Here’s a long-standing habit of mine: I don’t tend to buy books for myself.
I used to; years ago, after starting my first job, I could not walk out of a bookshop empty handed. And if I’d travelled somewhere–even overnight in a different city–I’d be headed home humpbacked under the weight of all the new books I’d bought. (I’m not joking. There was a time when I bought all ten books in the yet-unfinished True Blood series, because they were in a 3-for-2 offer–and of course, I had to buy another two standalones to make the final 3-for-2 up. It was a dangerous spiral.)
But somewhere along the line–around the time of mortgages and cars–I had to rein myself in; start window-shopping instead of actually buying, and saving books I wanted for Christmas and birthday lists. (This made me incredibly easy to buy for, and as I’m already very easy to please, my family were delighted.) But my recent birthday was a milestone, and I have been trying to be kinder to myself, and thus: the Birthday Book Haul Bonanza!
I bought a total of nine books–two hardbacks, two paperbacks, and five ebooks–and to call me a happy bookworm is an understatement…
- Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I fell head over heels for Daisy Jones and Evelyn Hugo (proof!), so there was no way I was sleeping on Malibu Rising. I’ve actually already read this one–look out for a gush soon!
- The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Just look at that cover and tell me you wouldn’t desperately want it, too!
- Love, Creekwood by Becky Albertalli
I loved Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda when I finally read it this year, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series so much, I bought the novella-sized epilogue in anticipation!
- Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
This one seems polarising across the book blogosphere; but when I mentioned it to a friend, she checked out the blurb and said, “So, Rebecca but in Mexico?” And if I hadn’t been already, I would’ve been sold.
- The Soulmate Equation by Christina Lauren
I don’t know why I prefer reading romances on Kindle–something to do with getting into romance through fanfic?–but that’s where I looked to get another Christina Lauren fix. I bought a fix, alright: not one…
- The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
… not two…
- Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
… but three of their backlist! I’ve already read this one, and spoiler alert: it’s adorable. (Gush coming soon!)
- Beach Read by Emily Henry
Again with the romances on Kindle; but if you can’t read a book called Beach Read in summer, when can you read it?
- My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
This, on the other hand, is no beach read–I’ve heard it’s an uncomfortable read that gets as dark as its title. That’s why I got it on Kindle–so I don’t have to look at the physical copy if I feel like doing a Joey Tribbiani and hiding it in the fridge! (Incidentally, this is also exactly why it’s not pictured.)
Well, there’s my birthday haul–wish me luck actually reading them all before my next birthday!
What books did you last haul?