December 2018 & January 2019 Book Haul

It is my favourite time, it’s book haul time!

And since I haven’t shared my December buys with you yet, as I took a little time off blogging, this is going to be a joined December/January book haul. Yay! I’ll do the same for my upcoming Reading Wrap Up, as I didn’t read a lot in December and the few things that I read are also in this haul.

Sooo, let’s get right into it 🙂

It’s quite a few books, I got 4 books in December and 3 in January, so 7 in total (whoa, girl can count!). I am planning on going on a bit of a book buy ban after this, so there might not be a book haul for a little while. But then again, how many times have I said that already, and then still managed to accumulate a lot of books each month? Besides, as you could’ve seen in my TBR list I already have at least 2 books high on my wish list soo….
Anyways, let’s get into these books.

The Robber Bridegroom – The Brothers Grimm

“Drawn from German folklore, dark, fantastical fairy tales of wicked deeds, gruesome punishment and just rewards.”

This is one of two books I picked up when we were in The Hague last month. We went to this cute lil’ bookstore cafe called Bookstor, where they sold a lot of Penguin books, including the Little Black Classics. I’d never read any of those, and since this collection of books is around 50 pages and only €2,50 and I want to get more into classics this year, I thought I’d pick up a few of these little introductions. This one is full of Grimm fairy tales which just sounded very exciting. I’ve already read this, so more on that in my reading wrap up

Lot Nr. 249 – Arthur Conan Doyle

“From the master of the detective story and creator of Sherlock Holmes, the first ever tale to feature a supernatural Egyptian mummy.”

This is the other Little Black Classic I picked up in The Hague, a non Sherlock Holmes story my Arthur Conan Doyle. I just had to have it, even though I never actually read any of his Holmes ones. What made it even more interesting to me is that it features a supernatural mummy. Like, WHAT?! How cool?? Again, I already read this one, so keep your eyes out for my reading wrap up if you want to know if it did or did not disappoint 😉

Leaving The Yellow House – Saul Bellow

“A stubborn, hard-drinking elderly woman living in a desert town finds herself faced with an impossible choice, in this caustically funny, precisely observed tale from an American prose master.”

I got this one because I finished the Little Black Classics and I wanted more of the short style introduction booklets. This is from Penguin’s Modern Classics collection, the same concept of an introduction to an author in around 50 pages. This is something I normally don’t read, so I am excited to dip my toes into something new!

Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – J.K. Rowling

“It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

Now this one I got on a whim, as I was in the middle of my Harry Potter reread and started panicking about what to do with my life when I read all 7 books. I came across this one in a bookstore and thought “yes, I need it!” Now, I don’t know if the screenplay style is my thing, and I also don’t know if I will enjoy the story (I accidentally read some spoilers/reviews about the book, and I feel like a lot of people were kind of disappointed..). But it’s a way to hold onto the Wizarding World a little longer, and who knows, maybe I’ll love it!

Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman

“During a restless summer on the Italian Riviera, a powerful romance blooms between seventeen-year-old Elio and his father’s house guest, Olivier. Unrelenting currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire threaten to overwhelm the lovers who at first feign indifference to the charge between them. What grows from the depths of their souls is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration, and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing they both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.”

The next three books are books I picked up mainly because I had a gift card for my local bookstore for €5,00 off if I spent €25,00 or more. Also, because I just love buying books. This is the only book I put in my TBR list for this year. The book that I knew I wanted and needed to get with the gift card. And they had it, hallelujah. So far I am still standing by my decision to keep this one as a summer book. But like, I am very much longing for summer, so I might read it before that just to get that summer feel.

Rules Of Magic – Alice Hoffman

“From the beginning, Susanna Owens knew her three children were unique. Franny, with her blood red hair, who can commune with birds. Jet, shy and beautiful, who knows what others are thinking. And Vincent, too charismatic for his own good. Susanna needed to set some rules of magic: no walking in the moonlight, no red shoes… and certainly, absolutely, no books about magic. And yet, despite the warning handed down through the family for centuries, that love will be their undoing, the Owens siblings will break every one of these rules and discover who they truly are.”

I feel like I read the back of this particular book multiple times, thought “hmm that sounds interesting” and then put it back again. But now, with that gift card and the need to reach at least €25,00, I decided to bring it home with me. I only now, as I am writing, realize that this is a prequel to the book Practical Magic. I think I’ve seen the film adaptation of that one, but I’m not sure. Anyways, I am hoping this one will remind me of The Book Of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. I loved that book, the touch of magic in a romantic book. The description kind of reminds me of it, at least. If I like this one, I will most likely get Practical Magic as well. We shall see.. 🙂

The Haunting Of Hill House – Shirley Jackson

“Something is at work in Hill House. When a group of troubled people come to stay there, they begin to experience things they cannot understand or explain, and are forced to confront their darkest fears. The house is gathering its powers – and soon it will choose to make one of them its own.”

This is basically the book I picked up to reach that €25,00 because with the other two I wasn’t there yet. I am so happy I got it though. It fits great with my goal to read more classic type books, I love scary shit and with the new Netflix adaptation of this one it just felt like a good idea. I am so excited to read this and be freaked out and scared and stuff!!

That is a lot of new books on my shelves. Books that, as of this moment, I am very happy with. I feel like I really went out of my comfort zone this haul which I think is always a good thing, and I am excited to be enchanted by all of these.

Is there a book in here that you’ve read and would recommend reading next? Let me know!!

Thanks for stopping by ❤