A Mini Book Haul (Or: What I’m Currently Reading)

I don’t usually include ebooks in book hauls – I feel they don’t interest other people as much as they do me – but I bought/received all of these books around the same time. Obviously this means I was excited and had to post about them.

Firstly, the physical books: I treated myself to When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman and Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman.

I was in Waterstones, for once through no fault of my own (my friend was looking for a Marge Piercy book) and I ambled over to my favourite table display. I can’t remember what they call it, but it’s something like ‘Books that change your life’. It’s not that, but that’s the general sentiment of the display. A lot of my favourite books happen to be included in that display so I always cast my eye over it in the hope of finding my new favourite novel.

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Amazon Book Haul.

Before we get into the bookish stuff, let’s just take a moment to look at what I did today.

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What is this? This happened at like 2pm today. What was I thinking?

I was with my friend, who almost never drinks, and she decided she wanted cocktails. So I was a bit surprised but was like, ‘Yeah, sure!’ And we had two cocktails each and then she was like, ‘You can get 6 shots for £12. Shall we just do that? It’ll be cheaper than another round of cocktails.’ And I was like:


And she was like, completely serious, ‘So shots, yeah?’ And I was like, ‘Oh… OK!’ And then I had 3 shots in the daytime and I felt so ashamed.

But anyway, I just wanted to share that story because I’m ashamed and proud all at once. On to the books I bought with my Christmas vouchers!

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Book and Stationery Haul (Oh, and a Dress).

I really don’t need to buy more stuff so soon after Christmas, but I just couldn’t WAIT to spend my vouchers. So I marched off into town for a new diary (which I genuinely do need) and some books (which everyone needs).

I had £20 worth of Waterstones vouchers and was like, ‘Yep, not gonna spend any more than £20 in here.’ Of course I spent £30. BUT that meant I got 3 stamps on my loyalty card so I got £10 to add to the £5 I already had on my rewards card, so now I have £15 to spend in Waterstones! Yay! So it probably won’t be long before I visit them again.

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London Book Haul!


I have done the best thing ever and you should all do it – I visited my friend Alys in London and she and I went on a bookshop crawl. (Like a pub crawl, but with books instead of booze.)

We met at St Pancras Station and walked to all of the shops we visited, so we didn’t have to spend any extra money on public transport. (Until it was time to go back to the station, by which time our feet were dying.) We aimed to go to Skoob first but on the way we noticed a bookshop called Gay’s the Word (sadly they don’t seem to have a website) so decided to have a quick look.


  I thought this was a really good little shop. It’s not big but it’s got good variety and the books are presented really well. It’s a quiet little part of London too, which was very welcome on the Saturday immediately after Black Friday. In here, I finally treated myself to Simon VS the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becki Albertalli.

From Goodreads: “Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.”

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How to Get Free Books.

We all love books, but they cost a bomb. Here’s some thrifty ways to curb your bookish spending habit and still read lots of books you haven’t read before.

1. Start a book blog.

If you have a blog, you can sign up to websites such as Netgalley and request a digital copy of a book before it’s published. I like this way of getting free books because it makes you feel like a member of an exclusive club, getting to read books before they hit the shelves, and generally most of the books I’ve gotten from it have been pretty good. You’re not always guaranteed to get the ebooks that you request, but the more you review, the more likely you are to be approved for the next one.

Also, I just checked my NetGalley and I’ve received a copy of Swing Time by Zadie Smith.


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