Wednesday 15 April 2015

Easter Weekend Book Haul!

Every year I go away with my parents to north Norfolk for Easter weekend, and every year I buy a lot of books. We visit a lot of charity shops, secondhand bookshops and every year on Easter Sunday we visit a book fair in Blakeney where the books are 6 for £5 so obviously a haul happened. I'm going to be doing a little weekend travel guide to north Norfolk very soon so watch this space for that, but for now let's have a look at the books I bought.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
I absolutely loved the film when I was younger and me and my sister would watch it over and over, even though it was a bit scary! I didn't even realise it was a book until a couple of years ago and have been wanting it ever since. This was a charity shop find, I love checking the children's books section in charity shops because in amongst all the picture books you can usually find classics, MG or YA.

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
I read Uglies well over a year ago and although I really enjoyed it I was on a book buying ban at the time so didn't pick up the rest of the series and I just haven't thought about it much since. I saw this in a charity shop for a pound and grabbed it straight away and I'll probably be picking this up for a bit of light relief when I've finished Inda.

Rupture by Simon Lelic
This was a bit of an impulse purchase the book fair because I didn't find much and couldn't possibly leave without at least buying something. It's an adult fiction about a school shooting, which I'm a bit unsure about because that kind of subject matter needs to be handled in just the right way, but I read a couple of pages and it looked ok so I decided to give it a go.

The Summoning by E. E. Richardson
This was another impulse purchase and a bit of a guilty pleasure buy at the book fair. It looks like a YA/new adult supernatural fantasy book, or maybe a horror, I'm not quite sure! I just picked it up because it looks like a creepy, easy read that might be a bit of fun.

Last Exit to Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
I picked this up because it looked interesting and then when I got home I realised it's actually been on my Goodreads TBR for a while so I'm glad I got it! It is a 'raw depiction of life amongst New York's junkies, hustlers, drag queens and prostitutes' (summary from Goodreads) and was banned in the UK when it was first published in 1964. It's pretty much a modern classic so I'm looking forward to getting in to it!

Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
This book is pretty hyped by everyone ever so I've been interested in reading it for a while. I have read Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and though it was pretty good, but I didn't LOVE it, so I don't have huge expectations for this but I'll still give it a go.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
This is probably my most-anticipated book of the haul, it was one of the most hyped of last year and I actually came very close to buying it in a Waterstones in December before feeling guilty about the amount of unread books on my shelf, and sadly putting it back. But I caught sight of this in pretty much perfect condition for only £2.50 so I grabbed it straight way. I'm so happy that I bought this and I'm super excited to read it. I bought both this and Everything is Illuminated in the Old Station Bookshop in Wells, which will feature in my North Norfolk guide, it's a beautiful old train station that has been converted into a maze of bookshop, piled high to the rafters with antiquarian and contemporary reads.

I hope you enjoyed this little haul and I'll be trying not to buy anything for a while now!

Have you read any of these books? What have you been buying lately?

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