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Haul Review: February 2018

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


Number of books hauled:  12

Pretty reasonable.
New: 0
Used: 9
Author: 3

Books read: 3

Could have done better here.

The books I have read are all the books sent to me by authors. I don’t often get books sent to me that often, but I got three in one month and I am glad to say they all still deserve a place on my shelves.


Books unread: 9


All of the above were bought used, some via Abe Books and others from my local charity shop. Looking at it now, there are definitely a couple of books there I am not that interested in anymore. I will leave them on my shelf for another year and then re-evaluate.


jung-hee, oh - vogelI won’t choose any of the Candace Robb books, as they are part of a series, which I do plan to read in order at some point in the not too distant future.

I have been meaning to read a book in Dutch for a while, and the one I am most interested in is  Vogel by Oh Jung-Hee. The English title is The Bird and it’s translated fiction from a South-Korean writer. It is relatively short at 159 pages and it sounds really interesting and a bit different for me. It’s a cute little hardback too.

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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!

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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!