Oops: A Book Haul

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Another week, another book haul. I think a book-buying ban, or at least a bit of a bookshelf cleanse, is in order. Having only recently (within the past four or five months) acquired two new bookcases and already filled them up, I think I need to chill out. However, this was a rather celebratory book haul as I have been offered a new job! Of course it's library-related, and I'm absolutely over the moon, hence the slightly manic spending.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas - I've finally picked up my first Sarah J. Maas book, and of course I was going to start with the Throne of Glass series. I have never heard a bad word about this and it appears the books only get better as you work your way through. I'm all up for eighteen-year-old female assassins. And yes, I got the good cover.

Tales of Hoffman by E.T.A. Hoffman - During a second-year theory assignment I stumbled upon the world of Hoffman and ever since I've been meaning to delve more into his sinister and spooky tales. I'm really happy to finally have my hands on one of his collections, found at the back of my local bookstore for £2.

All Over Creation by Ruth Ozeki - Having only heard about this book from Jen Campbell, I was surprised to see this in the second hand section also. This is the tale of Yumi who returns to her hometown after running away at age fifteen to deal with her dying parents. It sounds like a very odd read, as alongside this story is another of political activism after her old farming community has been taken over by 'Agribusiness.'

Gwendolen by Diana Souhami - After seeing this book and discussing with my mum nearly ten times about how we need to read this, I've bought it! Gwendolen is the heroine of George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, and now exists in her own standalone novel, forced to care for her whole family when their fortune is lost. She's a rider, an archer, and overall badass, but must decide what is best for her and her family when a wealthy aristocrat proposes. I'm yet to decide whether I want to read Eliot's book before this.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood - More Atwood for my collection. How could I ever turn this down? This piece of dystopian fiction is the first in her MaddAddam series.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - More Sarah J. Maas, as I seem to already have faith in her writing despite never having read any of it. This is basically a Beauty and the Beast retelling with more magic, sex, and inevitably more drama. My need for female-driven young adult fantasy at the moment is insatiable. 

All Passion Spent by Vita Sackville-West - I know nothing about Vita Sackville-West other than the fact she was a lover of Virginia Woolf, but the synopsis of this book also won me over. Lady Slane, aged seventeen, wishes deeply to become an artist, but instead gets married, mothers several children, and is then widowed seventy years later. She moves away to Hampstead and meets an odd assortment of people who teach her that passion comes with the freedom to choose what you want. 

Please let me know if you've read any of these books I've picked up and what you thought of them!
M x

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