A Bargain Book Haul: Showcase

Like I mentioned in this post I’ve been buying a few books here and there to celebrate the fact I have more time to read now I’m a graduate. Today I thought I’d showcase my latest purchases, because who doesn’t love a good book haul?

I find that book hauls are a great way to see what other people’s tastes are, get recommendations as well as just seeing what’s out there right now. So without further ado, here are the books I’ve bought recently.

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I’m going to divide this post up through the places I bought the books. 

THE WORKS

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I love the Works. It’s a chain bargain stationary/bookstore here in the UK and one has recently opened up in my city centre. They always have an offer on for three books for a fiver and after an admittedly long browse, I came away with these.

I’ve already read Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell and have just recently abandoned Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, which I think is a good indication of how that went!

Admittedly, I bought the third book, Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult, just to make up the five pound deal which is probably why I haven’t got round to trying it yet. But this is one of her most current books, I believe, and I have heard good things about the author so I’m hoping it’ll be canny. If you’ve read it, please let me know your thoughts.

AMAZON

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Just one purchase from Amazon this time. This is the first book in the series by Victoria Aveyard. As you can tell, I picked up the second book in The Works and didn’t realise until I got home. I picked up this one for cheap on Amazon so I could get into it, and I’ve already read it.

If I’m totally honest, I’m not sure how I feel about this series and as I’ve already explained I’ve just given up getting through Glass Sword.

SECOND HAND

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I explained in this post how much I love purchasing second hand books from markets and charity shops. I managed to get a couple of interesting reads from a local market and charity shops, including this signed copy of Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell!

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I recently read Red Hill by Jamie Mcguire, which is a book I heard of from booktube. I had read her popular new adult book, Beautiful Disaster last year and wasn’t too impressed but this one sounded interesting and I wanted to try it. It basically follows a zombie apocalypse and how those surviving manage. Sadly, I wasn’t too impressed with this one either but it was a fun read.

God, there’s not many good reviews going on here is there?

I picked up a couple of the Peguin Little Black Classics from a market stall for sixty pence. There were loads to chose from, but I finally decided on A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin, a collection of short stories which I have read, and Leonardo Da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari, which seems to be a bit of history about three celebrated Renaissance Artists.

I picked up the Kate Chopin one based on one of my favourite Youtubers justkissmyfrog. The Awakening by Kate Chopin is one of her favourite books and I wanted to try something by this author. I picked up Leonardo Da Vinci as I went to a press preview during my second year of university for an exhibition of his drawings at a local gallery and have been curious about him ever since.

TESCO

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Supermarkets are a surprisingly brilliant place to pick up new releases, and for really cheap to! I picked up these two when I was visiting my boyfriend.

One Of Us Is Lying, by Karen M. McManus is always being advertised to me on Instagram and I’ll admit that I am very intrigued by the title so I had to pick it up the minute I saw it there.

Amazingly, books at Tesco are often in a two for seven pounds deal so it would have been rude not to pick up The Power by Naomi Alderman as well! I’ve heard a bit of hype around this books and the quote from Margaret Atwood on the front sold it to me. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale and loved it, so of course I wanted to see what she was interested in!

There we have it, those are my recent bargain book purchases. I love buying books and I love getting a bargain while I’m at it.


Have you picked up any good books lately? Get in touch and let me know, I’d love to hear your recommendations.

Speak soon,

Rachael.

 

 

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A Modern Take On Classics: Showcase

As I explained in a recent post I have fallen back in love with reading, books and all that good stuff. Which is wonderful, of course, but it has resulted in me wanting to buy more books now I’m back in the loop which isn’t so wonderful for my bank balance.

Nonetheless, one of my favourite ways to obtain new books is by getting them secondhand and that’s how I managed to come across these two wonderful pieces I’m about to show you today.

Although I normally try to avoid ‘novelty’ buys when it comes to books, I couldn’t resist when I saw these two.

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Although I totally understand how important classic books are and have enjoyed many that I have read, I do sometimes struggle with them. And because I know they’re going to be a lot of work, I tend to avoid a lot of these kind of books, which results in me missing lots of references.

Although I initially picked these books up as a joke and spent a few minutes by the market stall and in the shop chuckling over the retellings of the stories I had read, I realised that these books could also be quite useful in their own little way.

These two books are wonderful ways to get involved and discover what those of so popular classic books are about, but in a hilarious modern way!

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The first one I picked up is Twitterature, by Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin. This, as you can tell from the title, is a retelling of various classic tales through the medium of a twitter feed. The bits I’ve read so far have been hilarious, but I’m not sure yet how I’ll feel about the stories I don’t know.

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“The classics are so last century” Guardian

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Currently my favourite feed, Great Expectations from @piMp

Texts From Jane Eyre, by Mallory Ortberg, is very similar but clearly an older publication. And this one has illustrations! It retells a lot of classic and modern classic tales through text messages between characters and I’ve found myself chuckling at a few already.

(My copy is sadly missing it’s dust jacket hence the similar photos but hey, that’s what happens when you shop secondhand sometimes)

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do you know who I hate?” “everyone?” “EVERYONE

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Texts From Jane Eyre And Other Conversations With Your Favourite Literary Characters

Have you heard of any of these books? Because I was unaware of them until this point. I’m expecting I’ll take my time with them and flick through whenever I need a bit of cheering up, or have failed to understand yet another literature reference!


Do you have any quirky books in your collection? 

I know this was a somewhat unusual post for me, as there’s more images than words, but I fancied showing off these books and wasn’t sure how. I feel like I may do some more showcase posts in the future!

Speak soon,

Rachael

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How To Get Out Of A Reading Slump

I love reading. It’s been a hobby of mine for as long as I can remember and I love nothing more than getting lost in another world built by someone’s words. It’s something I even talk about occasionally on here too.

If you’re also a lover of books then you’ll understand the upset and torment I feel when I find myself in a reading slump. It’s such an awful feeling to have suddenly lost the joy from one of your favourite pastimes and is, unfortunately, something that happens more often than I’d like.

However, fortunately for this blog, because I have experienced the reading slump regularly (n fact just pulled myself out of one recently!) I feel like I can actually be of some help to those of you who might be struggling!

Here are the ways I work to pull myself out of a draught and bring myself back to where I want to be – reading:

  • STOP READING WHAT CAUSED IT

Abandoning a book can be a difficult thing if you love reading. Trust me I get it. For some reason you feel guilty, because you know that someone somewhere spent hours, days, weeks on that book and the least you could do would be to see it through to the end.

But then I finally saw sense. What’s the point in carrying on reading something that isn’t bringing you joy? There are so many other books out there!

If you’re in a reading slump, chances are it was brought on by something you’ve been reading. That doesn’t mean to say it isn’t a good book or even something that you won’t enjoy eventually, but right now it isn’t working so you might as well stop.

Put the book away and forget about it for now- you can always return later when the time is right. Allow yourself the chance to find something better.

  • FIND A GENRE THAT SAVES YOU

Whenever I’m in a reading slump, I tend to reach for chick-lit because somehow it saves me every time. This is something I only realised recently, but those feel-good, quick reads pull me out of a draught and helps me fall back in love with books again.

Now maybe chick-lit isn’t your thing, but there’s bound to be a genre out there that you love and that you know you enjoy every time. It could be memoir, fantasy, self-help and so on. The list is endless!

Next time you find yourself in a slump, reach for something that’s in your genre of choice and see if it helps. Reading something familiar, that’s still a brand new story, is sure to help you get back on track.

  • TAKE A BREAK

Some reading slumps are so deep that nothing will pull you out in a hurry. So why not listen to yourself and stop reading for a bit?

Absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that, so take a break. Leave your books on the shelf and dive into another hobby for the time being. Hopefully after some time away you’ll feel fresh and inspired to begin reading once again!

  • WATCH BOOKTUBE

Booktube is the YouTube community dedicated to reading, with countless of creators making content based on their love of books. I personally think it’s a wonderful space on the internet and is one that has helped me from time to time.

When you’re in a slump have a browse through the various vloggers and bloggers out there who are dedicated to books. Their passion and pure joy for the hobby is sure to inspire you.

They’ll show you what you’ve been missing and you’ll begin to see things in a better light, all of which such get you back into reading once more.

Check out the materials at the end for my favourite booktubers who have helped me.

  • RE-READ AN OLD FAVOURITE

Similarly to finding a favourite genre, returning to a once loved book can really help you get back into the hobby again.

For me, I will always return to Jacqueline Wilson who was my favourite author growing up. Sure the books are a little young for me now, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy them any less! Returning back into these stories that meant so much to me years ago reminds me how much I actually enjoy reading and motivates me to do it more.

When you can’t seem to find anything new to grab your attention, I urge you to seek out your out favourites and try them once again.

  • TRY AUDIO BOOKS

Now, I have to be honest here and say this one isn’t something I have much experience with but I do understand how helpful it can be. Personally, audio books aren’t really my thing (yet!) but if you’re just not into reading at the moment, listening to someone read is a wonderful way to still be engaged in the hobby without doing any of the work!

You could even listen to books you’ve already read previously and see if they feel any different in this format. Audio books may also be a great opportunity for you to discover new stories that you mightn’t have even considered before, as things can be more easily understood if someone else is explaining it to you.

Either way I know audio books have been very helpful to others in the past and they may just work the same for you.

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Do you have any tips for getting out of a reading slump? Also, what’s your favourite book?

I feel like I kind of went back into my original type of content today and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Let me know if any of these tips were helpful to you, if you fancy.

Speak soon,

Rachael.


Materials:

(Favourite Booktubers)

booksandquills

cozyteareads

justkissmyfrog

Ariel Bissett