Sunday, 13 September 2015
AUGUST BOOK HAUL
August was definitely a crazy month for books! In total, I acquired 21 books, but I didn't actually buy all those so I figure it's okay. You know how this works by now so let's get right into it...
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson - £7.99, Waterstones, Liverpool.
This excellent graphic novel has been getting a lot of hype in the book community lately so I couldn't resist when I saw it in Waterstones last month. It's such a beautiful piece of art as well as a wonderful story and I'm really pleased that I've got it as I'm already planning a reread!
Penguin Little Black Classics: Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde, On the Beach at Night Alone by Walt Whitman, The Beautiful Cassandra by Jane Austen - 80p each, Waterstones, Liverpool.
Whilst in Waterstones I decided to pick up a few more Penguin Little Black Classics as they're so cheap and I think they're such a good way to try out authors I might have been intimidated by. I haven't read anything by Oscar Wilde before and I've only had a taste of Walt Whitman so I'm really looking forward to those, and I just couldn't resist Jane Austen as she's one of my all-time favourites.
Dracula by Bram Stoker - 30p, charity shop.
I caught sight of this Vintage classic edition and thought it would be great to read in October for the 2015 Classics challenge (It's not too late to sign up!). It's got a great cover, white with just a splash of blood, suitably creepy for Halloween month.
The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood - £2, charity shop.
I think I'm the only person who hasn't ready this modern classic by Margaret Atwood so when I spotted it in a charity shop I thought I'd better pick it up. I also reckon it could be another candidate for the classics challenge!
Remix by Non Pratt - £3.85, Asda.
This brilliant book got a lot of hype this summer so I grabbed it and read it just before the summer ended. It's about two best friends at a festival where all kinds of shenanigans ensue! (Yeah I just said shenanigans, and what?) I seriously recommend that you pick this up if you spot it because it's a brilliant story of friendship and fun.
The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness - £12.99, Waterstones Exclusive Edition.
I pre-ordered an exclusive signed Waterstones edition with the yellow-sprayed edges a couple of months ago and I was so happy when it arrived on publication day! It's such a beautiful book and the story isn't so bad either ;) I would frankly read anything Patrick Ness writes but this is definitely up their with my favourites.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - £7.99, Jarrold's, Cromer.
I can never pass up a visit to a bookshop when I'm nearby and find it very difficult to leave without a purchase. When I was in Jarrold's bookshop in Cromer on the bank holiday weekend I headed straight for the YA section and was pleased to find that they had a buy one get one half price offer on so I decided to pick up this much-talked-about contemporary along with...
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - £7.99 (but on a buy one get one half price offer), Jarrold's Cromer
I think I'm the only person left in the book community who hasn't read this so I thought it was about time I find out what all the hype is about. It doesn't hurt that these editions are just beautiful with their white spines and colourful covers, I may have already done an online order for the next two in the series...
Cinder by Marissa Meyer - 99p, charity shop.
I was really pleased when I spotted this in a charity shop as I've been meaning to read the Lunar Chronicles series for ages. It's one of the most hyped series on BookTube right now, especially with Winter coming out later this year. This was such a bargain at 99p!
American Gods by Neil Gaiman - £1.99, charity shop.
I'm pretty ashamed that I still haven't read anything by Neil Gaiman and this is one of his most hyped up books so I thought I'd better grab it when I saw it. I'm not actually sure what it's about but it's Neil Gaiman so I assume it's brilliant.
The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson - £3.99, Downtown Superstore.
As mentioned in last month's favourites I've been really into true crime lately so when I saw this book about the infamous 'psychopath test' I decided to pick it up. I like to mix it up with non-fiction now and again and I think this will be an interesting read.
Hot Key Books Proof Bundle: Lorali by Laura Dockrill, Run by Gregg Olsen, The Elites by Natasha Ngan, Big Rock and the Masked Avenger by Jim Eldridge, We Were Liars by E.Lockhart, Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O'Porter
When Hot Key Books were moving offices a few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be sent a bundle of spare proofs that they needed to great rid of. They were picked at random and I got a really great bunch. I already own We Were Liars and Paper Aeroplanes but it's great to have a proof of them. I'm particularly looking forward to reading Lorali because MERMAIDS and Run Gregg Olsen looks to be a really interesting YA thriller, so I'm excited to get to that!
The Wicked and the Divine, Volume One by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie - £5.39, Wordery.
After reading Nimona I was really in the mood for more comics/graphic novels so I ordered this beauty from Wordery. The art is so beautiful and I'm already planning to get the next volume.
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo - £7.66, Wordery.
I had seen a lot of people talking about this book on social media, and not just bookish people, so that had me interested. I'm always looking to reduce the amount I own and be a more organised person so I was completely sold. I've already read this and begun to implement it's wisdom so expect to read more about that in my wrap up for this month!
Those are all the books I bought in August, 21 in total, no regrets!
Have you read any of these books? What have you been buying lately?