Hey, You Wanna Look at My Stuff? Book Haul #1

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not an organised book buyer. I don’t have a plan. I have a vague idea of what I want, but I get carried away easily. I’m also a moody reader, and never decide on what I’m going to read in advance, just go with the flow. I’d like to say I pick a few books each month, get them, read them, and repeat the process the next month, but that’s not what’s happening. Not even close.haul-plain

Until recently, I bought all my books in the Kindle Store. It was easy, and I had instant access to whatever I wanted to read at any given moment. Even though e-books are usually cheaper than their printed versions, I wanted to find a way to try and save some more, like a responsible adult I’m claiming to be.

After some debate, I decided to get back into the practice of visiting some of the charity shops around town to get hard copies instead of Kindle books, and I was lucky enough to find quite a few titles from my ever growing Goodreads collections of books I want to read.

The thrill of the hunt of course made me so exhilarated, that I also ended up buying two newly released books from Amazon, but damn, it felt great! I will obviously regret this decision later when I will have to carry these monstrosities around, but for now, let’s just take a look at the lovely bunch, shall we?

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The first book in the Mistborn series, The Final Empire, is set in a roughly medieval, dystopian world Scadrial, where ash constantly falls from the sky, all plants are brown, and supernatural mists cloud every night.
I’ve been meaning to read this for ages, but damn, it’s one long ass book for sure! I need to be in a certain mood to even poke something like this. The only other title I’ve read from Sanderson was the Reckoners trilogy, which is totally different, so I have no indication whatsoever whether I will like Mistborn, but everyone and their mother is raving about it, so how bad could it be.

Shadows by Paul Finch
As a female cop walking the mean streets of Manchester, life can be tough for PC Lucy Clayburn. But when one of the North West’s toughest gangsters is your father, things can be particularly difficult.

I’m a serious crime junkie, so of course I had to get this. It’s actually the second book in the Lucy Clayburn series, but bloody hell, I got the book for £1! That’s technically a free book!

The Ninth Grave by Stefan Ahnhem
On the coldest day of the year, Sweden’s Minister for Justice steps out of Parliament House and into a blizzard – and disappears. That same night, across the Baltic Sea, a Danish celebrity finds a stranger lurking in her snow-bound home. TWO KILLERS STALK THE STREETS.

Well, count me in! Again, it’s a series (Fabian Risk), and this is the second book, but it cost me less than a coffee in Starbucks, so don’t mind if I do…

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

I loved the first book, so it was a no-brainer to get this one. I decided on a whim that I’ll get the hardcover version, because it’s just so pretty, that it needs to go on the shelf and be looked at on a regular basis.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone, a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times–and spying on her neighbors.

This better be good! After making my way through a couple mediocre thrillers recently, I have high expectations for this one about the creepy stalker lady. In any case, the cover is pretty enough to show off with it, if it turns out to be shit.

Have you read any of these? If they were awful, please don’t tell me. I prefer to live in denial.



  1. YES TO HUNTING BOOKS!! I love finding physical copies, but i always buy random books that turn out to be terrible so I have to practice some restraint *still trying to gain that skill* i’ve never read any of these can’t wait to see what you think!!! ❤

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    1. It’s hard to resist, isn’t it… i usually take some time in the shop and look up all the books i’m interested in on goodreads and also check whether it’s cheaper on kindle and whatnot… 😀

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    1. 1000+ pages are fine… like if it was written by Stephen King, i have no second thoughts. Considering i have not read any fantasy stuff by Sanderson just makes me worried that it might be a big commitment with less than desirable return 😀

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      1. Lots and lots of people love his work. I think I’m in the minority. I read the first Mistborn book and enjoyed it but never felt the need or want to continue with any of his work.

        Definitely, 1,000 pages are fine but you mention King, his endings aren’t always great! Cough, Under The Dome, cough.😂 950 pages of awesome and the final 50 are god awful.😂

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        1. Hmm, yea, that’s actually true. I wasn’t happy with how Cell ended either… I think I’m just biased when it comes to King and I forgive him way more than i would anyone else… ❤

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  2. Wonderful book haul! I’m going through a phase where I like physical books more now.. Unfortunately charity shops here don’t have any (recent) English books but I get some from publishers and Waterstones usually does a 2+1athalfprice. I did read The Woman In The Window and it’s a bit slow at first but not a bad read in the end. The agoraphobia makes it intriguing to read. Happy reading!

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    1. It’s so pretty isn’t it! I had book one on Kindle, but the cover is so pretty, i might actually buy it, just to display it. Cheeky… 😀


  3. I love the background to your pictures. It makes it look very unique. Also I really love the way your blog looks. If you had merch (which I looked around for before posting and I don’t think I saw any) I would totally get something with the little bear on it!

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    1. Aww, thank you! ❤
      I used a sort of painted wood thing i had (it's meant to be a painting you hang on the wall, haha) as background & my trustworthy blankie (well, one of many) 😀

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  4. I’m not an organized book buyer, either! Definitely NOT. I tend to buy way more books I’m supposed to at the drop of a hat… and I’m a 100% mood reader too! You’ve got some great books there – hope you enjoy The Final Empire which I absolutely loved!!!

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  5. I read The Girl in the Tower. I loved The Bear and the Nightingale and its sequel did not dissapoint me. I though the first book had more of a nostalgic feel to it and the second one was more action focused. Vasya is such a strong character and I can’t wait for book 3 already. Hope you enjoy it too.
    PS. If you are currently in the UK like me, we are expecting a cold snowy week – this book will be PEEEERFECT for it as it has that lovely cold wintery feel to it. Recommended with a lot of hot coffee and warm blankets. 🙂

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    1. Yea, i am… was walking to work this morning with snowflakes on my eyeballs… eww… 😀 i might read Girl in the tower during the weekend, considering i don’t need to go anywhere, so carrying it with me won’t be a problem

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  6. Yes to hunting books! I was in London this weekend and I got this exact copy of The Girl in the Tower. I then explained to the shop manager that the covers were different in US and UK using Goodreads to prove my point LOL

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