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Birthday Book Haul!


I recently celebrated my Birthday and naturally got some lovely new books. I may add more to this pile – I still have some money left and I might venture into a few charity shops. Here is what I have (so far!) –


His Other Life by Beth Thomas // The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson // The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld // Me Before You by JoJo Moyes // Half A King by Joe Abercrombie //Geek Love by Katherine Dunn


The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry


Wailing Ghosts by Pu Songling // The Terrors of the Night by Thomas Nashe

I haven’t gone completely overboard, as I am still trying to cut down my TBR pile. I don’t actually have physical shelves for these books at the moment either, so they are all stored in a huge box – not very practical.

Have you read any of these? Are there any new releases that you would recommend?



Penguin Little Black Classics


I thought I’d share a teeny, tiny haul with you. I have been very controlled this month!


I recently discovered these amazing little books via Twitter. How did I not know about these before?! I decided to purchase two to start with, although I would love the whole collection. These books are short extracts from the Penguin classics range, to celebrate their 80th anniversary. Did I mention that they cost 80p each? 80p!

I read The Yellow Wallpaper in university and loved it, so decided to purchase this one. I have read other works by Jane Austen, but not this one, so thought I’d give it a go. There are 80 books altogether, so a vast range to choose from.


The little orange booklet is a list of all of the Penguin Modern Classics – even those due to be published after April 2013. I really want to read the entire list of modern classics – a huge challenge I know! – and I thought this would be a good place to start (also it only cost £1, and looks cute on my shelf). I would love to buy all of the modern classics, but that may be pushing it a little (especially if I don’t like the book) – so I may venture to the library instead and only purchase the ones I absolutely love.

I just wanted to share this with you, as I think these little books are great. If you want to see the whole list, it is available here – Little Black Classics List.

Have you got any of these? Any recommendations for Penguin Modern Classics?



Book Haul #1


So I know that I am supposed to have been on a book buying ban. But I just can’t help it. Here are the few books I’ve picked up in the last few weeks.

IMG_2048Salvage – Keren David // Only Ever Yours – Louise O’Neill // The Sin Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury

The Doll’s House – M.J Arlidge

The following books I have been given by publishers via NetGalley – thank you!

The ShipThe Ship – Antonia Honeywell

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

How to Fly with Broken Wings – Jane Elson

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Happy Reading!