Saturday, 1 November 2014

October Book Haul

After the massive book haul last month, I attempted to restrict myself from buying books in the month of October, but I still bought 37 new books, three of them being eBooks. However, I also won five books through Goodreads First Reads (if you haven't seen their competitions, you need to go and check them out), so I will include those first and foremost as I am very grateful to Goodreads for hosting the competitions and I'm still so happy that I won because I've never won any Goodreads competitions before and I won two in one day! Two have not currently arrived, so I will be including them in my November Book Haul.

Goodreads First Reads competition wins: 

The first Goodreads First Reads competition I won was 'The Rosie Effect' by Graeme Simsion, the second book in the Don Tillman series. I've already read and reviewed this book, so please go check out my review.
The second book I won from Goodreads First Reads was 'The Madness of Mr. Darcy' by Alexa Adams. It's based on characters from Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' and is meant to act as a kind of sequel. I haven't currently managed to get around to reading this book yet, but when I do I will be doing a review, so keep an eye out!
The third book I won from Goodreads First Reads was 'The Menhatten Project' by Victoria Flores and Leslie Wilson. This isn't the type of book I normally read, but the cover was nice and it was described as similar to 'Sex and the City' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary' which I've always been interested in but have never gotten around to, so I'll see what I think of this one. Also, Victoria wrote a nice little personalised message for me (pictured below) which was so sweet! I'll be reading this book pretty early on in November, so look out for my review!


The first eBook I bought this month was 'Throne of Glass' by Sarah J. Maas. Over the last month I've heard so much hype about the third book in the series, 'Heir of Fire', so when I saw this book on Amazon for only 51p I couldn't resist buying it. I don't know much about this story but I know that it tells the story of a girl who is trying to be an assassin, so I'm expecting this to be high fantasy and adrenaline-filled.

The second eBook I bought in October was 'The Selection' by Kiera Cass. I've wanted to read this book for such a long time and it was only a pound on Amazon, so I had to buy it. From what I can gather it tells the story of a group of girls who are competing to marry the prince, but our main protagonist is not interested in the story at all because she has a boyfriend. I don't know much else about it, but the cover is absolutely beautiful and I've been getting excited about this for a long time so I hope it lives up to my expectations.

The third and final eBook I bought in the month of October was 'You' by Caroline Kepnes. I've heard so many good things about this novel even though it was only released at the end of September, so when it was on a Kindle deal for £2.50 I couldn't resist purchasing it (even though this is the most I've ever spent on an eBook and the most that I probably ever will). From what I know about this book it tells us the story of a bookseller called Joe and his girlfriend, who both get like crazy obsessed with each other. It has aspects of stalking and seems like it'll be a really unusual and thrilling novel which is just the kind of thing I've been looking for recently. 


The first book I bought in the month of October was 'How To Love' by Katie Cotugno. I've heard so many good things about this book, which is based on a tale of first love gone wrong. The main character gets pregnant to her boyfriend, who then runs off and leaves them, before returning later (I believe a few years after she's had the child). Other than that I don't know much about the book, but the story sounds interesting and the cover is absolutely gorgeous, so I can't wait to read this one.

The second book I bought was 'Bones of the Lost' by Kathy Reichs. This book is #16 of the Temperance Brennan series, but I absolutely love the TV series 'Bones' and I already own all of her books (despite the fact that I have yet to read any) so I thought it was a good idea to buy the newest release, as it was half price in Morrisons.

Next up, The Book People were having a sale, so I purchased the two Vintage collects. As I said last month, I absolutely love the Vintage covers so I want to eventually own all of the editions and I had been looking at both of these collections for a few months, so when they went on sale I could not resist.

First of all I bought The Charles Dickens Vintage Collection, which was just under £14. The books included in the collection are: 'Martin Chuzzlewit', 'Great Expectations', 'A Tale Of Two Cities', 'The Old Curiosity Shop', 'David Copperfield', 'The Pickwick Papers', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Hard Times', 'Little Dorrit', 'The Mystery of Edward Drood', 'Our Mutual Friend', 'Nicholas Nickelby', 'Dombey and Son', 'Barnaby Rudge', 'Bleak House' and 'Oliver Twist'.

Second up I bought the James Bond Vintage Collection, which was only £10 so all together, for thirty books, it was an amazing bargain and I know I'm going to love all of them. The novels in the James Bond collection are: 'Casino Royale', 'Live and Let Die', 'Moon Raker', 'Diamonds Are Forever', 'From Russia With Love', 'Dr. No', 'Gold Finger', 'For Your Eyes Only', 'The Spy Who Loved Me', 'On Her Majesty's Service', 'You Only Live Twice', 'The Man With The Golden Gun', 'Octopussy and the Living Daylights' and 'Thunder Ball' and it came in this beautifully designed box (pictured below) so I'm so glad I purchased it. 

I told myself I wasn't going to buy any more books this month after the two collections, but when 'Ed Sheeran: A Visual Journey' was released and it was only half price in WH Smiths I couldn't resist getting it. Ed Sheeran is one of the best artists to come out of England in a very long time and no matter how much people say he's boring or too samey I think he is extremely talented and I am extremely interested to see what this autobiography is like. Also, the artwork throughout is absolutely gorgeous as it's done by Phillip Butah, who has done the artwork for Ed Sheeran's albums over the years.

The last book I bought in the month of October was 'Every Day' by David Levithan. I actually read this book earlier in the year and I thought it was one of the best books I've ever read; the character of A is extremely likeable and there isn't too much in this novel that gets on my nerves, which is surprising when it comes to this genre of fiction recently. If you haven't heard of 'Every Day', it tells the story of A, a being who wakes up in a different body every morning and who falls in love with Rhiannon, the girlfriend of one of his bodies early in the novel. The book plays out with A falling more and more in love with Rhiannon, putting his morals on the line and it makes you ask some very big questions about love and whether you can love someone if you never really know who they are. If you're a fan of John Green you've probably already heard of David Levithan, because he co-wrote 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson', but this book is an absolute masterpiece so you really need to go and pick it up right now. Also, the cover is an absolute work of art because the people are made up out of quotes from the book which is genius.

That's all for this month, I'll be reading and reviewing the rest of my library books throughout November (including two book club picks, namely 'Anna and the French Kiss' by Stephanie Perkins and 'Fangirl' by Rainbow Rowell) and hopefully moving on to some of my own books before the end of the month so keep an eye out. If you have read any of these books and recommend them please let me know, or if you want me to review a specific book I can do that! 

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