Behold the Pretty Books! / January (So Far) Book Haul

Behold the Pretty Books! / January (So Far) Book Haul


It’s my first book haul of the year! It’s getting a little out of hand already, so I thought I’d do a book haul post (only two weeks in…).

I headed two Waterstones Gower Street only a few days into January to buy Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson and The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson. I love children’s and YA more than anything, but I also miss reading adult novels, so I’m hoping to get stuck into more this year. Station Eleven and Life After Life are two in particularly that keep cropping up as people’s favourites. I also attended the launch of The Art of Being Normal and bought it in advance so I could read a little. It’s brilliant so far and it’ll definitely be one of the most popular YA novels of 2015 – watch out!

I also downloaded a few adult fiction eBooks for review: Second Life by S.J. Watson & A Robot in the Garden by Deborah Install. I really enjoyed S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep. I was lucky enough to read it before publication, but I had no idea it would become as popular as it is. I had to click on A Robot in the Garden because of that little robot face. It sounds quirky, beautiful and ever so cute!

I attended The Booksellers’ YA Book Prize social this week and we were given goodie bags – mine contained The Winter Horses by Philip Kerr & Louder Than Words by Laura Jarratt. The Winter Horses appeals to me especially as I really do love contemporary historical children’s fiction. I also met a lovely bookseller who brought along a bunch of books for people to take. It’s a sign that I shouldn’t buy eBooks unless I’m going to read them straight away, because she had The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. I couldn’t resist the beauty! I also picked up Gone by Michael Grant as it’s been on my wishlist for years.

Jim, a blogger friend of mine, is one of the most prolific readers and he’s always giving away or lending books to people! I borrowed Darcy Burdock by Laura Dockrill (I’ve already read Hi So Much), Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein (companion novel to Code Name Verity) and Stories of World War One edited by Tony Bradman (featured in my Children’s and Young Adult Books Set During WWI post).

And lastly, Books Are My Bag sent me a surprise bookish package to start the year off, including two Irish YA novels: Primperfect by Deirdre Sullivan & Finding a Voice by Kim Hood. I tend read  English and American YA the most, so I’m looking forward to reading these.

It’s a great start to 2015!

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Have you read any of these?

26 thoughts on “Behold the Pretty Books! / January (So Far) Book Haul

  1. Goodie bags…how can one not love the sound of these two words together when it comes to books?:-)Wow, you’ve already read a lot!:-) I’d be curious to know more about your reading habits ;-)

  2. I’ve read the Darcy Burdock book which was very cute! :-) I’ve read The Miniaturist. It has some beautiful writing within it. I have The Art of Being Normal to read which I’ll hopefully get to soon. Looks like you’ve already acquired some wonderful pretties!

  3. So many books on my TBR list 😭 Looking forward to hearing your thoughts about Station Eleven and the Miniaturist! Happy reading!

  4. Life After Life is a great book – I’d recommend reading it in solid chunks, instead of a few pages at a time – else it can get very confusing! The Miniaturist is also a lovely read. I have Station Eleven and Rose Under Fire on my shelf – can’t wait to get to them!

  5. So jealous Books are My Bag are sending you stuff!

  6. pretty books indeed :)
    Life After Life is in my TBR too, will have to grab a copy soon :)

  7. Wowzers, amazing book haul! I’ve read Gone by Michael Grant – it’s horrifying but fantastic.

  8. I recently got given the Waterstones Book of the Year edition of The Miniaturist. It’s so beautiful and I can’t wait to read it. Great haul!

  9. Some seriously sexy books!

  10. Starting 2015 with a great stack of books there!

    The Miniaturist is a book I’ve had sitting on my unread shelf for a little while but have yet to get round to. I’m trying to read mostly from the library this year so who knows when I’ll get round to it.. I do think waiting until all the ‘hype’ has died down about the book would be good as I tend to enjoy books a bit more then.

    I’ve heard so much about Station Eleven and Life after Life. I hope you enjoy all the books you’ve amassed so far this month.
    :-)

  11. Hey! I’m new here, my name is Cristian! I love you blog :) I need The Miniaturist in my shelves, I heard great things about it! I hope you review it :D

  12. I will be looking out for that! I just posted my first review on my post, I’d love it if you could check it out and follow my blog if you enjoy it :)

  13. I don’t think I’ve read any of these… but i really want to read Station eleven. There are just so many great reads out there! You should try Eleanor & park if you haven’t already – my best YA last year by a long way :-)

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