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August Book Haul – Welcome to the Grishaverse

Hey guys,

So you might be aware that I recently changed job from the fast paced and should destroying world of the catering industry for a more chilled desk job in a dentist. It’s a pretty good life but we aren’t going to go into that. There is a point behind me mentioning this actually. The way my previous jobs bonus scheme worked was as a point system, your store was awarded points based on performance and you could then go on to spend the points on cool stuff. I was saving my points and when it came to me leaving the company I decided I should use my points instead of losing them.

Naturally, I loaded them all into a National Book Token card to spend in a bookshop.

It did not disappoint.

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Ebooks – Let’s Get Excited!

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PC gamers live for the Steam summer sale. It’s an excellent time to get all the popular games for buttons and I’ve caught myself up in it a few times. However, as bookworms we don’t really get much to get that syked for. Until today. Today marks the start of the Kindle summer sale(!) and I have been busy.

I have to slow down with the buying paperback books thing. My fiancé and I live in a one bedroom flat in Aberdeen and my books currently take up half the flat. Compromises had to be made and so if I want new books, unless they are part of an existing series that I have in paper copy or breathtakingly beautiful, then I have to get them on my kindle. It’s a hard life. My attachmemt for my kindle is growing in a way I never thought it would and with me moving into clerical work my kindle is going to become my buddy for quiet periods in work.

There are hundreds of titles that have been included in the sale from all genres and I’ve been sifting through some of the titles. I’m rather impressed, I must say. There is a lot of titles I recognise and some I have already read. Some of them I’ve already bought not on sale and an kicking myself for not waiting until the sale to buy them. But, worse things have happened.

I’ve bought some new titles from the sale that I’m rather pleased with.

  • How to be Champion by Sarah Millican – This is an unusual one for me because I’m not a big lover of autobiographies. Maybe I’ve just never found one I really enjoy. That being said, when I saw this one and who the author was I thought I’d give in a bash. For 99p, if I hate it, I can’t be too upset. I love Sarah Millican as a comedian. She reminds me a lot of myself but she is hilarious, totally appeals to my sense of humour. I stumbled across her work by accident but I’ve never regretted a moment of it. If this book is going to be anything like her stand-up comedy then I will not be disappointed.
  • The Grisha trilogy – these are titles that pop up again and again for me, recommended based on my most common reads. You can currently get the whole trilogy for less that £7 through the kindle store which, considering you’ll pay £7+ for one of the books in paper copy, is a great deal. I actually have no idea what these books are about, I don’t want to read the description or anything because it’s actually rather nice to go into a series totally blind to what you might find. I’m excited to what I’ll discover.
  • Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven – this is the last of my purchases. It was recommended because I read Beautiful Broken Things which was a book that I really enjoyed (I read the whole thing in one sitting). If this is going to be anything like Beautiful Broken Things then I’m certain I will enjoy it. From the author that wrote All the Bright Places, I’m hoping for some feel good plot line with some angst and heart string pulling.

I’m pleased with my takings so far from this sale. Definitely watch this space for the outcome of my read throughs. Have you read any of my newly acquired titles? Are they worth the read?

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January Book Haul – it’s been a good one

Hey guys,

So I thought I would share my January book haul with you, and include the gorgeous book that I got for Christmas too because I think everyone should appreciate it. I got loads of Waterstones vouchers for Christmas and I think I made a good choice with what I got. I’ve also had an issue with space for books and I keep buying more so it’s been getting a little out of hand. So I decided to reshuffle my bookcase and alcoves to make it look more presentable and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. So without further adieu, let’s bring on the pretty pictures.

Look at all the Lord of the Rings collectibles. It’s a tiny Minas Tirith

My beautiful Narnia books- a Christmas present from my best from my best friend.

These two are my reshuffled book alcoves in the living room. I finally managed to collect enough pretty hard back books to make them work nicely. The Lego heads are cute and full of so much crap. Secondly, we have these three beauties. The first, I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited about. I’ve never really read anything from the point of view of a creature that isn’t human or supernatural and it’s about bees in case you hadn’t figured and bees always hold a place close to my heart. The next is the Silk Road, a book we’ve all seen in the window of our nearest and dearest book shops. This 100% appeals to the geographer in me and y’know, it’s pretty. The last book here seems like a heart-felt, romance-y kind of book and that’s something we all need sometimes.

These three are my newest additions, bought just yesterday when I was 100% not supposed to be buying more books but did anyway. They’re about mages and magic and this here is the complete trilogy. They are very lovely. On top of these three, there are other books and series within the universe which, if I enjoy these three, I fully intend to enjoy.

Lovely drawings to add to the feels and angst

When I was in Waterstones the other week and I saw Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, I was overjoyed. Everything Cassandra Clare and related to the Shadowhunter series makes me so happy and I honestly had no idea that there was going to be anything else following up the Mortal Instruments so nicely. We get even more Simon Lewis than we deserve and throughout the whole book (and it’s a pretty big book) we have the lovely illustrations by the delightful Cassie Clare that have accompanied the Shadowhunter series non-stop. So, yeah, buzzing for some more TMI.


 I really love these books because they are all really nice colours and they are really big books (each is essentially a trilogy in one book) and I love that because it means there is so much more. The great thing about this author is that she has written so many books and so she always has something that you can read. Most of her books are within the same genre and many are within the same universe which is fab.

Just below we have the two books I was given at Christmas. The First is my lovely new edition of the Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. This was given to by my friend Bridie.You might not have ever read the Hogfather (or any of the Discworld series) but the film is what a lot of people know it by. The program of it was great but the book is even better and I really enjoy having such a pretty copy to gush over. The second is the first Game of Thrones book which is hardback and illustrated (as you can see in the two picture below it). It has a coloured map of Westeros and is illustrated throughout the entire book. My only fear is that they won’t publish the other books in this format and then I can’t have a matching hardback series.

Finally is the first book in the Poison Study series which I’m excited for. My old flat -mate absolutely adored this series and she constantly harassed me about reading it so I finally decided to take the hit and read the first book at least. At least, it has a pretty cover and several sequel books. Anyway, that’s all from me here. Let me know what books are in your January/Christmas haul and if any of mine were on your list!

Bye!