BOOKISH FINDS: Online Spree

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Again you might ask incredibly. Yes again. I bought books again. I was only going to buy two but, well, online websites give you free postage if you spend so much. They’re sneaky like that. I have so many books that I want to read at this point that I have to pick them at random, and then even when they arrive I have them hidden away under the bed for a few months of years before I actually read them. Such is the life of a bibliophile. So here are the new additions to my under the bed book collection: Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Online Spree”

BOOKISH FINDS: Supermarket Splurge

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There’s something commendable about going out to buy ingredients for a Greek salad and coming back with two books and a bag of wilting rocket salad. It doesn’t seem to matter where you go, if you’re a bibliophile books will find you. Even in the supermarket. Just when you think you’re safe, you remember that most supermarkets have their own modest book section and you go in search of a bargain you definitely don’t need. So here are the two new additions to my TBR mountain of doom:

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

I’ve lost track of how many prizes the Waterstones Book of the Year has been nominated for. It’s been at the back of my mind for a while, and then there it was for a couple of pounds. I’m always been fascinated by Victorian superstition, so I can’t wait to find out how the Essex residents deal with the mythical threat of a winged serpent.

May We Be Forgiven by A. M. Homes

Another award winner, May We Be Forgiven won the Baileys Womens Prize in 2013. Unusual family dynamics pull me into a story, and thie novel promises that in spades. The lives of two brothers take a dark turn after one fateful Thanksgiving. I’ve wanted to read a book by A. M. Homes for a while now, and here’s my chance.

Anyone else bought any book bargains this week?

BOOKISH FINDS: Frida

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It’s not a book, but my new Frida Kahlo print is too wonderful not to share. I handed in another dreaded assignment at uni yesterday, and this popped through my letterbox at the perfect time. Sarah’s Chapter recently launched her etsy shop, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to buy this print. It’s giving me some serious typography envy. It’s also giving me flashbacks to my glory days in art school. I find Frida Kahlo such a deeply fascinating person and I think this quote perfectly captures the essence of her work. I can’t wait to get it framed and sprucing up my wall!

BOOKISH FINDS: Tea & Paper

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Does anyone remember that self-inflicted book ban I imposed a few months ago? No? Probably not- I put very little effort into staying away from the book stores. Over the last few weeks I’ve come to the decision to embrace my book-buying nature. There are worse things to be addicted to, and I honestly don’t buy financially crippling amounts of paperbacks, so I’m probably not hurting my back account too much. Right?

So I went on a shopping trip to buy some much needed clothes last week, and then came back without any. But I did find some new teas in TK Maxx to try out and two books. They may not have been essential, but they definitely made the torturous journey into town feel worthwhile. I’m also a tea-hoarder. I have several hundred loose leaf tins all waiting to be drunk. Anyway, here are the books I bought:

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I have been coveting this book for a while now, particularly after reading The Girls. I’ve been enjoying reading more complex female characters recently,  more complex characters in general really. There’s something about a character you can have a conflicted relationship with. It makes a story so much more interesting to read.  I’m looking forward to peeking behind the wallpaper and uncovering the family’s secrets.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

I felt like I couldn’t really walk past this book without picking it up. The blogging community has so much love for this book, there are so many strong reviews. Its a story that is so relevant to current issues and has encouraged people to talk about what’s going on in the world. I think any book that can do that is worth reading.

 

Bought any books recently? On a self-imposed book ban, or failing in your book banning?

BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence

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‘Where have you been?’ no one actually asked, but I shall tell you anyway! Easter and summer might mean the holidays, but they also mean final university deadlines. The big ones. The last few weeks I’ve spent desperately scrambling a story together and today is the day that I handed it in, which means freedom for a few days before I start frantically compiling an essay, and then you know, it just a short 15,000 words until I’m officially done. But, in my writer’s panic I let the blog slide. So I’m using these few days of respite to write up some lovely posts ahead of time, so I won’t go missing for too long again! Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Animals & Absence”

BOOKISH FINDS: Fantasy Fiction

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DSC_0219My grandmother is one of those rare creatures that doesn’t like fantasy fiction. She watched the Harry Potter films under duress and although she did develop a soft spot for Dobby (which she pronounces Doh-bee) she couldn’t get along with ‘all that flying broomstick nonsense’. Not a woman easily convinced, I knew I wouldn’t be able to change her mind. So I let it slide. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Fantasy Fiction”

BOOKISH FINDS: Borrowed Books

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dsc_01531I’m not even pretending that my book-relate impulses can be controlled any more. I’m always going to be excitedly fumbling for the next book I can get my hands on, regardless of my TBR pile and it’s embarrasing size. ‘Don’t you have, like, a stack of books under your bed that you haven’t read yet?‘ I was asked when I came home from the library a few days ago. Yes, I do, but I didn’t have these books. I like knowing that my TBR pile is there, waiting to be read when I’m ready. At least if I’m borrowing books then I’m not splurging too much. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Borrowed Books”