April Book Haul

Thursday, 30 April 2020


April has been a very odd month for my book buying habits, and if you've read any of my other monthly haul posts, then you'll know that I buy the majority of my books on (far, far too many) trips to Waterstones on my lunch breaks at work. Now that I'm working from home and we're all under lockdown, that is quite clearly not the case anymore. I really, really don't like buying books online (it's a weird personality trait that I can't seem to break), so my only other option is to endlessly look at what Kindle books are on offer, and let me tell you, there's been some cracking offers on lately!

Nothing had actually taken my fancy for the first half of the month and I didn't want to get into the habit of buying Kindle books for the sake of having something to post about, but then I noticed a few books on offer for 99p that I'd seen doing the rounds quite a bit on Bookstagram. They are:

In Five Years by Rebecca Serle
The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen
Finding Henry Applebee by Celia Reynolds
The Hope Family Calendar by Mike Gayle
Platinum Doll by Anne Girard
Normal People by Sally Rooney

In Five Years seems to be everywhere at the moment - I can't seem to log onto Instagram without seeing this on my timeline, and I'm well and truely ready to jump on the bandwagon. I'm especially excited to read Finding Henry Applebee though; for some reason the blurb is giving me A Man Called Ove vibes, and I'm not mad about that one bit seeing as though that was probably one of my favourite reads of this year so far, so it's got a lot to live up to!

The Other Half of Augusta Hope intrigued me because, much like Five Years From Now, this seems to be doing the rounds on Bookstagram and I've heard that it's poetic yet intelligent at the same time and it just seems like something I will enjoy.

I decided to see what else Mike Gayle had to offer after only recently reading Half a World Away by him, and The Hope Family Calendar seemed like that one I'd enjoy the most. I have a sneaky feeling I'll be buying all of his books on Kindle over the next few months as I struggled to pick just one - they all sound amazing!

I bought Platinum Doll because I'm still slightly obsessed with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I just needed that Old Hollywood fix! Honestly, I don't expect this book to live up to the standard of Evelyn Hugo but I'm alright with that, I just need something to fill the Hollywood shaped hole in my heart.

And finally for the Kindle books, I picked up Normal People by Sally Rooney because who hasn't read this book at this point?!

Moving on from Kindle books, there's only two physical books I bought this month and that's The Switch by Beth O'Leary which I've been highly anticipating since I read The Flat Share and absolutely devoured it. The other is The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley, which I've seen here and there on Instagram and the premise sounded like just the kind of thing I like to read - not to mention the cover is to die for!

What books have you bought this month?

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