The Book Haul That Shouldn’t Really Have Happened

The Book Haul That Shouldn’t Really Have Happened

Considering the fact my contract with my current employer is ending in less than two months and I haven’t found another job to go to yet, I shouldn’t really be spending my money on books right now but apparently I have zero self control.


I’ve added a few books to my shelves over the past few weeks, some of them are quite new releases that I am very excited to read. Highlights include The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. I’ve been excited about The Gentleman’s Guide for what feels like forever (but was probably more like a year?). It sounds entirely up my alley.  Roguish adventures across historical Europe? Yes, please.

The Bedlam Stacks meanwhile is a follow up novel to The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, which is still one of my absolute favourite books. I’ve already started reading this one and I’m already in love with it. I can’t wait to review it.

I also got the Slytherin house edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. I felt like I needed to celebrate the 20th Anniversary in some way and how could I pass up the chance to see some of that extra Slytherin content?

Before going on holiday I also bought a stash of books to choose from to take on my trip to Edinburgh. This included The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (because I loved The Secret History) and Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones (because I have heard so many good things about this one and it includes a Goblin King).

While I was actually in Edinburgh earlier this week I couldn’t resist checking out the Waterstones. I picked up a copy of  the short story collection Lips Touch by Laini Taylor. I picked this one because a) it’s small enough to not add too much extra weight to my travel luggage and b) because I’m trying to rev myself up to getting back into Laini Taylor’s work.

The rest of my book haul can entirely be blamed on Cassandra Clare. Over the course of June I made my way through the Infernal Devices trilogy which is brimming with literary references. It made me feel pretty nostalgic for my classic books phase when I almost exclusively read classic novels. So I picked up new copies of Jane Eyre, Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice. I did own these books a few years ago but I have no idea where those old copies are any more. These new copies were inexpensive though so I don’t feel too bad about buying them again.

I think these will be the last books I buy for a while until I figure out my next career move. I just need enough money to live and support my book buying addiction so fingers crossed everything gets sorted soon >.<. In a way I kind of purchased these books to have some escape from all the serious thinking I need to do about sorting out my future and all that malarkey.

Have you ever bought books when you really should be saving your money? Also, have you read any of the books above and have any thoughts on them to share with me?

Ren x

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