Book Haul

Book Haul

It has been a very long time since I have posted anything on here! Life very easily gets in the way and you find yourself having very little time to do the things that you enjoy. For me this resulted in a huge decline in my mental health.

Buttt! Now I am back on track. Back to taking time out to do the things I love best, and one of those is reading! Since my last post I have read soo many books, and I’m going to try my best to get my reviews up when I have a spare minute.

The one thing I have been doing a lot of is book shopping. However due to the pandemic and lack of space on my bookshelves I have had to resort to purchasing on my Kindle, which is not a good thing when so many books are selling at 99p! Very cheap but when you are purchasing large quantities of these books at this price it soon adds up. I must now have well over 400+ books on my Kindle which I am just dying to read. So many books, so little time!

What I wanted to share with you today is the books I purchased earlier this afternoon. They were all on sale on Kindle (checking my wish list daily does not help!).

Firstly. Agatha Christie! Until seeing these Masterpiece Miniatures on the Kindle store I was not even aware that these short stories existed, unless they are compiled into one book under another name? I absolutely love Agatha Christie’s writing, in particular the Miss Marple series so I am wayyy too excited to get to this. With it being a very quick read I’m sure I can sneak it in somewhere in the next few weeks.

The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Over the last two years or so I have been branching out and reading a lot more of the ‘classics’. Usually I am intimidated by these due to the writing style, however the ones I have read so far have turned out to be enjoyable. Again, this is another book I had not heard of until recently so I am intrigued about this one!

Next up I purchased The House of One Hundred Clocks by A.M Howell. I’m starting to notice a theme here; I seem to have chosen books that are set in the early 1900’s. I guess historical fiction is my genre of the day. This book is also middle grade, so should be a fairly quick read. It has some really great reviews over on Goodreads which makes me look forward to reading it.

Another one that I purchased by A.M Howell is The Garden of Lost Secrets. Also another historical fiction set in 1916.
“October 1916. Clara is sent to stay with her formidable aunt and uncle in the grounds of a country estate. Clara soon discovers that her new surroundings hold secrets: a locked room and a hidden key and a mysterious boy who only appears in the gardens at night. But can Clara face up to her secrets and a war she’s desperate to forget?”
Correct me if I’m mistaken but this sounds a little like The Secret Garden? Or is it just me?

The Girl With Space in her Heart by Lara Williamson.

Reviews are telling me that despite being a Middle Grade book, the story is quite heart breaking.

“Mabel has a suitcase full of worries – it turned up just after her dad disappeared and before her mum started dating Gavin. She worries about big things and little things and shoves them into her suitcase until it’s so full it might explode…”

The Last Spell Breather by Julie Pike.

This sounds like something I will absolutely love. I never thought I’d be in to the fantasy genre at all, but I have read so much of it over the past 2 years or so.

“A stunning fantasy debut, enter the unique world of the Spell Breathers.
Spell Breathing does not come naturally to Rayne – she loathes the hours of practice, the stacks of scrolls, and the snapping mud devils that cover her mothers precious spell book.
But it is spell breathing that keeps her village safe from the dreaded monster curse that plagues their world. It is ancient powerful magic, but as Rayne learns to her horror . . . it is also fragile.
In one clumsy move, the magic that keeps them safe is broken, her village is plunged into danger, and an incredible adventure begins”

North Child by Edith Pattou .
I already own a couple of books by this lady, however I’ve not read them yet so cannot vouch as to whether they are enjoyable reads, or whether I expect this one to live up to her other books. I feel that this story may be written for younger readers in comparison.
Ok… So I just worked it out. North Child is the UK name for the original title East. So I guess now I own both editions 🙄 All I can say is thank goodness that this book only cost me 99p else I may have been quite annoyed at myself! That’ll teach me to do my research before I buy 😂

I Found You by Lisa Jewell.
I have read a few books by this author now and I have loved every one of them, so whenever I see a title by Lisa that I’ve not read before, I just need to have it! Her books are mainly thrillers which is one of my favourite genres. I can’t wait to be reading this.

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. From this author I have only ever read Room, and did not realise that she had so many other books under her belt already. I’ve found that her books are mostly historical fiction, which again I seem to be taking an interest in lately without really realising it! I also adore the cover of this book.

Anddd finally! The last book to be purchased was Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork. I actually had this book on my wish list to purchase for a book challenge I’m doing in 2021. When I saw it was going for less than £1 I decided to buy it whilst it was going cheap ☺ It is also a book based around autism which is an area in which I have done a lot of work in the past, so I’m always interested to read books that touch on this subject.

And there we have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed my little book haul. If you have read any of the above books, let me know your thoughts!

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