Sunday, 27 January 2013

There is no such thing as too many books, just not enough shelves to put them on.

It would seem that whenever I have work to do, or I'm busy, I always get the urge to read. Reading is my biggest downfall when it comes to distractions. I can normally ignore other distractions and focus on my work, but books...not so much.  Normally when I order books around my exam times or my coursework period, I have to hand them over to my parents for safe-keeping. You can probably imagine how hard it was to maintain focus during my last exam period when I decided to start reading A Song of Ice and Fire...

  Fortunately, I handed in my first piece of coursework last week, and I've made a good start on my second piece, so I don't have to completely ban myself from reading. I always seem to buy books at this time of the year. I think I buy most of my books in January/February and in July. I seem to have ended up with quite a few new books, so I thought I'd post about them as I keep saying that I'll start writing more book related posts and I never do. I always enjoy seeing people's book collections so I'm hoping that somebody might like to see mine!

The first few were Christmas presents. I included them in my Christmas post, but I thought I'd take a few more photographs and go into a little more detail.


My original LOTR set was badly damaged when I was in Spain last year. I'd had those books for around eight years or so (which actually isn't a long time compared with some of the books I own) but I was pretty upset at having to leave them behind. They also left a very empty gap on my bookshelves, so I was thrilled to receive new copies! I don't normally like book covers with shots from the films on them, but I don't mind these. I keep meaning to buy them in hardback but I haven't gotten round to it yet. I'm hoping that these don't suffer the same fate as my last copies!


I bought this with a gift voucher that a friend gave me. I'd seen it in both Tesco and WH Smiths several times before Christmas and I'd been itching to pick it up, but at £22 I just couldn't justify it, regardless of how beautiful it is! Luckily, it was reduced in the sales so I very happily went and picked this up on Boxing Day. It's a very heavy book, and the quality is superb. I really love the gold lettering across the front; it's almost a shame that you can only see the spine on my bookcase! This book goes into all the background behind the making of the series; the costumes and the sets and so on. I think my favourite part is actually the photos that are spread across the book; some of them are really lovely and I think I spent ten minutes after I first purchased it just flicking through to look at them. I'm very glad that I bought this; it really is a gorgeous book!

These are books that I have acquired recently. I really ought to spread these posts out a little, because this might be a bit of a long post!


These belonged to my grandmother, who unfortunately now suffers from alzheimers so she can no longer read, and so these now belong to me. I'm not a big fan of Jane Austen (neither was my grandmother so how she came by the set I do not know) but I figured that I would probably need them for university. They are a really nice set and are in excellent condition considering that they've been on my grandmother's bookshelf for at least twenty years!



I was cleaning my shelves last weekend and I came across my set of Balefire books by Cate Tiernan and I remembered how much I loved her Sweep series and I thought I'd have to look to see how much it would cost to buy the books. I bought these from the Book Depository for  around £4 each. Strangely, it's the same price to buy them as a 3-1 set than it is to buy them individually. I think they were printed under a different name and covers in the UK, but I much prefer these covers (I really dislike covers with people on them). I think that these definitely improve as you go through the series. They are very easy to read but really enjoyable too. I bought the first three (technically the first nine books) to see if I still enjoy them as much as I did. There's another two books that I'll probably buy at some point!



While I was searching for Sweep I also discovered her Immoral Beloved trilogy which I'd put on my book list ages ago and completely forgotten about, so I ordered this for £6 or so with my other books. It has had good reviews so I'm really looking forward to reading it!

If you managed to actually get to the end of this post, well done! I will probably do updates like this in smaller doses from now on instead of one huge post.

Have you bought any interesting books recently?

Disclosure: I bought the Cate Tiernan books myself, the Game of Thrones book I bought with a gift voucher and the others were gifts.

18 comments:

  1. That always happened to me around exams! Harry Potter usually took the place of revision haha!
    Love love love lord of the rings and game of thrones!
    I'm currently reading the mortal instruments series, but really need some new things to read :D
    xox

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    1. Haha, yes! I'm so bad for it yet I still insist on buying books when I know I'm busy!

      Ooh I always said I was going to read those and I never did! I'm always looking for new things to read too. My to-read list is getting a bit out of hand now!

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  2. So many books! I want to get round to reading the Game of Thrones trilogy, I've heard good things!
    I loved the Sweep series when I was younger! I think I prefer those covers too, I'm a bit funny about people on covers as well, I prefer to conjure up my own image of characters in my head! x

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    1. You should read them, they're fantastic! By far the best series I've read in a long time.

      I loved them when I was about 12 or 13! I can remember having to order them into my local library and waiting until they had them in stock. It's quite interesting re-reading them now!

      Exactly! I love those covers, they're really pretty. I think having people on the covers makes it a lot less personal?

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  3. Oh, I am sure that even if you are not a Jane Austen fan, you´ll become one as soon as you start reading!
    I am pretty much kind of Austen fanatic, maybe because I have never felt really comfy in modern times and she always give the chance to live a different life for some hours :)

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    1. I liked Northanger Abbey, but I'm still a bit on the fence! I'm going to make an effort to read them all though so I might change my mind!

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  4. Reading is also my biggest downfall! I can never seem to get my head out of a book! Looks like you got some pretty gorgeous book, hope you enjoy them all! :)

    Elle xxx
    http://ellelouisee.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Me neither! I normally have to ban myself from reading when I know I'm going to be busy. Thank you!

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  5. How I understand ... Right now I do not know where to put more books. I've been thinking about buying more shelves. I'm curious about Immortal beloved. Have a nice week.

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    1. I have two bookcases and a bridging unit that goes across the top, and I'm beginning to run out of space! Once that's filled I'll have to go on the top of my bookcases and my wardrobe. I'm really bad when it comes to parting with books, I just can't do it!

      I'm really curious about Immortal Beloved too as I hadn't heard much about it. I'm really looking forward to reading it!

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  6. Great taste in books LOTR are my absolute favourites!

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    1. Thank you! They are my favourites too! I keep saying that I'll buy them in hardback at some point but I haven't gotten round to it. :(

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  7. I'm struggling through Life of Pi atm (it keeps talking about sharks *cries*), I'm battling with 1984 as it's too DEPRESSING, I'm trying to read Lolita but it's so paedo and uncomfortable... I did read Catcher in the Rye though... it was alright :)

    x x x

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    1. Ooh I love 1984! Lolita made me uncomfortable too (as did The Lovely Bones...) I've not actually read Catcher in the Rye, but it has been on my reading list for years. :(

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  8. I must say i love your new profile pic, such glamour :P
    I have the hobbit of that collection, but I was unsure about buying that one, of the other simple box set that had the original designs Tolkien did, my heart won with the tolkien designs, but that collection of lotr it's so beautifull :P
    We never can go wrong with Jane Austen, and that collection it's gorgeus.
    I have to check that last one, sounds nice :P, one more to my to-be-read list, dunno if you have it, but you would be a nice company on goodreads :P
    Regards

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    1. Thank you! I really hate taking new profile pictures, and I can't decide if I like this new or not! I'm really not photogenic.

      My old set had the Tolkien designs, they were so lovely! I'm a bit on the fence about these covers, they are nice but I think I prefer my old set just a little bit more!

      A few people have told me to go on goodreads but I haven't gotten round to it yet! I will have to have a look at some point.

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  9. Awesome blog, love the gotic twist! Are you Wiccan?

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it! I'm not Wiccan, although I am interested in it.

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