Pre-Christmas Book Haul

So I went Christmas shopping today (for other people, mind you) and then this happened …

Book Stack 2

I knew it was dangerous to walk into a bookshop when I really only have enough money at the moment to buy gifts for others, but is it my fault that some of those gifts can only be found in a bookshop? I admit it’s suspiciously convenient, but it wasn’t a deliberate excuse to wander around one of my favourite bookshops. Honest. Anyway, after picking up the presents I was looking for, I decided to treat myself to a book … and then another, and another, then I put one back (Eleanor & Park, I regret that now), then, oops, two more jumped into my hand! Others were calling to me with their bookish siren song, but I somehow managed to tear myself away and avoid being wrecked on the financial shoals. For now!

Here’s what I bought:

Falling into Place by Amy Zhang: I had almost made it to the counter to pay when I spotted this one on the corner of a table (like it was waiting for me). It was featured in my second Friday Finds post so I already knew I wanted to read it without having to check out the synopsis, hence the snap decision to buy it. Yay!

Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman: Many of you will have heard of the hugely popular and successful Netflix show which is based on Kerman’s account of the 15 months she served in prison. I absolutely LOVE the show and I’ve wanted to read the book for ages, so I’m really excited to have it. I had planned to wait until I could get the original cover rather than the Netflix one, but it was sitting right there on a shelf and I couldn’t help myself. Plus, my favourite actress ever is on the cover as she plays Galina “Red” Reznikov on the show (Kate Mulgrew, who I have raved about before on this blog), so I’m okay with this version. I can’t wait to read about the real story behind this awesome show.

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan: This one was featured in my third Friday Finds post and has been near the top of my TBR list since then. It was the book I picked up first and was supposed to be the only one I bought for myself today. Oh well! I’m super excited to finally have this one in my collection and it will probably be the one I read next after I finish the two I’m reading now (The Book Thief and my ARC copy of Things Grak Hates).

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen: I’ve seen this on Goodreads several times over the past few months but I only recently added it to my TBR list. The synopsis sounds very odd, but in an interesting way, so I definitely want to read it. The cover is beautiful and the UK version has snow on it, so it’s perfect for this time of year. It makes me want to grab a hot chocolate and curl up with it on the couch. Ahh, bliss!

I’ll be reviewing all these once I read them, so stay tuned!

11 thoughts on “Pre-Christmas Book Haul

    • Thank you! I have a stack of books sitting on my shelf right now so I’m not sure which one I’ll read next, but The Rabbit Back Literature Society is near the top! Are you enjoying it so far?

      • I am but it is quite hard to get into as it’s quite … odd. But don’t let that put you off – it is odd in a good way! Look forward to finding out what you think of it!

  1. That’s good to know. It definitely sounds like one of the oddest books I’ve come across in a while! I’m looking forward to it though. I’ll post the review as soon as I’ve read it.

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    • I’ve read a few interviews with Kerman and the woman Alex Vause is based on and they’ve both made it clear that a lot of things that happen on the show did not actually happen to them while they were in prison together. I’m going to try and separate the show and the book when I read it because there will definitely be significant differences. I think it will still be an interesting, enlightening (and hopefully funny!) read though. I have a stack of 10 books fighting for my attention that I can’t wait to read, but hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’ll post the review once I’ve read it. I’m curious to see if it changes how I feel about the show!

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