Birthday Book Haul 2014

I was incredibly lucky to receive the following stacks of books for my birthday!  The first two photographs show the stacks which I received from my parents, the third shows my new craft books, and the fourth and fifth are those books which I purchased and gifted to myself so as not to break my book-buying ban.


The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
All the Sad Young Men by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Means of Escape by Penelope Fitzgerald
Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri


Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Children of Green Knowe and The River of Green Knowe by Lucy M. Boston
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Tales of the Jazz Age
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Hangsaman by Shirley Jackson
Confronting the Classics by Mary Beard
The Darling Buds of May by H.E. Bates


Stitch New York by Lauren O’Farrell
Cute Creatures to Knit and Crochet


Eichmann and the Holocaust by Hannah Arendt
Jubilee Lines by Carol Ann Duffy
Post Office by Charles Bukowski
Heartburn by Nora Ephron
Long Distance by Penelope Mortimer
Anna Apparent by Nina Bawden
Peerless Flats by Esther Freud
The Camomile by Catherine Carswell


My Neighbour Totoro: The Novel by Hayao Miyazaki and Tsugiko Kubo
The Group by Mary McCarthy
Summer in February by Jonathan Smith
The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk
The Memory of Love by Aminatta Forna
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Faulks on Fiction by Sebastian Faulks

Which of these books have you read, and which should I begin with?

16 thoughts on “Birthday Book Haul 2014

  1. Really lovely books there Kirsty – well done! The Alma Classics Fitzgeralds are lovely! I’d recommend The Camomile – it’s great!

    • Thank you! They are, aren’t they? I was slightly breathless the first time I saw them all in a row in Waterstone’s, and knew I just had to have them! Hooray! I’m so glad you enjoyed it! I know very little about it, but my boyfriend has started helping me find all of the Viragos and was quite pleased when he spotted ‘The Camomile’, so I hadn’t the heart to leave it behind!

  2. amazing book haul! 🙂 So many I’d love to read. I have read Picnic at Hanging Rock, which I love, the rock is not too far from where I live. The Children of Green Knowe was lovely as was The Darling Buds of May. Oh I read The Luminaries earlier this year, will be very interested to know what you think, Kirsty 🙂 Have fun reading, I’ll look forward to hearing the reviews.

    • Thank you so much, Andrea! I love your enthusiasm for these books, and it’s so cool that you live near Hanging Rock! What did you think of ‘The Luminaries’?

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