Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Weekly Book Haul

No review on Wednesday? Are you okay?!


Yes, I am fine but I am trying to change up my style a little when writing. I don't want to get bored of my content because if I don't enjoy writing it, then who is going to enjoy reading it? I still adore reading and I think my blog name really says it all. But this week I am going home for the Easter break, so I ventured out into my University hometown, my home away from home, and decided to pick up some books.
First off, most of these books are second hand. I don't understand when people buy first-hand books when they are £2.00 in a charity shop and their money would go to a good cause. Yes, I do love browsing Waterstones, but I find it really hard to drop £8-10 on a book. I can be a bit of a hypocrite in this area though. If I love the author and it is guaranteed good read with a beautiful cover, I am willing to splurge. For example, Angela Carter in all her macabre glory will always be one of my favourite authors. So when Waterstones released a hard copy with an illustrated cover of her famous collection of short stories titled 'The Bloody Chamber', I had to buy it. Other than that, you will always see me, spending my coin in Oxfam books.

The first book on my haul was 'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet. Now on the back of this book, I can see the original price was £8.99 but I personally bought it for £1.99, always shop second-hand.  What really drew me to this book was cover. A pale beige covered in bloody marks would catch anyone's attention. I haven't begun this book yet but as far as I am aware it is a memoir from a guilty man who committed the murder of three victims from the Scottish Highlands. This fictional story is based on true documents that were found and featured in a BBC documentary of the same name, 'His Bloody Project'. This book begins with the reader knowing that the man writing this memoir is guilty, but it delves into why he had done it. Was he mad? What pushed him too this?
I think it is going to be so interesting, keep your eyes peeled for the review.

Secondly, is an author close to my heart, Roald Dahl. After loving many of classics as a child, I was recently recommended his collection of adult short stories, which to say the least, are very different. This collection is called 'Cruelty' and is part of an eight-part selection with the others titled,  Deception,  Madness, Lust, Innocence, Trickery, Fear and War. All of these books are so appealing, I want to collect them all as a set. Sidenote - I did buy this new and from Waterstones. I knew I was going to love it, but at £8.99 for one and there being seven more, I might have to look for a cheaper alternative. These collections are edits, so they have been put together by the publishers, which means that I had already read some of the tales that were in this book. However, I have only just begun this book, I am already in love with it. The bite-size, short stories makes it so easy to pick up and put down whenever I please, I am not committed to one book and it allows me to read others along the side. I also adore the underlining topic which is at the centre of every story in this collection, which is greed. Every story is a different tale about greed, which I think really pulls all these stories together.

Thirdly is 'In Love with Death' by Satish Modi,  which I am really excited about. This book is titled a 'self-help book'. It centres around the questions that Satish Modi has about life. These questions are usually provoking and allow you too sit back and self-reflect on your own life. I have had this book for a while, but I haven't ventured into reading it yet because I feel like I need to be in the correct headspace to tackle it. The cover, like so many of my other books, struck me and made me buy it. Along with the ominous title, I felt compelled by this book. I will definitely be featuring a review of this book because I feel like it is going to be an interesting one. 


That's it for my weekly haul, I hope you enjoyed it. Next week, I won't be doing a review either! As I have said, I am changing up my style a little at the moment. But I hope you will stand by me while I do it! Until next time, keep reading!




16 comments

  1. I like that you have written a different sort of post this week. It's interesting and the books all sound like good reads! x

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    1. You can borrow them all! Thank you so much, I am always worried about writing different and interesting book reviews because I read a lot of the same genre of book. So I thought I would mix it up a little x

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  2. Well done on doing a change this week. This reads really well

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    1. Thank you a lot! I am glad everyone is enjoying the change x

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  3. A change can be a good thing if you aren't enjoying the old format so much. Well done on changing it up!

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  4. For some reason you know how to inspire me. Reading your blogs make me wanna jump into the books again and start reading. Great blog again keep it up you've got my support♡

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    1. Thank you so much! It means the world. You should definitely start reading x

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  5. I really want to start reading again now. I always buy second hand as well I don’t want to spend all my wages on other books that are really expensive

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    1. Thank you sweet. I love secondhand books as well, I feel like I’m not wasting money on books I won’t really like/ want to read again

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  6. So glad you’re not scared to change up your content! Its your blog & you should be comfortable with the content you post! Also lovely haul!! :)

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  7. Lovely post again����

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