I am actually quite surprised by the giant pile of books I acquired during January beacuase I was really broke. Now it makes more sense… Despite the fact that January was a difficult reading month, I sure as hell didn’t hold back on the book buying.

But now that I actually look at the books I realise that a number of them are set work books for university and other books are books that I forgot to haul and some that I got for free.

img_20160206_071907.jpgBooks I completely forgot to haul in December (classics)

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – This is one of my setwork books for university and I am currently both reading the physical copy and listening to the audio book alternatively and will probably finish it tonight.

Life of a Stupid Man by Ryunosuke Akutagwa – This was recommended by a friend and is a really short read. Plan on reading it soon.

Persuasion by Jane Austen – It was really cheap, plus I feel likeI need to read more books that are out of my comfort zone, and Jane Austen is definitely out of my comfort zone.

Arabian Nights by Sir Richard Burton – I really love the Arabian Night tales in this book. I have read many of them over the years but I really want to read them the way it was originally intended. Recently I have also read A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnson, which is an Arabian Nights adaptation and it ended up being one of my favourite reads of 2015.

The books I recieved:

To the Survivor by Robert Uttaro – I recieved this novel from the author via Goodreads. All I know about this book is that it is about rape surviors and their survival stories.

Influence by Richard Mulvey – This book was written by my boss and focuses on how to become a profesional speaker.

And the books I bought:

Eldest by Christopher Paolini – I had to buy another copy because my old copy has been read so many times and is basically falling apart. This is one of my favourite novels and I tend to reread it when I am in a reading slump. Plus its a hardcover and it matches the last two books in the series. (I have them in trade back)

20160206_175212.jpgThe Enchanter Heir by Cinda Williams Chima – I found this at a second-hand book store
and had to get it. For some reason I can’t seem to find Chima’s books anywhere but at these second-hand book stores.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine – This book is set in a futuristic earth, in a world where the Great Library of Alexandria was not destroyed and books are illegal. Imagine that! It was enough to get me to buy it.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – There has been so much buzz about this book I couldn’t avoid hopping on the band wagon. I really hope that it lives up to the hype when I eventually read it. Let me know what you think of it if you’ve read it already.

Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr – This was totes a cover buy because I have no idea what it is about. Plus it was super cheap because I found it in a second-hand book store.

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey – I absolutely loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series and this book has been compared to it. That means I’m probably really going to love it or completely hate it.

Americanah by Chimamanda Adiche – This is actually another setwork book but I’m quite keen to read it. Another novel that is out of my comfort zone but I do remember enjoying The Purple Hibiscus by the same author.

That is a whopping 12 books. Whaaaaat? I need to do a book buying ban. They are piling up and I am just not reading fast enough.

I also start campus on Monday and have spent the last few days reading my prescribed books. I am literally on the last chapter of Gulliver’s Travels. The aim is to finish it tonight so that I can have some personal reading time. I really want to get back in to Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

And then tomorrow it is back to prescribed reading…

So there may be weeks where I don’t update my blog 2 – 3 times a week. Right now I am trying to figure out how in the world I am going to find time to breathe with working flexi-time and university.

Wish me good luck!

– Dee




January Book Haul

One thought on “January Book Haul

  • February 11, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I really enjoyed Red Queen, but I did read it before all the hype so that may have been why! I’d definitely recommend it, just don’t go in expecting the most original YA book you’ve ever read, it’s just a fun read really (the next book in the series is equally as good, I just finished it). Good luck with your studies! 🙂


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