Monday, 25 July 2016

BOOK HAUL | July (Including Library Loot)

This month I've managed to acquire eight books in total - four of which I purchased and the other four being books I borrowed from the library. Toddler and I have been making a lot more use of our local library this month and I'm hoping that will continue, especially now that I've signed my son up for the summer reading challenge.

MR MERCEDES | Last month I shared that I had purchased the second book in the Bill Hodges trilogy by Stephen King, knowingly so, in order to acquire the entire trilogy which I'm keen to read. So when I was looking for books on Amazon's three paperbacks for £10 deal, I knew I had to snap this one up.

THE LONEY | This is a book I've been hearing a lot of feedback about for quite a while now and I've always put off getting it as the feedback is of the kind that you don't really know what to make of it... If that makes sense. Well, really, that's the feeling some people come away from the book with, a sense of not really knowing what to make of it. I knew I did want to experience the story for myself though, and given that my local library doesn't carry it I decided to purchase it.

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE | Whim purchases can end up being very hit or miss, and this title was somewhat of a whim purchase. I've been seeing it in practically every establishment I enter that sells books for a good few weeks now, and have picked it up to nosy at the blurb on one or two occasions, but always left it behind for one reason or another. I think a large part of me kept putting it back as it's a book I have heard nothing about, and I tend to buy books that I know something of. Prior to book blogging I made most of my bookish purchases with no prior knowledge and it was always interesting to see how it would pan out - I want to try and do that more often.

HARRY POTTER: THE ARTIFACT VAULT (not pictured) | I love Harry Potter. I love behind the signs knowledge of films I greatly enjoy. I mean, I couldn't pass this one up really. If you're in the UK and interested in this kind of read, I bought it for just £10 from ASDA, which is a pretty good deal for a book of this depth.

THE GIRLS | Titled The Girls in the Garden in other countries, I've been seeing The Girls a lot in the book community of late and with an intriguing blurb I knew I wanted to give this one a read. The Girls is actually my current read.

BROTHER | Another one of those 'the book community made me do it' reads... Brother is quite a dark read, but the premise and feedback I had heard surrounding the book made me want to check it out. It isn't the kind of book I'd own, and so as soon as I saw my library carrying it I reserved it. Once the reservation came in I immediately picked it up and delved in - I finished Brother in less than two days and will be sharing a mini review on the book shortly.

OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS | This was a book that kept cropping up in the community, and on booktube, a good few months back and after hearing a podcast with the author herself I added this one to my wishlist.

IN COLD BLOOD | As a fan of crime novels, and true crime books and shows, In Cold Blood is a book I've been wanting to read for quite some time now, as well as being recommended a lot, so I'm glad to finally have the opportunity to read this modern classic.

What books did you acquire in July?
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  1. Some great books!! I'm anxious to see what you think of The Girls when you finish.

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    1. I just finished The Girls today... I've come away with some mixed feelings, that's for sure. Worth reading if you were interested in it though.

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  2. Mr. Mercedes is on my TBR as is The Girls. I've been wanting to read In Cold Blood but at the same time almost afraid too. It's such a horrifying story.

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    1. In Cold Blood is definitely quite a dark story, and even more so because it is true crime, but I'm really enjoying the way it is being told (I'm about half way through so far). I would definitely recommend picking it up seen as you are already interested.

      I'm looking forward to the Stephen King trilogy, but I'm holding off delving in until I can get my hands on a paperback edition of the last book in the trilogy.

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  3. The Girls in the Garden just came in for me at the library! I am excited to start, I have heard so much.

    And yay for summer reading programs!!

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    1. In Cold Blood - somehow I missed that one on there. I read that in high school and it scared me like crazy! It made me slightly nervous in rural areas for sure. Lol.

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    2. I hope you enjoy The Girls in the Garden - I'd heard so many good things about the book but have come away from reading it with mixed feelings. I did only finish it today though, so I'm still gathering my thoughts. I look forward to hearing what you think of it!

      Haha - I can total see why you came away from In Cold Blood nervous of rural areas! I'm about half way through currently, and whilst it is pretty dark stuff, I'm really enjoying the writing.

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  4. The Harry Potter one sounds really fun! I don't often pick up books I haven't heard anything about, either. Except at the library, I'll occasionally select something that sounds good. I've found some of my favorite reads that way, so I should try it more often! :)

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    1. I'm so glad I stumbled across the Harry Potter artifact book - there is so much to read and discover, with some fun inclusions too. There is a little pull out of the Black family tree that we see on a wall in the films, which is pretty cool, especially seen as Sirius Black is one of my favourite characters.

      Yes! I used to find so many gems picking up books on a whim, particularly at the library like you say, and so it would be good to pick up that habit of just browsing once again. I hope you give it a go more often too!!

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  5. I've also been hearing a lot about Our Endless Numbered Days. Sometimes it's reading something with the author or some extra information about the book that finally makes me decide to pick it up too!

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    1. Yes, that's so true, Lindsey.

      I have a week remaining on my library books, and with Our Endless Numbered Days having not yet been started, I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to finish it in time. Well, I picked it up just an hour or so ago and I've already made great progress! It's very much the kind of book that envelopes the reader.

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  6. I'm very curious about the HP Artifact Vault! We have a page-to-screen HP collection we got on a ridiculous Amazon deal and while the titles are different from Artifact Vault (and I think there are a few others recently released), I am now wondering if there are similarities or overlap between the titles or if they are completely different from what I've already read. I'm not sure it's something my library will have, but I think I will have to at least check! Based on the titles I have read, it will be both interesting and beautiful!

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    1. I'm keen to get the page-to-screen collection that you're referring to, and from the little knowledge I have, I think they are different titles, but perhaps some of the content is the same/similar in both. Currently I'm dipping in and out of the Artifact Vault, but the emphasis is very much on the props and divided in to sections such as props found in the school, and also divided by the different films.

      For sure, the Artifact Vault is a US book though as the first film is referred to as the Sorcerer's Stone, and of course here in the UK it is actually the Philosopher's Stone.

      I feel like I've just rambled on in this comment and not really provided any helpful information. Haha! Either way, the book is really in depth, and well worth a read! Fingers crossed your library holds it. :-)

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    2. That's OK! I ramble too, lol. I checked and the other newer ones are the Character Vault, Creature Vault, and Magical Places -- and those are available through my library. So I've put holds on those so I can see if there is crossover with the set I already have. Artifact Vault they don't have yet as its the newest, but I think this will be a fun start!

      Side note -- I'm reading the Illustrated edition of book 1 now and it is actually the UK text, but with the US title. WHY they didn't just change the title as well is beyond me! The books take place in the UK, so I really don't get why we can't have the UK terminology all around.

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    3. Oh, wow, I had no idea there were others running alongside the Artifact Vault - thanks for telling me, I've added them to my wishlist! Great news that your library holds those titles so you can see of any crossover, as you mention. Hopefully your library also gets in the Artifact Vault. I'm sure there may well be some kind of crossover, but being a huge HP fan, it's always fun discovering all the content out there revolving around the films and books.

      That's so weird regarding the illustrated edition - I suppose it's a new reading experience almost, as I'm guessing you read the US text in the original books. Only a couple more months and the second illustrated edition is out... Yay!!!

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