September Book Haul

Indie Bookshops

I finally managed to get to a couple of indie book shops that have opened over the past couple of years. Firstly I was in Cardiff city centre so had to visit Shelflife. It’s a wonderfully curated not-for-profit bookshop, which is a must visit! I’m also thrilled that there’s now a bookshop in my local area! I’ve ordered from Storyville before, but I finally made it to the newly opened shop to pick up a Christmas gift I’d preordered. While I was there, I obviously had to grab something for myself.

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TBR | October 2021

I’m taking part in two readathons this month, so thought I’d share what I plan to read. I’ll call out as I go what prompts I’m using them for.

First up, I had so much fun doing Gothtober last year, I’m excited to be taking part again this year! Full details can be found over on the Twitter page. I’m on Team Demon.

I also recently discovered the Trick-or-T(read)athon, which this year is themed around Classic Monsters. Full details on Twitter.

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Mini Reviews | Women’s Prize Shortlist

Following last year’s success (you can read about it here), I again challenged myself to read the full shortlist ahead of the announvement. I actually finished this a couple of months ago, but with ~everything~ that’s going on the announcement has been delayed. I can’t wait to see which book is announced the winner tomorrow! (8th September).

Honestly? I really enjoyed all of these! I’m going to count down from my least favourite, but I do recommend them all.

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Summer Book Haul (June – August)

It’s been a while since I’ve done a book haul. So there’s a lot to get through here…

Hay-on-Wye Bookshop Crawl

I spent the day in Hay-on-Wye back in July (AKA – the town of books). So naturally some books were bought.

Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet (Endeavor #1) [Hay Cinema Bookshop]

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan [Green Ink Booksellers]

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft (Vintage Wollstonecraft edition) [The Addyman Annexe]

The Narrative of John Smith by Arthur Conan Doyle [Murder & Mayhem]

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham [Addyman Books]

A Room with a View by EM Forster (Penguin Essentials edition) [Addyman Books]

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern Vintage Magic edition) [Addyman Books]

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August Reading Wrap Up

*Received for review

  1. Beast by Matt Wesolowski (Six Stories #4) ★★★
  2. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss (The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club #1) ★★★★☆
  3. The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal ★★★
  4. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon ★★★
  5. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite ★★★★☆
  6. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay ★★★★☆
  7. *Lying with Lions by Annabel Fielding* ★★★ (Full review)
  8. Doctor Who: The Vault by Marcus Hearn ★★★★★
  9. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill ★★★★☆
  10. The Clocks by Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot #37) ★★★★☆
  11. Magic Study by Maria V Snyder (Study #2) ★★★★☆ Re-read
  12. Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers ★★★★☆
  13. The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford ★★★
  14. The Split by Laura Kay ★★★
  15. He Started It by Samantha Downing ★★★
  16. Hope for the Best by Jodi Taylor (The Chronicles of St Mary’s #10) ★★★★☆
  17. The Queen’s Gambit by Walter Tevis ★★★★☆

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