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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Glimpse into March's Book Haul

    Hello all! I hope that you are all doing ok, and are looking forward to a nice Easter with friends and family. I am still behind with my blog posts, due to my health and being busy, but here is a quick monthly book haul post! I hope that you enjoy it! What have you bought lately?

  • "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel 
This is our next book club book - discussion commencing May 1st. I am yet to begin, but am eager to see what this intriguing story is like.

  • "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King
Excerpts of this book have already been used in the writing course I started this month. I enjoyed these, so decided to listen to the entire book on audiobook, read by Stephen King. It is light, interesting and enjoyable so far. We also have read one of his short stories, and having not previously read Stephen King's work, I have been quite pleasantly surprised!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Glimpse into January & February's book haul

I have always loved to read, and I also thoroughly enjoy the actual process of buying books. The smell of bookstores, the excitement of perusing the shelves; even online book shopping is fun!

Today, I want to share with you my latest book haul (books and audiobooks which I purchased in January and February). Some of these I have read or started to read, others are joining the ever growing pile of "to-reads". I will endeavour to do some book reviews here for some of them, and also will aim to do a book haul blog post monthly from now on (because, let's be honest, there is generally at least one book bought most months!).

"Love, Rosie" by Cecelia Ahern (originally published as "Where Rainbows End")

I watched the movie which was inspired by this book last year, and loved it. I found it inspiring, with a simple beauty. I am aware that the storyline of the book is quite different from the movie, but I look forward to reading it. I just hope I am not disappointed! I usually read books before movies, but as I loved the movie so much, I hold high expectations for the book!

 "Where She Went" by Gayle Forman
I also watched the movie inspired by the first book in this series last year (this one is the second in the series). I read the book first, thought it was great, and loved the movie also. It is simple reading, and I look forward to reading this one when I feel like something light and romantic (in a teenage angst kind of way!)

 "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon

I watched the first 8 episodes of the tv series inspired
by this book last year. I think that it is an amazing series, and highly recommend it. I am desperate for the next episode to air after a break in filming. In the meantime, I thought I would read the book to keep me going! It is part of an eight book series, and as the tv series has been granted several seasons, I aim to read these books while I
eagerly await their release.

"The Bone Season" by Samantha Shannon
    I listened to this as an audiobook in 2013, and really enjoyed it. I decided to read the actual book before reading the second book in the series which has just been released. It is a great story of another world, filled with drama, intrigue, strength and friendship.
"The Hambledown Dream" by Dean Mayes

I bought another copy of this book because my mum and I both wanted to re-read it for our book club review this month. I think this is a great book, and highly recommend you read it. You can read my thoughts about it on the Glimpsing Gembles Online Book Club site, and also join in with the discussion!

I would love to hear what you have bought so far this year to read or listen to!