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.
June is Pride month, and as usual Books That Matter have released their June Pride box! This box was easily my favourite so far of all of the BTM boxes I have ever received, so read on to find out why…
I think it’s easiest if we get onto what was inside this box before I start telling you why I loved it so much! So, what was included?
March was a pretty slow reading month for me! I had eyes bigger than my brain for my to be read list, and ended up reading 4 books over all. Whilst this isn’t necessarily bad, it’s frustrating to me as someone who wants to read a lot!
One of my “resolutions” every year since about 2016 has been “buy less books”. And I say “resolutions” in quotation marks because I almost never adhere to it.
I do only occasionally go out of my way to buy books – such as in the case of new releases, or if I’m looking for something in particular. Normally, I’m just browsing and think, “Ooh, may as well.”
With that in mind, this year I thought I would tackle it differently, and allowed myself 3 purchases a month. Well, that backfired very quickly and now I have bought over 20 in the first three months the year!
When I saw “Project 10” floating around on Instagram, I thought it might be fun to try. But what actually is it?
Ever since Matilda pulled her cart home from the library, stuffed with books, I’ve wanted my own portable bookshelf too.
Back in the years of 2018-2019, smaller versions of Matilda’s book carts were all the rage on bookish Instagram and YouTube! And after thinking about it for a long time I decided to get one about two years ago.
Just before the second UK lockdown started, I was able to venture into a Waterstones and purchased some books! It’s weird going back into “the outside world” but I was very excited to pick these up. I haven’t finished any yet, but I’ve got all of that to look forward to…
PINE // Francine Toon
I’ve heard so much about this book! Apparently it’s a ghost story/thriller set in Scotland. The cover itself is super spooky too. The protagonist’s mother went missing when she was young, and now with another woman going missing, could secrets about to be discovered?
THE CONFESSION // Jessie Burton
I won’t lie to you – I mostly have no idea what this book is about. However, The Miniaturist is one of my favourite books. This book is about a mysterious writer and it’s about an old mystery (already sensing a theme…) being solved, so right up my street.
NINTH HOUSE // Leigh Bardugo
This is the adult debut from one of my favourite YA authors! I think it’s going to be pretty spooky. Our main character, Alex Stern, is given a full scholarship to university – with a catch. She must spy on 8 secret, occult societies. It has had incredible reviews and I cannot wait.
THE HAUNTING OF ALMA FIELDING // Kate Summerscale
Kate Summerscale is one of my favourite creative non-fiction writers. This book follows the true 1934 story of Alma Fielding, who reported to be haunted by a poltergeist. Nandor Folder investigates, but discovers that Alma is not all that she seems…
REQUIEM OF A KNAVE // Laura Carlin
THE WICKED COMETH is one of my favourite debut books, so I preordered Carlin’s second novel without even reading the description and it arrived this week – I completely forgot! This one seems to be set in the medieval period, where our main character takes a pilgrimage – and is witness to a number of horrific crimes. I’m excited to dive into this one!
What have you bought recently? Have you read any of these? Let me know!