A Birthday Book Haul | Goodreads

Last week, I
was 23. Woohoo! I’ve made it through another year and of course, a birthday
came with a big book haul. I was quite good this year and stuck to just
spending the vouchers I’d received as gifts but I got myself quite a few little
treats. I also received a few books as gifts off friends and work colleagues –
they all know me so well. There’s honestly nothing better, as far as I’m
concerned, than a good book haul so I was thrilled to be treated to so many new
books to add to my collection!

boyfriend’s mum was very kind and gifted me some Waterstones vouchers as my
present. My boyfriend then added to the kindness and said that anything I spent
over the amount of the vouchers, he’d pay the difference, so I got three
amazing books that I’d been wanting for quite a while but couldn’t commit to
‘cause they were so darn expensive on amazon! (I’m a cheapskate. I stick to the
£3.85/3 for £10 books normally!)

I’ve been
watching a lot of Books and Quills youtube recently, and I’ve grabbed a few
recommendations from the books she’s been reading. The first book I chose was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Michael Chabon.
This is
one that I’d never heard of before, but I had a quick google and found that it
was a book that would definitely be right up my street. I believe it focuses on
Nazism, which is something that I’m really interested in so it’ll be one of the
ones I pick up first when choosing a new book to read. At this point, Paul was
getting very stroppy (lesson learned: don’t take your boyfriend shopping!) so my “one recommended book and the rest whatever I fancy
on the day” plan went out the window pretty quickly. I added
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to my pile
quickly after that. I know that this one’s quite an old one, and I believe that
there’s a film adaptation of it, but I’ve neither read nor watched it. The
story is set in Nigeria and is described as a heartbreaking, literary
masterpiece- I actively search for “heartbreaking”, so this one sounds
absolutely perfect to me!

The final book I chose was The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney. I’ve actually already
started this one: it’s set in Ireland and follows different characters. One of
the characters is a drug dealer, another a prostitute, a third covers the tracks
for his mother’s accidental killing of a burglar. It’s incredibly well written
and I’m definitely enjoying the plot so far. It won the Bailey’s Women’s prize
for literature this year so that definitely influenced my choice but I’m not
disappointed as of yet.

I was surprised at work with a little goodie bag of treats and they had put a book in there, as well! They chose The Forgotten Time by Sharon Guskin which I’d never heard of before! It’s a psychological thriller, I believe; my colleague Denise knows how much I love a good psychological thriller so this was definitely her doing! It sounds like it’d be right up my street so I’m excited to give it a go soon.

Because I’d filled up a
Waterstones voucher with those purchases, I then received a further £10 to
spend in the store. I also had £5 worth of points on my card, meaning that I
could sneakily choose a few more books and not actually spend any money. I was
planning on treating myself to a beautiful hard backed edition of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories but I
didn’t even get as far as that in the shop as I found myself distracted by a
signed copy of Alan Johnson’s latest
contribution to his autobiography. I’ve read his two other books, Our Boy and Please, Mister Postman and absolutely love his voice and the tale
he tells so this was a must-buy as far as I’m concerned. I’ll be getting stuck
into that one as soon as my ARC pile is shortened! 

What books
have you bought recently? Have you read any of these? Let me know in the