Behold the Pretty Books! / August Book Haul

Behold the Pretty Books! / August Book Haul

Here’s the books that I bought and received in August:

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
The Complete Collected Short Stories Volume One & Volume Two by Roald Dahl
Day 21 by Kass Morgan
The Dogs by Alan Stratton
Half Bad by Sally Green
Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
A Girl Called Jack by Jack Monroe
The Little Book of Lunch by Caroline Craig & Sophie Missing
Penguin’s Great Food series by Various
Lockwood: The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (e-galley)
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (eBook)

As you may know, I’m trying to buy all my books from bookshops this year, but if a book is extremely cheap or unavailable from bookshops, I have been using Hive and Wordery. I hold my hands up – I haven’t abandoned online book shopping completely! I can’t quite remember how I came across it, but when I saw that The Book People were selling Penguin’s Great Food series for only £5, there was no way I was going to be able to resist. I love a sale as much as anyone else! I also bought The Complete Collected Short Stories Volume One & Volume Two by Roald Dahl for £4.99. I have been a little curious about his short stories for years, but not being much of a fan of short stories (as I’ve said numerous times), I hadn’t gotten around to reading them. After now having read a few of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels and loving them, I’m willing to give them a try.

As I’ve had two cookbooks on my wishlist for a while – A Girl Called Jack (recipes for making inexpensive but delicious meals) and The Little Book of Lunch (because it’s about time I stop buying lunch and start making it) – I also thought it was the perfect excuse to add them to my basket. I’m looking forward to trying out recipes from both books!

I was also sent two books unexpectedly for review: The Dogs, which I’ve not heard too much about yet since it’s not published until February (about a boy and his mother who go on the run), and Day 21, the sequel to The 100 (about a bunch of kids who are sent to Earth from space to see whether it’s survivable after a nuclear war). I’ve only seen a few episodes of the TV show – I need to catch up.

I also visited a used bookshop and was delighted to come across The Luminaries for £1. It’s one I’ve been curious about since it won the Man Booker Prize in 2013, but I have no idea whether it’s something I’ll enjoy. It’s time to find out! I also downloaded a few books: the sequel to The Screaming Staircase, which I’m determined to read this year, and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, which is longlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. I already know the ‘twist’, but hopefully I’ll still enjoy it.

And lastly, I was given two books by friends: Helen gave me a physical copy of Half Bad (I already have it on my Kindle) and Jim gave me Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, since I also have read a few other David Levithan and Rachel Cohn books.

Have you read any of these books?

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28 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / August Book Haul

  1. I enjoyed Nick and Norah – love the edition you have! Mine has a purple cover. Lovely haul of books, happy reading! 🙂

    • I’ve only see the movie adaptation of Nick & Norah so it’ll be interesting to see what the book’s like!

      • Nick and Norahs infinite playlist is amazing so much better than the film!The Roald Dahl short stories are also excellent if a bit strange…………………………..
        (I’ve also heard the luminaries is excellent…)

  2. Such a lovely haul! Roald Dahl Day is September 13th! I’m curious whether those are his children’s stories or completely different short stories all together! Happy Reading! 🙂

  3. I did read The Luminaries–all of it! I admired the writing and I wanted to love it. For me, it was too plot driven (I am not a huge mystery person, for instance, or fan of the West) and I didn’t like any of the characters, which never helps. They all seemed aloof and at a distance from me. Having said that, I find myself remembering the subplot with one of the Chinese men and how he is protected by a woman who is probably his white, married lover, and that was very moving at the time. It is obviously an extremely high quailty of writing, just not one of the books I will personally reread.

  4. We are all completely beside ourselves is amazing! I read it in one night and I am not a fast reader! Enjoy 🙂 P.s. so jealous of your Roald Dahl and the Penguin food series! Major book envy :p

  5. Argh, those cookbooks look so good-especially the rainbow spines! And yay for used bookstores. Enjoy the books 🙂

  6. Lucy @ Queen of Contemporary

    I’m really looking forward to reading Half Bad, so I hope you enjoy it, Stacey! Your pictures are beautiful as always. I will forever find something new to love about your blog. Every post seems to amaze me!

  7. oh, i want that Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist edition. Its lovely!

  8. OH MY GOSH, look at all those lovely books!! I’m quite jealous of your Great Food series. I had one of them as a cover I’d like to frame as a painting in a post. 🙂 Your copy of The Luminaries is gorg and reminded me to put myself on the holds list for it at the library again! I’m curious to see what you’ll think about We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves (I accidentally spoiled myself for the “twist” too) but I didn’t think it deterred from the book.

    • I’ve heard they about We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves which is why I bought it despite knowing, but it still bothers me as I love going in knowing as little as possible about a story!

  9. I also own the two volumes of Roald Dahl short stories – also bought from The Book People, it’s hard to resist those deals – I’m less than half way through the first volume but I’m finding them to be engaging and they definitely contain the Roald Dahl stamp. I’m also currently rereading Roald Dahl’s children’s books for a fun future blog post, you’d think I would be overloaded but I just love Roald Dahl’s work.

    The Great Foods series looks great all lined up on a book shelf!

  10. Roald Dahl’s short stories are so so good. I am so excited to celebrate Ronald Dahl’s birthday on September 13 as this year is also the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factoey. If you like stories with dark twists you will love his adult short stories.

  11. I loved Nick and Norah, I hope you enjoy it too!

  12. The complete short stories of Roald Dahl? That sounds absolutely fantastic! Thank you for the heads up. Cheers!


  13. WOW!! These pictures are drool-worthy. I’m having some serious book envy right now. The two cookbooks look really nice, I’ve been wanting some new ones so might just have to treat myself! Fantastic book haul and photos 🙂

  14. Your £1 Luminaries find is amazing! It’s my favourite book that I’ve read this year so far!

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