January Book Haul

Hello, everyone! Today I have a little book haul, where I`ll show you all the books that I got this month, including my birthday presents. When you are a bookworm, you`re always tempted to buy new books, but that only leads to an enormous TBR. One of my 2017 bookish resolutions is to read more and buy less, and hopefully, I won`t give in to temptation too often. There are too many unread books on my bookshelves. I`m also moving in a couple of months, so I`m operating with a small budget. Like always, I have diverted from the subject, so let`s get back to the haul:

I will start with the books that I bought because most of them were an absolute bargain. I mean, I got " Half Of A Yellow Sun" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for only 50 pence. How crazy is that? I have read Chimamanda`s "We Should All Be Feminist" manifest a while ago and I absolutely loved it, so I have high hopes for this book. From what I have gathered, this is a historical fiction novel about Nigeria`s Biafran War. In case you were wondering where I buy cheap, second-hand books that are in excellent condition, the answer is charity shops. I prefer Oxfam because they have an amazing and diverse selection, but British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research are not bad either.

The next two books were on offer at WHSmith and they are part of The Zoella Bookclub. The first one is "A Monster Calls" by Patrick Ness, now one of my all-time favourite books. You can find my review here, if you want to know more about this beautiful and tragic story. Funny enough, the other book will probably end up on my Worst Books of 2017 list. I`m talking about "I Was Here" by Gayle Forman. I might do a review, where I will talk about the many reasons why I hated this novel. The last YA book that I bought was "Finding Audrey" by Sophie Kinsella. This was a bit of a disappointment as well, for various reasons. I loved the fact that it addressed an important topic (anxiety), but it had too many tropes. Again, here is my review if you want to find out more.

The last book that I got was "How To Be A Woman" by Caitlin Moran. I`m currently reading it and all I can say is: Wow, this woman gets me. There are many great feminist books out there, but they are written in such an academic manner that they alienate the reader. What makes Moran so great is that she talks about important subjects in a funny, relatable way. 

Moving on to the books that I got for my birthday, the first one that I want to talk about is "J.K.Rowling`s Wizarding World" Movie Magic. This is a guide for the movies, filled with information about the characters, the costumes and the sets. If you`re a Potterhead, this scrapbook is a nice item to add to your collection. It`s also filled with cards, posters, stickers and all sorts of shenanigans.

After reading "A Monster Calls" Patrick Ness was all that I could talk about, so I was extremely happy to receive another one of his books. "The Rest Of Us Just Live Here" makes fun of the whole chosen one concept and instead, it focuses on the ordinary people, the ones that never bask in the glory. It seems like an interesting concept and I`m curious to see how it turns out. 

Alas, the last book in this haul plays tribute to The Bard and his contribution to the modern world. "To Be Or Not To Be" by Liz Evers is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare`s plays and sonnets. It contains essential plotlines and quotes, a list of characters, examples of misquotes and words we get from Shakespeare. It is quite simple and straightforward, but at the same time, it`s an easy way to get acquainted with The Bard`s work.

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