Holidays Book Haul

Every year since I started university I come home for Christmas but this year was special because I got to come back for a whole month!! A month of free food, no exams or uni work and constant DOGS! Utter bliss. I managed to see so many friends (and in fact a friend from Edinburgh came to spend a few days with me and my folks over Christmas which was nice) and I bought some books. In the sales. Because I have very little self control (read literally none whatsoever). I only bought 6 though! So maybe I’m getting better in my ripe old age?

(All book cover images were taken from google because my camera was being mean to me.)

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Blackwells Book Haul

I popped into Blackwells bookstore for a little browse today and then I saw the fateful stickers… 3 for 2. Free book. FREE BOOK!! I couldn’t resist. I spent £16.98.

  
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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – the world is divide into Reds (commoners) and Silvers (ruling elite), and Mare is a Red who possesses a mystery power that threatens to destroy this world and its power balance. The Silvers declare her a Silver princess in order to keep an eye on her, and Mare must navigate society so she can bring it down.

The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah – starring Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot who attempts to discover who is murdering guests at a fashionable hotel. I love Christie so I’m excited to read this one. 

The Singular & Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath by Ishbelle Bee – set in 1888, this book follows a little girl and her shape shifting guardian as they wash ashore in England, where a mysterious man, Lovelace, who serves a demon Lord is attempting to kill her.

I’m excited for all these books, but I think the Poirot one is the one I’m most anxious to start. Have you read any of these? Are they good?

Book Haul…and New Phone Case!

Hey everyone! I shouldn’t be buying things AT ALL right now, but I was in town and saw some books that were so cheap I couldn’t stop myself. At all. All my willpower and self control completely deserted me at the sight of those price tags. The other fun thing that happened was that my new phone case arrived! So without further ado, let’s get into it.

The first book I bought is Wither by Lauren DeStefano. This is the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy. I haven’t read it, and it was 2 for £1 (along with the book below) from The Works so I thought I’d give it a shot. Wither is a dystopian novel about a society that attempted to create “the perfect race”…and failed miserably. It follows Rhine, a teenage girl who is kidnapped and sold to her (now) husband, and her attempt to escape his home. But in this anarchic society, she may have been better off staying with him. It sounds pretty interesting, so hopefully it’ll be as exciting to read as I think it will.

The second book I bought in the 2 for £1 deal is Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare. This is the first book in The Infernal Devices series, a steampunk novel set in Victorian times. It follows a young girl, Tessa Gray, who sails to London to be with her brother and instead finds out that she’s not quite who she thought she was, and two best friends, Jem and Will, who fight demons in an effort to keep the city safe. The Infernal Devices is the prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments. I’ve already read this book, and I own the kindle version (as well as the kindle version of Wither) but c’mon…2 hardback books for £1? How was I supposed to refuse?


  

The other books I bought were the last three titles in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I already own the first book on kindle and the second and third in paperback, and when I saw these I couldn’t help but complete my collection. These books were a set and I bought them from TK Maxx for £3. £1 each! It’s not often I spend £4 on books and come away with 5 (and two hardbacks!) so I’m feeling pretty smug about it.
  

And finally, I bought this Marauders Map phone case from Amazon last week and it arrived today! It was around £12 including postage if memory serves, and this one fits my iPhone 5c (but there were cases for lots of different phones). It’s very well made, and seems like it’ll last a long time. It has a ccard slot inside which is handy as I can keep my student card there when I’m in and around uni buildings. I love Harry Potter and I’m really happy that I’ve found this case. It’s so cute!!

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? I’ve already started Clockwork Angel and I’ll be reviewing it once I’ve finished. And do you have a fandom themed phone/tablet/anything else case?

Second Hand Book Haul!

Hey everyone! Now I’ll be frank, I’m not supposed to be buying “non essentials” until the end of April (I don’t exactly have the funds for it until my last student loan instalment comes through). BUT, I was walking past a second hand bookshop today and I just couldn’t resist a peek inside, especially when I saw the two books of fairy tales in the window! Needless to say I also had a browse and, well, I ended up buying 5 books. I know, I know. But they only cost me £17 for the lot! And the shop owner was lovely! How was I to resist? If any of you are wandering around the Meadows in Edinburgh and happen to spot Till Bookshop, a lovely little green shop, I really encourage you to step inside. 

  

The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side by Agatha Christie. I’m not too sure what this particular one is about, but as a big fan of Christie I’m sure I’ll love it. The shop also had Murder on the Orient Express and I’m very tempted to go back and get it.

  

This is another true story from a special needs teacher and educational psychologist. Ghost Girl tells the story of a little girl who refused to speak until Hayden met her and refused to give up on her. I read a lot of this type of book, and find them fascinating, so I was pleased to pick this one up too.

  

Next up is Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy (they also had the second two books and the film cover of this book, but I managed to limit myself to just this one). Lyra finds herself on an epic adventure to find her missing friend and encounters many strange and wonderful characters on her quest. 

  

The Complete Illustrated Stories of The Brothers Grimm. I saw this book in the window and it is the reason I stepped inside. It’s a lovely hardback that contains 200 stories (both the mainstream ones – original versions not Disney versions – and the more obscure ones) and lovely little line drawings for each story. It’s a beautiful book and I’m very pleased to have picked it up.

  

And finally, The Second Virago Book of Fairy Tales edited by Angela Carter. This too has little illustrations (and even some full page ones!) and it contains fairy takes I’ve never heard of before so I’m really looking forward to reading it. 

And that’s my book haul! And they cost just £17! I’m so happy, this is my little Easter treat to myself. Have any of you read these? Tell me what you thought in the comments.

Library Haul, Currently Reading & ANOTHER Reading Challenge?!?

Hey everyone! This is a quick update on my current reading, and also to let you know about the new Readathon I’ve started. But first, my library haul:

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I’ve requested around 6 books from the library but only 2 were there today. These were:

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith – a novel set in Botswana about a rather unconventional female detective. The is apparently the first book in a series, so if I like it then hopefully I can find the others.

The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin – this is about a man and his four wives, and their lives in Africa. I don’t know too much about this, but it looks pretty interesting so I’ll give it a shot.

This brings me to my next news – a new Readathon I’m participating in! It’s called the Continent Readathon and it was invented by TheBookJazz on YouTube (check out her channel or the Readathon page on Goodreads). Every month (or possibly every two months) the challenge is to read books from a certain continent. February’s continent is Africa! Obviously I’ll be reading the two books mentioned above, and I’ve also got 4 (I think) more due to be delivered to my local library. Hopefully they’ll come soon and I can get stuck into this challenge. You know, because I’m doing so well in my other challenge…

And finally, I thought I’d update you on the books I’m currently reading. Obviously there’s the two already mentioned that I’ll be reading this month, as well as (from top):

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Hogfather by Terry Pratchett – this was recommended to me, and is about Death, who has to take over the Hogfather’s job on (what amounts to) Christmas Eve, and Susan, Death’s granddaughter who has to try and put things right. It’s a bit weird, but good so far!

I Miss Mummy by Cathy Glass – this is a true story (or based on) about an emergency foster carer and the children she fosters. This book is about Alice, a little girl who is taken away from her seemingly loving mother and grandparents.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – a circus appears in towns with no warning and no advertisements. It’s open from dusk till dawn, not in the day. It’s a cool concept, but I’m not far enough into the book yet to tell if I like it.

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – this is about a girl, Stephanie, who’s uncle dies and leaves her his house and his fortune. At the wake she meets Skulduggery, a rather mysterious detective, and gets drawn into a world of magic she never knew existed. I’m REALLY enjoying this so far!

So that’s all for now – I’ll be sure to do another library haul when the rest of my books get here. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Are you taking part in any readathons this year and, if so, which ones? Is anyone else doing the Continent Readathon? Let me know in the comments!

Life Update and Book Haul

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been super busy with university and exams – but they all finish this week which means I’ll have far more time to talk to you. I’ve got a tiny book haul here from Urban Outfitters; a gift and a small present for myself. Enjoy!

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For myself, I bought Off Track Planet’s Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy and Broke – I love travelling and reading about travelling and this book seems ideal to flick through and discover a world of amazing possibilities, as well as tips on how to budget and where to start.

642 Things to Write About – this is a Christmas gift for a writer friend of mine, for when she has writer’s block or needs to get started on something. After having a quick flick through, I’m thinking of buying it for myself too!!

I’m sorry this post was so short, but I just wanted to check in and let you all know what was happening. Hopefully I’ll have plenty of time in the near future to think of some more exciting post ideas. See you soon!

Currently Reading

Hey everyone! I’m going to do a quick post about the books I’m currently reading – what they’re about, how far into them I am, whether I’m enjoying them, that sort of thing. I’m also thinking of starting to watch the TV show Grimm today, and possibly doing a “watch with me” type post, where I write about what’s happening in the episode and my thoughts, and we can discuss it in the comments? If that’s something that will interest you, stay tuned!

But now for my current reads. From top to bottom:
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Withering Tights by Louise Rennison – this is the first book in a series about Tallulah Casey, wannabe starlet and completely relatable awkward teenage girl. I’ve read this before but decided to skip through it again before reading the next in the series. Withering Tights is a nice, quick read with both drama and laugh-out-loud bits.

Vicious by V. E. Schwab – this is about two college roommates, Victor and Eli, who plan their dissertation around the hypothetical notion that, under the right “conditions”, people can develop supernatural powers. Their problems arise when they start exploring the…practical…side to their notion and not just the hypothetical side. I haven’t read too much of this yet, but it skips between Victor and Eli in college and Victor several years later, newly escaped from prison and attempting to find Eli. It seems really good so far, and I can’t wait to keep reading and see what happens.

Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult – an Amish teenager gives birth in the middle of the night and when she wakes up, the baby is gone. It seems that God has answered her frantic prayers…until the dead baby’s body is found. I love Jodi Picoult, and this book is no exception. Again, I haven’t read too much of it, but it’s intriguing and saddening in equal measure.

Black Cat by Kentaro Yabuki – this is the first manga I’ve ever read, and it’s a pretty good one! It’s about an ex assassin turned bounty hunter, who’s attempting to track down a dangerous weapons smuggler. He is aided by his bounty hunter partner Sven, and a new allegiance with a burglar. This is going really well, once I got used to the different style of reading! I’m enjoying this a lot, and can’t wait to dive into some other manga too.

Finally, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – a teenage boy, haunted by stories and his grandfather’s death, travels to a little island off the coast of Wales to find out more about his family’s mysterious past. I’m enjoying this book, as well as the beautiful if eery photographs, and am looking forward to seeing what happens at the end. It’s taken me a while to get through because of numerous things getting in the way of my reading but hopefully now I’ll have the chance to finish!

So that’s all the books I’m reading at the moment. Hopefully now that my lectures are over, I’ll have more time to read in between my revision. I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them!