It’s going to be small haul this month… or the was the plan for this haul anyway, but you know what they say about the best laid plans…
I’d Die For You and Other Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald
At the very beginning of the month I was still in Paris, and made a point to visit the famed Shakespeare and Co. where I picked up this book, and the next one. I almost bought this earlier this year in hardcover because it’s to pretty, but I’m glad I waited. Its been a hot minute since I’ve last read any Fitzgerald, but I’m eager to change that, and am looking forward to exploring this collection of previously unpublished short stories. Each story appears to have a short introduction, and original hand-written pages, drawings and photographs are sprinkled throughout.
The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
I read On The Road during my final year of university, not for class, and though I wasn’t completely in love there’s something rather charming about the Beat generation, my love steaming unabashedly from the film Kill Your Darlings, and adaptation of And Then the Hippos Were Boiled in their Tanks. I know very little bout The Dharma Bums, other than I see it quoted almost as often as On The Road, so I figured it might be a good one to pick up. Part of me wanted to get the typescript edition of On the Road but knew I would never read it, so this was my second choice. Plot wise, I guess I’ll let you know in a wrap up.
Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, and Morry Hollowell
As you know I love my graphic novels, and while I haven’t been reading very much Marvel, I want to change that. Though I don’t read a lot of Marvel, I’m a huge, huge, fan of the MCU, particularly Captain America… well, technically Bucky, but Steve’s there too, and he’s cool, I guess. This was cheap, and Civil War is one of my favourites, and if you’ve missed the general lot of this, it deals with the fallout from the actions of superheroes. The government wan’t all heroes to register themselves, essentially creating a government run program, but this creates a divide between your favourite Marvel characters.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt, narrated by the author
This is a book that has been on my TBR for the longest time, even after I got rid of my TBR this was one of the first books back on it. The book follows a group of students at an American University who are set on an usual course of education as they find themselves under the tutorship of an eccentric Greek professor. I believe there’s some sort of murder or death, but all I know for sure is that I have seen far too many beautiful boards on Tumblr inspired by this book to pass it up.
Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
Without a doubt one of my most anticipated books of the year came in the beautiful form of Vengeful. I pre-orderd the Forbidden Planet signed edition, which was a UK hardback, and then spoiled myself rotten with the Illumicrate Mischief and Magic, Vengeful box, in which there was an exclusive UK edition, also signed. I guess you could say that I have plenty of copies on Vengeful at the moment. Vengeful is the sequel 5 years in the making, where to pick it back up with our favourite super villains (or are they superheroes) from the first book, dog included.
How the Duke Was Won (The Disgraceful Dukes #1) by Lenora Bell
It’s not very often you see me haul straight up romances and yet here we are. I was ill, and feeling sorry for myself, and so the cure to that was (obviously) a nice, smutty, historical romance novel. And, yes it did help that it was only £1.99 on Kindle. The book has a split POV between the Duke, who invites four women to his estate with the intention of making one his wife, and Charlene, a courtesan who impersonates one of the girls invited, who happens to be her half-sister. I read this as soon as I bought it, so you can expect to see it popping up in my next wrap-up. Coming to you soon!
Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After #1) by Tessa Dare
Why have one duke when you can have two? I wanted the second book in the previous series, but this was cheeper, and I am a cheapskate, so we’ve got this one instead. As these books are stand alone, I read the third book, When a Scot Ties the Knot, around this time last year, coincidentally. I remember enjoying it, but it did give me butterflies like a good ramose should, still I knew the writing would be decent and here I am. This follows Izzy, who’s given up on romance until she’s invited to a gothic castle to collect an inheritance, and runs into a Duke, who’s she (presumably) begins to romance. Sounds like it should be a hoot.
Since I’m starting my MA this month, I also picked up some books for school… The Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, Shirley and The Professor, both by Charlotte Brontë, Le Mort Darthur by Thomas Malory, and Tales of Glass Town, Angria, and Gondal by the Brontë’s. You’ll (hopefully) see theses pop up in my wrap-ups but let me know if you want to see hauls for them too. Or any other MA content!
Questions for you: Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think? What did you buy this month?
Thanks for reading