Hallo Mein Lieblinge
It is me, the prodigal child, returned from Vienna.
I do hope you all haven’t missed me too much. It’s just so hard to eat cake and be on twitter at the same time. I hope you all understand that I had to prioritise.
Now, don’t worry. I won’t hark on about my trip too much. Please find below a very small selection of photographs summing up my trip to this beautiful city.
Now that I’ve shared that with you I will move onto the Book haul. I can hear your collective sigh of relief.
In my last blog post I told you all about what I’m going to be up to this summer and why that means I am leaving my day job as a bookseller. I also promised you all a look at my huge ‘oh-god-please-dont-make-me-give-up-my-staff-discount’ HAUL.
And a huge book haul you shall get.
This is the result of not only a generous staff discount, but two years worth of hoarding National Book Tokens from various Birthdays and Christmases. So do not be fooled – I am not richy richy. (Yet. I plan to make my fortune one day in the near future.)
Without further ado, let us begin…
ROUND ONE – BLUEISH PAPERBACKS
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Fifth Season by N.K Jemisin
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
ROUND TWO – GORGEOUS HARDBACKS
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (Isn’t this the most stunning cover ever? I haven’t read this one in years and I’m excited to get myself reacquainted)
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
WARNING. NAKED BOOK AHEAD. CONTENT MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS.
Aw yeah. Now isn’t Circe just the most beautiful naked book that you ever done seen?
ROUND THREE – SOME MORE PAPERBACKS THAT AREN’T BLUE
The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell (with sprayed red edges<3)
ROUND FOUR – NON-BOOK BOOKISH BOOKY ITEMS
Full sized Lightbox (Be prepared for this one to make many appearances in future blog photos)
Ceramic bookish mug (It’s a beautiful charcoal grey on the inside)
Wingardium Leviosa Moleskine diary 2018/2019 (Because what haul would be complete without something Harry Potter in there)
Three Penguin Moderns, I went for: The Three Electro-Knights, Three Japanese Short Stories and The Garden of Forking Paths
ROUND FIVE – FINAL ROUND.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas (Or lovingly known in the bookish community as ACOTAR. No I have never read this one before.)
The Thousand Deaths of Ardor Benn by Tyler Whitesides (Kindly sent to me by the publisher, looks to be ‘Locke Lamora-esque’ exciting.)
The Mermaid by Christina Henry (Again, Kindly sent to me by the publisher, a dark and gritty retelling of P T Barnum’s mermaid)
Tales of Ancient Egypt (Because why the hell not.)
Also not photographed – A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. My very responsible, non-dog-earring book friend has it at the moment. We are sharing like civilised ladies.
So there it is folks. I had to bring a wheelie suitcase to work in order to bring these babies home. Other than The Bloody Chamber (which is utterly fantastic btw) and Assassin’s Apprentice (my Mother’s copy eons ago) I have never read any of these books.
As I am writing this post I have already finished The Little Prince (creepy yet beautiful) and I’m nearing the end of The Song of Achilles (which I am thoroughly enjoying).
Before I bought these I had no shelf space. After a lot of shifting around I now have seriously no shelf space. So I will be needing to purchase a bookshelf before buying any more books. It hurts. I won’t lie. But my babies deserve proper housing.
I hope you have enjoyed living vicariously through me. If you would like any more information about the books I have bought or Vienna then leave a comment and I’ll answer your questions!