Book Haul

The day I was waiting for finally arrived…. I went to Waterstones. I do have book shops close to me, two branches of The Works and a WHSmith but they don’t have as much as Waterstones, it’s not the same!

I’ve been wanting to go for a while but time, too many books and buying a lot of things for my new house stopped me. Nothing was going to stop me this week! I had a week off with my boyfriend, busy week, (hence this is the first post) we got some house stuff done.

I think I spent ages in Waterstones, my boyfriend isn’t a reader and he was waiting for me, whoops.

As usual I completely forgot what books I wanted and ended up going on my GoodReads to remind me. Deciding was hard and there’s a book I didn’t get that I want to buy Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson.

So without further ado, here’s what I bought:


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E.Schwab

I just heard about this author, I see her tweets often but got properly introduced to her books thanks to one of Tim Clare’s podcasts, where he interviewed the author. Her books sounded great and I had to buy one. Recently I’ve been feeling the need to read more fantasy and this sounded amazing:

“Most people only know one London; but what if there were several? Kell is one of the last Travelers – magicians with a rare ability to travel between parallel Londons. There’s Grey London, dirty and crowded and without magic, home to the mad king George III. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered. Then, White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. But once upon a time, there was Black London…” (blurb from Waterstones website)

I did have a dilemna, they never put the numbers of the series on the books! But a quick internet search helped me to find this one. I can’t wait to read this, I’m going to bump it up my to-be-read stack/list.


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

I seen this on Netgalley but had so many books to read and review etc that I didn’t request it. I picked this up in the shop and didn’t want to let it go. It’s my type of book a gothic novel, dark and creepy.

“Newly married, newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge.

With her new servants resentful and the local villagers actively hostile, Elsie only has her husband’s awkward cousin for company. Or so she thinks.

For inside her new home lies a locked room, and beyond that door lies a two-hundred-year-old diary and a deeply unsettling painted wooden figure – a Silent Companion – that bears a striking resemblance to Elsie herself…” (Blurb from Waterstones website)

I think this is going to have to be bumped up too. It was part of buy one get one half price deal and that’s where I struggled to decide what to get. I can’t resist a deal so I bought:


Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

I’ve read a few books by Neil Gaiman and loved them. I’d hoped to buy a Neil Gaiman novel that day and they had a few but I just couldn’t decide from the other ones on the shelf. I’m interested in mythology and don’t know enough about Norse and I’d heard a lot about this book so this was perfect. Neil Gaiman writes amazing books, original and riveting.


“”As I retold these myths, I tried to imagine myself a long time ago, in the lands where these stories were first told, during the long winter nights perhaps, under the glow of the northern lights or sitting outside in the small hours, awake in the unending daylight of midsummer.” – Neil Gaiman

Gather round, this is where the stories are born. This is where the world was made.

Picture it: about you, mile upon mile of sparkling, moonlit rock and snow. Above, the flickering magic of the aurora borealis, an electric-blue contrast to the warm fire where the storyteller weaves his words. He talks of playful, careless, wrathful gods, stories of immortal forces battling under freezing, star-filled skies.

The great Norse myths are woven into the fabric of our storytelling – from TolkienAlan Garner and Rosemary Sutcliff to Game of Thrones and Marvel Comics. They are also an inspiration for Neil Gaiman’s own award-bedecked, bestselling fiction.

Now our greatest living fantasist reaches back through time to the original source stories in a thrilling and vivid rendition of the great Norse tales.”

I’ll have to read Good Omen’s before I read this though.


I have so many books to read, I have about 5 on Netgalley and others to review. I think I need to be more organised. I bought those books then had an email from the library, I’d forgotten I’d orderd a book there:



Paint Me A Picture by Patsy Collins

“Mavis Forthright carefully rehearses her jump from Portsmouth’s Round Tower. She’s existed for over five decades. Lived hardly at all. Will end her misery with a few second’s fall into the cold sea. Except she’s not quite ready to die. A half day’s delay to try a bacon sandwich from the cafe won’t matter. Mother’s no longer there to disapprove.

She delays another day to lend Janice a book. Then a week to use her new paints. A month. Until the end of term. Mavis makes new plans; to create paintings full of emotion, to live, perhaps even make friends.

As if to balance her survival a number of people connected to Mavis die. At first that doesn’t matter. They’re people she dislikes. Mavis continues painting, tending her garden, feeding the birds and keeping her home properly clean, without additional concern. Then people who’ve been kind to Mavis are killed or injured. That shouldn’t happen.

Why are people dying? Is it because of charming Norman who’s back from her past, or is that strange boy Jake her mistaken guardian angel? Perhaps Mavis herself is to blame. She must learn the truth, stop the deaths and protect those she’s learned to care about before she can enjoy the new life she’s making for herself.” (blurb from Amazon)

I read an extract from this book in one of Patsy’s short story collections and it grabbed me.  I follow her on twitter and sometimes join a #writingchat I’ve reviewed her collections on here (without her knowing beforehand): Just A Job, Not A Drop To Drink

So, now I just need a month off work to read all my books. If only.


Besides going to Waterstones I went into HMV too, it was great to go to an actual shop (as opposed to buying online) and buy some new CDs:


All the CD shops (and dvd shops) closed down by me and I realised how much I’d missed them recently.

I’m been a Bowie fan since my teens, he was on Friday Night With Jonathan Ross (when it was still on the BBC) promoting his ‘Reality’ album and I was hooked. I knew Bowie from Labyrinth of course but I’d never really listened to his music before.

I have a few more recent albums and ‘best ofs’ but I thought I’d start buying some more. I did originally have a cassette tape of Low but I’ve not idea where it’s gone and you can’t put that on an mp3 player.

Have you read any of these books? Which Neil Gaiman book should I read after Good Omens? 

15 thoughts on “Book Haul”

    1. Thanks for stopping by. I seen Neverwhere in Waterstones. I’m reading Good Omens next I enjoyed American God’s and realised there’s another one: Amansi boys with one of the characters from American God’s in it. Oh and a novella I’ve already read that one.


  1. I love book hauls!!! 😍😍

    A Darker Shade of Magic is SO GOOD. I love all of the author’s works and I so hope that you love it, too!!!! I’ve also wanted to read Norse Mythology (and Good Omens, of course). Neil Gaiman’s books are fantabulous. Glad you had a great trip to the bookstore! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for stopping by 😀 I can’t wait to read A Darker Shade of Magic and then the rest of V.E. Schwab’s books, they sound great. A few to finish first so it’s an incentive. Neil Gaiman is an amazing writer.

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  2. Stardust is probably my favorite Neil Gaiman book, followed by Neverwhere. I went to a reading of his a few years back and listened to him read part of Coraline. If you pick that book up, definitely get the audio version – it’s even creepier when he reads it.

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  3. Oh a Darker Shade of Magic is AMAZING and totally worth it! I hope you end up enjoying it *flails* And I also love Neil Gaiman, but I mostly have read his children’s books and also Good Omens. He’s so funny and clever?! Master writer!

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    1. Yes! He is doing a writing course on Masterclass I really want to do. Entered a competition to win it but I don’t think I will might have to treat myself 😀 I just heard about V.E.Schwab and cant wait to read her books


  4. Great haul! My boyfriend picked up the Norse Mythology book from YALC last year as it sparked his interest. He doesn’t read often, so it’s great when a book catches his eye. He whizzed through it and absolutely loved it. Hope you enjoy it too 😊

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