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?