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November Haul

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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:1711 haul secondhands

  • 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.

1711 haul HP+BS 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 1711 haul Storm

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?


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Charity Shop Haul #5

I went into my local charity shop to get some books for my mum and brother to add as fun little presents for Sinterklaas (a bit like Christmas, but on 5 December and Sinterklaas comes is a bishop hailing from Spain, rather than a jolly man from Lapland – it’s odd, but the kids love it!). I won’t add those in here, as I am not keeping or reading those, but I bought my mum a collection of Agatha Christie”s Miss Marple stories in Dutch and my brother one of the Bourne books and The Da Vinci Code, also in Dutch.

Anyway, of course I could not resist having a look around for myself as well! And I ended up with a bigger pile than I meant to (as usual). All of the books bar one are in English.

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So, I have added these books to my (already full) shelves:

The Memory Game (Nicci French)

Now, I have never read a Nicci French book, but a few of my friends absolitely adore them, so when I saw this one I decided to finally get one.

Wilde Rozen (Lulu Wang)

The sole dutch book. It’s a beautiful book that was sitting in front of others and looked like it had never been read and really wanted to be read! I don’t read enough novels set in Asia and this one is set in China by the looks of it.

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

I have all the Jane Austen books in a collected volume, but I like having them seperately as well and when I saw this one for 50 cents, I could not resist. It looks unread, poor thing.

Feed (M T Anderson)

Looks like a dystopian YA novel. It has won a prize or two, so felt it worth a try. I do not read enough YA and the synopsis sounds interesting.

The Penguin Book of Satirical Verse (various)

Just seemed like a fun sort of book to have on my shelf. Published in 1967 it is a little hardback that I guess does exactly what it says on the tin. A nice little find for dipping into every now and then.

The Mystery of the Blue Train (Agatha Christie)

I have been keen to find some Agatha Christie, but her books had eluded me so far in the second-hand book shops. I finally managed to find one! I have never heard of this one, but it’s a Poirot one. I am looking forward to reading it.

That’s it! That’s all my books. I spent a grand total of €3.80 on these books.





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October Book Haul (2017)

I was not supposed to buy books this month… and I did buy a lot less than previous months, but I still managed to accumulate 12 books (I forgot to include 1 in the picture!).

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So let’s have a closer look. I restrained myself, but I did pop to the charity shop once and came home with four books, two if which are in Dutch by Dutch writers:

1710 Dorcas HaulRode Sneeuw in december (Simone van de Vlugt) – It translates as Red Snow in December and appears to be a historical fiction novel set in The Netherlands. It sounded quite interesting, so I decided to get it. I should read more in Dutch anyway.

Het Tuinhuis (Hella Haasse) – Hella Haasse is one of The Netherland’s most famous writers. I remember her stuff being on the literary lists of books to read for Dutch in school, but I cannot remember whether I did nor not. I feel like I should read something by her and I came across this pretty collection of short stories, which would be a good non-overwhelming introduction to her writing.

A Cottage by the Sea (Carole Matthews) – I like having a few light-hearted books to read and I bought this one for that purpose. I might read it on a dark dreary winter’s day to cheer me up!

The Middle East (Bernard Lewis) – I have always been fascinated by the Middle East with its conflicts and its history. I could not believe my luck when I found this book for just €1. I am sure it will be a very educational read.

I have managed to stay away from the charity shop for a month, which is quite amazing! However, I did treat myself, unneccessarily I might add, to some new books.

I did my first Down The TBR Hole- post and I decided to get some of the books that had been on my TBR the longest. I am looking forward to reading all of these fairly soon!

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The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) – Had been on my TBR for ages and after recently seeing the TV Series I really felt I had no excuse not to get it and read it. I love this Vintage red spine edition.

Assassin’s Apprentice (Robin Hobb) -Yes, I cannot believe I have not read this yet either. I just know I am going to love it!

The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle) – There is a unicorn in it… Is that not reason enough?

1710 Fairyloot BooksI also got my first Fairyloot box this month, which was fun! I got two books in that, wich were:

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Julie C Dao) – I do not like the cover very much, but the story sounds interesting and I am quite keen to get into this. I hope I may get round to this one this month.

The Language of Thorns (Leigh Bardugo) – I have not read anything by Leigh Bardugo yet and this book looks absolutely beautiful inside and out. It is a collection of shorter stories, and I would love to get stuck into it soon!

1710 Bookishly4Now, the book I forgot to include in the main picture was from another subscription box. This is Maigret Travels South (Simenon), which came in my Bookisly Tea and Book Club in October. It looks like it is a couple of murder mystery stories. It’s a small book, so I will try and read it soon.


1710 Clare Balding booksAnd finally… I stumbled across an interview in which Clare Balding was talking about the children’s books she had written. I recently read her autobiography and she is such a lovely smart woman and I would really love to read these with my daughter, who likes horses anyway. I bought both her books, The Racehorse That Wouldn’t Gallop and The Racehorse That Disappeared. One new and one secondhand.

That’s it for October’s haul, which is plenty big enough!!!! I will try and restrain myself this month, but I may have already bought some books. Oops!



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Charity Shop Book Haul #4

Yes, yes, the last thing I need is more books. I started a few months ago with a managable TBR-pile, but it’s getting out of control, mainly courtesy of charity shops and, though I have been buying some new books as well.

I have been to my local charity shop twice in the last couple of weeks and there was also a second hand charity sale in my local village hall last weekend, so my book numbers rapidly increased. Whether that is a good thing is something I have been arguing with myself about…

I will do a separate post on the new books (unusual for me) and the books I got off Abe. I am still waiting for some of those to arrive, so will probably do that post some time next week.

Meanwhile, in the charity shops…

I have been wanting to re-read the Harry Potter books for a while. I have never owned them, I always borrowed them, but thought it was time to get my own set to re-read them at my leisure. When I was at my local village hall sale I spotted two Harry Potter books in English (!!!), so I brought them home with me. They are both the same (adult) editions. Of course I was aware that I would now have to find all the others to go with them, but I decided that was ok (more on that in next week’s post on my Abe haul).

So my village hall sale haul is four books:

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (J K Rowling)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (J K Rowling)
A Tiny Bit Marvellous (Dawn French)
Strictly Between Us (Jane Fallon)

They were €0.50 a piece.

I could have picked up so many more books, but I really (honestly) restrained myself. I did not even look in the Dutch section – there were too many options!

I had a couple of trips to my usual charity shop and had picked up two books one time and a slightly bigger stack another time.

The books I picked up on those two visits are:

Lotusvoeten (Pang-Mei N Chang) in Dutch,  Eng. Bound Feet & Western Dress
According To Yes (Dawn French)
Tasting Salt (Stephanie Dowrick)
Maria Fitzherbert: The Secret Wife of George IV (James Munson)
The Undomestic Goddess (Sophie Kinsella)
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage (Haruki Murakami)
The Perfume Collector (Kathleen Tessaro)
Peace Flows from the Sky (Susan Polis Schutz) poetry
Collected Poems by Helen B Cruickshank

Somehow I ended up with two Dawn French books. When I checked Goodreads none of her books have very good reviews. Oh dear. I will read them anyway and make up my own mind.

I am especially looking forward to reading the Murakami book and also The Perfume Collector sounds like a good read. I love the eclectic books you find in a foreign book shop’s small English section!

I picked up two poetry books, which I am very pleased about. They also had a Burns collection that I was tempted by. If no one has picked that one up by next time I go and have a browse, I may take it away. Books in this shop are so so cheap! None are more than €1, most are between €0.30 and €0.80, which makes it sooooo easy to pick up books. Too easy one might say. If you wanted to read Dutch books, especially, which I do pick up sometimes, they have an enormous selection!

Anyway, better get reading now!

Have a marvellous day!

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Charity Shop Haul #3

I popped into this charity shop that I have not been to for ages. It’s quite a big one, so I was hoping they had a decent English book section. They did not. I was quite disappointed. I better go back to my usual one, I guess (as if I need more books!).

In the end I did come home with three books, two English, one Dutch.

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They are all historical fiction of some sort. So, what we have is:

The Italian Woman (Jean Plaidy)

This one is about Catherine de Medici and sounds like it would be my kind of book, since I love Philippa Gregory and all of that jazz.

Fortune’s Rocks (Anite Shreve)

Set in 1899 in New Hampshire, US, and is about a girl, who gets into an affair with some middle-aged doctor and ends up pregnant. Not sure what I will think of this one.

Inca: Prinses van de Zon (Antoine B Daniel)

English title: Incas: The Puma’s Shadow. The fact this is set in the Inca world made me want to read it. I’s about Inca politics and the Inca girl that falls in love with a Spanish conquistador as far as I can tell. We’ll see.

I have quite a few books now that need reading, so I better get cracking!

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Charity Shop Haul #2

I really did not need more books, after coming back from England with over twenty books, but I could not help myself popping into my local charity shop. I came out with seven books, so I did not go too crazy. I spent a grand total of €4.50, which is hardly a fortune.

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In the English language section I found a beautiful compilation of Jane Austen‘s novels, so the other compilation I picked up there last time has been relegated to the Guest House library, as it’s nowhere near as nice! It looks brand new and was only €1!

I also picked up what appears to be a 1917 edition of H G Wells’ The Soul of a Bishop. An absolute steal again at €1!

I picked up a few throwaway books, by which I mean just easy reads, probably destined for the Guest House library.

I got Golden Lion by Wilbur Smith. I read a couple of Wilbur Smith books in my teens. I think those were set in Egypt. I remember enjoying them, so I figured I would pick this one up.

I randomly picked up Patricia Cornwell’s All That Remains. I have never read any of her books before. I presume it’s your regular crime mystery type of thingy.

I also picked up Making Your Mind Up by Jill Mansell, which looks to be simple chick lit, which I don’t read much of, but I kind of like from time to time. It does have a pretty sort of cover.

I also picked up a couple of Dutch language books as well.

Paleis van Sterren (Beneath A Marble Sky) by John Shors sounded like an interesting read with a story based around the Taj Mahal in India.

The second Dutch book I picked up is De Zaak Toetanchamon by Herman van Campenhout. It’s a Dutch book, it’s title translates as The Case Tutanchamon and is historical fiction as far as I can tell. It’s a tiny book!

My TBR list is growing ever larger, but I will get round to reading all these books. I promise!



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British Book Haul

With a trip to the UK for a family visit on the cards I could not resist the temptation of stocking up on some books!

I ordered some used and new books via Amazon and had them delivered to my in-laws. I managed to pop into a couple of charity shops as well while I was there and picked up some more!

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Safely back home again, I have fattened up my TBR shelf nicely!

Firstly, the books I got via Amazon, whether it’s the Marketplace or Amazon itself:

So, without further ado, here are the books I had ordered in advance, mostly second-hand from Amazon or their Marketplace:

The Cemetery of Forgotton Books #2: The Angel’s Game (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #3: The Prisoner of Heaven (Carlos Ruiz Zafon)

The Night Circus (Erin Morgenstern)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Laini Taylor)

Imagine Me Gone (Adam Haslett)

Hyddenworld #2: Awakening (William Horwood)

Hyddenworld #4: Winter (William Horwood)

The Dark Legacy of Shannara #2: Bloodfire Quest (Terry Brooks)

The Dark Legacy of Shannara #3: Witch Wraith (Terry Brooks)

The Blood of Flowers (Anita Amirrezvani)

Monsters of Verity #1: This Savage Song (V.E. Schwab)

Monsters of Verity #2: Our Dark Duet (V.E. Schwab)

The Bees (Laline Paull)

I had a myriad of reasons to order the above books. The Terry Brooks, William Horwood and Carlos Ruiz Zafon book I bought to complete a series I have already started and enjoyed. Though in the case of the Hyddenworld series by William Horwood, I still need to get my hands on book #3 Harvest.

I really wanted to read The Night Circus and by now I have already done so! I forgot to include that book in the pictures as well… Oops!

Imagine Me Gone is a book I have been wanting to read for ages after reading a review in a magazine somewhere a few months ago.

I wanted to try the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and I wanted to read something by V. E. Schwab.

The Bees sounded really intriguing and fits in with my love of bees and books written from an animal perspective.

The Blood of Flowers is a book I have already read when I borrowed it from a library and I loved it, so I was keen to own it and read it again at some point in the future.


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That is already quite a few books, but I could not resist the pull of the charity shops. What I love about going into a charity shop is that I never know what I will come out with. Maybe I might buy a book simply because the cover looks nice, or the spine, or the title is intriguing, not because it is on my ‘want to read’ list, and I like that. I tried not to go crazy. My husband was giving me that look! Ha!

Anyway, I got the following books from Cancer Research, Oxfam and FARA:

Rivers of London (Ben Aaronovitch)

Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) – also includes some shorter stories I have not read yet!

Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Albino’s Treasure  (Stuart Douglas)

Looking For Alaska (John Green)

The Red Queen (Philippa Gregory)

Written in the Stars (Ali Harris)

Chocolat (Joanna Harris)

The Ruby in the Smoke (Philip Pullman)

Around The World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne)

There you go, a nice eclectic bunch of books.

Excluding The Night Circus, there are still 22 books to read! Yay!