Behold the Pretty Books! / July Book Haul

Here are the books I bought and received in July:

July Book Haul

July Book Haul

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

I said I wasn’t going to buy any more books and I’d been doing quite well this year – until purchased 21 this month! Whoops! I took a trip to my favourite bookshop, Daunt Books, and purchased Of Mice and Men & The Midwich Cuckoos. I’ve never read Steinbeck since I stopped studying English Literature at 16 , so I’m looking forward to reading my first novel by him. As I loved The Day of the Triffids, I thought I’d buy another John Wyndam book. The Midwich Cuckoos sounds creepy and brilliant: ‘In the sleepy English village of Midwich, a mysterious silver object appears and all the inhabitants fall unconscious. A day later the object is gone and everyone awakens unharmed – except that all the women in the village are discovered to be pregnant.’

I also met up with fellow blogger Cait, who is now a brand new London/publishing friend of mine, and she kindly gifted me Heist Society and Graffiti Moon. And I have been unable to escape the Gillian Flynn hype, so I bought these three to find out what I’ve been missing! I’ll, of course, be picking up Gone Girl first.

Behold the Pretty Books! / July Book Haul

Cross My Heart by Carmen Reid
The Lost Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
Vivian Versus the Apocalypse by Katie Coyle
The Rig by Joe Dulcie
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith / J.K. Rowling
The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman (e-galley)

I borrow my Mum’s DSLR and had to give it back I received these books! Cross My Heart is YA historical – set in 1940s Brussels – so I’m sure I’ll love it. The Rig and Vivian Versus the Apocalypse won Hot Key Books’ Young Writers Prize 2012 and they both sound fantastic, out September. Vivian Versus the Apocalypse in particular has a beautiful cover. The Lost Daughter is my Mum’s new favourite book (previously Nineteen Minutes). I’ve been instructed to read it as soon as possible otherwise I have to give it back! I’m also really excited to read J.K. Rowling’s mystery (literally) novel. And I downloaded The Art of Flying, which sounds like a wonderful children’s book – and it’s illustrated.

Roald Dahl Collection

Roald Dahl Collection

I also bought the Roald Dahl Collection. I had been coveting it for a while – at least a year – so when The Book People offered free shipping, and as the box set is £15.99, already a bargain for fifteen books, I could not resist. I’ve never read a Roald Dahl book. Can you believe it? You’ll have to blame my parents, though, because they bought me many Dahl movie adaptations instead. Matilda will be my first pick!

I’m a little worried that one day I just won’t be able to appreciate children’s literature any more – and I know already that I probably would have enjoyed them much more as a child – so I’m trying to read as many as possible now.

Behold the Pretty Books! / July Book HaulAnd lastly, I purchased this tote bag from Daunt Books! I love it and have been using it every day.

Behold the Pretty Books! / July Book Haul
Which books did you buy/receive/download in July?

34 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / July Book Haul

  1. Wow! Amazing haul 🙂 I’m a bit obsessed with Daunt Books. I loved Gone Girl so I hope you enjoy it too. I’m also curious to know what you think of Roald Dahl. I read him as a child, and I read him now to the class I work in (they’re 5 and 6 years old) and it’s a completely different experience.

  2. Impressive book haul! And grand too! SOOOO MANY BOOKS.

  3. I didn’t realise Carmen Reid had another book out. I am a huge fan of her St Judes books so I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on this one now.
    Heist Society is such a fun book and I much prefer this series to the Gallagher Girls books.
    Happy reading, Stacey!

  4. I love your book photography! My cousin who was just visiting me was telling me to read both Matilda and Of Mice and Men. All your books look so pretty Stacey! I hope you enjoy Heist Society more than I did! I thought the St.Trinian’s movies were much better than HS. But that’s just me lol. Happy Reading Stacey!

  5. I am so jealous over that collection. I’ve been looking for Of Mice and Men. It’s the only Steinbeck I don’t own!

  6. Lovely book haul and great photos! Gone Girl and Of Mice and Men are two fantastic reads, I hope you enjoy every single item you purchased. (:

  7. I bought Sharp Objects and Dark Places this week, on the strength of Gone Girl.

    And I’m very jealous of your Roald Dahl collection – one of my absolute favourite authors.

    Here’s my book news for the week.

  8. I think the boxset should count as one book 😉 I still cannot believe you haven’t read Roald Dahl before! (Read Danny Champion of the World soon). I have Gone Girl too! I really hope you enjoy Heist Society and Grafitti Moon 🙂

    Cait x

  9. I loved Gone Girl! If you have a chance, check out my review on it. Happy reading!

  10. The Midwich Cuckoos is brilliant! It was my second Wyndham book after The Day of the Triffids and i am solid Wyndham fan now. I have read several more and love them all.

    I’m not bias or anything, but… read The Midwich Cuckoos first! )

  11. Oh how I wish I had the funds to buy so many wonderful books!

  12. very impressive! happy reading!

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