Winter Book Haul

As there is a fairly large stack of books currently sitting in my room waiting to join my shelves, I figured it was definitely time to do another book haul!  As always, this is a collective haul over about three months, hence why there are a fair few books for me to talk about today.  I also bought alot of these books second hand for very cheap prices, and so whilst I definitely picked up more books than I normally would, overall I probably spent much less than I otherwise would’ve.

This time round I also decided to try something a little different, and so instead of just listing all of the books I have picked up recently, I thought I would group them based on when I got them.

So here are all of the books I have picked up recently!

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I have recieved three books in Fairyloot boxes since my last book haul, with Everless by Sara Holland being the first of these that came in the December box.  I didn’t really know much about this one beforehand, but after reading the synopsis I am so excited to get to this book soon, as I love the idea of time being currency and can’t wait to see how this story unfolds.

Next up, the January box included The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, a book I was insanely happy to receive as I had heard so many amazing things about this dark, twisted faerie story, and so I couldn’t wait to give it a go for myself.  Therefore its no surprise that I have actually already read this book, and ended up absolutely loving it more than I ever expected to, and so I am already hugely anticipating the sequel, The Wicked Prince!

Finally, the book that came with the February Fairyloot box was The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, another book that I was highly anticipating and so was again so happy to receive in this box.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to get round to this one yet, but it is definitely on the top of my list to get to in March, as I just can’t wait to dive into this unique and intriguing story.

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A couple of weeks ago I went to a local book sale where I picked up five second hand books, all of which I am very excited I found and to read.  Out of these, I picked up 2 classics, the first of these being a gorgeous edition of Nineteen Eighty-Four  by George Orwell, that I just could not pass up despite already owning a different copy of it.  I also managed to find a copy of Death On The Nile by Agatha Christie, which I was very excited about as I have been looking to read more from her ever since reading Murder On The Orient Express at the end of last year.

The next two books I picked up were both non-fiction, something I almost never pick up and so its safe to say I was pretty surprised at myself for deciding to give these two a go.  Firstly I picked up another George Orwell book, The Road to Wigan Pier, this being a collection of essays I’m really interested to dive into as its something very different for me, but something that I think I might enjoy nonetheless.  The second non-fiction I decided to pick up was The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction by S. A. Smith.  I am currently studying the Soviet Union, and so this one really interested me as I find the Russian Revolution really fascinating and so I’m curious to maybe read some more about it.

Finally, the fifth book I found at this book sale was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.  Somehow I have yet to read a Neil Gaiman book, and so I thought it was finally time to get on correcting that with this Middle Grade novel of his that I have heard such good things about, and so can’t wait to dive into for myself soon.

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Back in February I also visited a second hand book shop near me that I love to visit and browse, as they always have some great books for insanely good prices.  This trip I ended up picking up six books, 3 classics and 3 YA, and of course I am super excited about each and every one of them.

Firstly, I had to pick up An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde as I absolutely adored The Picture of Dorian Gray by him and so I am desperate to read more of his work.  Next up I also found The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings by Edgar Allen Poe, which I picked up both because I am currently studying Gothic literature at school, and as I am just interested in reading some of his stories as he is an author who I have yet to really read anything from.  Finally, the last classic I got was Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, which I honestly don’t know that much about but again I was just really intrigued by the synopsis of this one, and decided that I might as well give it a go, especially because I am never someone who normally picks up books without knowing a ton about them first.

Now onto the YA!  The first one I found was this almost pristine edition of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslie Walton, that I could not resist as I having been wanting to read this one for so long now.  I also managed to find a copy of The Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, another one that I have been desperate to read as I have heard such amazing things about this book, and so am so excited to give it a go for myself.  And last but not least, I also got Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan, because of course I could not pass up picking up another David Levithan book to add to my collection.

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Finally, I was also very lucky to receive four books from my lovely family for Christmas, the first of these being The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.  I’ve heard nothing but good things about both of his books, and so I’m really excited to dive into this one soon.  I also recieved T is for Tree by Greg Fowler, which I knew absolutely about beforehand, but again am excited to pick up as it gives me some Everything, Everything vibes, as well as sounding like it might include some kind of magical element that I can’t wait to discover.  Next up I got The Prisoner of Heaven by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, which is the third book in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.  Although I have yet to start this series, it is definitely one at the top of my list to finally pick up soon, especially now I own all three of the books that are currently translated into English.  And the last book I recieved for Christmas was The Light and the Dark by Mikhail Shishkin, another one that I heard of and that was translated into English from Russian.  I adore the sound of this book, as it just sounds so amazingly unique and so I definitely planning on hopefully picking it up very soon!

What books have you picked up recently?  Have you read any of these – what did you think?


2 thoughts on “Winter Book Haul

  1. What a terrific selection! I would’ve gotten most of these books for my bookshelves as well. 😉 Oh, and I hope you enjoy Shadow of the Wind, because it really was a hard-to-put-down book for me. Great haul!


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