Book Haul – November 2018

Yes, I did buy some books again this month. But in my defense, I have a good excuse for most of these.

So one I got as a present, one I’ve been waiting for FOREVER (or at least that’s what it feels like), one I needed to read other books I have, and one.. well… it’s just really pretty. And I like really pretty books. I’ve also been reading a ton these past few months and I just don’t want to run out of books to read (lol, like that would happen any time soon) because that would be a disaster. I am definitely going to try to keep my book buying habits to a minimum for 2019 and the remainder of 2018, but I just know that I won’t completely stop anytime soon.

Anyways, here are the books that I got:

Ghost Stories – M.R. James

“These chilling tales from the master of the English ghost story reveal a world where the familiar becomes diabolical, the smallest object takes on horrifying properties and evil brushes against everyday life in unexpected ways.
In these stories, among others, a disturbing engraving reveals a macabre secret; a whistle unleashes unspeakable malevolence; an ancient curse is passed on and on; and a grisly crime is avenged from beyond the grave.”

Okay so I don’t have an excuse for buying this other than that I had to wait somewhere for a considerable amount of time, I forgot to bring a book and there was a bookstore nearby. Also, when I see a Penguin English Library edition, I need to get it. I can’t help myself, I love the look of these too much. This one sounded very interesting, literally a collection of scary ghost stories. I’ve read the first story so far – when I was waiting for my appointment when I got this book – and really enjoyed it. It’ll probably take a while for me to finish this books as I plan to just dip in and out of it to read one or two stories at a time, but I’m very excited. I think this will be perfect for these upcoming darker months!

GrAVE sight – Charlaine Harris

“Harper and her stepbrother Tolliver are experts at getting in, getting paid and then getting out of town fast, because the people who hire Harper have a funny habit of not really wanting to know what she has to tell them. At first, the little Ozarks town of Sarne seems like no exception. A teenage girl has gone missing, and Harper knows almost immediately that this girl is dead. But the secrets of her death, and the secrets of the town, are deep enough that even Harper’s special ability can’t uncover them. With hostility welling up all around them, she and Tolliver would like nothing better than to be on their way. But then another woman is murdered. And the killer’s not finished yet…”

Yeees, I got the first book in the Harper Connolly series as well. Finally. Which meant I could start reading the series this month! And, of course I did. So, my thoughts on this one will come later… 🙂

Lies sleeping – Ben Aaronovitch

SPOILER ALERT (if you haven’t read the first 6 books yet..) SKIP TO REGULAR LETTERING.

“Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run.
Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan.
A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.”

AAAAAAH IT IS FINALLY HERE. I’ve waited 2 years for the new book in the Rivers of London series, and this month it was released and I immediately had to get it. In fact, I pre-ordered it at my bookstore so I didn’t have to come in and check it they had it in stock when this was actually released. And now I have it and I’m so happy. Surprisingly I haven’t finished this yet, not because I don’t like it (the first few chapters reminded me instantly why I love this series) but because I’ve had another obsession this month that I well tell you aaaalll about in Friday’s reading wrap-up. But I am so excited to start reading this when the other obsession ends, I know it will be so good! One thing that seriously annoys me about the series though is that the books I own aren’t all the same size, but like, I can live with that 🙂

The mermaid and mrs. hancock – imogen hermes gower

“One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid.
As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s marvel. Its arrival spins him out of his ordinary existence and through the doors of high society. At an opulent party, he makes the acquaintance of Angelica Neal, the most desirable woman he has ever laid eyes on… and a courtesan of great accomplishment. This chance meeting will steer both their lives onto a dangerous new course, a journey on which they will learn that priceless things come at the greatest cost…”

This is a book I’ve been uhming and ahing over in the bookstore for months now. I’ve heard a lot about it on Booktube, and I think I’ve seen it on Bookstagram as well, but I wasn’t sure if I would like it. But it was so pretty! So when our family Sinterklaas celebration (a sort of Santa but he comes earlier in December – but yes we celebrated in November -and he has a horse and comes on the boat from Spain) came up I decided to ask this one for Sinterklaas. I love getting books that I want but don’t know if I’ll actually like but that are really beautiful to look at as presents (did that sentence even make sense?) because I love getting books as presents in general, it’s a good way to get the book without having to spend money on it myself, and because in those cases the books I ask for are usually really pretty, it means that at least I have something to show of on my shelves and the bookish part of internet😏 But I am excited to start reading this, it is very different from what I normally read, but books like this have often pleasantly surprised me (I’m thinking of you, Essex Serpent).

And that wraps up the books I got in November. Quite a nice selection if I do say so myself, and I am excited to dig into them 🙂

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