Welcome one and all to the final instalment (probably) of Liz’s 2017 Book Haul. I say probably, I’ll be surprised if another one creeps in before the New Year, but I guess you never know what I’ll get for Christmas, or treat myself to after opening my presents. That, and I don’t know what is due to arrive in my TBTB Santa box! I know that it’s only been a month since I posted Book Haul #7, and that in that post I said that I was going better at refraining from buying books. Well, it’s been my birthday since then, AND I hadn’t discovered the book swap AND I needed to stock up on festive reads. So really, it’s not a surprise at all.
Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl
I have been collecting this really beautiful set of hardback Roald Dahl books for around a year. There are 10 books in the series, and I already had half of them, so my friend Emma kindly bought this to add to my colourful collection.
The Witches Roald Dahl
And I was super lucky, and Emma was super generous, as she also bought me The Witches as well. I have a really great collection growing. These additions are stunning lined up together, but it’s not just the bright colours, it’s the inside covers, the end pages, and the shadow embossing on the cover underneath the dust jacket.
The Chemist Stephanie Meyer
I have a little secret. This book should have been on a book haul two, even three posts ago. I had actually put it away (I usually put my books in a pile when I haul until I write the post and then I rearrange my shelves in the hope that I can fit them all in!) So yes, I was eager to buy this and purchased it much earlier in the year, and can finally actually put it in my haul post. Oops.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Illustrated Version) J K Rowling
I hinted to my Mum that I was be sad, no, disappointed, if I didn’t receive this illustrated edition for my birthday this year. And when I say hinted, I actually mean borderline threatened, repeatedly. So when my Aunt bought this beautiful book for me, I was both ecstatic and relieved. I’ve added it to my collection already, it looks so pretty.
Northanger Abbey Jane Austen
I haven’t really read much Austen, and the Austen that I have read (Pride and Prejudice) I didn’t really enjoy that much. I found the writing difficult to read, because the older language doesn’t read well with my scan method of reading. Emma really likes this book, and what she has told me about it has made me thought that this would be the best of Austen’s books for me to try and read.
Emma Jane Austen
Yes, part of me has bought another Austen book to expand my collection. I have also bought it based on recommendations, that the characters are awful and hateable (something I quite like), so I thought I would buy this before I bought any others.
The Brothers Grimm: 101 Fairytales Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
I was also spoilt with vouchers for my birthday, so, this year I compiled a list of books and items that I wanted to buy with my Amazon vouchers, and then thought about the things that my family would like me to treat myself on. Once practical things were bought, I went onto books, obvsiously. I decided to extend my over growing, and always stunning, collection of Word Cloud Classics…
The Brothers Grimm: 110 Grimmer Fairytales Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
I’ve been interested in reading more fairy tales for a while, so this time round, I decided to treat myself to The Brothers Grimm collections. Not only are they beautiful editions, and great presents, but they expand my collection and will allow me the chance to finally broaden my knowledge of older fairy tales and stories.
Hans Christian Anderson Tales Hans Christian Anderson
If you’re going to jump into fairytale territory, then it makes complete sense to buy all of the authors and stories on offer, so, in the spirit of fairness and not at all taken in by the pretty green cover, this was the last book that I treated myself to for my birthday.
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
For those of you not in the know, this is my favourite book and has been for over 10 years. So, when Willoughby Book Club sent it to me I was pleased that they knew me so well, but gutted I received a duplicate book….
Under the Net Iris Murdoch
….but because they’re awesome, I let them know and they sent this book over. I’ve never heard of it and still don’t know that much about it now, but it looks and sounds intriguing. I like that they send a mixture of wrll known novels and lesser known books.
Christmas Holiday W Somerset Maugham
This festive offering was this year’s December book, and I really rather liked their choice. I have never heard of the author or the book, but it is so well packaged and Christmassy that I couldn’t help but want to put it on my shelf immediately. Or under the tree.
Darker E L James
I know what you’re thinking. Why? Well, I enjoy moaning about this series and saying how rubbish it is. And there is a bit of me inside that just had to know how she was possibly going to try and twist this round to make it a book from his perspective. It’s one of those books that I am going to enjoy hating, y’know?
Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market Heidi Swain
Our local gym has a new addition in the foyer – an honesty book swap. I haven’t put any books in yet (I know this makes me a bad person, but I have sorted some to go to work’s one and some to go to the gym at the top of the stairs!). But the moral of the story is that I found this on the book swap table the other day and liked the cover, and just wanted another trashy festive read for this year’s Christmas period.
A Christmas Kiss Vicky Pattison
I bought this in the garden centre, and had no idea that it was buy someone from Geordie Shore, but I liked the sound of it and felt like it was all of my favourite chick flicks rolled into one. I’ve already read it, not gonna lie, and I really quite enjoyed it.
A Christmas Feast Katie Fforde
I have read a couple of things by Katie Fforde before and enjoyed the light and jovial tone of her very British writing, so when I saw that she has a Christmas collection and that it completed the deal that I also collected A Christmas Kiss in, I knew I had to have it.
The Hen and Stag Weekend Mike Gayle
Do you remember that book swap I remembered earlier? Well I also got this from the same book swap. I was intrigued by the fact that half the book told the story from the hen’s point of view, and the other from the stag’s, and can be read either way and still make sense. I read it straight away. I read the hen’s point of view first.
I managed to end up with some super pretty books this month, and really expand my collection of Roald Dahl hardbacks and Word Cloud Classic flexibounds. What have you bought recently?