Required Reading Haul Again!

It’s been almost two years since my first Required Reading haul and here I am again! I found a great deal from a fellow student wanting to declutter and thought, since I’m always interested in what books other universities study, that this might be interesting to do again.

The module I’ve decided on is Literature in Transition: from 1800 to the Present and I started last week which is why it’s been a bit quiet on the blog!

The ‘Realities’ texts are: Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which I already had. London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew which my mother is really excited for me to read. I know nothing about Henry Thoreau’s Walden so that’ll be fun. And Mill on the Floss by George Eliot which I’ve actually already read and absolutely adored. I love looking at the contexts within a book is written so I’m really looking forward to learning more about one of my favourite books!

‘Movements’ includes: the play Playboy of the Western World by J.M. SyngeShort Stories by Katherine MansfieldThe Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford which I have since found two copies I already owned on my shelves, the poems Four Quartets by T. S. EliotBetween the Acts by Virginia Woolf and Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys.

And finally ‘Futures’, which collects books published in the last 80 or so years. This includes: Under Milk Wood by Dylan ThomasThe Complete Cosmicomics by Italo CalivinoOranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson which I read on audiobook and unfortunately didn’t get along with, Season of Migration to the North by Tayib SalehStuff Happens by David Hare and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.

Have you read any of these? Anything I should be looking forward to?
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My Spring Book Haul!

I’ve been buying a lot of books this year, you can see the books I got over Winter here, and I’m not reading as much as usual. I’m just bringing more and more in! I need to do some more unhauling or I’ll end up living in a house made only out of books and I live in England, it rains a lot! Books are not good sheltering material. They are fun though, so here’s what I’ve been buying.

A pile of books in front of two succulents

I picked up Planetfall by Emma Newman* at the Gollancz blogger event and read it in May. I liked it so much, I had to get After Atlas by Emma Newman. There are four books that are all stand-alone books set in the same universe and the synopsis of this actually appeals more than Planetfall; detectives and cults and sci-fi, oh my!
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Of course, I had to get The Poison Song by Jen Williams as soon as it came out. I loved the first book in this series (my review/rave is here) and decided soon after that I’d put off reading the second book until the third came out so I could binge it. Now I have this in my grasp, I can finally start.
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Over the next couple months, I’m trying to make a conscious effort to read more non-fiction (I have a whole post about that here) so when I saw Queen Bees by Siân Evans for £2.99 (now £2.49) on The Book People, it joined my cart immediately. I’m really looking forward to learning more about these society hostesses and their impact on the world.
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Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen and Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets by Alison Weir were books that I got proof copies of and, of course, needed the hardcovers to complete my set. I really love this series and they look so so good on my shelf. I’m thinking of doing a re-read of the whole series when the final book comes out, but there are still two queens to go!
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A pile of books in front of two succulents

Once & Future by Amy Rose Capette & Cori McCarthyYou Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman and A Good Girls’ Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson were all pre-orders I made back in February so they’ve slowly been trickling in, and I’ve been reading them! I missed having fresh and exciting YA on my shelves. Expect to see them in upcoming wrap-ups!
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Have you read any of these? What do you think of my buys?
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My Winter Book Haul!

For the past couple years I’ve been trying to curb my book buying habit. No more book hauls where I never end up reading the books, no more TBR that could crush a human, no more! Then this year, I said no more to that. I told myself that as long as I read them, I could buy them. So…

I haven’t read many of these yet… but I’m working on it!

Starting with the oddballs, Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews has been on my radar for a while and I decided to finally pick it up after finding myself craving urban fantasy.
Déjà Dead by Kathy Reichs on the other hand, was just because I was catching up on Bones and boy, did it jump the shark. I’m hoping that the source material has the vibe that I fell in love with the TV show for.
And Collected Stories by Vladimir Nabokov was because I’m studying Creative Writing and I needed to read some short stories for reference. And I love Nabokov’s Lolita so he was an obvious choice.

I love-love-loved The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams after reading it last year so, of course, I needed her first trilogy. The Copper Promise, The Iron Ghost and The Silver Tide by Jen Williams are at the top of my TBR right now and I’m even thinking about doing a reading vlog because I have a good feeling they’re going to be one of those series that I’ll always wish I could read for the first time again.

I’ve always found military history interesting and lately I’ve been curious about the LGBT+ soldiers. After searching around, I found the non-fiction Fighting Proud by Stephen Bourne and the fiction The Charioteer by Mary Renault. I’m really excited to get to both of them once I finish Regeneration by Pat Barker, a book I already owned that got me interested in the topic.

More LGBT+ books that made it to my shelves this season were The Heart Begins Here by Jacqueline Dumas, Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall and Autoboyography by Christina Lauren. I actually read Autoboyography last year and loved it so much that I needed my own copy, and needed more like it, which is why I bought Been Here All Along, another M/M YA romance. In comparison, The Heart Begins Here is an adult book about a feminist bookstore run by a lesbian couple at a time when independent bookstores started feeling the heat of chains and the internet.

Have you read any of these? What do you think of my picks?
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My 2018 Book Haul!

One of the goals I had in 2018 was to buy less books. I wanted to continue the ten-out, one-in thing that I did in 2017 but ended up unhauling only 30 books (here, here and here) and buying 16. Ah well! That’s still a net-loss, right? I totally gave up on it all this year and I’ve already bought ten books so I don’t think a yearly haul will do for 2019. Let’s not think about that, and instead…

I picked up Date With Death by Julia Chapman at a small independent bookstore because it looked so dang cosy and cute! I actually read this a couple weeks ago and it wasn’t my favourite but I have to buy a book whenever I go into a small bookstore!

A slightly less moral purchase was Ink and Bone and Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine. They both went on sale for £1 on Amazon a couple of months ago and this series has been on my radar for a while so I picked them up. I might not get around to them soon but as a student on a limited budget? A must-buy!

I started listening to a new podcast, Shedunnit, and Dorothy L. Sayers gets mentioned a lot so when I saw a collection of the first three books in her series; Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness and Unnatural Death, for £5.99 on The Book People? I had to!

Face Off by Brenda Novak and Magisterium: The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are both series I started reading because I was sent the first couple books by publicists and continued on to buy the rest myself because I loved them so much! I read both of these in 2018 and I really loved both of them.

Kitty Steals the Show, Kitty Rocks the House, Kitty in the Underworld, Low Midnight and Kitty Saves the World by Carrie Vaughn are all the Kitty Norville books I have left to finish the series which I started reading in March 2014! I read three out of five in 2018 and I’m so close to the end, I can practically taste it! The UK publisher doesn’t have rights for the last four books, so I had to import the last four and my bookshelf is much less aesthetic now.

I was one of 1576 backers of Heartstopper by Alice Oseman on Kickstarter and it’s now being published by Hodder! Plus, you can still read it for free online. I think Heartstopper is great but I don’t think the art translates as well in print.

Rhianne is an incredible blogger who writes about writing so I picked up her first novel; The Collective as she has really helped me become a better writer. I’m a terrible reader though and haven’t got around to this yet but it’s on my ASAP-TBR, especially with the second book in the series now out.

Charlaine Harris is my favourite author so I, of course, had to pick up An Easy Death. It’s her new series and while the first book didn’t really blow me away, she’s my ride-or-die author and I’ll be continuing the series.

Have you read any of these? What did you think?
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