Mini January Book Haul!
Charity Shop Finds
M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman - £1 - Charity Shop
I went to this big charity shop, which is about 15 minutes away from where I live and it was the first time I had been there so I was excited to see how the book section was. There was a LOT of books, but very few that interested me and that were in the conditions I tend to buy them in.
This was one of the few book that actually interested me and that was because it was Neil Gaiman. I've never read a Neil Gaiman book, but I've always been intrigued by his work, so when I saw this in basically perfect condition for only a pound, I just couldn't not buy it.
All I know about this is that it's a collection of short stories, I've read one of the stories already and it was actually quite good.
Synopsis - A sinister jack-in-the-box haunts the lives of children who owned it, a stray cat does nightly battle to protect his adopted family, and a boy raised in a graveyard confronts the much more troubled world of the living in this wonderful book of short stories by master storyteller Neil Gaiman.
These eleven stories range from the scary to the whimsical, the fantastical to the humorous - each a different journey in which the reader encounters the rich and wonderful imagination of a writer who knows how to thrill and satisfy his audience.
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher - £1 - Charity Shop
This was the only other book that I purchased from the charity shop. I have always wanted to read Annabel Pitcher's work (I've read a sampler of Silence Is Goldfish) and most of all I want to read Ketchup Clouds, but I saw this one there and just decided to pick it up.
Synopsis - Ten-year-old Jamie hasn't cried since it happened. He knows he should have - Jasmine cried, Mum cried, Dad still cries. Roger didn't, but then he is just a cat and didn't know Rose that well, really.
Everyone kept saying it would get better with time, but that's just one of those lies that grown-ups tell in awkward situations. Five years on, it's worse than ever: Dad drinks, Mum's gone and Jamie's left with questions that he must answer for himself.
This is his story, an unflinchingly real yet heart-warming account of a young boy's struggle to make sense of the loss that tore his family apart.
The Works Sale
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill - £1 - The Works
The other day I was browsing through the books in the sale at The Works when I saw this! Just like with the previous authors, I've always wanted to read Louise O'Neill after hearing nothing other that good things about Asking For It.
I did sort of want t get this in the other cover with the Barbie doll head on, but there was only this one so I decided I may as well get it in this cover. The on ething that I do absolutely love about this book is the spine. It's bright pink and the font is bold - it really stands out on my shelf and it looks simple but so pretty.
Synopsis - In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful.
For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim.
Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year.
But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. ..
And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride.
Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known. . .
The last book(s) I bought was a box set..
The Shiver trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater - £3.50! - The Works
When I went into The Works before Christmas I saw this box set, but it was £10. I really wanted it, but didn't really want to spend that amount of money on it as I've heard you either love it or hate it. Anyway, I go in after Christmas and it's priced at £3.50, so as you can tell I squealed and threw my money at the women at the till. I think this is actually a series now though, isn't it or there's another book in the same world or something? Let me know down below!
The books in the box set are -
- Shiver (#1) by Maggie Stiefvater
- Linger (#2) by Maggie Stiefvater
- Forever (#3) by Maggie Siefvater
Synopsis - When a local boy is killed by wolves, Grace's small town becomes a place of fear and suspicion. But Grace can't help being fascinated by the pack, and by one yellow-eyed wolf in particular. There's something about him - something almost human. Then she meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away...
A chilling love story that will have you hooked from the very first page.
If you've read/want to read any of the books above then comment down below what you thought of them! Also, if any of these are on your TBR as well, then I would love to do a buddy read with one of you, just comment below or DM on Instagram - @sprinkle_of_books.
BUY THE BOOKS
M is For Magic by Neil Gaiman
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47699.M_Is_for_Magic?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/M-is-for-Magic/9780747595687
My Sister Lives On The Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18301604-my-sister-lives-on-the-mantelpiece
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/My-Sister-Lives-on-the-Mantelpiece/9781780621869
Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21805717-only-ever-yours?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Only-Ever-Yours/9781848664159
Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6068551-shiver?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Shiver/9781407145761
Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6654313-linger?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Linger-Maggie-Stiefvater/9781407145778?ref=bd_recs_1
Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9409458-forever?ac=1&from_search=1
BD - http://www.bookdepository.com/Forever-Maggie-Stiefvater/9781407145785?ref=bd_recs_1
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