January 2020 Book Haul
It’s time for my first book haul of the New Year! I started off the month by getting Norovirus so my lying in bed, surfing book website was a good medicine. But a lot of these books I managed to get throughout the month from second hand stores as well.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I’ve been meaning to read a book by Donna Tartt for years. I got The Secret History a few years ago but never got around to reading it, and so gave it away when I needed to cut my book collection by over half when moving. I’ve decided to give it another go and have since bought a used copy online.
Vanity Fair by William Mackpeace Thackery
I’ve decided that 2020 is the year I read more classics. I’ve been sorely lacking in the last few years and the story of Becky Sharp is one that interests me. I found a gorgeous used edition in an Oxfam bookshop and I look forward to diving into it at some point this year.
Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
I collect the Red Spine Vintage classics from Penguin and this is another to add to my collection. The story of Doctor Zhivago is one I’m familiar with because of a BBC adaptation with Keira Knightley that was made about 15 years ago. It didn’t make a lot of sense to me at the time – I was ten – but I was still enraptured by it.
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
How lucky am I to have a found a copy of The Testaments for just £4 in a charity shop? Of course I had to get it and I’m hoping to read this Booker Prize winning book shortly. Not bad for the first book haul of the year.
The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
I love non-fiction books about books so of course I was going to pick this book up when I spotted it in a second hand bookstore. I had the audiobook once but returned it when I disliked the production. I’m hoping the paperback will be much more enjoyable.
Open Up by Alex Holder
A non-fiction book on how we need to open up more about discussing money. Who hasn’t found it uncomfortable to talk to a boss or a potential employer about money – it’s awful! But why? It’s money, we need it to survive and it’s all about self-worth at the end of the day. This book dives into this conversation more and isn’t are dreary as it sounds. It actually appears to be quite readable and interesting.
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
A children’s classic I’ve never got around to reading but thought I would try in the New Year. The Midnight Garden appears when the clocks strikes 13. That’s all I know.
Galatea by Madeline Miller
I needed a hit of greek mythology and Madeline Miller is the authoritative voice on Greek Mythological Fiction these days so of course I downloaded her short story Galatea. Galatea is the name of statue that came to life in mythology. The story is only 20 pages long and looks at the themes of women belonging to men and the treatment of women based on their looks alone.
The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years! It is a classic, and one that I’m ashamed to not have got around to yet. But now I have no excuse.
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
I was lucky enough to come across a proof of this and I cannot wait to read it. There has been such buzz around it since it’s pre-order went live a few months ago, and now that it’s been released everyone I know seems to be reading it.
The Intoxicating Mr Lavelle by Neil Blackmore
Another proof for a book that doesn’t come out until April 2020. This one looks outrageous and utterly hilarious. Set in the Regency period, the story follows two brothers as they make their way around the world on a grand tour, when they meet the intoxicating Mr Lavelle who doesn’t seem to mind that their not the right class of people.
Convenience Store Woman by Sakaya Murata
I’ve been meaning to pick this book up for about six months, ever since I heard the marketing team behind the campaign talking about taking this wonderful piece of translated fiction and turning it into a UK bestseller. I don’t read much, if any, translated fiction so I’m really looking forward to diving in.