Is there anything more beautiful than a sofa full of books? I felt strangely happy when I set up the above image. So much reading to be done. So many good books yet to discover.
I will start with the used books I accumulated this month. I did a Haul Post on most of those earlier in the month, so I will just list them here:
- The Penguin Book of Satirical Verse (various)
- The Mystery of the Blue Train (Agatha Christie)
- Feed (M T Anderson)
- Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
- Wilde Rozen (Lulu Wang)
- The Memory Game (Nicci French)
The only book added to these is The Thread by Victoria Hislop, which my mum gave to me the other day. No idea where she got it. I forgot to ask. I am pretty sure I have read The Island by the same author before. I can’t remember though whether it was any good. I do not seem to have that book anymore…
In general I do not buy a tremendous amount of new books, but I have bought quite a few in the last couple of months.
The first one is the Ravenclaw anniversary version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. When I did the house sorting on the Harry Potter website I was actually a Gryffindor, but I liked this blue Ravenclaw one better, so went for that one.
I also got The Black Stallion and the Shape-Shifter by Steven Farley. Walter Farley, Steven’s father, wrote the original The Black Stallion series, which I absolutely adored growing up and when I saw this title I had to get for nostalgia sake.
Jen Cambell is one of my favourite Booktubers and her short story collection The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night sounds like right up my street. I ordered a signed copy from her. It’s a gorgeous book to look at as well. Hopefully I will get to it soon.
I also decided to get the new naked hardback edition of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. I just fell in love with the cover and it is a classic!
The final hardback I got is The Otters’ Tale by Simon Cooper, which is a non-fiction/natural history book about… well… otters. It just sounded enchanting and I am looking forward to reading it.
I actually bought Illuminae for my husband, but I am sure I will read it when he is done with it. When I saw The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for only €2.99, I figured I needed to buy it, as I have heard so many good things about it.
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton) has always intrigued me. The cover is beautiful and the story sounds so interesting. Snow Like Ashes (Sara Raasch) and Cinder (Melissa Meyer) and All The Crooked Saints (Maggie Stiefvater) were books on my Wishlist that I found on sale and I could not NOT buy them.
The last couple of books are a bit different. The first is the Bugs Brittanica book. It’s a big beautiful book all about insects and spiders and the like. My daughter loves creepy crawlies and this book seemed perfect for us to peruse together.
Finally, I got the graphic novel version of one of my favourite stand-up comedy routines by Tim Minchin. It is called Storm. I was so excited when I realised a comic had been made from it!
Hope you all have a good week and I will leave you with a video of the said ‘Storm’ routine. Hope you love it as much as I do. I think we have all met a Storm, or maybe you are Storm?