Book Haul

Used Books Haul

I wanted to buy a few more Agatha Christie books, as I would really like to start reading some of her books again. I used to enjoy them quite a bit.  My charity shop gave me three last year, but has been shooting blanks ever since, so I decided to try online. I checked eBay first, but found them as a whole pretty overpriced. In the end I went on Abe Books and found some there for a decent price. I bought a few other books from that seller as well.

1901 book haul abe

So, the Agatha books:

I browsed the seller’s other books and ended up with two Dick Francis books as well:

I really liked those covers. I haven’t read a Dick Francis in a while and I used to enjoy them.

Finally, I got the second book in the Tawny Man series by Robin Hobb, which is Golden Fool, I already owned the first one in this edition.


The main issue I have with buying books via Abe is that you do not always get the cover you think you’re buying, which was the case with the Agatha books. It’s fine as they are all the same pocket book size, which I like, but are different editions than the pictures suggested. That does annoy me slightly, but not enough to worry about.

Luckily the Dick Francis books and the Golden Fool ARE the editions advertised as I bought them for those specific covers.



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First Book Haul of 2019

I treated myself to some new books at the start of the New Year, because… well… why not!

I am so excited to read all of these!

1901 book haul new

1. Thinking on my Feet (Kate Humble)

I read one of BBC presenter Kate Humble’s other books and really enjoyed her writing style. This one is about walking (something I should do more of in 2019!). I love these types of non-fiction books and I am looking forward to reading it.

2. Lab Girl (Hope Jahren) 

I saw Olive at abookolive talk about this book on Booktube and it sounded right up my street. It’s non-fiction to do with plantlife and a memoir – perfect!

3. Rain (Melissa Harrison)

I have been wanting to read something by Melissa Harrison for a while and this has been sitting in my basket for ages. I finally bought this little non-fiction book, which is also about walking…. but in the rain 🙂

4. A Black Fox Running (Brian Carter)

This one was originally published in the 1980s I believe, but I have never read it. I was simply attracted to the synopsis and this beautiful new edition. It’s written from a fox’s point of view, which is something I love. What can I say, I love foxes!

4. Picnic at Hanging Rock (Joan Lindsay)

I have been wanting to read this one for ages. I love Australia as a setting and this one is a mystery, historical fiction and a classic… and not very long. I am so looking forward to reading it, but it is set in summer, so I may wait till summer to read it. I love these Vintage red spine editions as well.

5. Tower of Thorns & Den of Wolves (Juliet Marillier)

I read the first book in the Blackthorn & Grim series sometime last year and enjoyed it. I would like to read more by this author, but would like to finish this series first. I do love these little mass market paperbacks!


So that was my little treat of a haul 🙂 Have you read any of these? Let me know!

L. xx




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Haul Review: January 2018

Let’s look at the books I bought in January a year ago and how many I have read a year on. I will choose one of the unread books to read this month.

Number of books hauled:  14

That’s not too bad.
New: 3
Used: 11
Author: 1

Most of the used books were €0.50 or less, so a pretty tame month spending wise.

Books read: 4

Yeah, that’s not great, is it?

The books I have read are:

Note to self: That reminds me that I would like to continue the Blackthorn & Grim series by Juliet Marillier.

Interesting that I have read 2 of the 3 new books, but only 1 of the 11 used books. I did read the author request book, which I liked. It was a very unusual book, but I remember enjoying it. All four of these books deserved to stay on my shelf by the way, so no unhauls!

Books Unread:

  • The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) used – I did actually read this almost twenty years ago and loved it, so I bought a copy to re-read. I will count it as unread.
  • Life After Life (Kate Atkinson) used – I want to try and read this year
  • The Book of Lost Things (John Conolly) – used
  • The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey) – used
  • Botswana Time (Will Randall) – used – non-fiction
  • Holland Mania (Anette Stott) – used – non-fiction
  • Centaur (Declan Murphy/Ami Rao) – new – non-fiction – I can’t believe I have not read this yet, as I was so looking forward to it when I bought it!
  • Tom Jones (Henry Fielding) used – classic – not a priority
  • Moby Dick (Herman Melville) used – classic – not a priority
  • Collected Ghost Stories (M R James) used – maybe for Halloween season?


Because it is on my Winter Project list anyway, I will read The Snow Child this month, but I am tempted to pick up Centaur as well, depending on time.




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Haul Review: December 2017

Let’s look at the books I bought in December 2017 and how many I have read a year on. I will choose one of the unread books to read this December.

Number of books hauled:  17

That’s not too bad. I definitely have had crazy months in the past year, so this one is pretty tame… 12 of these were new, 5 secondhand.

Number of books read: 5

Ok, so I almost read a third. That’s not great, but not too embarrassing either. So the books I have read are:

All five of these books I bought new.

Books unread: 12

Oh dear!

I noticed there are a few Dutch language books in this haul. I don’t think I read a single Dutch book this year, which is shocking! I do want to change that in 2019.

The Dutch language books are:

  • De Lessen van Mevrouw Lohmark (Judith Schalansky) – translated from German, I admit I mainly bought this book because it has a manatee on the cover!
  • Magenta (Geert Jan Jansen) – this is a non-fiction book about forging paintings that sounds really interesting!

Although both of these interest me, I am not in the mood for either at the moment.

So let’s look at the English books:

The Bee Book is more of a browse book rather than a proper reading book. I am not in the mood for nature non-fiction, so that rules out Meadowland and A Sweet Wild Note, which I feel are better suited for springtime. Not in the mood for Virginia Woolf or C S Lewis.

I think my choice is going to be between 1. For One More Day, 2. Heartstone, 3. The Muse, 4. A Monster Calls and 5. The Grass Widow’s Tale…. Not sure which one to pick so I decided to use a random number generator for those.

The number was:


So I will be reading The Muse this December.




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November 2018 Book Haul (part 1?)

I allowed myself a small haul this month as I felt I deserved it!

So I got a load of non-fiction with a couple of fiction books thrown in for good measure:

1. Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 (Lizzy Goodman)

There are a few bands from this period that I really love and I love the idea of this book, so wanted to check it out. It’s huge!

2. The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal (Horatio Clare)

This book just spoke to me. I may read it later this month. Perfect for this time of year.

3. The Seabird’s Cry (Adam Nicolson)

I read someone’s review on this and was sold!

4. Wonderland (Brett Westwood & Stephen Moss)

I bought this one on a whim. I loved the cover and it sounded a bit different. A day by day look at nature in Britain as far as I can tell.

5. The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater)

I finally caved! I keep hearing glorious things and I liked the only book I have read by Maggie Stiefvater (The Scorpio Races), so…

6. Midwinter (Fiona Melrose)

I have been eyeing up this novel for ages and with winter coming and the book being on offer, I just had to get it! May well get read next month for my ‘Winter Project’.

7. Winter: an Anthology of the Changing Seasons (editor: Melissa Harrison)

I fully intend to get the other seasons as well, but let’s start with this one. Also for my ‘Winter Project’ that I will be doing for December/January.

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Not sure whether I will be getting any more books this month… I am trying to restrain myself! 🙂

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October Charity Shop Book Haul

After the huge book haul from last month I have been keeping quiet on the book buying front. Go me! I did pop into the charity shop over the weekend to look for riding boots for my daughter (which they did not have!), so I could not not go to the book section.

I spent a grand total of €3.75 on the following books:

1. The Girl with the Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)

I do like a bit of historical fiction and this book is set in my country, so why not read it? I don’t actually mind the movie cover on this one.

2. The Long Way Down (Nick Hornby)

This actually has a pretty low rating on Goodreads (3.41), but it sounds kind of fun.

3. A Little Learning (Evelyn Waugh)

I never read any Evelyn Waugh, but this is an autobiography as far as I can tell and I will probably like it.

4. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other STories (Oscar Wilde)

I love The PIcture of Dorian Gray so much, I have always resisted reading anymore Wilde, bu tit might be about time! I have a book of Wilde’s collected work, but this paperback will be much easier to read.

5. Don’t Look Now (Daphne Du Maurier)

A collection of five short stories – perfect!

6. Quartet in Autumn (Barbara Pym)

7. The Sweet Dove Died (Barbara Pym)

8. Eccellent Women (Barbara Pym)

9. Jane and Prudence (Barbara Pym

The cover of Quarter in Autumn caught my eye with it’s pretty pattern and autumn colours. Then I found three more from the same writer with the same kind of covers. The stories seem to be about friendships and relationships and sound like good reads – I decided I needed them all!

So, that was my small haul from October so far. I don’t think there will be many more! Let me know if you read any of these books or authors!


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My Obscene August/September Book Haul

Yes people, I have a problem.

I was not going to do a book haul as I mentioned a lot of the books in my reading diaries that I did over August and the beginning of September, but I felt like I wanted to anyway.

Most of these I actually bought in August, but some arrived in September and I did buy a few in September as well.

There are 49 (FORTY NINE!!!!) books in total. *shaking my head in despair* I basically bought six months worth of books in one month! Shameful! But to be honest I am actually pretty excited about this lot.

I am aware that this is a ridiculous amount of books. I shocked myself! It is also the reason why I am kind of banning myself from buying any new books for a little while. After all, do I need new books? Well, I clearly needed this lot! 🙂

Part 1: books I already read

These are books I have already read on my Kindle, be it as Kindle books or e-books sent to me by the author/publisher or that I read via NetGalley. If I rate them 6 stars or higher I want to buy them at some point and in this case, I bought them all in one go!

Our Native Bees (Paige Embry) – I read this one via NetGalley last year and I absolutely loved it. It’s a non-fiction book about bees in the US. I rated it 7 stars.

The Choice (Edith Eger) – I can’t praise this book high enough. It was eye-opening, emotional and inspiring. This is a memoir of a Auschwitz survivor. It is a stunning book. I read it via NetGalley.  7 stars.

Buzz (Thor Hanson) – Another non-fiction book about bees I absolutely loved. Another one I read via NetGalley.  I rated it 6 stars.

Murder in Bloomsbury (D M Quincy) – A regency murder mystery that I really loved. Again read via NetGalley. 6 stars.

Between a Shade and a Shadow (Coleman Alexander) – A fantasy that I was a bit unsure about in the beginning, but that I ended up loving. I can’t wait for the next book in this very original world. The author kindly sent me the e-book for this and although I had some issues with the first half of the book, I gave it 5 stars, but five BIG PROMISING stars.

Nevernight (Jay Kristoff) – Do I need to say anything about this book? It was pretty amazing. I read it on my Kindle, but felt the need to have a physical copy. 6 stars.

The Girl in the Tower (Katherine Arden) – Another NetGalley book. I already owned The Bear and the Nightingale and bought a lovely hardback copy to join that one. 6 stars.

Windsworn (Derek Alan Siddoway) – The author contacted me about reading this one. It is a middle grade/YA fantasy and I absolutely loved every page. I like the fact that these are quite small books. I ended up buying the whole trilogy. 6 stars

Flow & Break (Clare Littlemore) – The author contacted me regarding Flow and I loved it a lot. She kindly sent me Break as well and though I did not love that one as much, it was still really good and I can’t wait for her to finish the next book in this Dystopian YA series. Flow: 6 stars, Break: 5 stars


Part 2: sequels of books I have already read

Godsgrave (Jay Kristoff)

Gryphon Riders II: Windswept (Derek Alan Siddoway)

Gryphon Riders III: Windbreak (Derek Alan Siddoway)

Murder in Mayfair ( D M Quincy) –  this is actually the book before Murder in Bloomsbury


Part 3: Australian books

I just fancied some Australian fiction. The latter two I bought used online.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart (Holly Ringland) – I have heard so many good things about this book. It looks amazing too!

The Secret River (Kate Grenville) This one always comes up when people talk about Australian fiction, so it seemed a good one to get. It sounds interesting!

Eucalyptus (Murray Bail) This is a gamble. People either seem to love or hate it.


Part 4: Used finds

Books I randomly picked up in charity shops or used book sales.

The Intimate Adventuresof a London Call Girl (Belle de Jour) – I bought this one because I remembered it was adapted for TV a few years back.

As I walked Out One Midsummer Morning (Laurie Lee)

The Clocks (Agatha Christie) 

Quantom of Solace (Ian Fleming)

The No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Alexander McCall Smith)

Lady Audley’s Secret (Mary Elizabeth Braddon)

Newton and the Counterfeiter (Thomas Levenson) non-fiction

Skin Deep –  non-fiction about race


Part 5: Nature Non-Fiction

I bought the full Vintage Classics ‘Birds and the Bees’ series

H is for Hawk (Helen McDonald)

The Running Sky (Tim Dee)

Bee Journal (Sean Borodale)

A Sting in the Tale (Dave Goulson)

Crow Country (Mark Cocker)


Wilding (Isabella Tree) I saw this book advertised in a magazine and I just felt the sudden urge to buy it!

Feathers (Thor Hanson) – After loving Buzz a lot I realised the author had written some more books, so I decided to pick up this one.


Part 6: Classics

I am considering taking part in Victober, but I had been wanting to buy a few of these Penguin Classics Library editions for a while, so I bought this bunch

The Woman in White (Wilkie Collins) Definitely want to read this in October!

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (Anne Brontë)

Wives and Daughters (Elizabeth Gaskell)

Great Expectations (Charles Dickens) because I feel like I should finally read some Dickens!

The Woodlanders (Thomas Hardy) I have tried reading one Hardy book before and did not get on with his writing, but wanted to give him another chance.

Part 7: Bunch of random paperbacks 

Some of these were recommended to me, some just sound good. A bunch of them I bought on sale, but I want to read them all! And soon!

Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli) Let’s see what all the hype is about.

All The Beautiful Strangers (Elizabeth Klehfoth)

Home Fire (Kamila Shamsie)

Skinful of Shadows (Frances Hardinge)

The Essex Serpent (Sarah Perry)

This Adventure Ends (Emma Mills)

Riders (Veronica Rossi)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Benjamin Alire Sáenz)


Part 8: Autumnal coloured hardbacks

I ended up buying this lot rather randomly and they were the drop that caused the book ban (sort of), but they look very pretty together!

The Summer of Impossible Things (Rowan Coleman) I have been eyeing this book for so long!

The Sport of Kings (C E Morgan)

Never Greener (Ruth Jones) I love Ruth Jones as a TV writer, so figured I would try her first novel!


Phew! That’s it, a whole lot too many books, but I am so happy with all of them. I will take it (VERY) easy with my book buying until the end of the year now! After all, I need to read this lot first!

Which ones would you want to read? Which ones have you read?