Wednesday, 14 August 2019

A Long-Overdue Book Haul

Hello everyone! As you can tell from the title and simply orgasmic book-filled photos - today it's book haul time! eeeeeep! I've been on a spending ban for the longest time now, which in general actually proved to be pretty manageable... until it came to books. I don't know what it is but when it comes to books - old or new - I just bubble up with excitement and really do struggle to walk past without a cheeky purchase... or two. Anyhoo, I decided to treat myself after what have been an incredibly stressful few months, and thought it would be a fun idea to share with you what I decided to pick up!

'The Dry' by Jane Harper - Labelled by many as 'The most gripping crime thriller of 2017' I simply had to pick this up as a present for my crime-thriller-loving mum. Once she's finished with it I may even give it a little go myself as crime fiction is not usually a genre I venture into, but something I absolutely love to watch so who knows! Perhaps this'll prove to be the perfect stepping stone into a new world of literature?
'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition' by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay - I'm so embarrassed about this one because Lord knows I love my Harry Potter, and Lord knows I love my books. I don't know why it took me so long to get around to purchasing this absolutely gorgeous piece of work but alas, each time I came across the beautiful cover I was just never in a position to pick it up. However... 
It is now mine! Yippee!! I haven't read The Philosopher's Stone in at least a decade so I felt it was about time to pull my socks up and resolve that clear abomination in my life and enjoy some of Jim Kay's gorgeous illustrations whilst I'm at it!

'Cold Feet: The Lost Years' by Carmel Harrington - I hadn't heard of Cold Feet until it was announced that the series and original cast would return for a sixth season - to which my parents squealed with joy. After watching the first episode of the sixth series alone I instantly fell in love and bought the DVD box set for my mum, dad (and I) for Christmas. Once we had stormed our way through that I was left longing for more (If you haven't seen Cold Feet yet, I'd 100% recommend that you check it out. I'd go as far as to say that it's the original 'Friends'). I soon stumbled upon this 'official novel' by Carmel Harrington however which essentially tells us a little of what happened in the characters' lives between series five and six. I can't wait to delve into this one and would very much recommend it as a gift to anyone who loves the cold Feet series!
'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara - Unlike the other books in this selection, I have previously read 'A Little Life'. As soon as I finished my hardback edition I just knew I had to also have this wonder of a book in paperback so I could carry it around with me, and highlight and annotate without having to worry about destroying my shelf copy. I've never posted a book review before because I usually have so much to say its difficult to narrow down. This novel is no exception but oh my goodness I need to talk about it some more so expect a review sometime soon! 
'The People In The Trees' by Hanya Yanagihara - As I enjoyed 'A Little Life' so much, I thought it would be interesting to check out some of Hanya Yanagihara's other work (as of yet!): her first book, 'The People In The Trees'. Interestingly, this novel sounds completely and utterly different from my beloved 'A Little Life', and as a Geography graduate I think it goes without saying that culture, people and anthropology are of a great interest to me, so when I heard that these were some of the key themes explored in this book, I couldn't not pick it up.

'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet - Unlike the more traditional murder-mystery crime novels, 'His Bloody Project' focuses upon rather what it was that drove (fictional) murderer Roderick Macrae to commit a triple murder. I thought this was quite an interesting concept and very much look forward to gaining an insight into some of the legal and psychiatric explorations that are invested in such cases.

Have you read any of the above titles? If you have do let me know what you thought in the comments below! (No spoilers please!!) As you can probably tell by by tone I'm simply thrilled to have some new reads once again and can't wait to snuggle up and delve into my pile!

What books are currently on your wish list? 

- Hannah x

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'The Dry' by Jane Harper - (Amazon) / (Waterstones)
'Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone: Illustrated Edition' by J.K. Rowling, Illustrated by Jim Kay - (Amazon) / (Waterstones)
'Cold Feet: The Lost Years' by Carmel Harrington (Amazon) / (Waterstones)
'A Little Life' by Hanya Yanagihara - (Amazon) / (Waterstones)
'The People In The Trees' by Hanya Yanagihara - (Amazon) / (Waterstones)
'His Bloody Project' by Graeme Macrae Burnet (Amazon) / (Waterstones)


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