Christmas Book Haul

If you haven’t already noticed, I love books. It’s such a small, simple thing that provides you with hours – if not years – of joy. Every Christmas/birthday, I give my family a lengthy wish list which, as you might of guessed, is largely made up of books.

This Christmas, my family decided that other items on my wish list were more important (who needs clothes anyway?!); but I did get two beautiful clothbound Classics: Anna Kareina and Frankenstein.


I figured getting two books was probably a good thing; my TBR pile at home has got worryingly high and I just don’t have enough space…

… So I thought it was a great idea to organise a ‘book quest’ (yes, I called it a book quest – I’m that cool) with two equally bookish friends. Personally, I blame it on having too much time on my hands at Christmas and the excuse of needing a notebook.


We started our day off at the book market in Southbank; where I got my hands on 4 great finds.


Squeeze in a quick coffee break before we strolled up Charing Cross to Any Amount of Books; a beautiful labyrinth of a second hand bookshop where I found a book for £1!


Finally, we ended up in the biggest Waterstone’s I’ve ever seen in my life in Piccadilly Circus, where I finally managed to purchase a notebook and a bunch of other books.

Later on that evening; I somehow found my way onto Amazon and bought another 4 books…

All in all; I bought:

From the Book Market:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – by J.K. Rowling
The Kreutzer Sonata – Leo Tolstoy
A Russian Affair – Anton Chekhov
Mary – Vladimir Nabakov

From Any Amount of Books
Sovereign – by C.J. Sansom

From Waterstone’s
Animal Farm – George Orwell
The Prince – Niccolo Machiavelli
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

From Amazon:
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban – by J.K. Rowling
World’s End – by Susan EE

That makes a total of 14 books. Apparently, I have something close to an addiction to buying books. It’s not as if I have a huge pile of books that I haven’t read yet… Oops?

My friends are no better (Dani on Books, I’m looking at you!) So, in a vain attempt to catch up on my TBR list, we have come up with a NY resolution:

Excluding book club purchases, Dani on Books and I are forbidden to purchase ANY books until we have read 20 of the ones we own.

Let’s see how long we last.

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