Book and Library Haul

It is time for yet another book and library haul!  I’ve not purchased much this month because of my influx of birthday books, but I have added enough new tomes to my shelves to warrant another post.  Which of these have you read?

Library Haul:
It by Alexa Chung
Invisibility by David Levithan and Andrea Cremer
The Fall of Arthur by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt by Aimee Bender
Tennyson’s Gift by Lynne Truss
Life, Love and Loss, edited by Victoria Hislop

Book Haul:
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Kindle)
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
The Virginia Woolf Megapack (Kindle)
A Capote Reader
The Famished Road by Ben Okri (our July book club read)
– The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg


Library Haul

The pre-Bank Holiday weekend rush brought with it a trip to the library, where I picked up another enormous stack of books.  Have you read any of the following?

Jigs and Reels by Joanne Harris
Love Falls by Esther Freud
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman
Twilight by William Gay
The Customs House by Andrew Motion
Of Mutability by Jo Shapcott
The Loudest Sound and Nothing by Claire Wigfall
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Middle of Nowhere by Geraldine McCaughrean
Out of Fashion: An Anthology, edited by Carol Ann Duffy
Dart by Alice Oswald


Collective Book and Library Haul

My blog hiatus is still ongoing, but I thought I would take a few moments to write out my collective book and library hauls.  I have only purchased six books in the last couple of months (the majority of them bargain Persephones, and two of them on my Kindle), but I have borrowed quite a few from the library.

Book haul:
The New House by Lettice Cooper
The Carlyles at Home by Thea Holme
The Runaway by Elizabeth Anna Hart
Fortress Malta: An Island Under Siege, 1940-1943 by James Holland (purchased on holiday)

Kindle book haul:
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
– The complete works of Leo Tolstoy

Collective library haul:
Don’t Look Now and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier
The Minpins by Roald Dahl
The Exiles Return by Elizabeth de Waal
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
You Against Me by Jenny Downham
After by Morris Gleitzman
Looking for Enid by Duncan McLaren
Bee Journal by Sean Borodale
Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
Stuart Little by E.B. White
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
Blue Diary by Alice Hoffman
The Forward Book of Poetry 2014
– Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
by Bill Bryson
A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley
Findings by Kathleen Jamie
The Believers by Zoe Heller

Which books have you purchased and checked out from the library recently?


Possibly the Best Library Haul Ever

My boyfriend and I went to the treasure trove that is Cambridge Central Library yesterday, and I maxed out my card and came out with what I believe is possibly the best library haul ever.  The books which I checked out are as follows:

The Far Cry by Emma Smith (a beautiful Persephone)
Ladders to Fire by Anais Nin
The Whole Story and Other Stories by Ali Smith
The Bucket: Memories of an Inattentive Childhoodby Allan Ahlberg (I have been looking forward to reading this ever since I spotted it in Waterstone’s Piccadilly)
Infinite Skyby C.J. Flood (picked up mainly because it is a beautiful book)
Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald (I have a feeling that I will absolutely adore this)
The Night of the Burningby Linda Press Wulf
Maryby Vladimir Nabokov (I really want to love one of his books after being a little disappointed by Lolita)
Sputnik Sweetheartby Haruki Murakami
Jubilee: The 25th Anniversary Issue by Granta Books (we both thought that this looked fabulous)
Travels With My Auntby Graham Greene
The Torrents of Springby Ernest Hemingway


Library Haul #3 and Mini Book Haul

I went down to the library again yesterday, and came back with quite an eclectic mixture of books.  For some reason, several of those which I picked up were chick lit, which is a genre which I rarely read.  I also got my sister to choose me a book since she accompanied me on my trip, and she picked one merely because the author had the same first name as me.  My library haul is as follows:

Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Lollipop Shoes by Joanne Harris
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler
July’s People by Nadine Gordimer
Frankie and Stankie by Barbara Trapido
Yours Truly by Kirsty Greenwood
Butterflies in November by Audur Ava Olafsdottir
Born Weird by Andrew Kaufman

I have also purchased four books recently, even though I probably shouldn’t have!  In my defence, the Jen Campbell books are very difficult to get hold of secondhand and in libraries, so I bought the set from The Book People, and the last two were purchased from AwesomeBooks, because who can resist a cheap Persephone?
Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops and More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
Family Roundabout by Richmal Crompton
The Still Point by Amy Sackville


Book Haul and Library Haul (February 2014)

I had not explicitly put myself upon a book-buying ban, and so many lovely volumes have found their way onto my shelves of late.  Below, I shall outline the books which I have received as presents, those which I have purchased, and those which I have borrowed from the library.

‘Quilting on the Go!’ by Jessica Alexandrakis

Received as presents:
My Mum very kindly bought me a copy of the lovely Quilting on the Go! by Jessica Alexandrakis on a visit to Liverpool last weekend.  I’ve been wanting to start quilting for quite a while now, and the way in which the techniques are described in this book make it look very easy indeed.  I received another gift on Wednesday, as part of an anniversary present from my boyfriend.  He got me the wondrous-looking Katherine Mansfield: The Darker Side by Jeffrey Meyers, which I cannot wait to start reading.


Whilst on a recent trip to Portsmouth, I couldn’t resist picking up Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, particularly as it was only £1 in The Works.

‘An Expert in Murder’ by Nicola Upson

My library had a small book sale, and popping down there with one of my schoolfriends who wanted to get a membership card, we couldn’t resist picking up a few tomes.  Most of them are rather battered, but I still can’t wait to get stuck into them.  I picked up the following:

The Women Who Got Away by John UpdikeOne Day by David Nicholls (upon my friend’s recommendation)
The Collected Tales of Nurse Matilda (a Nanny McPhee book – not that I’ve even seen the film yet!)
The Weed That Strings the Hangman’s Bag by Alan Bradley
An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson
A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

My boyfriend and I spent our anniversary in London, and I was encouraged to buy a few books – well, it was a special occasion, after all!  I picked up Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane and Girl, Interrupted by Susannah Kaysen in Fopp.  We then went into the enormous Piccadilly branch of Waterstone’s, and I had to spend over

‘Will Grayson, Will Grayson’ by John Green and David Levithan

£10 to get my free voucher from my stamp card.  I chose The Library of Unrequited Love by Sophie Divry, Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, and Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb.  I was intending to purchase Allan Ahlberg’s autobiography with my voucher, but all of the copies in the Piccadilly branch were sadly rather dented and marked, so I decided to spend it in the Oxford Street shop instead.  I received The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant and The Easter Parade by Richard Yates for free, and from one of the loveliest members of staff whom I’ve ever encountered in a bookshop.


Library haul:
I was so surprised at how many wonderful books I found whilst browsing my library catalogue a couple of weeks ago, and rather nerdily made myself an enormous list of books to check out.  On my first visit, I borrowed the following:

‘The Lesson of the Master’ by Henry James

Love Stories, edited by Diana Secker Tesdell
Stag’s Leap by Sharon Olds
Love Poems by Carol Ann Duffy
Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie
The Gingerbread House by Carin Gerhardsen
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
The Lesson of the Master by Henry James

Purchase these books from the Book Depository