BOOKISH FINDS: Summer Spending



Please don’t judge me, and if you are judging me then know that it was only partly my fault and that I didn’t buy all these books at once. Some of them were given to me and I couldn’t say no, others I bought as a treat because I finished a publishing work placement, and buying books seemed like an appropriate way of celebrating a week well spent. Many of these books have been on my TBR list for ages, and now that my dissertation is almost done, I’m getting ready to get into all the books I haven’t let myself read while working. There’s quite a tower of them…

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig

I bought Matt Haig’s new book on my first solo drive from England to Wales. Pretty impressive considering I only went into a Tesco for ten minutes to buy myself lunch en route. I love the concept of this book. Haig always does a brilliant job of placing extraordinary people in ordinary world’s and I can’t wait to get into it!

The Outsiders by S E Hinton

Stay gold, Ponyboy. I have had this on my reading list for such a long time, and then I found this wonderful addition on my work experience week and it seemed like fate. I can’t believe Hinton wrote this book as a teenager, it makes me feel like I was so unproductive! I’m excited to read this cult classic.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

There are books that keep cropping up and you take it as a sign. The Power is one of them. The concept of the novel grabbed me from the beginning. What would the world be like if young girls had the ability to inflict pain?

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

I haven’t read much non-fiction lately, but I’ve wanted to read MacDonald’s moving memoir on grief and healing for a while now.


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

I am so late to the game here. I remember the first book coming out and now there are three. There are so many fantasy series that I want to start and now seem like the perfect time to start them. Or buy them anyway.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Another fantasy book I’ve been desperate to read. I’ve never read any of Bardugo’s books but I’m excited to start!


The Duff by Kody Keplinger

I try not to watch the film before I read the book, but I did with The Duff. I loved Bianca’s sarcasm and anyone who wears dungarees and flannel is a friend of mine. I don’t read a huge amount of YA but I couldn’t resist this one!

We Are All Made of Glue by Marina Lewycka

The last two were gifts from a fellow book-lover so I don’t think I can be blamed for them. I haven’t read any of Lweycka’s work, but this seems like a interesting book about friendship and support.

The L-Shaped Room by Lynne Reid Banks

I think this will be a great read. The story follows Jane Graham, a 27-year old woman who finds herself pregnant and disowned by her father in the 1950s and the people she meets in the boarding house she finds herself residing in.


I also bought a Pride and Prejudice Penguin bag, which I have had my eye on for ages. And a special mention to my lovely friend, Becky who has a beautiful Etsy shop. She makes the most beautiful cards, books and prints, including this punderful cactus and wreath print. Do check her site out and show her some love!

What have you been buying this month?

Author: Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes

Book-lover, tea enthusiast and MA student

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