I am just going to come out and say it.. I am a book hoarder. Seriously, I just can’t stop buying books!
The book buy ban has officially failed. Like, months ago. But this month, again, I got a bunch of books. Technically 3 of them I got at the end of September, but because it was right after I finished writing the September haul I decided I would just add them to this month’s haul. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time, as again I have a weekend between writing this and posting this where lots of things can still happen 😅…
I picked all three of these books up in the ABC (American Book Center, an old favourite of mine) in The Hague when I had some time to kill in between going to the movies with my sister and heading to my dad in Delft.
Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
“A novel of hallucinating violence and strangeness. Heart Of Darkness tells the story of the sailor Marlow and his entanglement in the horrors of colonialism in Africa. He travels up the Congo on a steamer in search of the great ivory trader, Kurtz, the ‘universal genius’ who rules his lands through terror, and has made himself into a god.”
This is one of the Penguin English Library books that was sooo high on my list, one that I actually wanted to read and not just own to look pretty on my shelf next to the rest of my collection. The reason for that is that this is the book that inspired the movie Apocalypse Now, and I love that film. So when I saw that Heart of Darkness was part of this collection I needed to own and read it. Problem is that whenever I saw this in store I for some reason couldn’t buy it (usually because I was already trying to decide between 10 other books) and when I went out to actually look for it they never had it. So when I saw this in the ABC and I had only one other book in my hands (and birthday money to spend, let’s be real here) I immediately picked it up and bought it. It looks lovely next to all my other unread Penguin English Library Classics, and I am excited to start reading it soon. I am mainly very interested to see how true to the book the film is, with the obvious change being the setting (Africa in the book, Vietnam in the film).
Save the Date – Morgan Matson
“Charlie Grant’s big sister is getting married and Charlie wants everything to be perfect. And with all her siblings back in town, along with her childhood crush, it’s shaping up to be an unforgettable weekend.
But the thing about life is… it doesn’t always go to plan. And with the arrival of Charlie’s favourite brother’s surprise new girlfriend, a rented dog that won’t stop howling, feuding relatives and the surprisingly cute wedding planner’s nephew, things are quickly spiralling out of control.
Over the course of three chaotic, life-changing days, Charlie learns more than she ever expected about her family and realizes that holding on to the past may mean missing out on the future.”
If there is one YA writer I love, and one writer who’s books always make me long for summer (or get in the summer mood if it is summer), it’s Morgan Matson. I haven’t gotten one of her books in a while, but I love the three I’ve read so far, and this past summer I was craving something like this, easy, cute, fun and summer-y. So when I saw this one in the YA section I decided to pick it up. I have a feeling it is going to be a typical Matson book: funny, cute, summer-y, a bit of real life tragedy and a lot of romance. I am going to try to keep this for next summer, but I can’t promise anything. And if I do read this before then (and even if I don’t) I will just have to get one of her other books, hihi.
Field of Prey – John Sandford
“It was an appalling discovery – at least fifteen bodies dumped in a storage cistern. One killed every summer for at least fifteen years. That means someone in Red Wing, Minnesota, has a terrible secret. And an equally terrible surprise waiting for Lucas Davenport.”
In the ABC they have a small section of “Blind Date With A Book” books. All nicely wrapped up in some simple brown paper, with the genre written on the front and some key words about the book. No writer, no summary, no cover. Just three words or sentences giving a little bit of an idea of what you are getting, but not much. I was intrigued, so I picked up this crime book. the key words were: summertime; small American town; a serial killer or two; roller-coaster read. I think it’s the “serial killer or two” that did it for me, it just sounds exciting. And when I unwrapped this and read the back, I was even more excited. It sounds creepy and a bit mysterious, and right up my crime reads alley. I’ll of course let you know how I get on with this, but I am already loving the blind date experience!
Now for the books I actually got in October, all of them secondhand, two of them for €1,00 even, how amazing?!
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
“Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality they slip gradually from obsession to corruption and betrayal, and at last – inexorably – into evil.”
I’ve been wanting to read this book for so long, but for some reason, much like Heart of Darkness, whenever I came across this one in a store there were other books I wanted more at that time. But the other week the boyfriend and I went to a secondhand store where EVERYTHING is €1,00, and there it was, just standing on a shelf!! I got so happy and obviously had to pick it up. This particular edition has a weird plastic dust jacket around it, and I would’ve much preferred getting it in paperback as it’s more travel friendly, but with secondhand book shopping you can’t be too picky and like, a hardback for €1,00? Yesss, please! Excited to start reading my first Donna Tartt book soon.
On Chesil Beach – Ian McEwan
“It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come.”
This is the other book I picked up in that secondhand shop – again for €1,00 – and the only one of this haul I’ve read so far, so I won’t talk too much about this as it will be in a reading wrap-up soon. What I will say is that this was a good purchase!
Grave Secret – Charlaine Harris
“Harper Connelly has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who’s passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she’s providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living – but she’s used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother Tolliver as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she’s become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it’s always urgent – even if the dead can wait forever.”
There is this store where I live, a bookstore, and I must have walked past it about a hundred times but I never for some reason went inside. Until I had some time to kill whilst waiting on the boyfriend, and I thought “hell, why not have a look around.” And then I fell in love and bought two books. The store is mainly secondhand, with a few new books mixed in, and they’ve got a great selection of fantasy, YA and crime. And I love it.
Now, about the book. First off I am an idiot for not doing proper research, because this is the fourth book in the Harper Connelly series instead of the first, which is what I thought it was when I picked it up. So the description here is from the first book because we don’t want any spoilers here. Secondly, I think this series is right up my alley, and everything I’m in the mood for lately. As you may know I’ve been on a sexy urban fantasy kick (that’s literally the only way to describe it) ever since finishing the Cainsville series, so when I saw this book in the store and read that is was from the same writer as the book series that True Blood is based on (which I’ve neither read nor seen but I know the overall story line) and read what it’s about I knew I would probably like it. A lot. So I bought it. And I am hoping it will soothe my urban fantasy mood a bit.
Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton
“Dustwalk is an unforgiving, dead-end town. It’s not the place to be poor or orphaned or female. And yet Amani Al’Hiza must call it ‘home’.
Amani wants to escape and see the world she’s heard about in campfire stories.
Then a foreigner with no name turns up, and with him she has the chance to run. But the desert plains are full of dangerous magic. The Sultan’s army is on the rise and Amani is soon caught at the heart of a fearless rebellion…”
Another YA book, and one that reminded me a bit but not really of The Girl Of Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson, a book series I LOVED, so when I saw it for €5,00 in that same cute lil’ bookstore I found I had to get it. I am hoping it is actually a bit like that Rae Carson book series, but obviously a different story line, just an enchanting story to get lost in. Magical, easy to read, a little bit of romance and a little bit of humor. I am hoping this will get me back into the YA fantasy genre, as I haven’t been loving it lately. We shall see.. One reason why I maybe shouldn’t have picked it up? It is part of a series, and if I like this one I will have to buy the rest of the books… Hihi.
And then right after taking these photos I got lucky and managed to get my hands on the second and third book of the Harper Connelly series secondhand as well (although I’m pretty sure they are the wrong way round in this photo, oops..)!!! Aaaaand I ordered the first book in my other local bookstore, which will be in the next book haul hopefully! If I’m lucky I’ll be able to start this series before the end of the year😂..
That’s another 7 books added to my ever growing collection, with an eighth on the way. And now I need to start reading them all as well!
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