Birthday Book Haul! :)

It has been ages since I last posted a book haul and the truth is I have been trying to refrain from buying more books, since I plan on moving to Scotland soon and my already unread ones almost reach a triple digit.

However, I cannot fathom any birthday of mine being book-less, so I grasped this opportunity on Monday the 13th to indulge myself in acquiring some books I have been wanting to get my hands on for quite some time.


  • A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
  • Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (I am very much into Japanese fantasy/sci-fi lately, so this book was one of my most treasured acquisitions, especially since it was rather hard to track it down)
  • Debt of Bones by Terry Goodkind
  • Late in the Day: Poems 2010-2014 by Ursula Le Guin
  • Fantastic Chronicles Issue 23 (Greek sci-fi and fantasy related pamphlet)


On Monday afternoon, my boyfriend took me to a book fair/exhibition which currently runs in Piraeus, in which many Greek publishing houses participate every year. Of course, I found many books I wanted to buy, but I ended up buying only those two:

  • Journey into the Past by Stefan Zweig
  • The Leviathan by Joseph Roth

I have already read The Leviathan and loved it, so a review of it might appear soon. And I will certainly be visiting the book fair again 😉

I’m very happy with my new books and I think they made for a wonderful birthday gift to myself 🙂 Have you read any of those books?


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?