My (Belated) Birthday Book Haul!

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It was my birthday back in January but ill-health has meant I haven’t managed to take photos of my lovely new books, or to write a blog post about them until now. I was very spoilt with the books I received so I wanted to share them… better late than never!

My husband bought me such an amazing stack of books plus a fabulous snuggly cape that I wear wrapped around me when I’m reading. I really feel the cold these days and this cape is the best thing ever! 🙂

 

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I’ve already started reading this one and it’s brilliant! I love Queenie and can’t wait to read what happens next!

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Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellman

This is a book that I’ve ummed and aahed about buying for myself but I’m so glad that I now have my own gifted copy as it is a book I really do want to read. I need to get my brain back in gear before I pick this up but I’m so looking forward to it.

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Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper

This is a book I’ve wanted to read ever since I first heard about it last year. I saw Megan, and her family, on the Louis Theroux documentaries over the years and I’ve been so keen to read more about Megan’s story. I think this will be a fascinating read.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

I did get a ebook of this for review but I’ve really been wanting to have a physical copy so I was thrilled to open this book on my birthday.

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Quichotte by Salman Rushdie

I haven’t read anything by this author for years but this book really appealed to me and so I was delighted to open it on my birthday. As soon as my reading mojo returns I will be picking this up as it’s really calling to me from my TBR!

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

This book sounds so good, and isn’t it a stunning looking book?! I can’t wait to curl up (in my new reading cape!) and get lost in the pages of this book. It sounds magical!

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Somewhere Becoming Rain by Clive James

My husband bought me this one as I’m a huge Philip Larkin fan, and I also love Clive James’ writing and I’m so happy to have this one. I think this will be such a treat to read. The text is small for my poor eyes so it might have to be a book I dip in and out of but I’m so looking forward to getting to it.

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10 Minutes and 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

This is another book I’ve secretly had my eye on so am very pleased to have my own copy. I’m fascinated by the premise of the novel so I don’t think I’ll be long getting to it.

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Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham

This book was one my husband bought for me on a whim as we enjoyed the recent drama about Chernobyl. It’s a book I’d heard of but I didn’t own and it’s one I really want to read. I always like to read more in-depth around dramas based on true stories that I’ve enjoyed on TV.

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The Orchestra of Minorities by Chicozie Obioma

I don’t know a huge amount about this book but I read the blurb and it sounds like a book I will really enjoyed so I’m happy to have it.

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

This is a book I already own a copy of and I’ve read and loved it. I will make sure my extra copy finds a new home though.

 

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The Little Book of Meditation by Gilly Pickup

My best friend gave me this gorgeous book about meditation, which is wonderful and I’m enjoying dipping in and out of it. She also made me this lovely bookmark, which will get a lot of use as I read my way through all of my fab new books!

 

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My lovely mum-in-law gave me some book tokens, which is always a wonderful gift to receive. I’ve spent some of them on The Flame by Leonard Cohen. This is a book I’ve wanted for a while as I adore Leonard Cohen’s song lyrics and poetry so I will enjoy reading my way through this one. I still have some book tokens left over so I’m looking forward to spending those when I spot a book I’d like.

 


 

Have you acquired any new books this week? I’d love to know what you got. Or have you read any of my new books and recommend I get to any of them sooner rather than later? If you’ve shared a book haul post this week then please feel free to share you link below and I’ll make sure to visit your post! 🙂

 

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality, which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week!

 

14 thoughts on “My (Belated) Birthday Book Haul!

  1. Happy birthday! Hopefully your book haul makes you feel a bit better.

    I just recently got Ducks, Newburyport and An Orchestra of Minorities so I’m interested to see your review when you get round to them. Happy reading!!

  2. What a fabulous haul, Hayley! Thanks for sharing with us, and I’m glad you’re feeling strong enough to do so. I’ve always liked Leonard Cohen’s use of language, so I’ll bet that one is fabulous. And the new Atwood…and….and.. I just know you’re going to have a great reading experience!

  3. What lovely books and belated happy birthday! Hope your health is improving. The Clive James book is just amazing and I loved it – hope you do too! I was lucky enough to find a nice hardback of Larkin’s letters to Monica Jones in the Oxfam today for £1.99 – what a treat and a bargain!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday Hayley. Enjoy all your wonderful new books. I pray that your health is improving and you are able to do more that you enjoy.

  5. Hope you had a lovely birthday and are feeling a bit better now! I just finished 10 Minutes 38 Seconds and really enjoyed it, its such an interesting concept for a novel. I also read Queenie at the beginning of this month and fell completely in love with it, I hope you enjoy reading the rest! x

  6. Happy Belated! What a great stack of books 🙂 I am interested in reading Midnight in Chernobyl after watching the TV series. I hope your health continues to improve throughout the week.

  7. A belated happy birthday! Glad to hear you’re feeling better now. That is a fantastic haul of books! I’ll be particularly interested to hear what you think of the Erin Morgenstern as have been looking forward to seeing what she’d write after The Night Circus 🙂

  8. I so want to read Queenie. And I hope you’re feeling better now, wrapped in your reading cape. I’ve had a break from reading blogs, commenting on them and writing my own as I’ve been through a really bad time with anxiety, arising entirely from our new cats, so not something I wanted to go onto meds for, if you see what i mean. Seems to have quietened down now – I hope. And I saved this post so I could see your lovely pile, which does not disappoint!

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