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Book Haul | Birthday presents & more

Good evening everyone! I am finally writing this blogpost! I always get excited when I see other people’s book related purchases, and as I have been buying a lot of books lately I decided to show them all as well.

Two things happened during the past month that made me add quite a few books to my already full shelves: my birthday, and three big publishing houses deciding to have 25% off on their entire catalogue exactly in the same period. How could I resist?!

So here are all my new treasures.

Starting from what I have bought thanks to the amazing sales:

  • Suite Française by Irène Nèmirovsky: this was on my TBR for 2019 and the first thing I put in my cart when I found out about the sales. I have already read and loved it, but I might talk about my impressions and review it in a different post.
  • Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: another title that was on my 2019 TBR and that I am super excited about. It will probably be one of my next readings.
  • Strange the Dreamer: this wasn’t even on sale but boy, am I happy I decided to buy it anyway! I’d heard a lot of great things about this saga but I was hesitant because I am not a big fan of fantasy books. To my surprise, I got hooked to the story from the very beginning, to the point that I ended up ordering the sequel before even finishing the first book. A beautiful, powerful and exciting story.
  • Enemies. A Love Story by Isaac Singer: I have read and loved other works written by Singer, so I wanted to get this one ever since it was published a few months ago. I still haven’t read it, but I will very soon.

My birthday presents to myself included:

  • Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor: as I already mentioned, this saga got me obssesed. I am 40% into this second book now, and it keeps getting better and better. It’s also making me want to read more fantasy books, which is something I haven’t felt since I was about 15 years old! I am definitely not complaining though, and I have already added new titles to my wishlist 😉
  • The Wind-up Bird Chronicles by Haruki Murakami: I just love Murakami. This is a huge 800-page book, but knowing him, and knowing myself, I’ll probably spend nights awake reading it and finish it in three days.
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: I already read it when I was in my first year of university – on Kindle, though, and I have always felt the need to own a physical copy of it. Not only because I am generally a huge fan of Murakami, but Norwegian Wood has especially been one of those books I felt most deeply connected to. When I saw it on sale I finally made the decision to buy it, and I am hoping to read it again soon.

Besides these, I have also borrowed a couple of books from the public library and started listening to audiobooks recently, and I am really proud of how much I have been reading since the start of the year. I am on my 10th book now, a lot better than how I managed to do last year. What’s even more satisfying is how much pleasure I am finding in books, which means I am definitely out of the nasty reader’s block university threw me in. I can’t wait to dive into even more stories (and disappear for a while from this world, if possible). Watch out for more book blogging coming soon! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Book Haul | Birthday presents & more

  1. I hope you enjoy these books! I feel like as a reader I have to give Tess of the D’Urbervulles a go because it’s such a classic. I’m intrigued by Strange the Dreamer as a fantasy lover so I’ll have to look out for that too.

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  2. Happy birthday! I hope you enjoy all your books! I’ve personally never got on with Hardy, but my husband loves him. Far From The Madding Crowd is one of his favourites.

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