Sunday, 26 April 2015

Book Purchases: Spring

Hi everyone, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend! I am currently trying to fight my way through a mountain of coursework, so I apologise for my lack of posts recently. I have several jewellery reviews to post which I will try to get around to very soon, but I thought I would break my silence today by posting about my latest book purchases.

At the moment the majority of my reading time has been taken up by university reading and research, but I have purchased several books. I always enjoy peeking into bookshelves that belong to other people so I am hoping some of you may feel the same way.

Firstly, I ended up with two beautiful hardback editions of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I have my little sister to thank for these. She works in a second hand bookshop and bought them for me when they came in as she thought I would like them. They only cost £1.50 each! The only problem is that I now want to complete the set, but hardback editions usually cost over the £10 mark.



I also purchased several books by Brandon Sanderson. I read The Way of Kings last year and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I purchased the next two books of the Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance Part I and II.  I also purchased The Final Empire as it was on offer in WHSmiths, and the blurb was intriguing. I am really looking forward to reading these when I have completed my coursework! Sadly The Final Empire is a little bent and the edges are frayed, but it was the only copy they had left.



Finally, I purchased five of the 80p for 80 books Penguin Classic editions. My local Waterstones had these when I visited a few weeks ago, and I admittedly had to restrain myself. They are excellent, and perfect for those of you who want to read more canonical literature without the paying an excessive amount, or for people who want to expand their collection. They are also the perfect size for travelling. I purchased Ovid's The Fall of Icarus, Dante's Circles of Hell, Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm, The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Brontë, and Well, they are gone and here must I remain by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The only thing that I bothers me about these editions is that the white band across the middle does not line up correctly when these are on my bookshelf.



I was also wondering how you would all feel about short summary posts in the future? I have my dissertation due in September and I am expecting the next few months to be chaotic, which would limit the time I have to blog. Do you enjoy reading short monthly summary posts or not?

Have you read anything interesting lately?

12 comments:

  1. I'd love short summary posts - your blog is one of my favourites and I'm always happy to read about what's going on in your life.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad that you enjoy it; your comment made my day!

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  2. I loooove Coleridge, The Goblin Market and Harry Potter! Summary posts are ok, I do them too!

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    1. I was so pleased with all of them! The 80p books are wonderful.

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  3. yes yes yes for summary posts! i like this kind of stuff :-D

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    1. Thank you! Most people seem to agree that summary posts are a good idea, which is good!

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  4. Short summery posts sound good! Good luck in your dissertation ♥

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    1. Thank you so much! I'll get there eventually, and I know it will all be worth it in the end.

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  5. Greetings Claire,

    Lovely to see your book findings here too, I've learned about that Brandon Sanderson series for a while now, but I have to read the Mistborn trilogy first before I let myself buy any more :P
    Let me know what you think of it later.

    The 80p for 80 books Penguin Classic edition I've already saw earlier on Instagram, unfortunately they never make it here, I was counting on it, but well, I am particularly interested on this three you listed:
    Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti,
    The Robber Bridegroom by Brothers Grimm,
    The Night is Darkening Round Me by Emily Brontë

    You should totally join us on Goodreads :P for me to spy on your reading..

    Best Regards

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    1. I still need to finish Stormlight, I have essay assignments due in a week on Wednesday and I have really missed being able to read recreationally. I might do an update post when I've finished them. I loved the first two books though!

      It's a shame that the 80p books aren't available to you! They are really nice little editions, and perfect for reading on the bus.

      I have Goodreads account, but I am terrible at updating it! I might be a little more organised with it once my deadline is out of the way! https://www.goodreads.com/divineobscurity

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  6. I like summary posts (though I am extremely bad at them myself :) )

    I love Brandon Sanderson, his world building is superb.

    I've just written a rather long winded update post that includes quite a lot of books, but recently I've enjoyed Susan Ee's Angel Fall and World After, and have just downloaded the final book in the trilogy, End of Days. Really decent urban fantasy series, good for commuting reading.

    Now reading Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville which mixes up myth and the Holocaust, not in a trite way. So far it's pretty awesome but I do have quite some way to go.

    Best of luck with the deadlines.

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    1. I've not red Angel Fall, but it sounds excellent. I've added it to my very long 'need to read' list! Gretel and the Dark sounds fascinating. My sister is a history student and that sounds like something she would really enjoy.

      Thank you!

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