An Exciting August Book Haul, Or, A Very Good Book Day

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In my mind, my book hauls are usually quite predictable combinations of a few classics and a few things I've been interested in for a while. But looking at this haul, I can't help but feel excited by it. There's such a variety of things here, and all things that I'm looking forward to reading, which is very rare for me. 

Once again I popped into my local bookshop and browsed their secondhand book section. I picked up Terry Pratchett's Guards! Guards! to add to my unread Discworld collection as it's the first story in the City Watch arc and I want to have as many arcs as possible available for reading when I do get around to marathoning some of Pratchett's books. This one concerns largely with a dragon, so of course I'm interested.

I also picked up a used copy of Michael Chabon's Wonder Boys without any prior knowledge of what it's about. I already have an unread Chabon book on my shelf, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay, but another one surely can't hurt? Wonder Boys is the story of an aged writer whose progress in writing his ultimate novel is constantly being disrupted by the debaucherous Tripp. I find myself really enjoying books whose main protagonist is a writer so this was one I felt silly to pass up.

The final book I picked up from the secondhand section was Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls which I've been looking to get my hands on for a while now. Trashy and an American classic, this tells the story of three women who have worked their way up the entertainment industry, only to find themselves falling back down again. It's going to be a fun ride reading this, and I'm not expecting life-changing literature, but I just can't turn down some pop culture.

On this visit I found myself venturing into the new books section and immediately grabbed a copy of The Raven Boys off the Young Adult table after seeing it was only £3.99. This book is a huge hit in the world of 'booktube' and I really want to see what all the fuss is about! Of the twenty-five people on my Goodreads who have read it, only one gave it lower than four stars. Yeah.

And if that wasn't enough, when I got home from this wonderful bookshopping trip, I found I had received a copy of The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra by Vaseem Khan from Hodder for review. I immediately fell into love with the cover, which is a cloth hardback without a dust jacket (hallelujah), and then the story even more so. Inspector Chopra is at the eve of his retirement when he is thrust into a mysterious death he must solve, whilst also caring for the baby elephant he has just received. I need know no more.

What books have you been hauling this month? Let me know if you've read any of these and what you thought of them!

M x

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