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Saturday, 29 February 2020

Exploring Foyles | London Book Haul

For my birthday this year, Stephen surprised me with a trip to London. In true bookworm style, my mind instantly went to the book shopping I would be able to do! I've always wanted to visit Foyles after seeing it online - it looked like a book lover's heaven! Safe to say, I fell in love as soon as I stepped foot inside the four floor bookstore, and I may have made a couple of purchases.

Upon stepping into the flagship store in Charing Cross, you are surrounded by more books than you could imagine. It's brightly lit and inviting, organised clearly by genre, with floors for fiction, non-fiction and everything in between. I was like a child in a sweet shop! I went in thinking carefully about the different books I might want to pick up, trying to opt for choices that I haven't seen in bookstores at home. This has meant that I've come home with some different titles, which I am so excited to read.

Sword of Destiny and Blood of Elves - Andrzej Sapkowski
These were total cover buys - I can't lie. Stephen replaced my first book in The Witcher series with the beautiful new covers for Valentine's Day this year, and we made it our mission to try and find some more of these beautiful covers as they seem to be few and far between. We managed to find both Sword of Destiny and Blood of Elves, meaning that I have now replaced all the books I owned so far. I've talked about the premise of these books in my first book haul of the year, which you can read here, and I now can't wait to continue reading and collecting these gorgeous covers. The complete collection will be something else!

All The Birds In The Sky - Charlie Jane Anders
This tells the story of a pair of childhood friends who parted ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But then as adults, the universe seems intent on bringing them back together, to either save the world or to end it. I've seen this mentioned in a few different places online, and thought that it sounded really interesting. A little bit of magical realism, a little sci-fi, a little fantasy - ideal for someone who is trying to explore different genres. 

Final Girls - Riley Sager
This is one that has been all over BookTube for the longest time, but I'd never spotted any Riley Sager in my local bookstores. When I spotted this one, I knew it had to come home with me. I love a mystery thriller, and this sounds like it could be quite the ride. We follow three girls who each are allocated by the media to the one club that no one wants to belong to - the Final Girls. They each have survived something tragic. Understandably, each girl wants to put their nightmares behind them, and despite the best efforts of the media, they have never met. However, when one of the Final Girls ends up dead, and the other turns up on the third girl's doorstep, you know things are going to get crazy.

Bunny - Mona Awad
This is one that I saw on Kayla's channel, and she loved it! It sounds weird and wacky and I can't wait to get stuck into it. Samantha is an outsider at university, until she receives an invitation to join the "Bunnies", a clique of rich girls who all call each other Bunny. As Samantha ditches her one friend, and heads further down the rabbit hole (see what I did there), she gets herself embroiled in some sinister situations. I love the sound of this!

The Furies - Katie Lowe
The last book I picked up is The Furies by Katie Lowe. Becca from Becca And The Books read an advanced reader copy of this, and I was gutted that it wasn't available for me to read. I'd seen the hardcover, but I'm a paperback lover, so this was one of the first books to jump into my hands. We have an all-girls boarding school, a death, a mystery - yes please! People know what has happened to this murdered girl, but no one is willing to talk about it, so we as readers are going to be left picking up the pieces. I love the idea of this, and am really enjoying my mystery thrillers at the moment.

So these were my staycation purchases. I am so happy to have some new additions to my shelves, and to have finally experienced Foyles for myself. Have you been to Foyles?

Love Lexie

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