You know when you say to yourself, “oh just one more”, I found out today when I say “oh just one more” I really mean lots more.
Today I went to one of my favourite places in the world, Stratford-Upon-Avon. I love going to Stratford, I have many fond memories of running around the town, playing in the pool at the park. Buying sunflower glasses and strawberry ice cream (I’d have one lick before promptly deciding I was done). In short, I’ve been going to Stratford for 20 years. But now, as times change and I became more loving of books than the ice cream I’d only like because of the colour.
As you have probably guessed, I bought some beautiful books and a gorgeous perfume that is from Jo Malone’s “Bloomsbury Set”.
First thing I have to show you guys is the gorgeous recipe book I found in a shop called “Vinegar Hill”;
I am so excited to use some of these recipes, particularly the ones that are cake ’cause I love a bit of cake!! I also picked up some gorgeous bookmarks!
Okay next up is my purchase from Jo Malone, well, my mum bought me it. The Bloomsbury Set range made up of various fragrances that symbolise the various rooms of the house that, yep you guessed it, The Bloomsbury Set lived in. The fragrance I have is “Leather & Artemisia”; basically this fragrance is supposed to symbolise the library- and it certainly does!! Also, isn’t the packaging gorgeous!!
Now onto what you’ve all been waiting for; BOOKS!
The top one you’ve already seen so focus your eyes on the other 10ish books from my favourite place in the world….
I went in deciding to pick up some new fantasy books as I’m really feeling that fantasy vibe right now. Of course, I didn’t just pick up fantasy, I picked up a book that has been all over the internet;
“Wing Jones” by Katherine Webber, a story that follows a girl called Wing Jones who discovers an extraordinary talent she never knew she had. The cover is absolutely stunning but let’s face it, the sprayed edges are to die for!!!
(homemade gif I know you love it)
Next up, I got “Orlando” by Virginia Woolf, but not just any copy no, this copy is the Vintage Classics Woolf Series, designed by Aino-Maija Metsola and published by Penguin Random House. I don’t know why I told you all that but if you like the covers you can check them out!
I have two others like this, “The Years” and “To The Lighthouse”, I love all 3 covers and I am super excited to pick up the other 3!
3 more books till we get onto my epic fantasy haul! This next book was released last year (I very nearly bought it because it is beautiful) but I held out for the paperback release and in my copy from Waterstones has extra pictures! I am really interested in Russian history, I’ve not read too much about it but I figured starting with “The Romanovs” by Simon Sebag Montefiore was a great place to start.
As you can see there is a slight spoiler for the next book I’m going to talk about, “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. Now I did have a copy of this but I split black nail varnish on it so have been reluctant to read it till I bought a brand new copy. This book is set during World War 2. For me, I feel as though this book is perfect for fans of “The Book Thief” which I am, like seriously, someone buy me the anniversary edition of it I neeeeed it!!! Anyway, here is All The Light We Cannot See;
Gah the cover is just so darn cute!!!
Next book I bought is a bag breaker, literally, I had to buy a separate bag for it because it is so thick!! (Over 800 pages!!!) It’s a brand new novel by the fantastic Paul Auster. “4 3 2 1”, now, from what I gather of this novel it’s almost like The Versions Of Us. Different paths and outcomes, although I could be completely wrong I just picked this up because of the cover (and the guy serving me told me to buy it and I trust his judgement because he’s rec’d me so many other books before!)
At last, the time has arrived…FANTASY BABY!
7 epic fantasy books to haul today, 2 by favourite fantasy author.3 new to me authors, and 2 books to complete a series!
I don’t even know what order we’re going for right now but here is the first one; “The Alloy of Law” by Brandon Sanderson. I have loved the Mistborn series now for like 2 years and have recently begun to read “The Hero of Ages”. His way of world-building and the magic system in the Mistborn series is just amazing!!!
A book I’ve been meaning to buy since I first heard of Patrick Rothfuss (way back when I was in year 11- 4 years ago!!), okay so the book wasn’t published that long ago, it was published in 2014, but you get the jist; “The Slow Regard of Silent Things” a tie-in novella type story for “The Wise Man’s Fear” and “The Name of The Wind”.
Still with me? Don’t worry we’re nearly done, next up is a book that I’ve been meaning to get (again with the meaning to), for about a year now and that’s “Morning Star” by Pierce Brown, the stunning conclusion to the “Red Rising” series.
Okay, I’m biased, but I really love this photo! Plus that book cover is so gorgeous I could stare at it all day!!
4 to go, not that you’re counting, or perhaps you are…either way we’re at the finish line…almost…techinically…okay whatever, I’m get on with it. This book is again another “been meaning to” book. In one of my previous FairyLoot’s they included a sampler of “Way Down Dark” by JP Smythe and ever since reading that sampler I’ve wanted to read the rest!!
This next book was one I picked up purely because it was on the “Fantasy Table” and was very close to a few books I already owned. This book is called, “Prince of Thorns” by Mark Lawrence. I’m a sucker for a good fantasy and this book looks amaaazing- and it’s published by HarperVoyager, for anyone who doesn’t know why that is significant to me- they publish the A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Two more! One is a long time favourite, the other was sitting below this books shelf and caught my eye. I think I’ll talk about that one first. “The Black Guard” is the first of a series of books by “A J Smith” and has been described as ‘Martin meets Lovecraft’, now if that doesn’t make you wanna pick this book up then maybe this cover will;
Finally, we have reached the end, the last book. The best book. The book-that-I-already-own-but-needed-this-edition-of-it book.
“The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson. This book means so much to me, it’s one that not only got me into High Fantasy but also my first book by Brandon Sanderson. I read this book way back in 2015 wherein I also read it’s sequel “The Well of Ascension” before promptly putting off the finale because I didn’t want to say goodbye to the world I loved. However, last year Gollancz decided to re-publish it in a stunning hardback for the books tenth anniversary.
That’s it for now, I won’t tell you about the books I ordered online/bookmail I’ve been receiving because we’d be here till the sun expands if I did that.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my book haul post today, let me know if you’d like to see more of them in the future and if you’ve read any of the aforementioned books above!!