Hello November Book Haul!

Hi! I’ve been playing around with the idea of a full blown book blog now for a while and here we are! I’ve been using Tumblr a lot but I felt a little bit awkward posting long posts and reviews there because it’s more like a social media platform and frankly, I didn’t want to be annoying. My main outlet for this blog is mainly to share what I’m reading/buying month to month, do a few little reviews and maybe even eventually do some give aways and meet some cool, bookish friends!

So a little about me, I’m 23 and I’m from South Yorkshire. I read such a wide variety of genres and styles. I’m not one of those people that are like “yeah I only read YA or I don’t read anything other than crime” It’s just not me. My shelf has everything from Shakespeare to Charles Bukowski to Stephen King and much more. I like variety. It keeps reading interesting for me. I also try to write a little here and there, mostly just poetry and songs but I am working on writing my first longer piece but it is taking me a while!

I’m going to try and keep this first post short and sweet and finish it off with a little book haul for November! Yesterday me and my other half had a little trip to the best place on this planet. Yes you guessed it, Waterstones! Waterstones is my favourite book store without a doubt. I absolutely love the staff in the Meadowhall store, they give the best recommendations and are so friendly and chatty. I try not to shop anywhere else. So we went in and I picked up 6 books and Joe got two. A little background into Joe’s reading journey, when we started dating about a year ago, he told me he hated books and would never get into reading. However, a year into our relationship and what do you know, the boy is reading! Mostly sport books so he picked up Peter Crouch’s new book called How to be a Footballer and also he got The Slow Cook Book because he loves his cooking and his new toy is a slow cooker. It is his pride and joy. I think he loves it more than me. Not going to lie. I can’t tell you how he’s enjoying them because he’s still reading a biography by an MMA fighter but I will update you when possible!

So for myself I picked up 6 books and they were all fiction, varying in genres. I didn’t intend to buy this many however, that deadly Buy One Get One Half-Price offer steals my money every god damn time. I’m not even mad though because everything I bought I’m really excited to read. So the first book I bought was a Stephen King book and I’m so, so excited about this one. I used to read Stephen King a lot when I was a teenager before they closed down our local library. It’s definitely been a while since I last read him, so when I saw The Outsider on those deadly offer tables I had to get it. I actually started reading it in the car on the way home and I’m enjoying it so far. I just love the way that Stephen King writes.

The second book that I picked up was what sounds like a thriller style book. I originally saw this book in the Morrison’s near where I work and it really grabbed my attention but I decided not to buy it. Yes, I am as surprised as you are. The storyline sounds very different to anything I’ve come across before, so I’m definitely curious to find out what happens. It is The Taking of Annie Thorne, by C.J. Tudor.

The next book is a murder mystery kind of book that has been on my TBR list on the Waterstones app for a while and I do love a good murder mystery book, I find them super easy to read and I like to read them when I’m in a bit of a slump or after a particularly hard read. This one is called Nine Perfect Strangers and its by Liane Moriarty. I also got another couple of murder mystery / crime books as well the first is another that was on my TBR list which is The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup again the storyline seemed to be a little different from the usual run of the mill crime novel so I thought I’d give it a go. And the third, I’ll be honest I had no idea what it was when I bought it until I got it home. I had an odd number of books for the half price offer and the cashier just recommended it so I said yes… No hard sale needed. So this one is called The Hunting Party and it is by Lucy Foley and it actually sounds half decent.

So the final book that I bought for my November Haul was a book that I’d seen on so many book blogs and in so many tumblr posts and the reviews always seemed so positive. It took me a while to decide to buy it as I couldn’t decide if it was something that I could personally get into but I caved, and I now own a copy and I do actually intend to read it. It is The Gold Finch by Donna Tartt. You know the one. It’s every where!

So that was just a very brief run through of what this site is about and what you will most likely find me reading over the next few weeks. I’m really looking forward to developing this site and I can’t wait to see what it does. If you made it this far thank you and I hope to see you reading future posts too! Feel free to comment about the books you love, what you’re reading or what you want to read and any post ideas that you have or would like to see. And most importantly keep enjoying reading!

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