BOOKISH FINDS: Birthday Books

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It’s my birthday! I’m turning 24 today, and to celebrate I decided to invest in some extra special books. It’s something I started doing last year, and I wanted to keep it going because for me there’s nothing better than a book on your birthday, or maybe three.

I’ve had my eye on these beautiful Austen books for ages. Since I first read Emma as a teenager, Jane Austen has been my all time favourite author. I loved her wit, her warmth and her strong characters. For me, there’s no one like Austen, and these books seemed liked the perfect present to myself.

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Despite being a huge Austen fan, I only actually own a Clothbound Classic copy of Persuasion and a Vintage Classic Pride & Prejudice, so it’s nice to finally have some copies to call my own. I’m thinking I might have to complete the set very soon.

What’s your favourite way to celebrate your birthday? Do you buy birthday books too?

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BOOKISH FINDS: Spontaneous Spree

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Sometimes, when I’m disappointed or in need of cheering up I go out to a book shop, and pick up some brand new books. I often pick up my next reads from charity shops or libraries, but there is nothing like coming home with a new book every now and again. It works every time. That being said, sometimes I buy new books when I’m not in need of cheering up and just because I want to. Both are entirely legitimate reasons. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Spontaneous Spree”

BOOKISH FINDS: Summer Spending

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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… Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Summer Spending”

BOOKISH FINDS: Book Bundle

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I think we all know the drill by now. When it comes to books, I can’t be stopped. It’s like unleashing a moth in a room filled with bright lights. My bank account might be singed but I still can’t help myself. I went online to specifically buy Joe Dunthorne’s Submarine and some other books for my uni work (it doesn’t count if it’s educational) and then once I’d ordered them, I realised I’d bought everything but Submarine. So I had to do another order and I got free delivery if I spent £10, so really it’s Amazon’s marketing team that are to blame. Continue reading “BOOKISH FINDS: Book Bundle”

BOOKISH FINDS: Darker Shades

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Have I already bought a ridiculous amount of books in the last two months? Yes. Have I already filled up my next bookcase with things I haven’t read? Yes. Do I need anymore books? No. But I’ve embraced my fickle heart and decided that there are worse things I could splurge on. I will never be able to pass up a book, and I’m okay with that. My bank account may not be, but then, well, it doesn’t really get a say in it.

I’m super excited about the two new additions to my book pile. I’ve had my eye on them since the dawn of time, and waited so long to buy them that I missed the 2 for 3 offer at W H Smiths. I was a little devastated by that, but I bought them anyway.

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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?