Book Haul – September 2019

I know I’m on a book buying ban and all, but I still managed to build a little collection of new books this month that I wanted to share.

It’s all books that I got for my birthday, so really this it’s a little What I Got For My Birthday book edition. I didn’t but any myself, so that’s good, but I was pretty spoiled in the book department.

A Treasury Of Irish Fairy And Folktales

I fell in love with this book as soon as I saw it and this asked my dad if he could get this for me for my birthday. I mean look at that cover, is that not the most beautiful thing you have ever seen? Just the perfect bookish gift. This is a massive collection of Irish fairy tales and folk tales, ac the name obviously suggests. It is divided in the different creatures, with different types of fairies, gnomes and things like that. I kind of feel in love with fairy tales when I read the Grimm collection of the Penguin LBC’s and am so interested in this one as well. I am sure this will be quite different though, but I know I will love it. I plan on reading this book slowly, one story at the time, and I’ll probably reread some as well. If I like this one I will probably get other books in this series as well and slowly build up a whole collection. Does that not sound like the ultimate dream?

Circe – Madeline Miller

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. Circe is strange – not powerful and terrible, like her father, nor gorgeous and mercenary like her mother. But she has a dark power of her own: witchcraft. When Circe’s gift threatens the gods, she is banished to the island of Aiaia where she hones her occult craft, casting spells, gathering strange herbs and taming wild beasts. Yet a woman who stand alone cannot live in peace for long – and among her island’s guests is an unexpected visitor: the mortal Odysseus, for whom Circe will risk everything.

I shared this one in both my bookish wishlists this year, and so when my mom asked me what I wanted for my birthday I immediately said a Madeline Miller book. I didn’t really care if she got me The Song Of Achilles or this one, as I’ve been wanting to read both and she surprised me with this one and dessert on the day before my birthday which was great. I cannot wait to dive in, I don’t actually know Greek mythology that well, most I know is from Percy Jackson lol. So I’m excited to learn a little bit more about that, and also to just be enchanted by a beautiful story, which I’m sure this is. I know most of this book is Miller’s own made up idea of Circe’s backstory, as from what I understand there’s not actually a lot about her in the mythology. But I think that only makes it more interesting for me. Like I’ve mentioned many times now, I can’t wait to dig into this one!

Never Let Me Go – Kazuo Ishiguro

In one of the most acclaimed novels of recent years, Kazuo Ishiguro imagines the lives of a group of students growing up in a darkly skewed version of contemporary England. Narrated y Kathy, now thirty-one, Never Let Me Go dramatises her attempts to come to terms with her childhood at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School and with the fate that has always awaited her and her closest friends in the wider world. A story of love, friendship and memory, Never Let Me Go is charged throughout with a sense of the fragility of life.

This is the present I got from my oldest sister, and when I got it I was over the moon. This book was actually on my wishlist a few years ago but I kind of forgot about it. So when I unwrapped it I remembered again and now I’m so happy to have this on my shelf, waiting to be read. Which I plan on doing soon. And then watch the movie right after. From what I understand this is kind of a drama, coming of age with a hit of dystopian book, but I might be completely off. What I do know for certain is that I am so excited to read this! I feel like this is yet again a story that can totally enchant me and that I can dream away by, the whole cover and everything just give me that feeling. I’m also just excited to read a book that I don’t really know a lot about yet, other than that it’s supposed to be really great.

September has been the worst reading month for me. I finished one lil 56 page book, but it was a book that I put on my TBR, so that makes it a little bit better. Still, I wish I read a bit more, but for some reason I didn’t. I’ve been busy at work and also haven’t been in the mood for the books I was planning on reading. I hope October is better..

The Figure In The Carpet – Henry James

James’s troubling late-Victorian mystery of an unsolved literary riddle and sudden death has inspired endless speculation

Not only was September a bad reading month because I only read one book, the book I read was one I didn’t really enjoy. I had high hopes for The Figure In The Carpet as I very much liked the other little black classics, but this one wasn’t for me. I guess liking the other LBC’s doesn’t really mean anything as they are all different writers though.The writing style with this one wasn’t my thing and I didn’t particularly enjoy the story. I didn’t really get it I guess, and it was not a mystery story like I expected. I gave this one 2 stars because of that. I do still plan on reading the other book by Henry James that I own, The Turning Of The Screw, but if I don’t enjoy that one either I don’t think I will read more of his stories. But that’s the good thing about these little Penguin books, you get to try different things and figure out what you do and do not like.

And that is it for books for me this month. I’m really proud of myself for not buying any books myself, but I still managed top accumulate a good selection. In terms of reading I didn’t do so great but oh well… better luck next month!

Thanks for stopping by❤