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Saturday, 2 February 2019

First Book Haul of 2019

As an avid book lover, it surprises me to say that in 2018, I bought myself one book. For the whole year! Now, normally I spend half my life in Waterstones, browsing the shelves and seeing what's new. But for some reason, I just became a bit disinterested in reading last year, only reading ten books all year. This year, I vowed to read more books, and this seems to have reignited my love for a little wander into Waterstones, and just a few short weeks into the year, I've amassed a small stash of new books to add to my bookcase.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post - Emily M. Danforth
This was a recommendation from Georgia, one of my current favourite YouTubers (if you love True Crime, then her Midweek Mystery videos will be right up your street). The cover was enough to sell it to me, I mean how gorgeous is this book. The Miseducation of Cameron Post tells the story of Cameron, who's parents die on the same night that she kisses a girl. The story that follows tells of her battling with the cost of being her true self, despite living with her conservative aunt who tries to "correct" her. This sounds like a lovely story, telling you how a girl comes to accept her true self. Apparently, it's full of some beautiful writing too - I can't wait to dive in!

This Is Going to Hurt - Adam Kay
I'd seen this all over Instagram and heard amazing things about it from Alice. This book is the secret diaries of a junior doctor working in the NHS and by all accounts it's a real eye-opener. I don't often read non-fiction, but I'm trying to make a conscious effort to pick up a few more this year and I feel like this might be one to get me started. I tend to like books written in diary entries, as they make it easier for me to pick up and read in short bursts. I'm really looking forward to this one!

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
Another recommendation from Alice - that girl has already been on quite the reading journey this year, it's keeping me motivated for sure! I love historical fiction, especially that set around World War Two, as it's always been a period of history that I've been really interested in. I have a feeling this one will pull on the heartstrings even more than others in the genre though. The Tattooist of Auschwitz tells the tale of Lale Sokolov, who is given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival in the Auschwitz concentration camp. While working there, he falls in love with a woman waiting in line to be tattooed, and he makes it his duty to make sure that she survives the atrocities to come. I can already feel the tears starting to brew.

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
This one I've seen online for a while and I've picked it up a few times in store too. I just was drawn to the front cover and title. Then, I finally read the blurb and it just had to come home with me. This book tells the story of Evelyn Hardcastle, who has been murdered hundreds of times, and each day, Aiden Bishop is too late to save her. In order to stop this cycle, he has to identify her killer, but every day he wakes in the body of a different party guest but someone is determined to stand in his way. If that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will.

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
I heard Anna from The Anna Edit raving about Celeste Ng a lot last year and while I was perusing the books on offer in Waterstones, I figured I'd see what all the fuss was about. This book follows Mia and her daughter Pearl, who rent a house in the suburb of Shaker Heights from the Richardson family. The four Richardson children are drawn to the new mother-daughter pair, but Mia doesn't quite fit in with the carefully ordered community. Then when the Richardsons' friends try to adopt a Chinese-American baby, it sparks a divide in the town, placing Mia and Mrs Richardson on opposing sides. There are then secrets for Mia to hide, and an obsession for Mrs Richardson to discover the truth, at whatever cost. I can't wait to jump into this one!

So they are the five books I've picked up recently. I'm having a fairly good reading year so far (I know, I know, it is still only February, but still!) and I'm hoping that these books will continue to fuel my fire.

What are some books that you've picked up recently that you can't wait to read? Have you read any of these?

Love Lexie


  1. Some fab reads! I love a mooch around Waterstones, I think that's what I'll be doing on Friday for some more reads! I'm reading One Day in December at the moment xx

    1. It’s one of my favourite things to do - I didn’t go into Waterstones enough last year! Oh, I’ve heard a lot about that book. Let me know what you think xx

  2. SO many great books. I loved Little Fires Everywhere and Evelyn Hardcastle & The Tattooist are both on my TBR list.

    1. Can’t wait to get stuck into them. Prepared for all the emotions from The Tattoist.

  3. They all look great - but I can only read when I'm actually away on holiday otherwise I cant concentrate! Heard loads about the Tattooist especially.

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