Summer book haul

It’s been a while since I last did a book haul, and that isn’t because the books have stopped coming in – far from it! In fact, Last month my mum came to visit and we built a bookcase out of the pieces of my old work desk. Obviously I’ve already filled it, but at least the books aren’t stacked up in piles any more!

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The bookcase that was a desk.

Back at the beginning of June I got my hands on Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks. I got it because I was ordering some things on Amazon, and I needed to spend a few extra quid to get my add-on items. My book club had recently recommended Iain M Banks’ ‘Culture’ series to me, so…

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Thank you, Iain M Banks. You helped me buy a swimming hat and dry shampoo.

I’ve also, at last, got Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge from the library. I ordered this more than six months ago, but it’s been so popular that it only came in a few weeks ago. I’ve nearly finished reading it now, and I can see what all the hype was about.

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Reading outside is THE BEST.

The rest of my recent book buying I blame on day trips and holidays. I mean, what’s a girl supposed to do when she goes on a lovely day out and stumbles across a bookshop? First I went to the Hay Festival for six days and was surprisingly restrained – I only bought four books! I bought two books new, because I saw the authors speak at the festival and thought they sounded great: Icebreaker by Horatio Clare, and Flights by Olga Tokarczuk. There was also an Oxfam bookshop on the festival site, so I picked up secondhand copies of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson.

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The (surprisingly modest) Hay haul.

My next couple of books were also charity shop buys. I went for a day out with some friends to Chepstow (go and see the castle, if you can; it’s lovely), and we popped into a British Red Cross which had just received a huge donation of Terry Pratchett books. I mean, two whole shelves’ worth! I’d never read Pratchett before so I picked up Small Gods and Going Postal for just a pound each. I wish I could have gone back for more!

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My first Pratchett. How did I do?

Last but not least, a couple of weeks ago I cycled from Bristol to Bath (and back) with some friends. Of course, I can’t visit Bath without popping into Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, and that’s where I got my hands on I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell and City of Saints and Madmen by Jeff Vandermeer. I read I Am, I Am, I Am, in its entirety, the next day – oh my goodness, it’s great. The Vandermeer is a beast and I’d never heard of it, but I loved Annihilation and just couldn’t resist this one.

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Two absolutely STUNNING covers!

So those are the latest additions to the 50ayear bookshelves!

You might have noticed that I’ve only been writing reviews lately, and no other posts – that’s because I’ve been short of both time and ideas. I think work will be easing off a little now (you can never tell with freelancing!), and I have had a burst of blog-related ideas recently, so hopefully you’ll be seeing more from me here in the coming weeks.

What’s the most recent book you bought? Will you start reading it right away? I’d love to hear from you!

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