Behold the Pretty Books! / October Book Haul

Behold the Pretty Books! / October Book Haul

Here are the books I bought, received and downloaded over the past month:

Fly Away Home by Christine Nöstlinger
The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken
The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull
The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell
Fortunately, the Milk… by Neil Gaiman
Stay Where You Are and then Leave by John Boyn
Panic by Lauren Oliver
Dandelion Clocks by Rebecca Westcott Smith (e-galley)
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (e-galley)

I’ve only just realised that nearly all of the books I acquired this month are children’s books! I adore Vintage Children’s Classics. I do! I do! I particularly admire the cover designs, which use beautiful illustrations that are all quite different while still making it clear that the books are part of a series. It’s a stunning yet inexpensive series as Vintage hasn’t tried to do anything particularly fancy with the production. I also love that they chose to publish not so obvious children’s classics, like the top four that I purchased. Of course, the series also includes many familiar classics such as Little Women and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, but a lot of them were completely new to me and I cannot wait to get stuck in. I bought I Capture the Castle last year, which I read a few months ago and loved. You can also browse the collection at aworldofstories.co.uk or here.

I then went on to continue to break my book-buying ban by purchasing Fortunately, the Milk… and Stay Where You Are and then Leave. I first heard a little bit about Neil Gaiman’s newest book through Books Are My Bag, and Stay Where You Are and then Leave – a children’s novel set during World War I – was one of those books that I kept picking up every time I went into a shop, so I decided to just go for it.

I received The Visitors and Panic unexpectedly for review. The Visitors is about a deafblind girl, set in late Victorian England, but it also seems to be about much more – friendship, mystery, adventure, history and fantasy. It looks like Hodder & Stoughton expect it to do brilliantly next year, so I’m quite intrigued. Hodder also sent the eagerly anticipated Panic, Lauren Oliver’s latest YA contemporary novel, which sounds quite different to anything she’s written before. I also won The Shadow Year in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway, which is a contemporary mystery novel that begins in the 80s.

Behold the Pretty Books! / October Book Haul

And lastly, I downloaded Dandelion Clocks – a contemporary middle grade novel – and The Screaming Staircase, which I’ve heard is extremely well-written and a page-turner despite it being nearly 450 pages. I’m usually not one for paranormal entities, but there’s just something about ghosts that I love…

Which books did you buy, receive or downloaded in October?

And more pretty photos, as usual…

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23 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / October Book Haul

  1. Ooooh, Fortunately, the Milk… is so shiny *_*

    I finished Panic yesterday and really liked it. It’s more like Before I Fall again which I liked a lot more than her Delirium trilogy. Hope you like it too!

  2. I’m so jealous of Panic because it sounds so good. I wasn’t a massive fan of Delirium but I really liked Before I Fall so hopefully I’ll enjoy this one better. I love Fortunately the Milk’s shiny cover. I’m like a magpie!

    Happy reading, Stacey!

  3. Awesome haul! Can’t wait to hear what you think about all of them!

  4. Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Charlotte Sometimes were two of my absolute favourites when I was younger! Good haul!

  5. I do love the Vintage Classics! The Wolves of Willoughby Chase is one of my fave ever covers. It’s a pretty awesome book too

    Cait x

  6. Ooh! Fortunately the Milk! So good I got it twice 😀 Always wanted to read Wolves too.

  7. Vintage Classics are so awesome. I love the cover of the Gaiman, despite reading about the book I’d not seen it before. Good to hear about Lauren Oliver! My favourite received book was Rags & Bones.

    • Ohh really? I’d seen the cover quite a lot (although mostly online). I have Rags & Bones too, but it came after I posted this. I’m new to short stories, but looking forward to trying it out.

  8. I’m totally drooling over your shiny copy of Fortunately, the Milk right now! I’ve gotten quite a few books this past month, but my favorites are The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Eliabeth Letts and Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss.

  9. I can’t wait to read your review of Panic 🙂

  10. Your books are so beautiful! I really hope you enjoy The Dark is Rising! It’s one of my favourite books. The cover for it is really interesting too. I would never have thought to imagine such a cover for the book. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it when you read it! I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Panic by Lauren Oliver too :). Happy Reading Stacey!

  11. So much pretty, crispy book newness!

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