Yes, you read that correctly. A book haul. I have finally called time on my book buying ban. It was only meant to last for one month but when I saw the influence it was having on my TBR (and my bank balance!), I decided to extend it. A book ban that was originally meant to last for the length of September actually ended up being in place until the end of December. It was certainly a challenge, though I got through it with only a couple of blips. The first was when I had to buy a book for work and the other was buying other people books for Christmas. I’m pretty proud of myself for that!
My TBR is still a little larger than I would like but it doesn’t overwhelm me anymore and I’ve made significant progress on it so I figured it was time to let myself do some shopping. This conviction was only solidified when I finally got to meet the lovely Northern Book Bloggers at the beginning of January after months of online chat. We all had a mooch in Waterstones and I picked up some new books on their recommendations that I am so excited about. I also already had an Amazon order en route, which was mainly full of work books. All together, I have picked up eight new books and I was luckily enough to receive some new books for Christmas (which I’m not sharing here today) so my shelves are looking very well stocked again. I’ve decided to save some of them as commute reads to make the back to work season a little easier but I’m sure I’ll be raving about them online soon enough. Are you ready to see what I picked up recently?
First up is Ink. This is the next read for our little Northern book club and I am very excited to read it as soon as I can. I’m guessing it is going to be good because my friend Steph was very insistent that I read it. Plus, just look at that cover.
I bought Sam the new Wonder Woman book for Christmas because I have heard such great things about these books. While I was in Waterstones, I spotted Batman Nightwalker and decided to read it myself. I have heard very good things about this!
No, I didn’t need another edition of Harry Potter.
Yes, I bought this anyway.
(It is the Gryffindor edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, if you weren’t sure)
I read this a while ago but couldn’t find my copy and now need it for work! I’ll be re-reading this soon.
Another work one! I also read this a long time ago but will be re-reading it. The Arden editions are my favourite to work from when it comes to Shakespeare after using them at university.
I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS. Crooked Kingdom was probably the book that challenged my book buying ban the most over the last few months so it is a genuine pleasure to finally have my own copy. I don’t think it will be long before I get to this at all.
Another sequel! I’m so excited to wrap up this series, especially since I am also reading Tales of the Peculiar this month for the Bloggers Bookshelf book group.
Finally, the publishers were kind enough to send me a copy of The Waking Land * by Callie Bates. This sounds like the kind of magical fantasy that I love to read so I am very excited about it.
And there you have it! My first (and probably not the last) book haul of 2018!