It’s been a while since I’ve done a post like this and when I was clearing out my bookcase a few days ago, I realised that I’ve added a few books to my collection that I’m super excited about and I thought I’d share with you.
Book buying has always been a little bit of an issue for me. In the sense that I have pretty much no control. If I walk into a bookshop, you best be sure I’ll be coming out with AT LEAST one book. So these are a few of the books I’ve accumulated over the last few months.
I had a little trip to Leicester a while ago and I love the Waterstones in the town. I can honestly spend hours there! I won’t lie by the time I had finished wandering around the entirety of the store for the third time, I had an armful of books but I knew I would struggle to get them all home. So I just picked two, which is a miracle for me really. I picked up Paper Girls Volume 1. I always spend the most amount of time looking at the Graphic Novel section in bookstores, because I’m really starting to enjoy them more and more. When I’m having a slow day and can’t focus on that fat, juicy bestseller I’ve recently started, a graphic novel is the next best thing. I really like the art style of Paper Girls, and it was because of that I picked it up. Having heard nothing of it before and having no idea what it was about, the art style alone sold me. (Plus the assistant in Waterstones told me it was really good, and I always trust recommendations from fellow bookish people!) I actually read this one as soon as I got home recovering from the shopping trip over a cuppa. Honestly, it was okay. Not the best one I’ve read, but certainly not the worst. I found it quite slow and honestly a little boring, however, the last few pages and art style will definitely mean I’ll be picking up Volume 2 and giving that a go before I give my final verdict.
I’d Die For You and Other Lost Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald was the first book I saw and picked up in the store, and I couldn’t put it down. I love Fitzgerald’s work and I’m slowly building up my collection, but I like them all to match so I’m trying repurchase some of my mismatched ones before I buy new ones. That being said, this one doesn’t match the others I have AT ALL. But I kinda don’t mind which is odd considering how much of a control freak I am when it comes to my books. I love the colours of this book and it’s one I’ve never seen before. I haven’t read it yet, but from what I can gather it features a collection of stories that have previously been unseen by readers. Things that never made it past Fitzgerald’s editor and others that were physically lost and only recently found. I can already tell I’m going to love this one.
I have also rediscovered my love for ordering books from Amazon. Not only can you pre-order ones, that you then forget about so it’s a wonderful surprise when they arrive at your door, sometimes it’s lovely to find and order books you’ve been meaning to get for ages without having to move from your bed. This is a regular occurrence for me. Typically if I’ve had a bad day, I’ll go to bed with a cup of tea and instead of picking up a book, I’ll have a look through the recent releases on Amazon, and order a few that catch my eye.
The F Word by Lily Pebbles is one that I pre-ordered honestly more for the hype and author than the books itself. I’ve been a fan of Lily Pebbles for years, so I was super excited to find out she was writing a book. Couple that with the fact she was posting constantly about it on SM, when I saw it on Amazon, I couldn’t help myself and just had to pre-order. I haven’t picked it up yet, but I think it’s probably one I’ll pick up one Sunday when I’m just lazing around. People have said some really good things about this so I’m excited to pick it up and see what I think.
Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton is another instance in where I had seen a lot about this on SM and blogs galore, so I just had to pick it up for myself. This is another one I haven’t picked up yet (do you see a theme emerging here?) but I’m very excited to get to it sometime probably in the summer when I have a bit more time on my hands.
I won’t lie, I ordered Uncommon Type, purely because Tom Hanks wrote it. I’m a huge fan of Tom Hanks and when I found out he’d written a book, I just had to buy it. I’ve attempted a few times to read it, and it’s not that I don’t like it, I just don’t know how I feel about it right now. I’m hoping that it’s one that I just have to power through to see the beauty of, but if not, I’ve decided I’m going to give the audiobook a go. I’m not usually one for audiobooks, but having the opportunity to have Tom Hanks read a book to me is not something I’m about to give up.
And then we get to some of my favourite purchases. Poetry books. I’ve been feeling really mad at myself about the fact that I haven’t written anything since I finished University. Especially poetry. So I thought what better way to spark some inspiration than reading some great poetry. Milk and Honey is one I’ve been meaning to pick up for the longest time, I actually used a lot of the poetry featured in this book as inspiration for my own poetry collection. I love picking this up randomly and reading a few poems in it, if you’re just delving into the world of modern poetry books, I would definitely recommend this one as an absolute must. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One by Amanda Lovelace was another I pre-ordered which meant I obviously also had to get The Princess Saves Herself In This One. I have only briefly flicked through both of these because I want to delve into them when I have a clear head and can devote all of my attention to them, I might even try to set aside some time this weekend to getting stuck into these two.
The last one on the list and the one I’m possibly the most excited about. I pre-ordered this book back in February and completely forgot about it until I received the email from Amazon telling me they’d delivered it. I was with my dad like, what have they delivered, I haven’t ordered anything for ages. Then lo and behold this beauty had arrived on my doorstep (or rather through my letterbox). I finished this series in February, I think I powered through all three books back to back in the space of about a week because I was hooked! (Reviews for the full series will be coming shortly.) So I was super excited to get around to this, and so far I’ve only read the first chapter or so but I’m already loving it. It’s so great to fall back into a world and characters that are written so well, it doesn’t feel like any time has passed since I put down the last book. I’m torn between wanting to read it all in the space of one evening, and savoring it because I don’t really want the story to end which is the reason it’s been sat on my desk for the past few weeks. I know that I’m going to adore this one and if you haven’t I definitely recommend picking up the series.
Have you bought any books recently? Are there any graphic novels you think I absolutely need to get on my bookshelf? Are you a fan of poetry books? Have you read ACOFAS yet? Let me know in the comments down below!