Summer Book Haul 2020
We’re finally into Summer, and although we’re in lockdown I’m very happy to share my Summer Book Haul for 2020.
I’ve recently purchased a lot of books to get me through the summer, as well as receiving lots of books for my birthday. I’m intending on using this self-isolation period as a little shelf-isolation and reading loads!
Here are some of the recent books I purchased in May & June 2020:
I loved Jane Eyre when I read it as a teenager but I never picked up the un-authorised prequel, and classic in its own right, by Jean Rhys. That has now been rectified and I’m looking forward to finding out more about Antoinette Cosway – or the woman in the attic.
I’ve been wanting to read an E.M. Forster book for quite a while. I started with Howards End last year, but I just didn’t get on with as much as I wanted to. So, I’ve chosen to dive in with A Room with a View instead.
I’m growing my Penguin English Library collection at the moment, and I thought a Dickens book was just the ticket. I’ve never read Great Expectations but this the Dickens classic that I’m most often told to read first.
Carrying on with the Charles Dickens trend though, I also picked up Nicholas Nickleby in the Vintage Red Spine edition. I think that this is one of my favourite Dickens stories – based on the adaptation – and I would love to read it. But it is a very hefty book so we’ll see how I get on with it.
I really enjoyed the movie adaptation of Cold Mountain, although it is incredibly bleak. My mum read the book a good few years ago now and I still remember how telling me how much she disliked it. However, that clearly hasn’t deterred me as recently I fancied to read it for myself. I bet you I’ll agree with her though… we’ll see.
I really wanted a weepy-read, something I’m not often pulled too, and Nicholas Sparks is the god of weepy reads. They’re very formulaic and you know that something tragic will happen in every story, but I just fancied it so there. This was on sale for £2 so I went for it.
The only Rainbow Rowell book I have read is Eleanor & Park, and I loved it. Of course, now I know that it is not really the most politically correct book and there is a lot of backlash against it. But, I didn’t know at the time. I’ve since been told that the Rainbow Rowell book that most readers would recommend is Fangirl. It was 99p on kindle so I thought I would give it a go this summer. I haven’t read YA in quite a while, after all.
My latest book club read. I actually already have this book on Kindle but since it’s my first Booker Prize winning book I thought it deserved to be bought, so I treated myself to the paperback edition. I’ll feedback my thoughts soon…
I loved Radio Silence by Alice Oseman when I read it about two years ago, and I’ve been meaning to pick up Solitaire – her debut – for sometime. So when I saw it was only 99p I went for it.
This is a speculative fiction about the Bronte sisters. Imagine if they had been detectives… enough said. I love the Bronte sisters and I thought a speculative fiction might be a fun new genre to try during lockdown.
And finally, from books I bought at least, is The Silent Patient. This book has so many reviews and has become a well-established in the industry that I feel like that the time has come and I need to bite the bullet and read it.
Now for my birthdays books:
My best friend, Freyja, spoilt me for my birthday! She got me three hardbacks, starting with My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell. This is a debut HarperCollins book I tried desperately to get my hands on at work and failed because it was so popular. It’s a suspenseful, dark women’s fiction about a woman who was groomed by her teacher and the consequences of these actions.
I’ve been hearing loads about this book since lockdown began and I was intrigued. I don’t know much about it, except that it’s set in Beijing and follows three people – two women and a man.
Lastly from my presents from Freyja, I got the hardback edition of The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves. This is a women’s fiction novel about a couple who haven’t spoken to each for six months. When one of them falls ill and enters into a coma their other half has to face the truth as to why they stopped speaking to each other in the first place.
This should be the title of memoir, but nope it’s a money book I’ve been meaning to read for quite a while. As a new 25-year-old who lives alone in London I like to read books about money to make sure I’m being sensible and keeping track of my budgets effectively. Also, you don’t learn this stuff at school so I wanted to know how mortgages worked and how to open a specific savings account etc.
I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for a while, and with what is currently occurring across the world with the Black Lives Matter movement I’m really happy to finally be able to read more by black writers.
A classic I know very little about but discovered a few months ago, when I was watching a Patrick Swayze documentary of all things. An American story based in Oklahoma about a family of brothers and their friends who are part of a gang of survival.
Penguin Little Black Classics
I collect the Little Black Classics from Penguin and this year I got 8 new editions.
- #85 – Hannibal by Livy
- #87 – The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstory
- #105 – Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
- #108 – The Sandman by E. T. A Hoffman
- #111 – A Nervous Breakdown by Anton Chekov
- #118 – White Nights by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- #120 – Flush by Virginia Woolf
- #127 – The Constitution of the United States
I’m getting close to the whole set now! They’re great little reads, and for only £1-3 they’re a great bargain.
The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (Vintage Classics)
My mum and dad got me several vintage classics to add to my other collection as well. I have quite a few books by Graham Greene but I’m yet to read his work. One day I’ll get to it. The story is set in Mexico and follows the persecution of the clergy, with a police chase and a lot of self-discovery by the look of the blurb.
The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass (Vintage Classics)
Another Vintage Classic, and this one is a translated classic. The story follows a character called Oskar who decided to stop growing on his third birthday. It continues to show his extraordinary life in Nazi Germany and after in Post-War Germany. An interesting concept.
London Fields by Martin Amis
Another high-concept novel involving a murder, murderee and a love story. The blurb is a real jumble so it’s hard to pinpoint what is actually happening in this story. A real mystery.
To Be or Not To Be… by Liz Evers
This was a fun facts book my mum got for me after I expressed how little I know about Shakespeare as a person. I know his works well and the basics of his life, but I know very little about him.
What books have you purchased in the last few weeks to get you through lockdown? Do you find you’re reading more or less since lockdown began? Let me know in the comments below.