Out-of-Control Book Haul

I went on a book-buying frenzy the other day.

Well, it’s technically a couple of weeks ago when I bought them, but as I bought all of them from Book Depository, it was just last week that I got a package from them.

Now, take a look at how big the package is;

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This is undeniably the biggest package that I have ever received from them, but it’s a small wonder- I bought as many as 18 BOOKS in one go; all Classic books including some Modern Classics.

Since there are so many, I haven’t gotten around to taking photos of them to share with you guys, but let me just put the pic that I took and posted on Instagram last night to celebrate World Penguin Day.

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Needless to say, this pic doesn’t cover everything so I’ll put the titles instead to walk you through all the titles I got from this out-of-control book haul.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird By Harper Lee (Vintage Classics Edition)
  • On the Beach by Nevil Shute 
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen 
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen 
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • North and South by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell 
  • The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James 
  • Howards End by E.M. Forster 
  • Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
  • Villette by Charlotte Bronte
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
  • The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I didn’t even realize that I actually did, but no sooner had I opened the package than I realized that I had ordered two copies of Catch-22 (Silly me!)so I tweeted if any of my friends would be interested to read it and then one of my Twitter friend said she would, so I decided to send it to her by the time she comes back to Japan at the end of July. Yikes lol

Although Lolita was not initially included in the list, I found it’s going to be one of the May group reads for a Goodreads Book club that I belong to, I decided to add it to my list. I have never read Lolita before and I am super excited to read it along with my book club members 🙂

Upon buying so many books in one go, I had decided to rein in book buying for the next few months; I’ve obviously bitten off more than I can chew, there are way too many books to read.
However, I flip-flopped my mind already- reading Nevil Shute On the Beach made me his fangirl and I wanted to read more of him. So, I ended up buying Most Secret which I could expect to get in the next few days along with The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which I haven’t read yet but has been all over the Book community.

I will definitely give you guys an update once I receive them!

Thanks for reading guys and I hope you have a wonderful reading week!

Crazy Book Haul Part 2

Hello, all!
Since the books that I mentioned in my Crazy Classic Book Haul have finally arrived, I’m going to do my Crazy Book Haul Part 2 as I promised.
It’s supposed to be my Crazy Classic Book Haul Part 2, but I’ve decided to lump them up with some other books I got in the last couple of weeks.

The books that I got are:

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(From top left to bottom right)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
  • Tenth of December by George Saunders
  • The Comforters by Muriel Spark
  • The Nightwalker by Sebastian Fitzek
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  • Middlemarch by George Elliot

 

I remember pre-ordering The Hate U Give at the end of last year. It wasn’t like I had my eye on this book but I happened to bump into this book while I was browsing Amazon and the premise caught my eye. I immediately decided to get this book because I thought it would be important to read books like this given the time and the world we live in.
Right now, I’m on a huge Classic kick so I haven’t gotten around to actually reading this, but hopefully I can read this in the coming months.

The Comforters and The Man Who Loved Children are what I got after watching one of my favorite Booktubers, Mementomori video. He vehemently gushed about how much he loved these books and how, without fail, Muriel Spark has hit his comfort button.
Having heard the premise, I decided to give them a try and am looking forward to find out whether these babies will measure up to my expectations 🙂

Although I haven’t even read his latest novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, that came out two months ago, I was itching to read this short story collection, Tenth of December first.
Reading thick books or full novels does take a lot of time and commitment and that’s the beauty of reading for sure, yet whenever I get busy, I tend to get more inclined to read slim books or novellas that I can fly through in no time and that’s how this book fell into my lap.

As for The Nightwalker, I simply fell in love the synopsis. Crime thrillers involving insomnia and night-walking sounds so intriguing and spine-chilling and I just wanted to read this. I’m pretty certain that I’ll get to this book one of these days.

 

Now, with regards to Classic books that I got… I have no idea what had gotten into me, I simply don’t.
All I can say is that I had gotten bitten by a massive Classic bug and just couldn’t resist to get those pretty Penguin English Library editions.
Most of the books that I got over there are from watching Lucythereader videos. As I mentioned in my previous haul post, I know absolutely NOTHING about the synopsis. I don’t even know if my English skills are good enough to read these books.
I may well hit a huge setback in reading them, which is likely the case as a matter of fact,  but I hope that I get to enjoy them all.

 

That’s it, we’ve made it. Those are the books that I got just within the last couple of weeks.
I’ve completely forgotten how many books I actually bought and am quite surprised at the number.

Have you done a book haul recently? If you have, what kind of books did you get?
Whatever the case, thank you for reading guys and happy reading!

Surprise Book Haul!

Hello, everybody!
Although it’s been a while since my last post, I have been reading as rigorously as always.
AND, the same goes for book buying.
Today, I thought it’d be a lot of fun to share with you the books that I got yesterday.

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All right, these are the books that my friend sent me yesterday.

From top to bottom:

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Always by Sarah Jio
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Becoming Nicole by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

The three from the bottom are actually what I asked my friend to get for me.
Although I had been curious to try Book Outlet or Thriftbooks where you can get books at much cheaper prices, living in Japan literally ruins the perk; it totally depends on how many books you buy and its total weight, but when I once attempted to buy books from Book Outlet, the delivery fees came to about $17.99 while the total price of the books came to less than 10 dollars.
You know what I mean? It is RIDICULOUS.

So, when my Twitter friend with whom I often do buddy reads and who lives in Guam asked me if there were any books I’d been meaning to get so that she could get them on my behalf at more reasonable prices and then send them to me when she’s back in Japan this April, I literally pounced on the offer.  

Unfortunately, only Truthwitch was available on Book Outlet and I ended up getting other two books from either Amazon or Barnes & Noble,  I think I got Truthwitch almost for a song (if my memory serves me correctly, it only cost like $3 or something for a hardcover. That was incredible). So I was happy 🙂

BUT THEN, as you can see, the package sent from her included THREE MORE BOOKS.
Windwitch, Always and Lord of the Flies. 

I was like, “OMG, she shouldn’t have!!!”  I momentarily lost for words.
Seriously, who would have imagined that she would throw in three more books!?!

Although I insisted that I would pay for them, she flatly refused saying that it’s been a lot of fun talking with me about books and that I don’t need to think about paying her back.

Oh, my gosh, I am so blessed to have such a wonderful friend 😀
Thank you so, so much!! I can’t thank you enough.

Looking at these books makes me so happy 🙂
They all look so pretty and gorgeous. I LOVE all of them.

 

There you have it, this concludes my Surprise Book Haul.

What are the books that you’ve got recently?
Whatever that may be, happy reading!

Crazy Classic Book Haul! – Part 1

Heavily influenced by BookTubers’ videos, such as Mementomori and lucythereader, I found myself going on a big Classic book haul…

Honestly, I’ve lost count exactly how many books I got in the last couple of weeks, but I thought I’d share some of them with you guys, so here we go 🙂

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From top left to bottom right:

  • As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • A Room With a View by E.M. Foster

Now, let me tell you – I have never been a Classics type of reader. I hardly read any Classics or Modern Classics in my entire life.
I have watched the movie adaptations of ‘A Room With a View’ and ‘Clockwork Orange,’ but I have never read the books.
As for William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, I haven’t even heard of them before… where have I been??! That sounds crazy. I’m even ashamed of myself 😄

However, the BookTubers’ videos that I talked about earlier made me kind of intrigued to branch out my reading taste into the realm of Classics (including Modern Classics). So, in a bid to right this embarrassing situation, I decided to go on a big Classic spree and bought them. I know almost NOTHING about their synopsis though…

I’ve only read Fahrenheit 451 and am still muddling through Crime and Punishment, but I am so excited to read them all. Particularly, I am so pumped to read A Clockwork Orange. The movie left such a big impact on me, giving me a sort of distorted, disorienting feelings, I am really curious to see if the book has the same vibe to it.

Next we have Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë and Jane Eyre by  Charlotte Brontë.
Yes, the Brontës.

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Again, I have never read any of their books even the translated versions, but I am all up for giving them a try because I’ve heard a lot of good things about them!

In my Reading Habits Tag post, I told you that I now can handle maximum two books at once, but speaking from my meager experience with reading Crime and Punishment (you guys surely know how beefy the book is),  I think such tomes should be given my undivided attention. Otherwise, I’d completely forget how the story and dialogues between characters go.

Anyways, this is the part 1 of my crazy Classic book haul!
I’m still expecting the other half of the books to arrive and it’s most likely to take another week or so, I’ll wrap this up here.
I’ll definitely give you an update once my books have arrived!

If you have any recommendations on what Classic books I should try, definitely let me know!
Thanks for reading and I’ll talk to you guys again soon! 😀

November Book Haul -Part 2

Hello, all! I gushed a lot about my November Book Haul in my last post, but let me tell you this – there were even MORE. I actually bought loads of books in the month of November.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!

The first two books that I’m going to show you are “Finding Father Christmas / Engaging Father Christmas Bundle” by Robin Jones Gunn

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I actually read ‘Finding Father Christmas’ on my kindle this time last year, but I haven’t read its sequel ‘Engaging Father Christmas” yet. I had been on my hunt for Christmassy books when I found this bundle and I immediately put it in my cart and ordered it.

The next book is ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ by Trisha Ashley. 
Big confession time – I picked up this book for its cover 😄

I was originally debating whether to get Fern Michael’s ‘Wishes For Christmas’ which has got an amazing, festive cover. But having run through the reviews both on Amazon and Goodreads, I started wondering if it was a good idea to pick it up without having read any of her previous books. A lot of reviewers are actually suggesting one should read her other books first because the characters from her other books do make an appearance and the author doesn’t take much time to explain who they are 😦

I wanted to get that book so bad but didn’t want to risk wasting my good earned money, so instead, I picked up this Holiday fantasy book. I don’t know much about the synopsis, but do hope it’s good.

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Next book is ‘Everything Everything’ by Nicola Yoon.
I’d had my eyes on this book for quite some time since I watched a BookTuber’s video.
A story about a girl who is in a quite unique, sterilized environment where she only comes into contact with two people – her mom and her nurse sounds very promising and interesting.

I didn’t used to read a lot of YA books before, but I now realize I’m starting to be liking it. Taking into account a lot of high reviews, I know this book is going to be a fun, delightful read 🙂

The books I’m going to share with you from now onwards are the ones that I ordered in November but haven’t received yet.

First up, The Mist Born Trilogy Box Set by Brandon Sanderson! Yayyyy!
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I’ve always wanted to read this trilogy but as I told in my post on ‘Cinder,’ I always feel intimidated out of concern that I might fail to have a good grip on the world or the settings.
However, the more I heard about good things about this Trilogy, (About ‘The Final Empire’ to be more precise), the more antsy I became and I just couldn’t resist getting my hands on it.

That’s totally a different issue that I get to read them all, I may not finish reading them by the end of this year, but it certainly gives me peace of mind that I now actually posses the series.
It’s already been dispatched from Book Depository and is on my way to my doorstep. Just can’t wait to get it!

Next up is another series that unexpectedly got me hooked – ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer.

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I don’t think I need to talk much about this series; I already gushed enough in my ‘Cinder’ post about how much I ADORE this series despite not having read them all.
That said, I would argue that reading Cinder was enough to hold me in thrall and make me hopeful for the whole series.

I placed an order last Saturday afternoon but has yet to be dispatched.
Oh, no. I just can’t wait to read the next!
My heart is just screaming for the sequels!

Last but definitely not least – Yes, I bought another hyped Duology  – ‘The Six of Crows Duology’ by Leigh Bardugo. 

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Despite all the reasons that I mentioned earlier, I’ve been meaning to read this duology for quite some time.
Unfortunately, I had to get two books separately rather than getting a box set due to the payment method which was available at the store.
‘Crooked Kingdom’ will be arriving tomorrow while I’m going to have to wait until middle of the month to get ‘Six of Crows,’ but I’m so excited to finally read the duology!

Now, I’m so surprised at how many books I bought this month. It’s way out of my monthly budget but honestly, I don’t regret having bought these books 🙂

I love having physical books in my hands, I adore seeing my books on my shelves.
Will I ever stop buying books?

Probably NOT.