I visited London this August, and made a pretty impressive book haul. My best friend, Natalie, is a terrible influence, and I ended up with quite a few new stories to enjoy.
Waterstones Piccadilly is the biggest bookshop not just in London; or the UK; but Europe. In total we must have spent about 10 hours in bookshops over just three days! Waterstones Piccadilly has five floors of tomes, with some amazing editions you can purchase. My mum and I once walked in to discover that John Le Carré had just visited and signed some novels. It’s reputation precedes it.
Which books sneaked into my bag in London?
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
The Cemetery Boys is an LGBTQIA+ novel about a boy named Yadriel who summons a ghost to prove he is a real brujo. However he accidentally summons the local school bad boy and they both have to help one another to both get what they want. My friend picked up this book and it sounded so good I tracked down another copy!
The Dark Days Club #1 by Alison Goodman
April, 1812. London. 18-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s handmaid goes missing, and she discovers that the perpetrator is not entirely human. I’ve wanted to read this book for so long, and even though I do technically own it on kindle, I’ve always avoided reading it for some reason. I thought maybe the paperback would help me pick it up.
Serpent & Dove #1 by Shelby Mahurin
I know, like, nothing about this book, but a quick Google has told me it’s about magic, a Romeo/Juliet love story, and a war brewing between the two parties… My friend loves this book and told me to get it. It’s pretty thick but hopefully I’ll be able to get to it soon!
Wicked like a Wildfire #1 by Lana Popovic
This was mostly a cover buy! But isn’t the cover gorgeous?! Iris and Malina have magical gifts but are forbidden, by their mother, to share them with others – and they are not allowed to fall in love. But when their mother is mysteriously attacked, they learn about a curse that haunts their family line. I’ve heard about this book before, and it sounded really interesting.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
I think this is going to be a really popular book this year, and I picked up and put it down a few times before deciding to just take the plunge and buy it! Red is the Second Daughter born in centuries, and knows she is due to be sacrificed to the Wolf – but the Wolf is not exactly what – or who – he seems.
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
This is a book I have seen for ages and I’ve always wanted to read it. Sorcery of Thorns, Rogerson’s second book, was the first one I bought this year (and still haven’t read, HA!), but, again, I thought having the paperback would help me get around to it faster! In this book, Isabel creates paintings for the most dangerous people – the fair folk – and she makes a terrible error with her painting that could risk her life.
The Power of Words by Simone Weil
This is a non-fiction collection of essays about the power of language and the words we speak. It’s part of the Penguin Modern Ideas series, and I just thought it looked really cool, including the cover which is what mostly drew me to it! I deliberated for ages, but didn’t want to leave it behind.
Little Black Classics
Little Black Classics are published by Penguin and cost only £1 (sometimes £2!) and are some of the most influential classics of our time. I am slowly collecting all of them, and bought 4 more on this trip as the Piccadilly Waterstones had a big collection.
- The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm
This is a collection of short stories by Brothers Grimm who wrote many fairy tales we all know and love. I have another collection by Brothers Grimm and really enjoyed it.
- Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio
More short stories, but these ones are amusing! I’ve never read any Boccaccio (who wrote the Decameron) before but know of his works and want to read them.
- On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts by Thomas De Quincey
With a title like this, who wouldn’t want to read it?! Anyway, one of my favourite YouTubers recommended this one so it was a bit more on my radar.
- The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell
Elizabeth Gaskell wrote many Gothic tales, and was a success in her time. The Old Nurse’s Story is now actually in another book of stories I bought but I will probably keep this book on my shelf!
Which book would you read from this list?