Birthday Book Haul

It was my birthday last month, and I received a combination of books, and gift cards which I spent on books…

Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

37643054Someone needs to stop me from buying this book. I know what your thinking; Doesn’t Victoria already have a copy?. Well, you’d be wrong because I already have two copies, one on my kindle, one paperback, and now this paperback. In my defence the first paperback is full of highlights, so this will be a clean copy. Does that make it okay? Also, it was only £2 on Amazon, so if you want a copy now is your chance! I just love it so much, I need a million copies apparently. Oh, I almost forgot to explain that it is the story of the relationship between Elio and Oliver over the course of one summer.


Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

25889923This a book that was on my TBR, disappeared briefly with my Goodbye TBR situation, and then was the first book back on there, so I finally have a copy. Our heroine works as a ladies companion when she meets Maxim de Winter, who proposes after a whirlwind romance. However, when they return to his estate, Manderley, and her new home she finds her new husband very changed. The house, and those around her, seem to be more concerned with Rebecca, the previous wife. I believe it’s compared to Jane Eyre sometimes, and that’s one of my absolute favourites, so this should be a winner.


All That She Can See by Carrie Hope Fletcher

38326787Later this month I’m off to a singing for her newest book, When The Curtain Falls, and since we can take another book with us, I chose this one. The premise reminds me a little of The Peculiar Sadness of Lemon Cake, and sounds to be a contemporary magical realism story. Our protagonist, Cherry, can see things that others cannot. While those around her believe her to be a well-meaning baker, she adds a touch of magic to her bakes goods, the sort of things that the person receiving needs. It’ sounds a little more whimsical that I would usually buy, but I’m willing to give it a go.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

32334098I’ve had my eye on this book of poetry for the longest time because I used to (I mean, I probably still do) follow Amanda on Tumblr. I remember back when this was self-published, and then to see it published by a publisher, I feel as though was there for this journey. As I mentioned, this is a poetry collection, told in free verse, or you may recognise it better as “Tumblr Poetry”, so it’s very accessible even if you’re not a “poetry person”, and tells the story of the authors life. There is a big old list of trigger warnings at the beginning, so you might want to bear that in mind before you read it.


Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

35900387This book had been absolutely everywhere for the longest time and now I actually have a copy. We follow Eleanor Oliphant, who lives alone, works in an office, and believe herself to be… yep, you’ve guessed it; completely fine. I believe she may also be on the autism spectrum, though feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, because this book is a bit of  a mystery. As you may already be able to tell it’s an adult contemporary, and it’s been a while since I’ve read one of those, so this will be a nice change. I believe it’s also a debut, which will be very exciting to read, as I always find it so inserting to read debuts.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling (Ravenclaw Edition)

38622789As the second book in the series we follow Harry’s second year attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, but I’m sure you already know that. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that something evil is lurking in the school, and Harry, along with best friends Ron and Hermione, take it upon themselves to suss it out, while the school faces the threat of closure. It’s Harry Potter, you should know the drill by now. I don’t know when exactly I’ll be reading this edition, but I do love to represent my house, the best house, and support Rowena Ravenclaw.

The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archives #1-#3) by Brandon Sanderson

11203858There was a flash sale on the kindle editions of some of Brandon Saderson’s book, and since I loved the first Mistborn trilogy, you bet that I took full advantage, and used my gift card. I know very little about this series, other than the few things that I will tell you. The first is that they are absolutely enormous, each book being around the 1,000 page mark. The second is that Reagan from PersueProject absolutely love the first one. And the third, and final thing is that I love Brandon Sanderson, and I trust him enough to make this investment.

The Bands of Mourning and Shadow of Self (Mistborn #5 & #6) by Brandon Sanderson

25408730Annoyingly I do not have the fourth book, or at least not as I’m writing this post, though I have a feeling I may grab a copy pretty soon. Technically the Mistborn series is 6 books long, however it’s split into two trilogies, which are set hundreds of years apart and cops and a different set of protagonists. While the original trilogy was based around a medieval-esque fantasy world, this trilogy seems to have more of a steampunk vibe, which sounds like a blast. It also doesn’t hurt that these book are half the size of the previous trilogy, which makes finishing them before then end of the year a lot more realistic.


So, that was quite the haul, I still have a couple of pound left on Amazon, which I can tell you now will either go toward The Alloy of Law (Mistborn #4), Eight White Nights by Andre Aciman, or City of Ghosts by V.E. Schwab, depending on which one I’m most desperate for.


Have you read any of these, and what did you think? Are you collecting the HP House Editions, and what house are you in?


Thanks for reading!


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