Monday, 23 January 2017

Book Haul | 10 books for £20

a haul consisting of 10 books and a cat

OK ok, I know I said at the start of the year that I was going on a book buying ban until I had read the 17 books already on my TBR pile but the other day Amazon had a special code, you could get £10 off orders over £50. I joked that it would be great to get £50 worth of books but then a friend informed me that the code stacked up with their 3 for £10 on selected paperbacks offer, so what that essentially meant was, get your total to £50 and both of the offers would be used. After adding the 9 books from the selection on offer my order was £48 so I added another book I was after to make the total £54 and bish bash bosh, you get 10 books for £20!
Unfortunately the £10 offer is no longer active, but the 3 for £10 on selected paperbacks is still on and there is quite a decent selection available as you can see by this haul.

Oh, and of course the cat had to climb in the empty Amazon box. Stupid cats.

the raven boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - Blue has been told that if she kisses a boy he will die unless he is her one true love. That's pretty deep right? So of course she meets a boy she falls for and so on. This is a series I've been hearing a lot of good things about so wanted to give it a go. 

Roald Dahl's book of Ghost Stories - This is a collection of 14 of Roald Dahl's favourite ghost stories. I have been on a massive paranormal kick recently so when I saw this it instantly caught my attention and I've been after a good collection of short stories for a while.

Looking for Alaska by John Green - Here is an embarrassing secret, I've never actually read anything by John Green! Although most known for The Fault in Our Stars, some people say Looking for Alaska is his best work. A contemporary YA that looks at first love. I can tell this one is going to be a tear jerker.

The End of the World Running Club by Adrian Walker - This is a book that always comes up when I'm looking for books that The Last Days of Jack Sparks readers also enjoyed. This is a post apocalyptic thriller about someone who finds himself stranded on the wrong side of the country after the world has ended.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer - This is the only book on this list that isn't included in the 3 for £10 offer but I have heard a lot about it on BookTube and wanted to pick it. It's the first book in The Lunar Chronicles, which are essentially retellings of classic fairytales. Cinder is the retelling of Cinderella, but in this version Cinder is a gifted mechanic and cyborg. 

young adult

The Girl of Ink & Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave - Isabella is forbidden to leave the island but dreams of faraway places. When her friends go missing she volunteers to search for them leading to an adventure featuring an ancient myth. I didn't know too much when ordering this book besides the fact that the book itself is gorgeous with each of the pages being decorated.

The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild - The main character Annie discovers a painting in a junk shop whilst looking for a gift for an unsuitable man. It turns out the painting she has bought is more than she bargained for and ends up opening up the art world to her, full of Russian oligarchs, avaricious Sheikas, desperate auctioneers and unscrupulous dealers, all scheming to get their hands on her painting. This book has received a whole host of book nominations and has been on my to buy list for a while. 

Geek Girl by Holly Smale - The Geek Girl series is a super well known middle grade series that I've always thought would be a fun read but never actually got round to reading. Harriet is your typical geek and sadly isn't liked by many of the kids at her school, but one day she is picked out by a top modelling agency and this follows what happens after. 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan - This is another series that is huge on BookTube. Percy Jackson is the son of a Greek god, who is trying to go about having a normal life but Zues, king of the gods thinks Percy has stollen his lightning. I'm a huge Greek mythology fan so this should be a fun read.

The Sin Eaters Daughter by Melinda Salisbury - Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches, so obviously that doesn't make her the most popular of girls. Twylla is bethroved to the prince as supposedly his royal blood means he isn't affected by Twylla but then a new guard comes on the scene and..... well you get the picture! I saw this at YALC last year and it looked great but I haven't had the chance to pick it up until now.

So that is it! I think 10 books for £20 is well worth breaking my ban, and to be fair I did get through 7 of the titles on the list before breaking, that must count for something right? 

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