May Book Haul

Sunday, 31 May 2020

It seems like May was indeed a very good month for book buying, and a very, very bad month for my bank balance. In all fairness, I haven't really bought anything else whilst still in lockdown except for books. There are a lot of people who are saying that their online spending habits have gone a bit crazy whilst cooped up indoors, whereas mine have actually been the opposite.

Except for books, clearly.

I also had a bit of leftover birthday money from back in March, so that kind of justifies just HOW MANY books I bought this month, doesn't it? Seriously, I think this might just be the most books I've ever bought in a single given month, which is both daunting and kinda exciting.

I'll start with the mountain of Kindle books first, but it's worth mentioning that I only really tend to buy Kindle books when they're on offer for 99p, in fact, I don't think I've ever paid full price for a Kindle book, so the amount of Kindle books I buy isn't actually that bad, right?

Firstly, I picked up The Hating Game by Sally Thorne because SO MANY people said it was similar in plot to The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren which I read earlier this year and really liked. Then I picked up The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams which I've heard nothing but great things about. The same goes for Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, too. I also picked up The Prison Doctor by Amanda Brown which I've also heard nothing but wonderful things about and I'm keen to read more medical-based non-fiction books after reading (and absolutely loving) This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay last month.

There are a couple of Kindle books I picked up that I hadn't heard too much about but the concept sounded interesting. They are This Lovely City By Louise Hare and The Rearranged Life of Oona Lockhart by Margarita Montimore, both of which sound exactly like my kind of book! I also picked up Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid which is a short story, and admittedly I don't really gravitate towards short stories, but this one I couldn't resist as I was keen to read more work by TJR after falling head over heels with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!

The last Kindle book I have is The Spirit in the Crypt by Alexander Lound, which was kindly gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review, and whilst initially it didn't seem like the type of book I would naturally gravitate towards, I ended up really enjoying it!

Onto the physical books I bought, and the first one was My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell, which is a book that I am seeing everywhere at the moment, especially on bookstagram! I've already read and reviewed this, and whilst it's a very powerful, impactful story, it's also extremely uncomfortable to read. The second book I picked out is A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, which also happens to be my current read. I'm about 300 pages into this 720 page mammoth book and so far I'm really enjoying it, so keep your eyeballs peeled for that review soon!

The next two books are books totally inspired by LilyCReads on YouTube, and they are Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom and Mosquitoland by David Arnold, which she talked about in her April wrap up video. I'm excited to give these a go, especially Tuesdays with Morrie as it's one of those books you hear a lot about but never really think to pick up. I also absolutely adore the cover for Mosquitoland too - how cute is it?!

From a recent Tesco shopping trip, I picked up 2 books in the 2 for £8 deal, which is an absolute bargain. I picked out Educated by Tara Westover, mainly because I really want to start reading more non-fiction this year and I've seen people rave about this book, and then I also picked up The Women at Hitler's Table by Rosella Posorino because I love stories about WWII.

Then I ordered Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts which I saw Lizzy Hadfield talk about on YouTube and it ticked all the boxes I'm currently looking for - dramatic, kinda a true story (dramatised fiction?) and it's a whopper of a book at 936 pages and I'm all about bigger books at the moment!

And finally (yes, I promise there's an end to this post), I picked up two classics from my local garden centre, which unbeknownst to me until about a week ago, has a book section. I picked up Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - both of which I'm ashamed to say I've never owned or ever read!

And that's all the books I bought in May. There's a lot, I know. But lately I am on a reading kick which doesn't happen very often these days, so I'll take it and run! I'd love to hear your thoughts if you've read any of these books, too!

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