It’s been a short while since my last book haul but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been acquiring books; in fact I’ve amassed quite the stack since Book Haul #4. However I’ve been trying to be good about buying books since I’m going on holiday and will need to save my pennies for then. As I type this I sit in departures at Heathrow, about to fly to said holiday in DC and New York. I’m bound to hit up The Strand while I’m there so expect a, hopefully short, Book Haul #6 in the not too distant future! (ETA: Future Emma here to say that Past Emma was perceptive – I bought 3 books, a t-shirt and a book tote.) But for now let’s look back at the books I’ve acquired since my last haul.
Here we are, a mere 5 weeks after from my Book Haul #3 and I have another stack of books. No one is surprised. Once again I hate myself for having bought this many books. But will I ever learn?! Probably not. So, for the foreseeable future, I will continue to haul books and hate myself inside a little. It’s fine, it’s fine, at least I have shiny new books to comfort me during my times of loathing. Let’s see the fruits of my loathing, shall we?
Guess who not-so-accidentally bought books again? (See my Book Haul #2 for proof of just how shameful this amount of book buying is!) I don’t have many excuses because not that many of these were pre-orders or new releases. I just steadily go through phases of ‘save your money’ and then ‘TREAT YO SELF’… it’s like a wave cresting up and then crashing down again and it/I can’t be stopped. (Plus I’ve watched that Parks and Rec clip way too many times for it to be healthy.)
In the end, I don’t blow my money on anything else so I think if books are my one vice, that can be excused, right? riGHT? (Can you tell I’m conflicted and have to justify it to myself all the time. I am the Ben Wyatt of this Treat Yo Self 2011 day.)
But, anyways, let’s have a gander at all the books I shamefully treated myself to… because they’re pretty and new (well, to me) and I’m excited to read them obviously, but that goes without saying…
I know what you’re thinking, am I really hauling another lot of books so soon after my first book haul of the year? Yes, in short. Amazon is the devil, it encourages me to buy books, and they make it so easy to acquire books that I just can’t say no. Their 3 for 10 paperback offer in particular is especially cruel. It’s a problem. Honest. See also: I have no impulse control. But we all know why you’re here (if you’re still here, wait, no, please, come back), so let us just get onto showcasing the shiny shiny books I have acquired lately…
A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab
The third book in the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, this is probably my most anticipated book for this year so obviously I pre-ordered it as soon as I could. I re-read the first two books prior to diving into this one and I’m so glad I did because it just made this beauty of a book all the more funny and heartbreaking all in one. I’m sure I don’t need to sing its praises since countless people have done so before me but it features a crown prince who is equal parts Jack Harkness and Prince Harry (not kidding), a magician able to travel into parallel Londons who owns a pretty damn amazing coat (yes, I want one), and a badass girl who has a touch of Jack Sparrow’s ‘now bring me that horizon’ sentiment about her. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wish you didn’t care so damn much about this merry band of misfits. Plus, I mean, just look at that cover design – it’s simply just gorgeous, right?
The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon
Again, The Song Rising is a third book in a series I adore, so obviously when this “collector’s edition” (i.e. them mercifully continuing to publish editions that match the old cover design) became available to pre-order, I was all over it. Once again, I re-read the previous books before diving into this one and may I just say, as I am currently in the middle of this right now, how dare you Samantha Shannon, you’re breaking my heart here… and I love you for it. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading it, The Bone Season is the first book and it tells the story of a dystopian London in which a sort of underground community of clairvoyants exist despite the Scion-controlled government’s best efforts to wipe them out, and then the story takes a detour into the beautiful Oxford, as you’ve never seen it before. The Mime Order, the second book focuses more closely on the politics and shenanigans of the syndicates/gangs of clairvoyants within London and it’s an amazing sequel and really ups the games. So, basically what I’m saying is, if you haven’t read it, you really should.
The Sally Lockhart Quartet by Philip Pullman
If you follow the blog closely, you may have seen my Feature post discussing the books that “made me”, the books that I read as a child and shaped who I was as a reader and as a person, to be honest. This series featured on that list as I adored Philip Pullman’s take of Victorian London via the spunky Sally Lockhart. When I recalled how fondly I used to think of this series, I knew I had to purchase it for myself. A couple of clicks on Amazon and whoops, here we are, no regrets, look at that very apt cover design, it’s wonderful!
Fellow readers, I have a problem. A problem which I feel a lot of you will empathise with – I buy too many books. And, as you might have guessed from the title of this blog post, this is a book haul displaying how many are “too many” books. So, whilst I wouldn’t say this post is to shame myself per say, I have realised whilst taking photos for this post that Jesus I’ve bought a lot of books considering it’s not even mid-February yet. Maybe I should stop buying books? Let’s be real, that’s not going to happen, but I am going to try to be more discerning with what I do buy. You heard it here first, folks.
(Mind you, I have titled this post #1 book haul of 2017 so the fact I’m expecting more numbers to follow it says it all really…)
Now I’ve addressed all that self-hating guilt for buying too many books, let’s move on to the actual gloriously shiny and lovely books themselves…
I finished my 2 5000-word module essays on Tuesday and rewarded myself, in the only way a book nerd like me knows, by buying books. Amazon’s 3 for £10 paperback offer will be the death of my wages, I swear. Considering how many I wanted, I’d say I restrained myself admirably well. I really must stop letting books fall into my basket though!
I decided to blow the dust off the YouTube channel and make a Friday Reads / February Book Haul video, wow, such joy, such excitement.
Please note: my phone just will not cooperate so that my poorly planned videos can at least look properly lit and half-decent quality. So, failing that, I tried my webcam for filming because, providing I can shush the perfectionist part of my brain that is currently wailing about how bad quality this webcam video is, I could be back to making videos.
So I would be ever so grateful if you could give this a watch and I hope to become better at video-making and booktubing by sticking to the old idiom ‘practice makes perfect’. I’m not aiming for perfection, mind, just ability to make videos that are concise and critical which is enough of an ask to be getting along with for now…
“Books are a uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King
Yeah, not if you have a stack of them and you just want to read all of them at the same time, Stephen, I think then I’d need a bag a la Mary Poppins or Hermione Granger to consider them portable.
Which is my obnoxious way of saying HI I BOUGHT TOO MANY BOOKS THIS MONTH CONSIDERING I SHOULD BE BUYING ONLY REQUIRED READING. I should probably also actually complete the required reading since there are summer reading lists for the two courses I’ll be taking next term (Posthumanism and Early Modern Bodies and Spirits, for the curious) and they’re not insubstantial.
For now, however, I bring you an August Haul, aka a photo of things I bought/borrowed from the library and have put on my TBR for the tiny remainder of this month/September. And I really do need to have these read in the course of the new few weeks because I shall be returning to my beloved Lancaster on the 27th September sans my book collection. Let us all take a moment to mourn that loss… and then move on to consider all the shiny books I’ve hauled.