Hello my loves,
I’m…back at it again. Do I buy approximately 10 books a week every week? Yes. Do I constantly tell myself I need to stop doing that? Also yes. Do I follow through on those instructions though? No, no I don’t. Books are my favourite things in life and the addiction is real so what can you do. Nothing makes me happier than buying books. I get so excited !!
Today’s book haul comes with a story. I mentioned this in my kindle book haul but I’ve now started to organise my bookshelves differently and I’m essentially on a mission to perfect them and so…this haul is in contribution to that.
Since I started using my Kindle again a few months ago, I’ve come to the realisation that I now don’t have to physically buy and own every single book that I want to read. Reading physical copies of books will always be my favourite, but not every book I read has to be a physical part of my collection and something that takes up room on my shelf (especially if I don’t like it).
These days, I want my bookshelves to be a reflection of who I am as a reader and therefore, I want them filled with books that I actually love – the genres that I favour the most, the beautiful covers that I want on display, and so on and so forth. I want them to reflect me as a reader and a person, basically. Before beginning to use my Kindle again, if I wanted to read any book ever I’d have to physically buy a copy of it, which I don’t mind because I love buying books and reading physically will always be my preference as oppose to electronically, however, once I’ve read said book where does it then go? On the bookshelf. And what does that do? Take up room and ruin the aesthetic. If I love the book then of course this doesn’t apply, but if the book was kind of just average or okay or it has a somewhat ugly and unappealing cover, do I really want it on my shelf?
The answer is no, no I do not. So I decided that from now on I’m only having books with beautiful covers and books that I want to physically own on my shelves. If a book doesn’t fit into either category it won’t be making its way into my basket – onto the Kindle it goes.
This will also help me save money as Kindle books are so much cheaper and it’ll also help me save room on my shelves too since space won’t be taken up by books that don’t really need to be there, (aka, I can happily get through my TBR without physically buying / owning every single book that’s on the list). Win win. Happy Chlo.
SO ANYWAY, the point of this book haul – (we all know I love to ramble) is that here’s the first (official) instalment of the new method (I kind of already started this back with my aesthetically pleasing book haul) but now it’s a done deal. Let’s go.
Also, this haul has been in my drafts for so long that some of these books I’ve actually already read and posted reviews for so, sorry for the lack of chronology!
Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
The book that everyone is talking about right now (and after just having finished reading it myself, rightly so) but this was a book that I definitely wanted on my shelf. Sometimes in the bookosphere (yes I just made that word up) there are certain books and covers that float around in clusters during certain periods of time and they kind of just become the books that represent that specific period for me. It’s like everyone is reading and talking about them at that moment and they just kind of represent…a thing…for me. Like for example, back in the Summer of 2014 I spent so much time in bookshops (what’s new) and all you’d ever see in the YA section was Jandy Nelson’s The Sky is Everywhere and I’ll Give You the Sun covers bright and beautiful on the shelves, and it’s what I remember most about that time. Those covers kind of represent that Summer’s reading and the books that were out during that time for me, so now when I look at those books on my shelf it makes me smile. Same with Red at the Bone now – that along with The Vanishing Half and Such a Fun Age are the little cluster of three books that represent this time period in reading right now and so I want all three of those books on my shelf to represent that and remind me of it later. Maybe I’m too nostalgic.
You can find my review for this book here.
A Song Below Water – Bethany C. Morrow
Sometimes I see book covers that are so beautiful I just know I have to have them despite the fact I may not have any interest in the actual plot itself and might not end up liking the book at all. I have no idea what this book is about, I just saw the cover on Goodreads one day and was like…this? This is the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen. I need that on my shelf. I was actually searching for it online for a while before I managed to find a place to buy it and I don’t know why – every time I’d search it I just couldn’t find it anywhere (this is a fairly new release so maybe it wasn’t out yet or maybe it just wasn’t available in the UK, I’m not sure) but this time around when I searched for it it was available on a couple of the websites that I usually buy books from and I was like hallelujah! Get that in my basket. Now it’s here and it’s so beautiful I could cry.
My Sister, the Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite
The day before this book was due to arrive at my house I said “my sister the serial killer is coming tomorrow” and realised how odd that sentence sounded, as if I had a sister who was a serial killer who was planning on popping round for a catchup the next morning. Anyway, the black background and neon green lettering on this gives me such Gillian Flynn vibes (hello Dark Places) and as someone who owns all of the paperbacks of Flynn’s books in that sort of trilogy, I guess this book also fell into the same vein. I specifically wanted the paperback version of this, it really just gives me Flynn vibes and I’m all about owning that kind of stuff for my shelf and so I just knew I had to buy it. This is also a book I’ve had on my TBR for a while now and have been so excited to read, so now I can’t wait to get stuck in.
Update: I have now read this book and you can see my review for it here.
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
I actually initially read this on Kindle because I wasn’t that bothered about physically owning a copy of it however, there’s a special 75th anniversary edition cover and the second I saw it I was like…I need that. I don’t know what it is but there’s just something so beautiful about it – the contrast of the bright blue sky and the sun and the yellow haze of the trees was just so gorgeous. It made me feel so nostalgic and so the second I saw the special edition cover I was like…hello. I need you. I ordered a copy of the book with that cover and low and behold what should turn up but…a completely different cover? The book didn’t cost me that much anyway and so it wouldn’t have been worth it to return it and so now I have this cover instead. I really loved this book and so I don’t mind having it on my shelves but I would’ve definitely preferred the other cover as I would not have bought this one myself. What can you do!
You can read my review for this book here.
With the Fire on High – Elizabeth Acevado
Hands down the most beautiful book cover I’ve ever seen. Period. Forget whatever I’ve said about anything else ever, this is the book cover that started this whole trend for me. I want this cover tattooed on me a million times. I saw this book about a year ago now and it’s been on my to-buy list ever since but I just never got around to it – every time I’d search for it (I wanted it specifically in hardback) the prices would always be ridiculously high (I think that’s because it’s a US hardcover? Correct me if I’m wrong) and so I’d always try and wait until the prices went down a little bit over time. However, this time around I was like you know what I don’t care, I’m just gonna buy the book because I need it and guess what.
Now, I think this is because this time around when I searched for it the paperback edition had just come out and therefore the only version available was the paperback but I was like…WHAT. I NEED THE HARDBACK. Couldn’t find it anywhere! It’s like every hardback version of this book had been wiped off the face of the Earth and replaced with the paperback. I was really annoyed at myself for not buying it sooner (before this happened even though I didn’t know it was gonna happen) because now I didn’t know if they were going to bring the hardback back and even if they did, it wasn’t going to be for a good while because I knew they’d let the paperback copies run their course first. If I’m buying a book specifically because I want to display it on my shelf I always want brand new copies but just on the off chanceI searched for this on a secondhand site anyway and found it in brand new hardback for £3.57 and could’ve cried. STEAL OF THE CENTURY. I was so happy !! Also the actual hard cover on the inside of this book…no one speak to me. I’ve never seen anything so beautiful. This book is a crime. Can anyone tell how excited I am to have this (I’m going to throw a party).
You can read my review for this book here.
Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
Now, I mentioned in my kindle book haul post that when I bought this (…on Kindle) that the reason I did was because I specifically wanted the US hardcover version but couldn’t find it anywhere (UK problems) and if I did it was always at a ridiculous price. I still wanted to read it really badly though and so while waiting to buy the physical copy I decided to just read it first on Kindle first instead (review coming soon) in the meantime I kept searching and finally I found a US version of it in the UK !! I don’t know if UK shops / websites actually sell this version (from my experience I’m going to say no) but when I went on my trusty second-hand book site I found one in the UK that was brand new and…say no more. Now I own it and I wanna CRY. I never look on second-hand sites if I’m looking for brand new copies of books but considering that was where I managed to find this book along with With the Fire on High…my mind has been changed. I’m so happy!
The Vanishing Stair – Maureen Johnson
Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone and their grandma has read this book and it’s been talked about so much since it came out, I was never opposed to reading it but it was one of those books where I thought hm, if I ever come across it one day then I’ll read it but if not, I’m not bothered. Either way was fine with me.
After introducing the introduction of this post into my bookshelves I was like you know what, I feel like this book is a staple and therefore I have to own it. After then finding out (roughly) what it was about – aka Fleetwood Mac vibes – I was sold. I found this for such a bargain – £6.49 !! A beautiful new hardcover for £6.49! And that was it, I was done. I’m currently reading this at the moment and I’m absolutely loving it, I’m so excited to continue!
Year of the Monkey – Patti Smith
Some of you guys may already know, but if you don’t, I love Patti Smith. So much. Just Kids is one of my favourite books ever and I just adore her. When she brought out her latest book I was super excited to buy it but I literally nearly fell off my chair when I realised I could buy myself a signed copy !!! It cost me an arm and a leg to get it shipped over from America but it was totally worth it because signed Patti Smith’s are expensive and I was like, I cannot miss this opportunity to buy myself one. I have actually read this book at the time of writing this and a review will be coming soon!
Violets Bent Backwards Over the Grass – Lana Del Rey
And last but not least…the angel of my life. I pre-ordered this and so received it the day after it came out and completely devoured it. I won’t say too much as I have a review coming soon but I simply adore this woman and this poetry collection, not to mention the cover is gorgeous and actually inspired my latest tattoo.
And there we have it loves! Hope you enjoyed this little rambly haul, I’m sure there’ll be another one sooner rather than later considering I have no self-control! The joys.
All my love,
Goodreads – ChloLuna