It is time for another book haul and it’s actually only the 4th one I’ve done this year, which means I’m doing pretty well on my (sort of) book-buying ban. I say ‘sort of’ because I haven’t said I’m not allowed to buy ANY books. I’m just not allowed to buy books on a whim. I can buy my anticipated releases and special editions from authors I love, but no walking into a bookstore and getting distracted with all the books I want, which I have succeeded at so far! (hint hint: there might be a blog post coming soon all about how I control my spending habits when it comes to books, so make sure you subscribe to this blog via email, so you don’t miss out!) Most of these books I haven’t bought myself because they are more ‘educational’, so my mum bought them for me or they were presents for finishing my exams, but there are a few that I did as they were on my anticipated releases list. I’ve done enough chatting now though, so let’s just get into it…
Managing your money, Politics for beginners & Business for beginners by Usborne
The first few on this list are a little obscure for me and I’m not sure if Usborne is a universal thing or not, but here in the UK Usborne is a very well known brand that releases all sorts of simple guides to things like space, wildlife etc for kids to learn some fairly complicated stuff in a simple way. I think most children in the UK have had at least 1 Usborne book in there life and I know I’ve had many, but we recently picked up a few more. My mum bought 3 Usborne books for me as well as a few for my sister on ‘Adult’ topics like money management, Politics, business etc, which is something I really want to learn more about, but I have no idea where to start. Politics especially is very intimidating to me and since I am only a year and a half away from being able to vote, I really need to know how politics work. I haven’t had a chance to look at them yet, but I hope to get to at least one of them before I go to college in September because I think they’re going to be really useful and help me get my footing in the ‘Adult’ world of responsibilities.
Scar by Alice Broadway
This was one book I bought for myself because it is the final to the Ink trilogy that I started reading when it was first released. I have really loved the first two books in this trilogy so far and I am ITCHING to know what happens next because I truly cannot predict the plot twists in this series at all, so I have no idea how it is going to end. Hopefully I will be finished with my Harry Potter re-read soon, so I can get onto this!
Heartstopper Vol 2 by Alice Oseman
Heartstopper: Vol 2 was the only other book i bought myself in this haul because I have been HIGHLY anticipating it since I read the first one a couple of months back! I adored Vol 1 and completely fell in love with it, so I picked this one up pretty much the day it came out and I am soooooo glad to have it! I haven’t read it yet, but I think I am going to save it for a readathon sometime in September or maybe even October half-term, so keep an eye out for the vlog of that on my YouTube channel: Samantha Drage
An Edited Life by Anna Newton
This is another non-fiction book, but it is more along the lines of Sarah Knights self-help books, although I am assuming there will be less expletives! I loved Sarah Knights books so much and this book really reminded me of them. What really caught my attention was how much detail Anna Newton seems to go into in the book though since it is pretty chunky and also has tiny writing. There was also a whole section dedicated to money management and other such useful tips, so I I have some high hopes for this book, which I hope it lives up to.
One Day At A Time (a thought for each day) by Betty & Ken Collins
This next book is actually a poetry book that I nicked from my Nanny’s house when I went to see her last month! She has a whole load of old books that she is trying to get rid of in the process of de-cluttering and, naturally, she offered them to me first. A lot of them aren’t really relevant to me, but this one caught my eye because it used to belong to my Nana (my great-grandmother), who I didn’t know particularly well because I was quite young when she died, but from what I’ve heard of her she was a really amazing lady. She has book marked a lot of her favourite poems and some of them a quite interesting, so I took it in the hopes that it might give me some inspiration.
Renewals by John Idris Jones
We have yet another poetry book here, but this one was a gift from my Nanny as part of a collection of items she got me as a ‘well-done’ present for finishing my exams and surviving school. I haven’t had a chance to read ‘Renewals’ yet, but I have had a flick through and I think I’ll like some of the poems if not all of them. It is a bit more of an old-fashioned poetry book than I would usually buy myself because I really love modern poetry like Rupi Kaur’s and Amanda Lovelace’s that all connect to make one long story. I think it will be an interesting read anyway though and you never know, I might find a poem I really love in there!
Finale by Stephanie Garber
The final book in this haul is ‘Finale’ by Stephanie Garber, which is, of course, the final book in the Caraval trilogy that was all over the book community a few years ago. I actually haven’t even started this trilogy yet and I was going to wait to buy the last book, so that I could see if I actually liked the series of not, but I found this copy signed in Waterstones and I just COULDN’T turn down the opportunity for a signed book! I was also quite aware that I needed to buy it soon as I wanted to make sure I could get it in hardback, so it would match the other two in the series, which is a silly reason to buy a book, but please don’t judge me!
There you have it! That was my 4th book haul and I hope you all enjoyed it! I think I’m doing pretty well with this not buying too many books thing, so now I just need to work on not buying so many clothes and other stuff that I don’t absolutely need and I’ll be on my way to saving a decent amount of money! What books have you bought recently? I’d love to know, so leave a comment down below or come and chat to me over on my Instagram (@theoriginalbookdragon)!
Goodbye for now!
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