As you may have been able to guess from my lack of posting recently, I have been hit hard by A levels in the past couple of weeks. The fact is, I’m facing three months of close to solid revision time, and this blog is going to have to come second to that. However, I am hoping to sort myself out and get some book reviews pre-written and scheduled, so hopefully, you’ll still be hearing from me now and again.
But, for now, this is what I have for you. This is a small accumulation of all the books I remember buying/receiving in the past few months. This also includes the books I currently have out of the various libraries I go to, so I haven’t actually purchased all of these books. I’m not that rich, unfortunately.
Disclaimer: not every book I’ve purchased/been given recently is on this list. A lot of them are kindle books/ebooks from NetGalley, so I recommend going to my Goodreads page if you want to find out more about those! I handily have an ebook shelf, which is where all of those books end up when I add them!
This list is not chronological. but I’ve separated it into “books from libraries”, “books I received” and “books I purchased”. All links are affiliate links to BookDepository 🙂
Books From Libraries
If you’ve followed this blog and don’t know of my devotion to Daphne du Maurier yet, then god help you. I’m obsessed with her, from her family to her life story, to the books she’s written. I’ve already read Rebecca and Jamaica’s Inn and loved them both (Rebecca is also my favourite book of all time). So, I’m hoping The Birds and Other Stories will live up to the monumental expectations I have for it. I’ve just started reading it, and my hopes are still high!
I have already reviewed Equal Rites and read Soul Music, so I had pretty big expectations coming into this one, too. The difference is, I’ve literally just finished reading this, and my ultimate reaction is… It was not as good as Soul Music. But it was still good. I gave it four stars. A full review will come at some point soon. Probably.
Another book I recently read – and it was amazing. Truly. I honestly don’t think I was all that hyped to read it, but I’d heard good things from semi-reliable sources (*cough* BookTube *cough*) and was willing to give it a shot. I actually much prefer the American cover of this series, but as I wasn’t going all out and buying it, it’s not much of a complaint. Once again, review coming soon. Hopefully.
The Last Tudor is Philippa Gregory’s last addition to her Tudor Court series – which is good because I think she has completely exhausted all options for women within that sphere. Although, folks, never read a historical fiction novel whilst learning about the same exact era at school. We looked at the plot to put Lady Jane Grey on the throne very recently, so throughout this book, I was mostly horrified about how inaccurate it was. Like, more inaccurate than most of her other novels, inaccurate. So, I didn’t enjoy it that much, but it’s Philippa Gregory, so I still consumed it in a couple of days.
A weird little book I found in my local library, which focuses on a woman who mysteriously finds Virginia Woolf in the middle of Manhattan. Mayhem ensues. I haven’t read this yet, but I will, just as soon as I finish… All the other books I have yet to read.
Books I Received
This book was a Valentine’s Day present from my boyfriend (who always knows what to get for me – hi, if you’re reading). It’s an old Penguin Classics edition of the English translation of The Canterbury Tales (they were originally written in Middle English) from 1951. So pretty cool, in all. A new prized possession.
Okay, so, this book has a somewhat complicated history. I bought it from a library book sale in my town, gifted it to my boyfriend because I knew I wouldn’t have time to read it, and recently borrowed it back off him to read for myself. It’s technically his, but I purchased it with my money, so I guess it’s shared…? I’m not sure. But anyway, I am planning to read this fairly soon, and I will provide a review as soon as I do. I have mixed emotions about Richard Dawkins.
Thank you so much to Readers First for sending me this book! If you’re interested in signing up with them too, they’re a company that provides you with a ‘First Impression’ of a book (the first chapter or so). You write a response to that chapter, and if they like it, they send you a free, finished copy of that book! I don’t know a whole lot about this book, but the first chapter looked good, so I’m hoping the rest of it will be too.
Books I Purchased
Did I mention my obsession with Daphne du Maurier? Good. This is the 80th Anniversary Edition of Rebecca, and it is bloody beautiful. I decided to treat myself to a new edition of Rebecca, since my Virago Modern Classics edition has been trashed, destroyed and annotated within an inch of its life thanks to my English Literature coursework. This was a good choice for a new edition.
What do you do with a Christmas book token? Buy an amazing book that you would otherwise skip due to the price tag. Angela Carter has quickly become one of my favourite authors, so when I saw she had a full collection of fairy tales, I decided to had to bite. Unread as of yet, but I am eagerly anticipating it.
Folio Society books have started to become a proper collection for me. Granted, I now own three, but whenever I see one in a charity shop, I immediately gravitate towards it. This one, I Capture The Castle, I found, unopened, for a tenner in Oxfam. Can you blame me? It’s from 1997, so it’s not available on the Folio Society website anymore, but I’m sure this edition is on Ebay somewhere, too.
My English Literature A-level has, so far, cost me about £50. The edition of this book you see on the left was £12. For a tiny, sliver of a book. The one on the right is the one I’m annotating in class, and I got it for £2.50 on eBay, but still. I do really enjoy studying Chaucer, but I don’t know how one tiny book can be so expensive.
There you have it! A small, slightly rushed, March 2018 accumulative book haul. It’s my eighteenth birthday this Friday, so I believe some more books will be added to my collection, and I’ll be sure to update you all with those next weekend, as I’ve also got a weekend off work. I’m more excited about the weekend off than turning eighteen, to tell you the truth…