Behold the Pretty Books! / June Book Haul

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Here are the books (and bookish things) I acquired over the last week or so in June. I also talked about the books I bought/borrowed in May and June here.

Jane Austen by Margaret Kennedy
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Time Between Us by Tamara Ireland Stone
Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

It’s been a busy month and I start my new job in a week’s time, so I’m trying not to acquire too many books, but that never really works. I visited Any Amount of Books, a secondhand bookshop on Charing Cross Road, and couldn’t resist this lovely Penguin English Library edition of Two on a Tower. I’d wanted one of these editions for quite a while and so had to purchase this. It’s blue! And another classic to add to my 2014 Classics Challenge TBR. I also came across this lovely 1950s book on Jane Austen. I was given Since You’ve Been Gone, the latest novel by Morgan Matson, one of my favourite authors, by Jim and Time Between Us, described as ‘a young adult The Time Traveler’s Wife‘, by Daphne.

I met up with Laura and we’ve spent the week exploring London. I showed her all my favourite London bookshops, including Waterstones Gower Street, which is where I finally tracked down a copy of The Collected Works of A.J. Fikry. I’ve been trying to buy my own copy ever since I read it back in April, but I haven’t been able to find it. On Tuesday we spent the day in Richmond and I bought Anne of Green Gables in Waterstones, another Vintage Children’s Classics edition to add to my collection. I read it in 2012, so I need to re-read it. On Friday we headed to Oxford to meet up with Claire. I bought lovely bookmarks and a pin from The Bodleian Library shop (unfortunately we weren’t allowed in the actual library!) and a tote bag with a quote from Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle on it, from Blackwell’s Broad Street. And before we left, we visited The Story Museum and their 26 Characters exhibition, which is wonderful and I suggest you go if you’re nearby.

Have you read any of these?

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My Vintage Children’s Classics collection!

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Here’s our map and stamp collection from The Story Museum.

13 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / June Book Haul

  1. You weren’t allowed in the Bodleian? Is it because school is still in session? I was able to visit the library, but that was in July. I think commencement ceremonies were going on, too, when I went.

    • I’m not sure! Claire said we wouldn’t be able to, so I’ll check with her! I think classes had finished as it was the last day of exams.

    • Uhhh, graduation has been going on but these days they’ve been barring guests inside, even if they’re guests. The rad cam is unfortunately out of bounds too 😦 Maybe in july when it’s less busy it’ll be better?

      • Oh no! I wonder if there’s something else going on, other than “school still in session.” Maybe renovation? Expansion? Reorganization?
        I’m sorry you couldn’t go in, though! It’s so beautiful and peaceful.

  2. Your Vintage Children’s Collection is coming along nicely now. Out of curiosity, are you aiming to collect them all or just the one’s that interest you? I have quite a few in my collection now, I believe it is 6 or 7, and they look so nice stacked together – colourful!

    That edition of Jane Austen is just beautiful. I don’t own any second hand or vintage books but I’d love to, imagine the tales those pages could tell from the life’s it has touched. Also, I really want the I Capture The Castle tote bag – I just love that book and what a great quote to pick.
    🙂

    • They are! Which ones do you have? I’ll just buy the ones I think I’ll love. I’m hopefully going to read Little Women this year and if I enjoy that, I’ll get that edition because it’s pretty too.

      • I have The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Peter Pan, The Railway Children, Little Women, The Dark is Rising an The Secret Garden – so 6 it is, we own a few the same too. I would recommend them all, aside from Peter Pan surprisingly enough. I’m sure you’ll love Little Women, it is a book I like to return to time and time again, so hopefully you do get round to it. Christmas time, or just winter in general, would be a great time to read Little Women.

        They have such a great selection of books, which is what I love, the variety of genre. There are a fair few I’m tempted to purchase that I already own, despite it being a rule of mine not to, but who can say no to a beautiful book? Much less one that I know I enjoy!
        🙂

  3. That tote! THAT. I’m just so, so jealous. It’s lovely.

  4. THOSE BOOKS AND THOSE BOOKMARKS AND AHHHH MY HEART CANNOT TAKE THE GORGEOUSNESS!!!!! Have you been to the Bodleian Library? It’s mentioned in one of my favorite books and I really want to visit it.

    Happy reading, Stacey!

  5. Are the Vintage children’s editions better made than the regular red spine vintage classics? The spines of the red ones crack, plus I’ve had to give some of them away without reading them because they actually had a very strong chemical smell of either the glue or the ink they used, or maybe it was even the paper they used (I’m not sure which, but they never aired out even after a year). I love the covers of I Capture the Castle and Anne of Green Gables though, but I’m afraid to spend more money ordering Vintage editions without actually being able to see them in person first to see if they are the same as the red spine ones.

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