September and October Combined Book Haul

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My laundry is hanging out to dry and I have narrowed down the books I plan to read for the 24 hour read-a-thon. I got some cleaning done around the house and managed to catch up on some series, patiently waiting for 14:00 to roll by so that I can get stuck into my reading and be deemed “annoying” on my social media platforms. I have about an hour to go so I thought I could do a quick post showing off the books I picked up during September and October.

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Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Can we just take a moment to admire the beauty of these Harry Potter covers? They are SO beautiful and I am really excited to be collecting these for my bookshelf. I have read The Tales of Beedle the Bard, The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban already as I am sure you have seen here.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I cannot express how much I loved this book. It was filled with so much history that I cannot begin to wrap my head around. I have written an in depth review of this book over here if you are interested in knowing a little bit more about this hauntingly beautiful novel, which was based on a true story.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My apologies for sounding like a broken record, but I adore Patrick Ness’ writing style! This book was such an easy read yet it held so much meaning to it that I find truly special. I have written a short review on this book over here

I am Number Four by Pattacus Lore

This book has been compared to Harry Potter so I had to get it when I saw it on sale at a local bookstore. I loved the cover, which admittedly was the deciding factor on whether or not I should buy it. I haven’t read it yet but I plan to start it real soon.

Cress by Marissa Meyer

I have read Cinder and Scarlet, which I have written reviews on here and here. To me Scarlet was a build up to Cress, so I am really keen to get into this book.

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult is one of my favourite authors, probably because my first “big person book” (you know, thick books, with big words and no pictures?) was written by her. Most of the books I’ve read by her was either borrowed from someone else, or is an e-book version; so I really want to get more of her books for my shelf. I have always wanted to read The Pact because it seems like a typical Jodi Picoult story.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

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I have read SO many amazing reviews about this book, so when I saw it was available on The Readers Warehouse I immediately added it to my shopping cart. It was dropped off by the couriers early Monday morning, so you can imagine how slowly the day went by with me so excited to get home and see my precious! ( I said ‘so’ SO many times there, sorry! I am in a rush because I have about 15 minutes left until the read-a-thon begins!!) Anyways, as I was saying, I got home and tore the packaging apart like a pit-bull! I read a few pages and could not put it down! The writing is beautiful, the characters are amazing and the story line is epic!!

Dracula, The Scarlet Letter and Frankenstein

I consider these my lucky buys from last month because I picked them up at a sale for R49 each! These are classics which I have been meaning to read for the longest time, AND they are hardbacks!! I want to get into reading more classics so hopefully this will be a good start for me once I bring myself to pick them up and start reading!

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

Another book I bought from The Readers Warehouse because it was a steal for R49! I didn’t know how massive this book was so I was a bit shocked when I opened the package and found it. I am a major fan of historical fiction and this book has been on my radar for quite some time; so I plan to get straight into it after The Young Elites.

And that’s is my combined book haul for September and October! See anything you enjoyed? Drop a comment and let me know!

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August Book Wrap-up

I know it’s only half way through August but I think I’ve done enough book buying, and it’s safe to say that I’m done for the month.
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I only recently discovered this amazing online book store based in South Africa, called Reader’s Warehouse and I couldn’t wait to place my first order. I belong to their reviewer club where for every book you review on their website, you get a R2 voucher. I’ve accumulated about R42 which I immediately cashed out to buy two books (as shown above) that I’ve had my eye on for a while.
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I chose to have the books delivered straight home, because who doesn’t enjoy the excitement of unwrapping a parcel dropped off by the couriers?

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I have to say that I was really impressed by their service. They responded very quickly whenever I had a query and made me feel so welcome and special. I always appreciate this kind of service from stores because to me it shows that they care about their customers, and it means a lot when they go that extra mile to make me feel like I matter to them… I am also so happyΒ with the books I got and can’t wait to place my next order!

Apart from the two I bought from the Reader’s Warehouse, these are the rest of the books I picked up this month:

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1) Dan Brown : Digital Fortress, Angels & Demons, Da Vinci Code and Deception Point
2) Marissa Meyer: Cinder and Scarlet
3) Michele Giuttari: The Dark Heart of Florence
4) Elizabeth Haynes: Under a Silent Moon
5) Marian Keyes : The Other Side of the Story
6) Nele Neuhaus: Snow White Must Die
7) Madeline Miller: The Song of Achilles

So that is my August Book wrap-up! I have quite a list of books I’d like to get but if there are any you’ve enjoyed recently that you would recommend I get then please feel free to drop a comment to let me know.

Oh! And if you haven’t noticed, I joined Instagram lately, where you can follow my Bibliophilic tendencies if that sounds like something that would appeal to you.

– Nihaad