It’s my last book haul of the year!
Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse by Chris Riddell
The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit
Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh
Sleuth on Skates by Clementine Beauvais
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop by Lewis Buzbee
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories by Various
The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Virginia Woolf and Bloomsbury by Sarah M. Hall
Undone by Cat Clarke (ebook)
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (ebook)
I think next year will be the year I read a ton of children’s fiction, based on my last two book hauls. I attended the Waterstones Piccadilly Christmas Evening where loads of authors were signing books, eating mince pies and drinking mulled wine. I’d had my eye on Goth Girl for a while since it’s such a beautifully produced book and so I decided to purchase a copy that night, which was exactly the right decision since Chris drew me a lovely little illustration in silver pen! I also love the fact that there’s a mini book tucked inside the back! I’m looking forward to reading about the trouble that Ada and Ishmael get into. I’ve been visiting Waterstones Piccadilly quite a bit over the last few months. I also bought The Story of the Treasure Seekers, one of the Children’s Books of the Month, about the adventures of the Bastable children, and Round the Christmas Fire.
Although most of the books I buy are brand new, I do like secondhand bookstores. It’s always fun because you never know what you’re going to come across and in this case it was Fireweed (another children’s classic, set during the Second World War) and The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop, a memoir of a bookseller, which I’ve been wanting to read for quite a while. I posted a quote from the book over a year ago that over 17,000 people have found distressing!
I was given Sleuth on Skates by my lovely friend Cait because she knows I want to read more middle grade books. And it was my company’s Christmas party last night. Our chairman always gives us a little gift and this year he gave me The Companion to Virginia Woolf, which is quite appropriate because I was looking up Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse and A Room of One’s Own on Goodreads last week!
And lastly, I bought a couple of eBooks. As you probably know, fantasy isn’t one of my preferred genres, but The Bone Season was on offer so I thought I’d give it a go (and I want to see what everyone’s talking about!). I’ve still yet to check out Cat Clarke, even though I own her previous books, but I decided to get Undone as a lot of my blogger friends enjoyed it and said it was her best yet.
I also picked up a few books from library. As I’ve said, I’d love to read more middle grade fiction, so I borrowed When You Reach Me, which I’ve finished and enjoyed a lot. I’m hoping to read Liar and Spy fairly soon too and I’ll review both books together. I cannot wait to read Eleanor & Park and I really hope I love it as much as everyone else does. And lastly, I picked up two sequels: Champion (sequel to Legend & Prodigy) and The Fiery Heart (sequel to Bloodlines, The Golden Lily & The Indigo Spell), which I’ll be getting stuck into shortly! I love supporting bookshops, authors and publishers, so I’m feeling a little guilty for going to the library, which I’ve never felt before. I know I shouldn’t.
So, I’ve got lots of lovely books to read over the next week and next year! (Although I’m hoping to read Round the Christmas Fire this year, as I keep saying!).
Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them?
And here’s obligatory photographs of pretty books!