(Birthday) Book Haul #3

Hi Readers

Today I’m going to share with you the books I acquired since the last book haul I posted, including the ones I got for my birthday a couple of weeks ago.

Now this is technically only my second book haul of this year so you would think I’ve got a ton of books to share with you, but there’s actually only 7. I would say I’m proud of myself but I’ve just been saving my money for the upcoming Autumn releases I’m excited for. 

Anyway, here are the books I’ve bought.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman – I think this (other than OATEOTL) is his most beloved book and it’s certainly the one that I have the highest expectations for. I love a good urban fantasy.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent – I’ve never read a book set in Iceland so that’s what captured my attention first off. I also love mysteries. 

The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante – Now I finally own the whole Neapolitan Series. I binge read these books last Summer after borrowing them from the library and they quickly became favourites. I just had to own them for myself. 

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood – I loved her book The Handmaids Tale and this is another dytopian she has written.

My Birthday:

Harry Potter, A History of Magic – I’ve been meaning to buy this for ages but I finally own it, I’ve read it, and I loved it. I would love more HP content like this. 

Harry Potter, Page to Screen – This book is so big and intimidating and I could barely lift it up high enough to put it on my bookshelf so I’m kind of scared to take it off again. But I will have to brave it as it looks wonderful.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I’ve just finished reading this book and my next post will be a review of it. Spoiler alert, I loved it.

So, those are the books I’ve bought over the past couple of months. Let me know if you’ve read any of them.

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

Book Haul #2

Hi Readers

I know, I haven’t done a book haul since my Christmas one. Since Christmas I have only bought 9 books. This is mainly because I love to use the library these days and also I’m running out of space on my bookshelf. 

Here are the 9 books:

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas – I’m hoping to read this one sometimes this month. 

The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins – I bought this and actually started reading that same day so this didn’t even go onto my shelf unread. I read this before the BBC 5 part adaptation started and so far I’m really enjoying the show. 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, especially since the movie got a lot of buzz. It’s taken me awhile but I finally just bought it and I’m excited to read it. 

The Unseen World by Liz Moore – This has a lot of glowing reviews by some of my favourite reviewers on goodreads so I’m very excited to read this.

The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Durrell – I read this last year and I loved it. It was comical and beautifully written and I just had to buy it when I saw it in a second hand bookstore.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Another one I read last year and loved a lot more than I thought I would. So I had to own it. 

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante – I’ve been slowly buying this series which I fell in love with last summer and was actually my favourite books of last year. I now only have the last one to buy.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – I can’t quite believe I’ve never heard of this book before because it’s basically a book about books and that’s like my favourite thing ever. Actually the movie trailer is what intrigued me because I love Lily James but honestly this books sounds amazing and I can’t wait to read it. 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman: I read this a while ago and since have been meaning to buy myself a copy because I knew I would want to reread this multiple times this summer. And I plan on doing just that now I finally own it. 

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: The (for me) unexpected sequel to Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda. This one follows Simon’s friend Leah and I could not be more excited to read this. In fact, I’m starting it the day this goes up so a review will be coming soon. 

The Gloaming by Kirsty Logan – I didn’t love her first novel but I had to get this book for three reasons. 1. It’s been getting some glowing reviews from people who also didn’t love the first one. 2. The cover is amazing. 3. Mermaids. 

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar – Again, mermaids. But also this is such a beautifully written book and will definitely be one I’ll be rereading a lot. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

(Christmas) Book Haul!

Hi Readers

It’s been a while since I’ve done a haul so I thought I would do a combined haul of books I bought before Christmas and books that were gifted to me. 

I haven’t necessarily been on a book buying ban but I have definitely slowed down on the amount of books I buy. So there actually aren’t that many. In fact, there’s two.

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte: I really like the Bronte sisters and now the only book I need to get is The Professor by Charlotte. 

Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde: I bought and read this for Halloween and I absolutely loved it. I definitely want to read more from Oscar Wilde. 

Christmas:

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay: This was given to me by my Grandparents. So far I think they’ve gifted me all three of the illustrated editions. It’s almost tradition now. 

Fantastic Beasts Illustrated by J.K. Rowling and Olivia Omenich Gill: The illustrations are beautiful and definitely make this book a lot more interesting. 

Blue Planet 2 by James Honeyborne and Mark Brownlow: I really enjoyed watching the TV show with my parents and this book is just as beautiful. 

Downton Abbey Box Set: My favourite ever TV show and now I can watch it over and over. And I will. 

Penguins: It’s a well known fact in my family that my favourite animal is Penguins. So every year I get something related to Penguins and I’ve gained quite the collection over the years. Just, look at them. They’re so cute!

And finally…

Taylor Swift Reputation Tour Tickets! I didn’t think I would get to see the Reputation tour because ticket prices were insane. It still hasn’t quite sunk in that I’m going. I am so grateful to my parents for getting me these. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas also!

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

August Book Haul

Hi Readers

This is my birthday month so while I didn’t actually get anything physical for my birthday (apart from the most amazing chocolate Dairy Milk Oreo Crunch, you all have to try it) I did get some money from my lovely relatives. So of course I bought books with it.

Station Eleven: Okay. I’ve heard so much great things about this. I’ve started it. And I’m not liking it. I’m putting it down for now. Will pick up again later. 

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn by Betty Smith: This is a classic coming-of-age novel that I am very excited to read.

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig: I got an earc of this and reviewed it months ago (which you can find here) but I now finally own a finished copy of this beautiful book.

The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night by Jen Campbell: I was very excited when this came in the mail. This was sent to me by the publisher for review and comes out in November. 

The Secret History by Donna Tartt: I now own three of her books and haven’t read any. But that’s fine because I have a feeling I’m going to love this one. 

The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante: You all know how much I love this series but I borrowed the last three from the library so I’m now slowly purchasing the books for my personal library. 

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

 

Revisiting Old Hauls #1

Hi Readers

Inspired by BooksandLala.

This is the beginning of a series of blog posts where I revisit old book hauls and see what I’ve read, what I’ve unhauled and what I have yet to read.

I’ve had this blog for almost three years but I’ve been hauling books online for 5 years (although the older ones are no longer available because 14 year old Jess was embarrassing.)

I’m going to start off with combining two book hauls. The first is my January book haul from 2014:

  • Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas: READ
  • Legend Trilogy – Marie Lu: READ
  • More Than This – Patrick Ness: READ
  • The Elite – Kiera Cass: READ
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor: READ
  • Unbecoming of Mara Dyer – Michelle Hodkin: READ
  • Wonder – R.J. Palacio: READ
  • Shadowhunters Codex – Cassandra Clare: READ

And these are from my February/March book haul from 2014.

  • Unite Me & Ignite Me – Tahereh Mafi: READ
  • Maze Runner – James Dashner: READ
  • Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness: TBR
  • Tempest – Julie Cross: Unhauled
  • Magic Study – Maria V. Snyder: TBR
  • Storm Glass – Maria V. Snyder: TBR
  • Through the Ever Night – Veronica Ross: Unhauled
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien: READ
  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Nick Vizzini: READ
  • Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac – Gabrielle Zevin: READ
  • Everyday – David Levithan: READ
  • Game of Thrones – George R.R. Martin: READ
  • Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith: READ

We’re actually starting off really well in terms of books I’ve read. It’s definitely not as bad as I thought it was. Overall we have:

READ: 19
TBR: 3
Unhauled: 2

Let me know if you think this series is a good idea. 

Thanks for reading, 

Jess X

 

Overly Large Classics Book Haul

Hi Readers

I don’t know how this happened but since the last book haul I have grown a sudden interest in reading those huge intimidating classics I always thought I would stay away from. And bought them all. Opps.

The Count Of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas – I’ve already DNF’ed this. Characters just seemed flat to me.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy – I actually started with this one and you’re going to laugh at my reason. I never thought I would read this but recently an amazing musical Natasha and Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 opened on broadway and the cast recording is so beautiful. Basically, I had to read this.

Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell – I don’t have any initial plans to read this but I saw it for 50p and I know I want to get to it one day.

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco – I don’t know why I bought this and I don’t know when I’m going to get to this.

Shirley by Charlotte Bronte – Eventually I want to have read all of the Bronte books so I’ slowly building up my collection of their books. I loved Charlotte’s Jane Eyre so hopefully this is just as good. 

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte – This will be read very soon because Anne is the only Bronte I haven’t read yet.

Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne – I never thought I would read this book. But honestly this cover was irresistible. 

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Nishiguro – I’ve heard such amazing things about Kazuo Nishiguro I can’t wait to finally read one of his books. 

Thanks for reading

Jess X

 

Spring Book Haul

Hi Guys

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book haul, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bought any. It may seem like I’ve gone a bit crazy but these are all of the books I’ve bought since February and I’ve actually already read a few of them.

Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey: I’ve heard so many amazing things about this book and the movie adaptation however I have no idea what it’s about. But I trust their opinions so hopefully I like it.

Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: I’ve kind of been loving classic romances at the moment and this is such a well loved one. Can’t wait to read it.

Silmarillion by J.R.R Tolkien: I was never actually planning on reading this but I saw it in a charity shop for 20p so I thought, why not? It might be one of those books that I read a little bit at a time.

Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility & Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: I bought the Headline Review editions because I wanted all my Austen’s to match and I’d already got Mansfield Park in this edition. I just need to get P&P and Emma in these editions now.

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller: This is one I’ve already read, loved and reviewed. It’s a standalone sexy spin on Greek mythology.

Middlemarch by George Elliot: I’m excited and hesitant about this one. It’s so big and it seems people either love it or DNF it. 

The Humans by Matt Haig: I recently read his upcoming release How To Stop Time and was surprised by how much I loved it, seeing as it’s sci-fi and I’m not the biggest fan of that genre. This is one I’ve heard an endless amount of good things about so hopefully I get to it soon.

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Let me know if you’ve read any of these and what I should get to first!

Thanks for reading

Jess X