Saturday 15 August 2015


You know what? I'm just going to stop pretending that a book buying ban is going to happen any time soon. I enjoy buying books, I like collecting pretty editions and relishing in the possibility of new books to read. As long as it doesn't totally bankrupt me I figure I'm okay. So here's to future book hauls, and to the doozy that was July's...

Jurassic Park and The Lost World by Michael Crichton - £2 second-hand book stall and £1 Asda
After seeing Jurassic World in June, I was desperate to read the original books that inspired the film series. I actually actively hunted these down, I looked in independent bookshops and many charity shops before coming across them separately for incredibly low prices. I don't know when I'll get to these but maybe soon! I'm just glad to have them.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling - £8.99 each, Stray's Bookshop, Newark
If you've seen my previous hauls then you'll know that I've been gradually collecting these editions over time. I bought these two from my local independent bookshop and I'm really happy now that I have the full set. These editions are just so beautiful and look amazing all together.

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How To Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - 50p, charity shop
I came across this in a charity shop and for 50p I couldn't leave it behind. It's been on my radar for a while now and I really want to read some more feminist non-fiction so I think this will be a great one.

Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman - £3.99, independent bookshop in York.
My mum actually picked this up for me when she was on a trip to York as she knows that I've been wanting to read some Neil Gaiman (I've never actually read anything from him before, I know I'm a bad book blogger!). It's a collection of short stories so I think it'll be a good way to introduce myself to his writing.

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett and The Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame - £2 each, Sainsbury's
I spotted this whilst food shopping in Sainsbury's and couldn't resist at just £2 each. They're such beautiful children's classics and they have that wonderfully satisfying floppy quality to them meaning that you won't crack the spine whilst reading, love it!

Salem Falls by Jodi Picoult - £2, second-hand bookstall
I picked this up from the same second-hand bookstall as Jurassic Park as the blurb piqued my interest and I haven't read a whole lot by Jodi Picoult before. I figure this will be good when I fancy picking up a contemporary.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover - £1, charity shop
If it wasn't for booktube then I probably wouldn't have picked this up, new adult is kind of out of my comfort zone, but everyone and their dog seems to be raving about Colleen Hoover so when I spotted this in a charity shop I decided to just give it a go. I've already read this and let's just say I'm sort of undecided, but you can hear more of my thoughts about it in my monthly wrap up.

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Case Histories by Kate Atkinson - £2, second-hand bookstall
This is another I picked up at the second-hand bookstall in Wales. One of my favourite books ever is Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson but I haven't read much else from her. This one is a crime thriller, which is sort of out of my comfort zone but I think it'll be interesting nonetheless.

Not that Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham - £3.99, Sainsbury's
This was another that I spotted in Sainsbury's and couldn't leave it behind, it's a different cover from the original and I actually prefer this one. This has been on my radar since it came out but I never got around to picking it up. I've already read it and I loved it! So much so that a review and discussion might be coming your way soon, so watch this space.

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Those are all the books I bought in July, my biggest book haul on the blog thus far! So far in August I haven't bought as many but the months only half over so we'll see how that goes haha!

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


  1. you got the new covers of harry potter ah 😍 i was planning on getting them in hardcovers but they're so expensive *sighs* ah have you read ugly love yet? it's one of my colleen hoover books! have you read other colleen hoover books yet? if not, then go read maybe someday and confess too heh 🙈 though i prefer the us cover of ugly love heh

    xx, Isha |

    1. They are pretty beautiful :) I bought them in paperback one by one so it didn't feel like as expensive haha!
      I have read Ugly Love, I enjoyed it but I do have some mixed feelings, I'll be talking about it more in my monthly wrap up :) I'm looking forward to reading more of her books.

      Sarah x


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