Book Haul: December - January


My biggest, most problematic spending habit is definitely books. I hope I'm not the only one that does this, and I'm sure it isn't just me - but every time I come into money I have to buy myself at least one new book. Looking at it, books are pretty inexpensive and they are put to good use (even if it does take me a while to get round to reading them) so I guess there's worse things I could be spending money on. BUT I JUST LOVE A PRETTY BOOK

These aren't all of the books I've acquired since the start of December; there's about 7 more. But these are the ones I intend to read first and have been pushed right to the top of my ever-growing ever-changing never-ending reading list. To be honest, I probably won't get round to reading some of them for a while because I know I'll buy more books and want to read them before anything else. It's just a vicious never ending cycle!

The Hourglass Factory: Lucy Ribchester
The suffragette movement is reaching fever pitch but for broke Fleet Street tomboy Frankie George, just getting by in the cut-throat world of newspapers is hard enough. Sent to interview trapeze artist Ebony Diamond, Frankie finds herself fascinated by the tightly laced acrobat and follows her across London to a Mayfair corset shop that hides more than one dark secret.

This is my most recent purchase, I nearly bought it when alcohol shopping with my friend the other day but she convinced me that my money would be wiser spent on Vodka and Malibu than a book! To think I let her convince me too... This is the book I'm most excited to read for sure, it's just so different from my usual kind of book and the plot seems so unusual and out there. 

More Than This: Patrick Ness
A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.
Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.
How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?
As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

After seeing so many people read this I thought I would give in and see what the fuss was all about. The plot sounds so intriguing and I'm getting Maze Runner-y kind of vibes from it - and I love that series so I have no problem with that whatsoever! The book feels amazing too and the paper is so high quality and nice too so that's a bonus!

Lolita: Vladmir Nabokov
Humbert Humbert - scholar, aesthete and romantic - has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady's gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. 

I have wanted to read this book for the longest time, but every time I went to buy the book it was either out of stock or the book cover was god awful (I'm not one to keep an ugly book if I can help it). It has taken me a while to get used to the prose-style and actually get into the book but it is a good one so far! 

Noughts & Crosses: Malorie Blackman
Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Nought -- a “colourless” member of the underclass who were once slaves to the Crosses. The two have been friends since early childhood, but that’s as far as it can go. In their world, Noughts and Crosses simply don’t mix. Against a background of prejudice and distrust, intensely highlighted by violent terrorist activity, a romance builds between Sephy and Callum -- a romance that is to lead both of them into terrible danger. Can they possibly find a way to be together? 

This is going to be a re-read. We read this book (or most of it) when I was studying in year 9 - I don't fully remember the plot but I do remember that I loved it when we were reading. Noughts and Crosses was probably my first encounter to the Dystopian sub-genre that has become so popular thanks to books, and their film adaptations, such as the Hunger Games and Divergent. It flips our societies understanding of racism on its head and, although it does lack some depth, does make you think to some extent.

Gone Girl: Gillian Flynn
On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer? 

Yes - I'm very late to this party. This was actually a gift to my mum for Christmas but not actually for her, I bought it and wrapped it so I didn't feel bad about buying myself so many books when I should've been buying Christmas presents. The film was obviously a huge success, and I'm putting off watching it until I've read the book, just like I do with all over book-to-movie adaptations. A few people have told me how good this book is so I'm hoping it doesn't disappoint. Again, not my usual cup of tea but I'm trying to branch out!

Having no exams until June is so exciting because it means I can read SO many books up until then! My aim is to have these all done by April time, and having a 24 hour round coach trip to Paris in March allows me plenty of opportunity to do so! As soon as I have read each of them I'll post an in-depth review on here though! 


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