop that we regularly frequent, I had to buy it. I already owned A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I pretty much had to buy it, or that book would have sat all sad and lonely on my shelf.

And the Mountain’s Echoed Khalid Hosseini: OK, so I also saw this one on the shelf as well in the Oxfam shop, so I decided that I had to have it to complete the set. Really, if we’re being honest, it would have been rude to leave it behind. And it’s helping out a good cause.

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess: I have wanted to read this for a while, but it is always one of those books that you think about buying when someone on the train is reading it, and never one you remember to buy when you’re in a book store or online. So when I saw it (again in the charity shop) I decided to buy it.

Maestra L.S. Hilton: I read the back of this book in the charity shop. I had never heard of it, and (still) know nothing about it. That is the power of the blurb, and also the power that books hold over me. I don’t quite think it was what I thought it was now as I have read the reviews, but I am giving it a go anyway as I like a thriller!

To Kill a Tsar Andrew Williams: I saw this in the charity shop (I sense you’re noticing a theme here, what? I can’t help it OK!) and know that my Dad thought it was a good book, so I bought it as a completely impulse buy. I don’t know what its about specifically (well Tsar’s and therefore Russia, but not much more).


Have you bought any books recently?

Have you read and enjoyed any of the titles I have recently added to my bookshelf?

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