Behold the Pretty Books! / May Book Haul

Behold the Pretty Books! / May Book Haul

May Book Haul

Here are the books I purchased this month:

Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker
Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness

The Age of Miracles was a spontaneous purchase when I saw the new paperback (the cover is very pretty!) in the shop. You’ve probably heard of it before: a coming-of-age story with a science fiction twist: ’24-hour day grows longer, first in minutes, then in hours, until day becomes night and night becomes day’. I bought these pretty new editions of the Chaos Walking trilogy because I don’t own them, having borrowed them from the library when I originally read them. I’m also very much looking forward to starting Across the Universe now that I have the complete trilogy! And lastly, I know it’s silly to buy a book in a language you cannot read, but seeing as I own the English and Italian (which I bought in Rome) editions, I thought it’d be a nice to buy Le Petite Prince in Paris instead of a typical souvenir, especially as they stamp the book.

Le Petit Prince

Le Petit Prince

Behold the Pretty Books!

May Ebook Haul

I also bought some ebooks and downloaded some e-galleys:

Petite Mort by Beatrice Hitchman (ebook)
Watch Over Me by Daniela Sacerdoti (ebook)
Missing You by Louise Douglas (ebook)
The Love of my Life by Louise Douglas (ebook)
Doll Bones by Holly Black (e-galley)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (e-galley)
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (e-galley)
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (e-galley)

I bought all of the ebooks on a whim due to their low prices (30p-99p). As much as I love the experience of reading on my Kindle, I find it very difficult to pay full price for an ebook when I can have the lovely physical copy for a similar price! I was recommended Petite Mort by my friend Emily – a silent film is destroyed in a fire before it was seen even by its director in 1913 – and I thought I’d give it a go. Watch Over Me was one of those books I kept seeing everywhere, and Missing You and The Love of My Life sound like the sort of films I enjoy watching! I’m sure I’ll shed a hypothetical tear while reading all three.

I’m looking forward to reading Doll Bones, which is just the sort of children’s/middle grade fantasy that I enjoy – a little odd and eerie. And it seems like everybody is taking about Rainbow Rowell since John Green raved about Elenor & Park. Fangirl sounds like a really fun novel. I’m yet to read Code Name Verity, but downloaded its companion novel, Rose Under Fire, as I’m sure I’m going to adore both. And lastly, All Our Yesterday sounds like brilliant YA science fiction and it has received positive reviews from blogger friends already.

And here’s a photo of my business card in Shakespeare & Company, Paris. Can you spot it?

Shakespeare & Co

Shakespeare & Co

So these are all of the books that I acquired in May. Do feel free to link to your own book hauls!

25 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / May Book Haul

  1. The spines of the Patrick Ness books are so pretty! I’m sure they’ll look lovely on shelves.

    I really love your business cards! Happy reading! :)

  2. I love the new editions of the Chaos Walking Trilogy! Even I was itching to buy them lol. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on Fangirl Stacey!

    Enjoy all your books :).

  3. Ooooooh lovely! The stamped petit prince sounds beautiful, and I need to read Patrick Ness! I’m about to start Rose Under Fire, for a review. Looking forward to it. Enjoy your books! :D

  4. Great choices! The new Chaos Walking covers are lovely. I read Code Name Verity this month – it was good but didn’t make me ant to rush out for the next one. I didn’t realise they were companion novels, my friends and I thought she was struggling to come up with new ideas. How mean of us :)

    • That’s interesting to know! I’ve mostly seen positive reviews so far. Oh I assume it is. Goodreads is telling me it’s part of the ‘Code Name Verity’ series, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a sequel.

  5. I just finished Doll Bones. I too was looking forward to it greatly. I can’t say I was disappointed, as I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t what I was expecting. You can check out my review here if you want!
    http://thebookshelfgargoyle.wordpress.com/2013/05/31/post-number-100-a-double-read-it-if-review/

  6. I’ve been looking for some paperback editions so I can purchase the Chaos Walking trilogy and these ones seem to fit the bill.

    Doll Bones also seems like a book I’d enjoy so I look forward to hearing your thoughts on that one.

    Thanks for sharing your goodies.

    My Book Bubble

    • Oh yes, definitely get these! I was trying to make the decision about which to get: US paperback or hardbacks, older UK paperbacks, or these new UK paperbacks, and I think I made the right choice!

  7. I want to get ‘Fangirl’ so badly! I feel like I’ll go crazy and buy all of Rainbow Rowell’s books. It will happen. I swear. Also, I got the UK editions of Chaos Walking as well! They’ll be in June’s haul, though. They’re so pretty! Your business cards are adorable and you’re adorable putting them on the pin board at Shakespeare & Co. :)

  8. Great haul of books, and some really good titles in there. The Chaos Walking trilogy looks good, and they’re lovely editions.

  9. I read The Age of Miracles a couple of months ago – it was so good! Really engaging and unique! I hope you enjoy it too. <3

  10. I bought the new Chaos Walking jackets this month too! I just couldn’t resist the combination of those lovely designs and the new short stores. It’s made me want to re-read the whole series again, though! Oops.

    I hope you enjoy Petite Mort!

  11. Ooh I’d be really interested to see what you think of Dolls Bones, especially if it’s the type of book you usually enjoy. I wasn’t sure what to expect from it but was pleasantly surprised!

  12. What a beautiful gift you bought to yourself in Paris !! you should star learning French :)

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