There comes a time in every bookworms life when they just have to say no to books. When your to-be-read pile is overflowing and you have run out of shelf space for the third time running, you know that you have a serious problem! Not to mention when you start to calculate how long it will take you to read all those books you own…..lets just say some of mine will still be unread in ten years time. :S So it was with much pain and internal suffering that I stated to my family ‘do not buy me any books for my Birthday this year, I have too many!’
When I headed home the weekend after my birthday and opened my presents I was really happy with everything I got, but couldn’t getting rid of a nagging little voice inside my head that said ‘but Becky, there are no books.’
So when my blogging buddies started asking me what books I got and telling me to let them know about my crazy haul I didn’t really have an answer, because I didn’t have anything to tell!
But, as the title suggests I did get some books in the end after all, they were just very delayed due to various friends being off at uni. This is the part where I have an excuse to take lots of pretty pictures of my books and fulfill my promise, one book haul post coming up! 😉
The first book I got was Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl the next book in the Caster Chronicles series. After really enjoying the first book Beautiful Creatures I can’t wait to see what the second one has to offer. The first finished on a dramatic note and I have no idea where the story is going to go next, it will be nice to settle down with a cup of tea, relax and sink into a world of magic, conflict and romance in the deep south. 🙂 I’m equally excited about The Silver Linings Playbook by Mathew Quick, I have seen the trailer for the film and I think it looks great, lots of screwed up complex characters, and aren’t those the best kind?! I probably wouldn’t have bought the book myself because I have to be selective these days, but I read the first page to see what it was like and the writing seems great and engaging, I just wanted to carry on reading!
The book I am most excited about however, is The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice:
IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL GUYS, I WISH YOU COULD SEE IT IN REAL LIFE!!! I can’t stop picking it up and feeling the cover and tracing the delicate lines of the gothic gate. It’s weird but when you pick it up it feels…..old, even though it’s brand new. I think it’s to do with the heaviness and the grungy colour, the book is literally bigger than my head and is so thick I have trouble holding it up for too long. I am a dedicated lover of Barnes and Noble’s leatherbound classics and I can’t get enough of them. Luckily, my friend just knows me all too well and keeps buying them for me. 😀 He even theme wrapped the present with vampire-esk wrapping paper (seen behind in the picture) and red and black bows. How did I get such great friends? The book contains the first three books in The Vampire Chronicles which are Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. I’m so excited to read them.
Next is a few um… *cough* self treat gifts *cough* in the spirit of my birthday from my favourite second hand book shop. Weirdly I had been thinking about The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents a lot because I had only just realised it was written by Terry Prachett. There was me thinking I hadn’t read any of his books…I have! I read half of it when I was young but never got to reach the end because it was a library book and I had to give it back. I remembered really enjoying it but had no recollection of the plot or characters, so when I saw it in the shop I thought it must be fate and of course, I had to buy it. 🙂 The next book Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke I recognised from Maggie’s awesome review of it a little while back. As a fantasy nerd I thought it sounded great, so when it was sitting there all unloved I snatched it up quickly! I can’t remember what it’s supposed to be about and I don’t want to read the blurb so I will be surprised when I read it, so head on over to Maggie’s blog if you want more information!
These last few aren’t birthday books, but I thought I would add them in for good measure as they seemed to have slipped through the cracks somewhere in between previous haul posts.
My mum bought me The Time Travellers Wife when she saw it cheap second hand. Double yay! I was so excited when the film came out and ended up being disappointed with it, but I’ve heard that the book is much better. It’s also on the Rory Gilmore Challenge so I can’t wait to read it.
And to the left you will see, yes, that’s right, MORE leatherbound classics! 😀 I’ve actually had both of these around a year now but I suddenly realised they have yet to make their debut appearance on my blog. Shameful. :O The top book is The Bronte Sisters: Three Novels containing Wuthering Heighs, (My favourite!) Jane Eyre and Agnes Grey, woopie! My friend bought it for me as a ‘congratulations you got into university’ present (so shamefully spoilt). The second book is the Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, another massive but beautiful book. 🙂 I first saw it out with a friend, stared at it for half an hour and tried to convince myself that I didn’t need to spend £20 on a book I could technically get free with PC Kindle, even if it was the prettiest thing I’d ever seen. I told my mum about it when I got home and she gave me that look, the ‘your book crazy’ look and told me it would be silly to spend that much on it. (She was right!) But uh, a week later I found myself standing in the exact same spot but with a different friend and I hadn’t been able to stop thinking about it, so I bought it! Which was soon followed by me shamefully stuffing it at the back of my bookshelf horrified that I had spent that much money! LOL.
Since then they have made their way to my uni to make it feel more homely, along with my Smoking Dragon that I got from Wales – you put incense under it and smoke comes out of it’s nose like a real dragon, SO COOL. AND YES I AM A NERD. 😀
Ok, I will stop rambling now before I bore you to death, I hope you enjoyed staring at all the pretty pictures, I know I did! 😉
P.S. On an unrelated note, I had a dream the other day that I was stuck in a weird form of Disney world that turned out to be run by Satan and I wasn’t allowed out! There was this whole weird reality constructed in this complex with rivers and fake gardens and everything and they were holding loads of literary characters hostage. I made my way down to a beach near the end of the complex and had tea with Dumbledore after he gave a speech. He told me that I should borrow the Harry Potter books from the library. I told him that I had already read them several times but he was like, ahh, but not from this library! Then I did some kick ass stuff and rescued us all from the evil Disney world.
Anyway I thought it was funny. Extreme randomness am I right?
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