January 2020 in Books

I wasn’t going to do monthly wrap ups, but I’ve actually read so many books so far this year that I really wanted to write about it! (I’ve also bought a lot of books… oops!)

Let’s just jump right into it…

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January 2020 Book Haul

I rarely do book hauls – in fact, my last one was 2018 – but I thought I’d share with you which books I’ve bought so far in 2020 for two reasons: 1) that I’ve bought A LOT of books, and 2) because I think that some of the books I’ve bought are really cool!

Before I begin, I just want to say that I rarely buy this many books a month, so this is truly excessive. Ah well, right?!

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Books I Bought This Semester | blogmas day 13

Yup, I’m really about to fit all of the books I bought this semester in one giant blog post! I haven’t included the books that I bought for my degree – although there were many – but just the ones I bought for pleasure, as it were. 

I’m happy that I appear fairly restrained – these are all since September – but I’m going to be buying wayy less next year, as you will soon see that I have only read a couple of these, which really isn’t good enough for the amount I’m buying…! 

An asterisk means that I have read it! 

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YALC 2018 | book haul & review!

Last weekend (27th – 29th July) was the Young Adult Literature Convention, or YALC, and London Film and Comic Con, or LFCC, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend for the full three days! I thought today I’d talk about the weekend as a whole, and then share my book haul with you all…

the diary part

Friday 27th July – I started the day pretty early and jumped onto a train from Winchester to London, but still arrived before the con started at 10am. Queued up, got my wrist band, and got in! Friday was pretty chill, which was nice. I met Sara Barnard, Joanne Harris and Chloe Seager, and went to an agent talk called “how to get published” which was really informative – I took so many notes!

Saturday 28th July – we started this day out pretty relaxed, and immediately tried to meet all of the Floored authors! We played author bingo all weekend, and I’m proud to say we achieved all 7! On Saturday, I met Tom Pollock who wrote a book I loved, and he was so lovely. I also met Lauren James (I’d read her book the night before), Giovanna and Tom Fletcher (aah!) and Laura Dockrill, and I went to a great panel Laura was on before, called “my body, my way”. I also popped down to LFCC on Saturday, but to be honest it was so hot and crowded! I found a fantastic pair cosplaying though, and that’s probably my favourite cosplay of the weekend, apart from an epic Spiderwoman I saw in passing at YALC. I wish I’d been alert enough to ask for a photo!

I love these so much!

Sunday 29th July – this was a day for checking out the stands I hadn’t looked at much before I left, and I bought a couple of books I am so excited to read! I went to a talk called “traveller’s life for me” which was fascinating and just makes me want to jump on a plane and go everywhere in the world. I only met one author in a signing queue on this day – Holly Bourne, and she was so lovely (and our last author on Floored author bingo!). I had to leave about 3pm on Sunday to make sure I could get my train, because the strikes meant I had to travel across London and then about half way back.

I also went to Platform 9 3/4 on Saturday night which was awesome and I bought myself a miniature Pickett who’s adorable and I love him.

the book haul part

Okay, so this haul is in four parts, and we’re going to start with… not an actual haul. These are books I already had and brought with me to get signed at YALC!

  • Editing Emma by Chloe Seager (SUCH a hilarious book, and Chloe was so nice!)
  • The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne (I ❤ Holly’s books)
  • The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (unread, but Joanne was lovely and talked about LFCC with me!)
  • White Rabbit Red Wolf by Tom Pollock (already talked about how much I love this man)
  • Big Bones by Laura Dockrill (SO MUCH FOOD. I LOVE)
  • Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard (faaaab)
  • Eve of Man by Tom and Giovanna Fletcher (I was SO NERVOUS to meet Tom, I was surprised at myself! They were both so lovely though)

This set of books is the arcs/free books I got!

  • The Penguin Platform Yearbook 2018/2019 (this book is a set of samplers for some of Penguin’s biggest releases in the next year)
  • Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich (just kind of entered the raffle for this, but I’m so excited to read it!)
  • Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (queued for about 20 minutes to get my paws on this arc, and I am SO EXCITED, I love Jennifer Mathieu so much!)
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers (this was a “buy a book, get an arc” scenario, and it looked pretty good!)

And these are (some of) the books that I bought…

  • Gabriel and the Swallows by Esther Dalseno (this is from OfTomes publishing and I love Ben’s publishing company so much!)
  • The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (just looked exciting to be honest)
  • The Taxonomy of Love by Rachael Allen (this looked really cool, and I’m super excited to read it!)
  • Valley Girls by Sarah Nicole Lemon (it is about a girl who goes climbing and I thought YES PLEASE)

Final list! These are books that I bought there & got signed too.

  • Floored by 7 awesome YA authors! (this was the book that I played author bingo with! I started reading it at yalc, and I’m so excited to continue it!)
  • Hope is Our Only Wing by Rutendo Tavengerwei (Rutendo was on the “traveller’s life for me” panel, and I found her book later in Waterstones. She inscribed it “always keep hope”, and I decided to pick it up even though I didn’t meet her!)
  • Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne (this was released early at YALC, as it won’t be on sale until September! I’m so excited to read it<3)
  • The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (I bought this on Friday, read it on Friday, then met Lauren James on Saturday! I loved this book, Romy Silvers is just awesome)

And there you finally have my very long 2018 YALC blog post! I hope that you enjoyed reading it, and let me know which book I should start reading first!

Did you go to YALC? If not, would you ever go? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep reading ❤ Hx

A Bit of a Brummy Book Haul

Hello friends! I can’t actually believe I’m bringing you my third book haul post of the month… but there we go.

I visited my bestie, Natalie, in Lichfield over the Easter holidays, and we went to Stratford-upon-Avon, and the five storey Waterstone’s in Birmingham! Therefore, whilst they are not all from Birmingham, I thought that I would share with you what I bought…

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare 

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I don’t know why this one is so blurry, it just wouldn’t focus! I think my camera had a hard time with the gold text! 

Oh. My. God. Okay, so this book was a wee bit pricey, about £12 I think, but it was SO worth it. This book is smaller than my hand, and each sonnet takes up one page. It’s exclusive to William Shakespeare’s birth place, and it’s a book that is already very important to me.

The White Book by Han Kang 

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This is a book that I’ve been eyeing up for ages (I mentioned it in my top ten books on my immediate TBR!), and I finally bought it in Waterstones. This is different to The Vegetarian in that it isn’t a novel but more prose-poetry, and I am so excited to read it. I want to sit down and devour it all in one, is the only trouble!

Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia 

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Whenever I see this book I get all excited and just want to pick it up… so, eventually, I did! This is a YA book and I was able to get it in the US hardback (which I’m guessing because no one in the UK publishes it?), and I am SO excited to read it. For some reason, I didn’t put it in the same blog post I put The White Book in, but it’s definitely one I want to get to as soon as possible.

I’m really happy with all of the books I bought, and I can’t wait to get to all of them! I would love to know if you’ve read any of these in the comments below!

Until the next time, x

Exciting Book Haul!

Hey friends! I know I’ve just done a book haul but I went shopping today & bought some books that I’m super excited about and I want to share!

I got three novels, all from Waterstone’s in Bournemouth. One is a classic, and two are YA, and I’m so excited for all of them and I’m hoping to get to them later this Easter. I still have a bunch to read on my Easter tbr, but maybe I can get to these sooner rather than later…!

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The first I got is Where Angels Fear to Tread by EM Forster, which is a Penguin English Library edition, which is my favourite edition of classics! I read A Room with a View by EM Forster and loved it, and also got given Howards End by EM Forster at Christmas, but I haven’t read it yet. Anyway, this one is short, about 160 pages, so should be pretty quick to read.

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Next up I grabbed Spark by Alice Broadway! This is the sequel to Ink and I am sooooooo excited to read this! I’d say that this was more MG than YA, but this one might end up being more YA I guess. ANYWAY, you should definitely read this series!

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And finally I picked up Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley. I saw an advert for this behind the till and just turned straight around, picked it up, and came back! It’s about writing and books and a love of words, and the lovely cashier said that I was going to thoroughly enjoy it so I hope she’s right! ❤

All in all, I have a lot to read, and I’m super excited to get to all of these and the ones in my last haul too. 🙂 Have you read any of these? Are you excited to read any of the ones I’m excited for too?

Until the next time,

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Guernsey Book Haul!

I spent my Easter weekend on Guernsey, a Channel Island, visiting my extended family with my close family (I’ll be doing a blog post on our trip soon enough!). Whilst I was there, I was lucky enough to pick up some gorgeous books which I thought I would share with you all.

Overall, I came back with 4 books, a stack of poetry, and one small poetry pamphlet to share, so I’ll start with the books!

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The first book I got was The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, which is the first of a new series! I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and because I’d already finished the two I took away with me (we were away for 4 days, and I read the only books I had in the first two…) I bought another one. I didn’t actually end up starting this whilst away so it seems a bit of a wasted purchase, but I have been wanting to read it for a long time so I will definitely start it soon.

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Next I picked up another copy of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I’ve already read this book but our copy has gone missing (this one is a shared book with my mum), and I want to reread it before I see the film that will come out soon! It’s such a great book, I highly recommend it.

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This is one of the three books I was given (or on a very-long-term-loan) by my uncle. Todd Swift did a PhD at the university I’m currently studying at and my uncle recommended him to me. I haven’t had a chance to look through this yet but I’m excited to read it.

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Another one from my uncle, this one I’m really excited to flick through! It has a condition on one side (say, heartbreak or anxiety) and a poem to “remedy” it on the other! I think I’m going to enjoy flicking through this one.

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Moving away from books, this was also given to me by my uncle, and is a collection of poems on grey cards. I’ve had a look through and they’re also so unique – you can even see in this picture that some are different sizes, some have titles etc. I’m looking forward to delving into these, although I don’t quite know if I should/how I should display them!

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Finally, my mama bought me this collection of poetry by Victor Hugo. I’ve never read any of his poetry so this might be a bit of a surprise and I don’t know if I’ll like it or not, but we’ll see! Obviously it was originally French too so it’ll be translated, which is always fun to read.

So there you have my Guernsey book haul! I’m so excited to get to read everything I acquired in Guernsey, and thank you very much to my parents and to my uncle for helping me to gather yet more books for my dragon-like pile of preciousssssssssssssss….

Have you read any here? What did you think of them?

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

Today’s Monstrous Book Haul

Hello everyone!

Today Natalie and I went to Waterstones and well… I may have bought *some* books. Here’s my book haul!

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The first book I picked up was Love, Hate, & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. This is a new contemporary that I’ve been really excited about, and I was super in the mood for contemporaries! I’m hoping to get to this one this weekend. It’s about a girl who wants to go to film school but is torn due to her Indian heritage, and what her mum wants from her. When a terrorist attack happens in another city, Maya is faced with Islamophobia from the neighbourhood she’s known all her life. I’m really excited because this is #OwnVoices too.

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The next book I picked up was Witchborn by Nicholas Bowling. I seem to have a thing for witches right now and I am sooo excited! This follows a girl called Alyce who is currently residing in Bedlam asylum – her mother has been executed for being a witch, and Alyce’s powers are beginning to show… Caught between two warring queens – one on the throne and one in the Tower – Alyce has to fight for her life. I’m currently studying Shakespeare too so although I think this is magical realism, it’ll be really fascinating to read something from around the time he was writing!

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The final book I bought in Waterstones today was Where Poppies Blow: The British Soldier, Nature, The Great War by John Lewis-Stempel. This is a non-fiction book about WWI and nature – such as soldiers and their relation to horses, the fields that they fought in, and the vermin that they lived with. I was going to get this over Christmas, but held off – but seeing as I picked it up again, not remembering the title until I read the subtitle, and with a different cover, I thought that it would be something that I would really enjoy so picked it up.

That’s all of the books that I picked up from Waterstones today, but I came home to some book mail!

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I bought The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller from The Book Depository, and it arrived today! I actually have this on Kindle, but I’m seeing Madeline Miller at the UEA Spring Literary Festival and often after them the authors do signings, so I really wanted to have a physical copy! I’m so excited to read this: this follows Achilles and Patroclus during the Trojan War, aka a retelling of the Iliad – and they’re lovers! This sticks, I think, close to the story of the Iliad (come on, having read it, they loved each other so much!), and it has incredible ratings, so I can’t wait to read it.

DSC_1099And that’s my book haul! I also grabbed Grave Matter by Juno Dawson from the library, which seems to be a short novella with illustrations about a girl who died and the boy who mourns her. It seems to have a bit of magical realism too.

I really hope you guys have enjoyed this blog post! Let me know if you’ve read any of these books in the comments below. Once I’ve read them, I’ll be reviewing them on my review blog, Sprinkled With Words, so if you’re interested to hear my thoughts on them make sure to head on over there and give it a follow!

Until the next time,

hannah sign off

Stacking the Shelves #1

image from Tynga’s Reviews

Hello all! Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga @ Tynga’s Reviews. Every week, you post about the new books winging their way to your shelves! I’m probably not going to do this post every week, but I have some exciting books to share!

 

The first three are actually ones I got last week, but it was less than 7 days ago, so I’m counting it!

Image result for editing emma chloe seagerEditing Emma by Chloe Seager 

This is a book about a girl who gets ghosted and decides to start a private blog. I’d seen so much Twitter hype about this that I just had to pick it up! I’ve actually already read this book and I loved it! I  will be putting up a review on Sprinkled With Words shortly, but basically if you’re a teen, I highly recommend this book! It’s hilarious, it’s relatable, and I just loved it.

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare 

This is the second book in the Dark Artifices series… and I haven’t read the first. But hear me out! I was being really petty and I wanted to get this edition of this book so I a) got the extra content and b) it matched my copy of book 1. Yeah. Anyway, all of my fellow Shadowhunter fans are saying that they’re enjoying this perhaps even more than TMI and TID, so hopefully I will absolutely love it!

Image result for autumn ali smithAutumn by Ali Smith 

I had been eyeing this book up for a while, and the cashier in Waterstones said that loads of her colleagues had read and loved this book… so I decided to get it! I’m excited to read this book because the premise is really intriguing, and Ali Smith is such a famous author that it’d be a pleasure.

Image result for wonder woman leigh bardugoWonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 

Eeeeeeeeek! My special edition of this arrived in the post this week and I am so excited! This edition is glorious and I can’t wait to dive right in! I think I’ll be bringing this book to university with me and curling up to devour in one sitting. Leigh Bardugo wrote one of my favourite trilogies, the Grisha trilogy, and I’m super excited for Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, but I can’t wait to get to Wonder Woman first!

Image result for the power naomi aldermanThe Power by Naomi Alderman 

Technically, this shouldn’t be on this list because I’m just borrowing it from a friend, but I’m reading it right now and it’s so good so far! I’m excited to see what happens. It’s amusing to see how men react when suddenly they’re the ones who have to fear for their livelihoods every day, instead of the other way around. 🙂

So that is my Stacking the Shelves for this week! Have you read any of the books that I’ve hauled? Obviously The Power will be going back to its owner, but I’m excited to add all of the others hopefully permanently to my shelves! ❤

Until the next time,

Hannah x

March Reading Wrap-Up & Haul | 2017

So March is already over…?!?! What?

A fair bit happened in March, like coming home from university, and I also blogged, like, a lot. I also published 17 posts (!) and I had a whopping 695 views from 221 visitors! Wow! Thank you guys so much for looking at my little old blog. ❤

Onto the wrap up. According to Goodreads, I have now finished my 50th as in fiftieth book of the year. Whaaaaaaaaaaat. Basically March seems to be a month for saying “whaaaaaaaaaaaaaat”. Anyway. Here’s the wrap up!

Wrap-Up

  1. The Way by Swann’s by Marcel Proust
    The less said about this one, the better.
  2. George by Alex Gino
    This is a sweet little MG book about a transgender girl. I enjoyed it, but it was a little wish-fulfilling.
  3. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
    I looooooved this book! It taught me so much about sign language and mutism, and I felt I really related to the anxiety.
  4. If you Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
    I also loved this book. This is a non-fiction/self-help/memoir about writing, and I really enjoyed it and found it so inspiring. I want to get my own copy as this was a a library book.
  5. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A graphic novel about growing up in Iran when the war started. It wasn’t what I expected, but I enjoyed it anyway.
  6. The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge
    This book was fab! I love magical realism, and although this was a lot darker than I expected I really enjoyed it.
  7. Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
    This was such a cute little MG novel, but it actually also focussed on some really hard issues like young carers. I think this is going to be an important novel, and I look forward to the sequel.
  8. The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace
    This poetry collection has prompted lots of thought from me about what is poetry. I loved the messages and what Lovelace actually writes, but yes, many thoughts about this book!
  9. Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
    This was an interesting and different poetry collection, where Cook writes poems and then does “blackout” poetry in the second half, with her own poems. I loved the blackout poetry, possibly more, but the whole collection was refreshing and interesting.
  10. Seven Types of Ambiguity by William Empson
    Does anyone ever really understand this book? I kind of did, but mostly I loved how weird Empson was and yet he still got published. There is hope for me yet.
  11. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
    I loooooooved this book, too! I was convinced the whole way through something huge was going to be revealed about one of the characters but yes it was a lovely book. I can’t wait to see what Barnard writes next!
  12. The Story Cure by Dinty W Moore
    I have to say: if you are looking for a writing book, don’t read this one. It was good and offered some good advice, but not what I was looking for and I wouldn’t recommend.
  13. Jonesy #1 by Sam Humphries
    Despite the character being quite scary, this was a sweet little MG graphic novel.
  14. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
    I have already seen BATB twice and I loved it both times. Whilst I thought this book was a little juvenile in places, I loved it too!
  15. Animal by Sara Pascoe 
    This book was fab! It was the BOTM for the 12/12 book club, and I found it really interesting, heartwarming, and funny.
  16. Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
    I loooooooooove Stevens’ books so much! I simply had to buy this one as I had books 1-3 and then book 5… so, y’know… it was just begging. Basically, this book was wonderful and I highly recommend the series!
  17. The One by Kiera Cass
    Well, I read this just to finish the series really! It did keep me hooked, but there were some points where I wanted to roll my eyes! The ending was a bit fantastical, but then again, it is a fantasy.

Book Haul

  • River of Ink by Paul MM Cooper
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
  • Mother Moon by Bob Goddard
  • A Galaxy of Starfish ed. by Sophie Essex
  • Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens
  • Mistletoe and Murder by Robin Stevens
  • SS-GB by Len Deighton
  • His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet

Ah, quite a big haul yet again… Still, I’ve already read one and I hope that a lot more will follow in the near future!

There you have my reading wrap up and haul for March 2017! Have you read/do you want to read any of the books here? What did you read in March? 🙂