I’m calling this my January book haul, but some of these I did purchase or receive in the December, but oh well! My bank account has hated me this month. With being on furlough, starting off in tier 4, and now in national lockdown, I have had a lot of time! A lot of time to scroll through websites and buy too many books.
My birthday is in September, however due to all of the coronavirus rules and restrictions that came in, I wasn’t able to receive my birthday gifts from my friends until now. It feels very strange telling you about my birthday gifts four months later, but I kind of find it funny! I’m going to start with those books.
Lovely War by Julie Berry
At the beginning of last year and late the year before, I had been hearing about this book loads. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, and while I am really excited to read it soon, I am incredibly intimidated by it too. It’s quite a large book and with a heavy subject. With that being said, I am hoping to tackle it in February!
Women Don’t Owe You Pretty by Florence Given
In 2021, I would like to read some more nonfiction books; so I am so happy that I was gifted this book. I’ve had a flick through the pages and the illustrations in it are so beautiful, and that alone is making me excited to read it.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I have been collecting the MinaLima editions for a while now, and this was the final one I needed to have the full collection! I love these editions of children classics. I can’t wait until more of them come out.
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
When this book came out, I had very little interest in it. I was still in my fantasy slump and I just didn’t want to go near it. I sat on it a few months, and then eventually put it back on my wish list, because, after all, it is Sarah J Maas. Apparently, I wanted to read it more than I had even thought, because the day I got it, I started it, and absolutely flew through the 800+ paged book. I had no expectations going in, and I think that was a great thing for me and this novel. It is honestly now one of my favourite books.
Now I will get into the real reason by bank account has been hating me. Luckily, there were some sales around the new year, so maybe it likes me a little more… no it definitely hates me but I think it was worth it.
Home Body by Rupi Kaur
I love Rupi Kaur and her collections, so obviously I had to get her newest collection in the Waterstones sale. I think her work is incredible and her subject choices for her poetry are so inspiring and it is an area that isn’t tackled often, especially within poetry.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
I caved after seeing this one mentioned on everybody’s blog, and purchased a copy for myself! I was actually really weirded out when it arrived, because it’s tiny? Height wise, it’s about the same size, if not smaller, than a regular paperback, even though my copy is hardcover. For some reason it feels really strange to me. Nonetheless, it’s not going to stop me from reading the book, and I am hopefully going to get to it in the next couple of months.
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
After reading Hunted by Meagan Spooner, I knew I had to read the other retelling that she has out, so I ordered Sherwood straight away. Side note, while I was compiling my January 2021 releases post, I came across Neverland by Meagan Spooner, and GoodReads got my hopes up for a minute there, but it looks like it’s not coming out for some time as it looks like the only information available to us right now is the name of the novel.
Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Of course I had to get Angie Thomas’ newest release. I actually preordered Concrete Rose. I am not in a contemporary mood right now, though, instead focusing on fantasy, so I am saving this for probably the spring/summer time. I am thinking about rereading The Hate U Give and On the Come Up about then too, so I’m going to have an Angie Thomas week, I think.
Throne of Glass (Collectors edition) by Sarah J Maas
Was it my smartest move to purchase a collectors edition of a book that I hadn’t previously liked only because I wanted to reread it and the full series wasn’t going to arrive in time for me to read it right there and then? Probably not. But, I couldn’t stop myself, and part of me knew if I was going to try the series again, I had to do it before I changed my mind! You can check out what I thought about Throne of Glass: here.
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
Also not my smartest move… I purchased the whole of the series – in hardcover – whilst still being sure that I wasn’t going to enjoy it, but determined to still finish it. However, I can report that I am on the last book (I am seriously behind on my discussion posts for the series) and I love the series now. I have changed my tune completely. Were there still parts around the book 3 and 4 marks that I struggled with? Yes, but I am so glad I pushed through them and managed to make it this far in the series. I am excited to share my thoughts eventually! You can see my discussion posts for Crown of Midnight: here, and The Assassin’s Blade: here.
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge by Lisa Jensen
I am really into retellings right now, so when someone on bookstagram was selling this for a really cheap price, I had to grab it. She has since deleted her account, so I can’t give you her username. I am excited to read it, though it doesn’t have the best reviews, but I am loving retellings now, so hopefully I will enjoy it.
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
The same bookstagram account was selling Cinderella is Dead and this is one I have been meaning to buy and read for a long time, so again I had to snatch it up! I am planning on this to actually be my next read and I can’t explain how much I am looking forward to it.
The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings
I was actually fortunate to be sent a finished copy of The Sad Ghost Club by the publishers, so thank-you Hodder Children’s Books for sending it to me! I have started it and it is so cute so far, and I will share thoughts in a review in the upcoming weeks!
What did you buy in January? This was a very unusual amount for me to purchase in such a short time, but I am so happy with everything that I purchased/received! I am going to restrict myself a bit more in the upcoming months!