Festive Fortnight [7]: An Amsterdam Book Haul

Last weekend, my boyfriend and I took the train to Amsterdam for a fun day out together. I was planning on taking some nice festive pictures of all the Christmas lights, but it was pouring rain when we got there, which was a bit of a bummer. We still had a great day, though! We spent some time wandering around town, had great food, and visited an interesting exhibition on Medieval times at a museum.

And then, of course, there were the bookshops. Oh, the bookshops… I love them so! I was planning on buying some books in Amsterdam since I still had some book vouchers, but I didn’t expect we’d come home with eight of them! Eight is enough to warrant a good book haul, right? Right! Let’s go!


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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!


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London Book Haul

Sooo…. How to start this post. I’ve only been gone for a little over two weeks, but it kind of feels like an eternity to me! This was the longest time I haven’t written a blogpost since I started this blog, and I felt really uncomfortable with it, but I just didn’t have the time.

As those of you who follow me on Twitter or Instagram might know, I’ve been working on my bachelor thesis pretty much non stop since I got back from London (which was AWESOME by the way). Whenever I called it quits for the day, I was just too exhausted to even think straight, let alone write a (somewhat) coherent blogpost.

But… I handed in my first draft yesterday, so while I’m waiting for feedback I’ve got all the time in the world to blog my little heart out! And I’ve missed it, you guys. It felt SO strange not to put up a post at least twice a week, and not to read and comment on other blogs. I’m so ready to get back into the swing of things, so when you look at it that way this break has actually been a pretty good thing, since it’s gotten me all enthusiastic again!

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about books! I went to London and accidentally came home with eleven books. Oops…


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Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews, and is all about sharing books you’ve recently added to your shelves.

For a book blogger, I don’t buy (or get) all that many new books, so making this meme a regular new feature on my blog (as in, once a week), is not really an option. However, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you guys the books I’ve assembled over the past two months! I’m quite excited about most of them, but I didn’t feel one or two books warranted an entire book haul post when I got them. I’ll probably be participating in Stacking the Shelves every once in a while, whenever I’ve got enough books to show you again.

Now, enough with the rambling, onto the books!


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Book Haul 3.0


So… I went a bit nuts with ordering books again. Perhaps ordering six books doesn’t seem that crazy to some of you book bloggers out there, but on my budget it’s kind of a splurge. You can never have too many books, though, so I’m not even feeling remotely bad about it! There was a 2+1 offer, and I couldn’t just let that one go past without taking advantage of it, now could I? It also means I get to make another book haul post, which are always fun ones to do!


The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

‘I’ll tell you what happened because it will be a good way to introduce my brother. His name’s Simon. I think you’re going to like him. I really do. But in a couple of pages he’ll be dead. And he was never the same after that.’

My thoughts: I hadn’t come across this book before, but I really loved the cover so I had a look. Turns out it’s about a man’s descent into mental illness. It’s probably going to be a pretty tough read, but I’ve always had a special interest in mental illness due to my family history. I’m looking forward to reading this book very much. Not going to do so on a bad day, though.

The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle runs everything — all your internet activity in one easy, safe and visible place. No wonder it is now the world’s most powerful and influential company. So when Mae Holland lands a job at its glitterin California campus, she knows she’s made it. But the more her ideals and ambitions become aligned with those of the Circle, the closer she comes to discovering a sinister truth at the heart of an organization seeking to remake the world in its image…

My thoughts: I’d seen this book all over the place, but I only got truly interested in it after reading this review written by Clare from A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff. The premise sounds really intriguing and the idea of a social media company becoming that influential is quite scary, but also not that hard to imagine, if I’m honest. I think this book is going to be a really interesting read!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Love isn’t an exact science — but no one told Don Tillman. A handsome thirty-nine-year-old geneticist, Don’s never had a second date. So he devises The Wife Project, a scientific test to find the perfect partner. Enter Rosie — ‘the world’s most incompatible woman’ — throwing Don’s safe, ordered life into chaos. Just what is this unsettling, alien emotion he is feeling?

My thoughts: Man, I’m looking forward to reading this book! It just seems like such a lovely read to curl up with on the couch with a big cup of tea. I’ve read lots about it here in the bookblogosphere, so I’ve got quite some expectations!


The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games 

In a dark vision of the near future, twelve boys and twelve girls are forces to appear in a live TV show called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed.

When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her sister’s place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.

Catching Fire 

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are still alive. Katniss should be relieved, but now there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol — a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

As the nation watches Katniss and Peeta, the stakes are higher than ever. One false move and the consequences will be unimaginable.


Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But she’s still not safe. A revolution is unfolding, and everyone, it seems, has had a hand in the carefully laid plans — everyone except Katniss.

And yet she must play the most vital part in the final battle. Katniss must become their Mockingjay — the symbol of rebellion — no matter what the personal cost.

My thoughts: Yeah, so… I’ve never read The Hunger Games… Figured it was about time to do so! I’m actually really looking forward to reading these books because I’ve heard and read so so much about them. Now I want to find out for myself! My reviews for these novels are going to be immensely late compared to the hype, but I don’t care, I’m still going to post them. They’ll be new to me, at least!

So, those are the new books in my collection!  Have you read any of them? What did you think? No spoilers, please!

It’s Another (tiny) Book Haul!

This week was the last week you could order three English novels for 25 euro at what I’d call the Dutch equivalent of amazon.com. I’d been pondering for a while if I should make use of that discount or not, since I technically don’t really have any disposable income (student loans and all that) and I still have quite a few books on my bookshelf waiting to be read, but on Sunday I thought “what the heck”. My motto in life is “you can never have too many books” (among several other mottos, to be honest) so I went ahead and ordered four books.

Huh? But I thought the discount was for three books?

Uh, yeah, that’s right… But there was another book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages, and wasn’t part of the discount, namely One Day by David Nicholls. I could never find it in the local bookstore, and there were always other books that took priority for some reason or other. But that’s over now! I can now read it whenever I want!

Which’ll probably mean somewhere next year or so.

Anyway, this post’ll be in the style of my first book haul post, which I thought worked quite nicely. It also features only three of the four books, since there was a delay concerning Paper Towns by John Green… I’ll get that one somewhere next week.


Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two strangers cross paths. Two teens with the same name, running in two very different circles, suddenly find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, culminating in heroic turns-of-heart and the most epic musical ever to grace the high-school stage.

My thoughts: As you might know, I’m quite the John Green fan, even though I’ve so far only read The Fault in Our Stars and Looking for Alaska (oh, and let’s not forget the wonderful, Christmassy Let it Snow). I’ve already got An Abundance of Katherines sitting on my bookshelf, but I just figured I’d make my collection of John Green novels complete by buying Paper Towns (which, like I said, is still on its way) and Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I have to say I’m not at all familiar with David Levithan, but I’ve heard great things about Will Grayson, so I’m sure he’s just as awesome as John Green. I’m looking forward to reading this! But it’ll have to wait for a while, I’m afraid, because I first want to read both Katherines and Paper Towns.

One Day by David Nicholls

15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.

So where will they be on this one day next year? And the yeart after that?

And every year that follows?

My thoughts: Like I said in the ‘introduction’, I’ve been wanting to read this book for a looong time. Carrie Hope Fletcher (who is a YouTuber) recommended it to her viewers (among whom I find myself) and was so enthusiastic about it I got enthusiastic as well. Even before reading it, I feel like I love it, which is perhaps not the best way to get into a book; it’ll probably disappoint now, won’t it? Either way, I can’t wait to finally read it.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

When a troubled model falls to her death from a Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts and calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to investigate.

Strike is a war veteran — wounded both physically and psychologically — and his private life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model’s world, the darker things become and the closer he gets to terrible danger…

My thoughts: This is actually the book I’m most looking forward to reading. When I found out JK Rowling had gotten into writing crime fiction I got extremely excited because what you don’t know is that I love crime fiction. I haven’t read a lot of it lately (as you can see from the novels I’ve reviewed since the start of this blog in October) but I do love it, it’s one of my absolute favourite genres. Combine that with JK Rowling, who is my all time favourite author, and it must be gold, right? Disclaimer: I’m not really that naive, I read a lot of really great reviews about this novel from before it came out that Robert Galbraith is in fact Rowling.

The Cuckoo’s Calling is most likely the novel I’ll read next, after I’ve finished the Jill Mansell novel I’m reading at the moment. I can’t wait!

Have you read any of these novels? What did you think of them? No spoilers, of course!

Tiny Book Haul

I had a pretty busy and stressful week last week, so when Friday afternoon rolled around and I realised the weekend had started, I decided to treat myself to something nice…

When I turned 19 (over a year ago, I’m now 20) I got two book vouchers for my birthday, and one of them was still sitting in my wallet up until Friday, waiting to be used. That might seem quite surprising, since I love (owning) books. And it’s not as if I hadn’t gotten around to going to the bookstore and getting some nice books… No, it’s just that once I’d be there, standing in front of that huge bookcase full of great (and not so great) books, I just didn’t know what to get! I’d be walking around there, reading lots of blurbs and first pages, and then, after about 45 minutes, I’d walk out again, empty handed. I just wasn’t able to figure out which books were worthy of my voucher — there were so many great ones!

I’m not very good at making decisions…

Anyway, last Friday I swore to myself that I was not allowed to leave the book store until I had at least one book to spend my voucher on. Mission accomplished, I should say, because I left with three new books! Since yesterday’s post only consisted of pictures, I thought I’d share with you the results of my tiny book haul today!


The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. When an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep, she understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger.

Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams interviews the owner of Elsie’s German Bakery for a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. After that first day, Reba returns to the bakery again and again to hear more of Elsie’s story — a story that resonates with her own turbulent past. As the two women’s lives become intertwined, both are forced to confront the unsettling truths of the past and to seek out the courage to forgive.

My thoughts: As I was typing the blurb I noticed the part about the “feel-good Christmas piece”, so that seems a perfect excuse to read this book around Christmas! Even though it doesn’t exactly seem like a cheerful story, of course… I have high hopes for this novel and can’t wait to read it.

Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé by Joanne Harris

When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she allows the wind to blow her back to the village in south-west France where, eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But Lansquenet is different now: women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea, and, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church: a minaret.

Nor is it only the incomers from North Africa that have brought change. Father Reynaud, Vianne’s erstwhile adversary, is disgraced and under threat. Could it be that Vianne is the only one who can save him?

My thoughts: I only found out about a month ago there was a third novel about Vianne Rocher (after Chocolat and The Lollipop Shoes) and since I absolutely loved the first two I was really excited to come across this one in the book store on Friday! Can’t wait to read this one either.

Where’d you go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

To Elgie Branch, a Microsoft wunderkind, she’s his talented, volatile, troubled wife. To fellow mothers at the school gate, she’s a menace. To design experts, she’s a legendary architect. But to 15-year-old Bee, she is quite simply Mum.

Then Bernadette disappears. And Bee’s search for her mother reveals an extraordinary woman trying to find her place in an absurd world.

My thoughts: I’ve only been blogging for about a month and a half now, but during that time I’ve already encountered several reviews of this novel, and those reviews were very positive. So when I was looking for a third book on Friday afternoon, and I saw this one on the bottom book shelf, I decided to take it with me and see if I would love it as much as everyone else seems to do.

So, those were the three books I chose! It took quite some time (and quite some careful consideration) but I was feeling all happy and cheerful when I left the book store again, which was exactly my intention when I decided to treat myself.

I’m really excited to read these books, and although I probably won’t get around to reading all of them for a while … I’ve got something to look forward to!

Have you read any of these books? How did you like them? No spoilers, please! 🙂