Today I’m here to write another book haul! I’ve accumulated twelve books over the course of the last two months. That is a lot for me to be honest, but I am excited for all of these. Anyway, let’s get started!
As I’ve mentioned a few times on my blog already, I have started to collect books as souvenirs. I really like that it attaches a special memory to the books I would probably have bought anyway. In September I went to Canterbury in the UK, where I picked up three books, and in November I went to Sevilla, Granada and Cordoba in Spain, where I picked up 1 book.
Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
This is the first book I picked up in Canterbury. I’m super excited to read it! It’s a feminist novel and I have been looking for more of those to read. I only came out recently, but it already has a lot of good reviews, so I have high hopes. People have been raving about it! The book includes feminism, girl friendships, zines and standing up for what you believe in. Doesn’t that sound awesome?
Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Eliza and her Monsters is the second book that I picked up in Canterbury. It had just come out and I heard a lot of people raving about it. As I was interested in it too, I decided to pick it up. In the meanwhile I have read some more negative reviews, people saying it’s boring, but I hope that I wont share that opinion. I’m very excited to read it! Let’s see what I think.
Warcross by Marie Lu
This is the last book I bought in Canterbury and I’m very happy to say that I liked it! I gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars. The world-building was amazing! I admire Marie Lu for having an imagination like that. I liked the main characters and I shipped their romance even though it was a bit too quick for me at times. Although there were several popular tropes used, the plot was exciting and kept me entertained. I enjoyed Tokio as a setting. It was different and it added to the story. The ending was great.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
The power is a book I picked up in Sevilla. I was so excited when I saw in a bookstore! I have been eyeing this book for quite a while now, because it seems so interesting. The concept of women suddenly having the power to inflict death with a touch of a hand, sounds amazingly interesting. The balance it would shift in society would be huge. The perspective of a historian looking back on these events is a perspective I certainly want to read. This is another feminist book I really want to read and I’m very happy I now have it on my shelves!
In the past two months I also received my first two review copies! This is very exciting for me.
Aaru by David Meredith
CW: stalking, child pornography, pedophilia
The first is Aaru by David Meredith. Unfortunately, I only gave this 2 out of 5 stars. I was at times uncomfortable reading the novel as it contained content I didn’t know would be in there. Trigger and content warnings are very important in my opinion. I did get the more philosophical dialogues about death I wanted from this book. It took me a while to get into this book, but after the halfway mark it got a lot more thrilling although disturbing.
Wildcat by JP Harker
The second book in this category is Wildcat by JP Harker. I haven’t read this one yet, but I’m starting it tomorrow. The book has a lot of potential in my opinion. I’m expecting a kick-ass leading lady and an interesting plot. I also want to say how pleasant my interaction with the author has been so far. He is very friendly and that makes me want to pick up his book even more. So let’s see what I think! Review to come of course.
The other books on this list I didn’t have a special category for so they’re just going into ‘Other’.
The Illiad & The Odyssey by Homer
I bought this book because I’m reading it in my book club. We’re going to finish the Odyssey by the beginning of March, taking a break during holidays and the exam period coming up. I’m very happy I’m reading this as I’ve wanted to for a while. I’ve read a few excerpts here and there, but never the full book. It’s already different that I expected. For example, the Odyssey starts only 6 weeks before Odysseus returns home, whilst I thought it started 10 years earlier. Big difference.
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende, Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch, The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg, Woesten by Kris Van Steenberge
I have grouped these five books together because that is how I bought them. I have them all in the Boektoppers edition. That is a part of the publishing company Van In. They select 15 books and offer them in packs of five to high school students. I picked this one, because I’m excited for all included. I haven’t read any of them yet though.
Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which books should I prioritize?
That’s all for this book haul! I hope you enjoyed it! See you next time!