I recently came out of a three-year reading slump. Three years? Yeah, I know that’s fucking insane, I was miserable but university happened and I kind of lost the plot.
But within the last few months have gotten back into reading and writing and I can’t understand how I survived those three years.
This month I may have gone a little crazy with the book buying. I swear it was like the universe just threw all the book bargains my way.
So here it is, my first book haul ever! All of these books were bought from charity bookstores so they’re all used, but they’re damn good copies.
At the beginning of September, I stumbled upon a couple of second-hand bookstores close to work during my lunch break and found the series that started off my book buy spree – the Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth. (Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant) I swear I stood there staring at the three books debating as to whether or not I should buy it. In the end I did and I’m glad. I finished Divergent soon after and am currently reading Insurgent. I will be posting a review of Divergent on Thursday.
The weekend that followed I spent with my mom, sister and nephews strolling through Kalk Bay main road and found a little market with a book stall. And there they were – first editions of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. I had to buy them because I had the first three books in the American edition while the rest of three of my set is first edition British covers. Yes, I’m one of those, I prefer matching covers especially when it is a series as important to me as Harry Potter.
Later that week my sister found me a copy of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (no it’s not the Sorcerer’s Stone!!!) at a charity bookstore that was having a half price sale. Me being me I couldn’t let this opportunity pass by – also I blame my sister for encouraging my book problem.
I picked up The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer. Yes, I was a TwiHard. I also picked up Betrayed by P.C and Kristin Cast, the second novel in the House of Night Series. I remember enjoying this series back in the TwiHard phase so I thought I might as well get it for my little personal library.
This last weekend I went back to the bookstore and picked up Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, I recall reading this series back in high school, but I’m not sure whether or not I finished. Plus I have book three and four so it made sense to get it and I’ve read and watched some good reviews about the overall series.
I also got two high fantasy novels. Priestess of the White by Trudi Canavan who also wrote the Black Magician Trilogy and the Traitor Spy Trilogy. I really enjoyed the Black Magician Trilogy so I am rather excited to start this one soon.
The other high fantasy novel is A Darkness Forged in Fire by Chris Evan. I actually know nothing about this novel other than that it is the first book in a series called Iron Elves. You had me at Elves man!
The last two books I bought are Tidal by Amanda Hocking and The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness. Both of these series are one I’ve heard a lot about and can’t wait to read. The only problem is that in my excitement I didn’t realise that Tidal is the third book in its series and Ask is second in its trilogy.
The last book in my haul is a YA contemporary novel called Spud by John van de Ruit, a local author. The movie was hilarious and I can only imagine how funny the books will be.
And that’s it for my first book haul, a whopping 14 books!
When am I ever going to find the time to read all these books…