Super Mega Mostly Birthday Book Haul

Ah…. this thing happened and I went out into the wild and I bought a LOT of books.

I’m running out of space again, but it’s making me cull the books I’m really not interested in reading anymore, or have read and would rather not repeat the experience… particularly those that have sat on the shelf for years and years. So there is a bonus!

I had a birthday the other day and my very cluey family gave me book vouchers, so instead of hanging onto them and spending them judiciously, I spent them all in one big blow and it was magical.

I walked into the bookstore and I said:


They said no, so I says:


YES, they said, YES WE WOULD.

Without further ado, and in no particular order:

1) The Tain (Irish mythology. I’m in a mythological mood)

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And could we just take a moment to appreciate the first Penguin classic that has made me say “Oh, it’s so pretty!!” Honestly, the colours are gorgeous, I want it framed!

2) The Iliad + The Odyssey by Homer (somehow I didn’t have these already!)

3) The Grapes of Wrath + East of Eden by John Steinbeck

4) Music for Chameleons + In Cold Blood + Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote (I’ve already read ICB but wanted my own copy! In a huge mood for Capote, he is a magical thing)

5) The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens (to add to my collection of Dickens works that I have never read! I don’t think A Christmas Carol counts!)

6) Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell (Just in case I felt like eating in Parisian restaurants…)

7) The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (mostly because it was on sale and I’ve heard good things… famous last words.)

8) The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (ditto)

9) The Prose Edda (Norse mythology… I may as well just set my Tardis to 200BC and get it over with.)

10) Early Irish Myths and Sagas by Jeffrey Gantz

11) Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by my main man, Siegfried Sassoon (#mancrushmonday)

12) The Letters of J.R.R Tolkien (I read a fair chunk of this in the bookshop, but I want my own copy.)

13) The Argonautica (I have fond memories of my Granny telling me the story of Jason and the Argonauts)

14) To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (because I will give her ONE MORE CHANCE TO IMPRESS ME!)

15) I, Claudius by Robert Graves (which, until recently, I hadn’t worked out that it was written by Robert Graves. I’ve wanted to read it for ages but didn’t connect this book to Goodbye to All That, which is weird. The cover has boobs in abundance, which seems fitting to Ancient Rome but means it can’t come on the train with me.)

16) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (in the “creepy” Penguin Modern Classics edition, because why not? I like it. I am apparently abnormal, but this is no news to me)

I would put a photo of this teetering pile of deliciousness, but I haven’t got them all in my possession as yet, since some are coming from The Book Depository and won’t be here for a few weeks, but here is what I have so far!

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Plus, heads up to any Aussies, Dymocks is turning 135 and is having a really good sale- 3 for 2 books with a decent range. Check it out!


I shall now descend into my lair and begin my reading binge… after I finish all my uni readings.



4 thoughts on “Super Mega Mostly Birthday Book Haul

    • I said I would! I actually thought I had a few weeks ago but stupid me didn’t put the order through properly, but now it is mine!
      Thank you!

    • That’s kind of the point 😉 they’re marketing this one to adults who won’t read the Quentin Blake versions because of the children’s covers.

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