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January Book Haul

I have a few tags and award posts I want to do, but they require a lot of thinking and my brain is a little exhausted at the moment. So, why not start this week with a nice easy post?

A January Book Haul seemed perfect as I am not planning on  buying any more books in January and I doubt I will buy many in February. I have enough books to read as it is!!! Though I have seen some tempting ones…. Hmmm……

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Part of this haul I already shared on my blog, but not the others. I bought a total of 13 books this month and I received one book from an author that I am planning on reading soon. Excuse my cat Tom, who just would not budge. He looks very grumpy! 🙂

So, let’s get on with it.

I bought a grand total of three new books:

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Centaur (Declan Murphy & Ami Rao)
It is not often I use a synopsis to talk about a book, but it is the synopsis that made me want to buy this book, so…

A natural on a horse since he was able to walk, and imbued with a pure love of riding, Declan Murphy became one of the most brilliant jockeys of his generation before his world came crashing down at the final hurdle of a race at Haydock Park. His skull shattered in twelve places, he was believed to be dead, the last rites were read and the Racing Post prepared his obituary. Miraculously, and the word is not used lightly, he survived and defied medical thinking in recovering to the extent that eighteen months after his fall, he was able to saddle up for one more race. As usual, he won.

For 23 years, Declan has been unable to tell his story, to bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse. But now, in an extraordinary collaboration with Ami Rao, she has helped him find those words, a way to piece together what happened before, during and after, what it all meant and what it means to us all. It is a story of triumph, fear, love and loss, by turns primal, heartbreaking and inspirational, and ultimately, it is the story of hope, and of life.

I just had to buy this book and I can’t wait to read it.

A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
It is about time I read some Sherlock Holmes, so I bought this Wordsworth edition.  I love the simple cover design.

Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier)
I have been meaning to read one of Juliet Marillier’s books for ages. This one came up as a group buddy read on Goodreads and I figured I may as well!


Most of the books I got this month, however, were from my local charity shop. Sometimes they have nothing of interest, but I went in one day and there was a good selection of English language books that looked unread, some of which were on my wishlist! Someone must have cleared out their shelves! Lucky me!

So I picked up seven initially:

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I did a post on those earlier, so will just list them:
Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)
The Book of Lost Things (John Connolly)
Botswana Time (Will Randall)
The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)
The Humans (Matt Haig)
Holland Mania (Annette Stott)
The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)

I did see a trio of Wordworth Classics, but I left them, as none of them were on my TBR/wishlist. Yet, I could not get them out of my head, so a week later I went back and they were still there at €0.30 each – I had to buy them, clearly! All of them are chunkers, but brand new.

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Tom Jones (Henry Fielding)
Since buying this book I have actually read good things about it. It’s supposed to be quite funny too, so I may read it sooner rather than later.

Collected Ghost Stories (M R James)
Sounds like this a really good collection of ghostly short stories, which I will be keeping for Halloween.

Moby Dick (Herman Melville)
I never had much interest in reading Moby Dick. The story never appealed to me. When I saw it alongside the other two though, I could hardly buy the other two and not this one! Not sure whether I will ever read it. Has anyone read it? Is it actually any good? Let me know!!!

1801 January Haul5And finally, author Brian Kindall was kind enough to send me a physical copy of his book Delivering Virtue, which I am looking forward to reading at some point next month. So keep an eye out for a review in the next few weeks!

As I said, I doubt I will be buying any new books next month, but you never know! I am trying to reign myself in. I have so many books still on my shelves that need reading that I actually really want to read!

Show me your new books!

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Charity Shop Book Haul #7

It was a trap!

I actually went to the charity shop this morning to pick up some wine and champagne glasses as we are hosting our neighbourhood New Year’s drinks this evening, but how could I not check out the book section!!! I mean, I did go to the glasses section first and picked out a variety of what I needed, but, but, but, BOOKS!

I came away with a stack of seven books. Someone must have cleared their book shelves, as none of these were there next time. I saw a few more as well, so I am tempted to go back during the week and pick up a few more – so tempted!

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I read The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas) when I was travelling in Australia about 15 years ago and I absolutely loved it, so when I saw a copy of it for €0.30 I had no choice of course but to pick it up! I would like to re-read it at some point in the nearish future.

I was not entirely sure about Kate Atkinson’s novel Life After Life, but the premise sounded kind of interesting and IT HAS A FOX ON THE COVER! I am a sucker for foxes… It was apparently short listed for the Costa Novel Award in 2013. Good enough for me to pick it up for €0.30

I already have one book by Matt Haig on my shelf that I need to read, but I could not leave The Humans behind for a mere €0.50. It looks like new too – like most of these to be fair.

John Connelly’s The Book of Lost Things was on my TBR, so was an easy choice to throw in my basket for another €0.50.

I have seen a few reviews of The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, and they were pretty hit or miss, but again, A FOX ON THE COVER! Actually, I really like the cover. It is the only one of this lot of books that actually looks like it has been read.  Again, only €0.50.

Finally, I got a couple of non-fiction books. Botswana Time is a memoir of the author’s time as a teacher at a Botswana school. It sounds like such a good read. €0.50

Finally, Holland Mania (Annette Stott) is a rather interesting sounding book about the time when Americans celebrated all things Dutch. Since I live in Holland, it sounded like something I needed to read! €1

Total spent: €3.60 -> BARGAIN!


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December 2017 Book Haul

I think this will be the last post about 2017. I am completely in 2018 mode now – bring it on! 🙂

I thought I would to a monthly haul, even if I already did a post on the books I got in the charity shop and I only got a few more. I did order some more books at the end of December, but only one has arrived so far (today), so I will consider them a January haul!

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I won’t elaborate on the six used books I got from the charity shop beyond their titles, as I did a post on them earlier this month.

Op de Fiets
Till We Have Faces (C S Lewis)
Magenta (Geert Jan Janssen)
The Grass Widow’s Tale (Ellis Peters)
For One More Day (Mitch Albom)
De Lessen van Mevrouw Lohmark (Judith Schalansky ) (ENG: The Giraffe’s Neck)

Now, as for the new books, all but one are nature related non-fiction.

The Bee Book (DK – various authors)
I have been interested in bees for a long time. Not necessarily bee-keeping, but I think they are fascinating creatures that hold so much of our existence in their tiny little hands (?). I heard really good things about this book and found in on offer, so treated myself.

Foxes Unearthed (Lucy Jones)
I have talked about this book a few times and it will probably be the first of these I will pick up to read. I love foxes and have had the pleasure of meeting some urban foxes up close and personal when I lived in London. I love them and this book should be right up my street!

A Sweet, Wild Note (Richard Smyth)
From the same publisher as the previous book I found this one. As far as I can tell it is a celebration of birdsong and the effects it has on us, maybe also taking into account a dwindling bird population and loss of habitat. It sounded really interesting and different.

Meadowland (John Lewis-Stempel)
The blurp tells me this is an account of life in an English meadow throughout the year, documenting the animals that live there and all that happens in a meadow through the seasons. It sounds absolutely beautiful!

To The Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
My only fiction book of this haul. I have never read anything by Virginia Woolf and I think it is about time. I found this one cheaply when I was buying the other books. It sounds like a pretty intriguing story.

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I am really pleased with the books I got this month.

Let me know if you have read any of these books or whether they are on your TBR? Maybe you had never heard of them and there is one that you are putting on your TBR.

Which one should I read first?

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Charity Shop Book Haul #6

I have been very good not buying any new books this month, though the month is not over yet of course. I did allow myself a trip to my favourite charity shop today and browsed their small English book section as well as some of the massive Dutch section.

I am quite pleased with the six books I came home with.

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The first thing that caught my eye was a little book called Op De Fiets (On The Bike). It is a cute little book with bicycle related adverts from the first part of the twentieth century. My English husband is quite into cycling and since the Dutch like their cycling in general I thought it would be a nice little book to add to our holiday cottage’s library.

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For reading I picked up the following five books, which all look pretty much unread (and clearly unloved, which makes me sad in a way):

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For One More Day (Mitch Albom)
I gather this book is about a man who commits suicide and goes back to his own village and runs into his deceased mother. It sounded pretty interesting and it’s a pocket sized paperback. I may take it on my Christmas trip to England because of that. I may have this one read before the end of the year!

Till We Have Faces (C S Lewis)
I had never heard of this book, but of course I have read some of The Chronicles of Narnia.  The blurp says it is a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, which sounds right up my street. I had never heard of this book, but I am looking forward to reading it.

The Grass Widow’s Tale (Ellis Peters)
Apparently one in a series of mystery novels set in the 1960s. I just thought the hardback looked pretty. I am shallow like that. Well, that and I did recognise the author, though I have never read any of her books.

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Magenta (Geert Jan Jansen)
An autobiography of a Dutch art dealer, who went to prison for forging paintings. Sounds really interesting and I do like a bit of non-fiction every now and then! Beautiful book too. The naked hardback and the dustjacket have the same print on them.

De Lessen van Mevrouw Lohmark (Judith Schalansky)
Ok, I admit I bought this book because it has a manatee on the cover. It’s a good enough reason, right? It’s a Dutch translation of a German book. The English title is The Giraffe’s Neck. It has very mixed reviews on Goodreads. Some love it, others hate it, which always makes me curious!

I spent a grand total of … wait for it… €3.30.

I am pretty pleased with my little haul. I may pick up some more books next week while I am in England though… We’ll see!

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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!