Summer Book Haul (and a little catch-up)

It’s been ages since I did a proper book haul post, because I usually buy books in small batches which I don’t think warrant an entire post. Recently, though, I’ve had the biggest urge to buy ALL THE BOOKS. The pictures in this post aren’t even up to date anymore as I bought at least three new books since taking them. Oops.

This can partly be blamed on the fact that since a couple of monhts now I’ve been working in a bookstore. So, that means I’m spending multiple days a week surrounded by books – how could I possibly resist that? I’m not that strong-willed! The job is a lot of fun, as was to be expected. It’s not a very steady job – I work very irregular hours because I am one of the on-call employees, but it’s fun and I’m not sitting at home all week, so I’m not complaining. Plus, did I mention all the books?

Speaking of books (wow, great segue), I’m kind of bummed that I haven’t been able to keep a regular blogging schedule. I really do want to get back to blogging a lot, but I’m hardly finding the time to write posts, let alone read other blogs. It’s been about 6 months since I said I would be back, and I’m still not happy with how much I’m posting. Not sure if I can do that much about it, though. Maybe I can figure out a bit more of a routine, but the irregular working hours complicate stuff a bit. We’ll see how it goes!

Now, let’s move on to the actual book haul part of this book haul post!


Some of these books I bought at the bookstore I work at, and some of them I ordered online (does that qualify as blasphemy now because of my job?). The links lead to the Goodreads pages, by the way!

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes – I’ve been wanting to read this one (as well as simply ‘something by Julian Barnes’) for ages now. Came across it in the bookstore and figured “why not?”. I haven’t read it yet, though.

Heartless by Marissa Meyer – I really loved The Lunar Chronicles, and although I’ve heard mixed things about this Alice in Wonderland retelling (focussed on the Queen of Hearts in particular), I’m really curious to find out for myself. Still have to read Stars Above first before I start on this one, however.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – With everything that’s been going on in the world, and in the United States in particular, this seems like a really important book to read and I want to read it as soon as possible. It’s about a black girl who witnesses her best friend being shot by a cop. Heavy stuff, but very relevant.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – I read this during the BookTube-A-Thon a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I didn’t know much about Iran, its history and its culture, and this graphic novel really helped to form a better understanding. It’s really beautiful, and also very sad at certain points.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – Seems like a must-read to me. Modern classic, very relevant (from what I’ve heard), and the TV series is said to be mindblowingly good. I want to pick this one up real soon!

Quidditch Through the Ages and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling – These books were given to me by one of my best friends, who knew I didn’t own them yet and came across them in a shop in England. I read Quidditch Through the Ages on the train journey to (and from) the Harry Potter Exhibition, and it was such a fun read!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – This book is so popular right now! It seems like a really fun contemporary read, and the cover is so cute. I also want to read more diverse books, and this one fits that category. Looking forward to reading it!

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen – I love Sarah’s Scribbles, and when I came across this one in the BookTube-A-Thon sale section on the Book Depository, I bought it immediately. I read it during said read-a-thon, and it was so much fun.

The Inexplicable Logic of my Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz – I’ve read this one recently, and it’s my favourite book of the year so far. I love Benjamin Alire Sáenz and his stories and his way with words. This book made me cry – and I don’t cry at books. Also, I tweeted about that, and Sáenz retweeted it! *hype*

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – Another hyped book that I’m very excited about! Plus, the cover is beautiful. I’m really curious what the story is all about.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo – I actually bought this book for a friend’s birthday, but someone else had already given it to her. The decision to keep it for myself was very easily made, because I wanted to buy it at some point anyway. It’s such a cool book, with bedtime stories about real life badass women (such as Michelle Obama or Jane Goodall, for example).


Like I said, I bought a couple more books already, but this list is long enough already, so let’s keep it at this. Have you bought any books you’re excited about recently? Let me know!

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6 thoughts on “Summer Book Haul (and a little catch-up)

  1. I recently bought a bunch of books as well. Maybe there’s something in the air.. One of the books I didn’t buy but is on my list to buy is Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls. One of my cousins reads this book to her little girl and she loves it. I just love the idea behind the book!!

    1. Perhaps it’s the summer vibe, haha. My mother sent me a video about Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls a few months back and I was so excited about it straight away! I haven’t actually read any of the stories yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so 🙂

  2. I’ll have to read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life after your review and comments 🙂 As for the others, I’ve read The Sense of an Ending and found it quite impressive in a rather quiet way. Now I’m all excited about Ali Smith (Artful and others) and Jeanette Winterson (The Gut Symmetries), among others.

    1. Ah, you should – it’s so wonderful! 😀 I still haven’t read The Sense of an Ending, but I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be my first Julian Barnes as well. Ooh, I’ll check out those authors – I know their names, but not their work. Thanks for the recommendations!

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