It has been a whole 4 months (well three and a half but who’s really counting) since I posted a haul post. I think that is a testament to just how much I really am trying to buy less books. I have a few pre-ordered and a couple of illumicrates/book box crates due in the coming months, but I am actually buying less books over all. I’m also reading more of the books I own and trying to clear my ARC Net Galley shelf at the moment, so buying books is taking second priority to this. The by-product – more money for my holidays and less book haul posts. That said, this isn’t a short one. I saved a few books up and waited until there was a decent list, so sit back and enjoy this eclectic mix.
Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
I think that Willoughby Book Club actually know me quite well by now because they clearly know I love a good adventure story, I like travel and memoir-y feeling books, and it’s apparently meant to be the first English novel so that’s a win.
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
I acutally picked up a super cheap deal to get this as an audiobook, but never listened to it. Emma thinks I’d quite like it and I feel like it would be a classic up my street so it couldn’t have been a much better final Willoughby Book Club Book.
One Of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
Confession time: I’ve already read this because I couldn’t wait to post this haul before picking it up. It’s like The Breakfast Club meets Nancy Drew with a bit of Gossip Girl and a healthy dose of murder. I mean, who doesn’t want to read that?
All of this is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor
This book was featured in my June Book Box Club crate and it is meant to be right up the street of anyone who liked, yep you guessed it, One of Us is Lying. I’m actually quite looking forward to it but trying to read some classics first.
The Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton
This was the second book I received from Book Box Club, in my May crate, and it’s a retelling of the Shakespeare classic King Lear. I haven’t yet been in the mood for such a hefty book, but Emma (my housemate) liked it, so I’ll probably give it a go in the winter when I can curl up with this meaty hardback.
The Novice by Taran Matharu
I know precisiely nothing about this book and I kinda like it being that way. It was given to me for free as we walked out of The Avengers screening on opening day, and I am never going to say no to a free book with that cover.
The Helicopter Heist by Jonas Bonnier
This book was very kindly sent by the folks at Bonnier Zaffre to review, and is going away with me on holiday to Barcelona in 30days. I absolutely love thrillers and heists, so I was ecstatic when this dropped on my doormat.
Widows by Lynda La Plante
The amazing guys at Bonnier Zaffre also sent through a new edition of Lynda La Plante’s classic female led heist novel. I’m super excited about the film later this year, and I am really pleased I am going to get the chance to read and review this before I see the film.
Vicious by V E Schwab
I read Emma’s copy of this and loved it that much that I decided I wanted a nice edition just as this came out and man is it super pretty and awesome. It’s cleverly done, fits in with the character traits of the protagonist, and is an oddly addictive fantasy/sci-fi must read.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling
I am a Gryffindor. I am a super fan of Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is my favourite of the Harry Potter novels. I was never not going to buy this if we’re being honest.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
I picked this book up so many times in Waterstones. It’s super pretty and sounds like mind bending Cluedo. It finally got to the point where I couldn’t put it down and so I gave in.
The Gallows Pole by Benjamin Myers
There is something quite hypnotising about this cover, and when you factor in it’s award nominations and it’s criminal enterprise storyline, it wasn’t something I could leave behind.
Eve of Man by Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
I like Gi and Tom and follow them across multiple social media platforms, so when I found out they were co-writing a YA dystopian novel (dystopian being a favourite genre of mine) I was pretty excited. Waterstones had some exclusive signed editions and I was lucky enough to score one. It’s a pretty awesome book!
Boneless Creatures by April Genevieve Tucholke
This book also arrived in my June Book Box Club crate and it is the first real hardcopy ARC I have ever had. It’s absolutely stunning, the foiling, and the feathers, and it sounds incredible too: it’s all about girls who are hired to kill quietly and efficiently. It’s released in October, so I’m excited to be able to read and review something in print before it’s officially on the shelves.
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
This was my first ever Book Box Club crate book from April’s box, and it’s all about angels that fall from the sky. It has a strong LGBT theme, and is probably a book I should have read last month during pride, but I kinda didn’t want to read and damage such a pretty book quite yet.
The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley
I loved The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and devoured it super quickly earlier in the year, but didn’t want the hardback of this novel. Last time I was in the local Waterstones I noticed they had this sprayed edges paperback edition and it fell into my basket.
Admissions: A Life in Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh
I have become quite fascinated of late by memoirs written from the point of view of highly skilled doctors/surgeons all about their work, life, and this was the next one of my list.
The Cambodian Book of the Dead Tom Vater
Part of me bought this because of the cover, and part of me bought it because it was a detective story set in Cambodia – a country I loved visiting and a place that few novels set. It was in the bargain bin at Waterstones too, so it was a steal.
So that was a bit of a mix of books, eh? There is a good mix of genres, a few books from book boxes, and a classics fix too. I have a few books arriving over the next month or so, I’m sure we’ll meet again before my birthday in November.
What books have you hauled recently?
Have you read or bought any of these titles too? What did you think of them?