I’ve accumulated quite a lot of books lately. My reading mojo is super high and I’m thoroughly enjoying writing more book related blog content again too. I even wrote a couple of BOOK REVIEWS last month. I know right? Say what? It appears we’ve gone back to 2015 again.

ad – some books featured in this post were sent to me in exchange for reviews and features in separate blog posts. These books will be specified with an (*).

I have no intention of writing book reviews on a regular basis but book related content will 100% become a regular feature going forward. I always aim for at least one book related blog post a month. But today I have a super simple book haul to share with you. Partially because I couldn’t think of anything else, partially because well, I’ve bought books.

I did another book haul post earlier on in the year and it did really well, so I’m excited to share this one with you too and see if you’ve read any of these books I’ve mentioned here.

Here is a little selection of the books I’ve received recently, my thoughts if I’ve read them and my anticipation for those I haven’t!

Glittering A Turd by Kris Hallenga 

This deserves a mention first because I absolutely adored this book and was looking forward to reading it for a number of months before I finally got my hands on it for my birthday this year. For those that don’t know, Kris Hallenga is the founder of CoppaFeel! – breast cancer charity, aimed at providing education to young people about how to check their breasts awareness of breast cancer in young people.

Kris, having been diagnosed herself with terminal cancer but still living and thriving, has a lot of life lessons and wisdom to offer the reader. This book delves into her own cancer story as well as how CoppaFeel! was founded and the exponential growth of the charity. I flew through this book – 100% worth a read.

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

This book is a perfect example of what I was talking about in my post titled 8 Books the Internet Made Me Buy. I well and truly bought this because I’d seen so many book bloggers I like talk about it. I actually picked this up in Tesco when I went to get my Mum a few books for her birthday. Came out with this for myself instead. Whoops.

Dog Poems 

This sweet little book of dog poems was a gift from my Dad last month, when he went into Waterstones for something and picked it up on a whim. Some of the poems in here are really beautiful and from some incredibly famous and talented poets and writers. If you love dogs or know someone that does, this would make a lovely little Christmas gift.

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

So remember back in the first lockdown when everyone was sharing their Amazon wish lists and we were all being super cute and buying each other gifts? Well this book was on my wish list from that time and I had completely forgotten about it until my birthday in September, when I received an Amazon gift voucher and was reminded of my wish-list. Really looking forward to this one.

Update: I’ve now read this one and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t blown away by it. Of course it’s a very sensitive and important subject but it didn’t pack the punch I thought it would.

You’re Going To Be a Dad!*

I was recently sent this book to feature on my blog in my post First Time Dad’s: What They Wish They Knew. This book is a FANTASTIC resource for new Dad’s and I would highly recommend checking it out or checking out my review in that post if you know someone who’s going to be a new Dad soon!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

The same thing happened with this one as it did with This Is Where It Ends and the Amazon Wish List. I’d completely forgot I even wanted to read this book and that it was sitting in my Amazon Wish List until my birthday in September but I’m glad I remembered it because I’m really looking forward to reading this one – sounds right up my street!

Update: Currently reading this now and oh my GOD what a book! I am absolutely hooked.

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

Although I don’t read as many Thrillers as I used to, they still hold a special place in my heart and I love delving into the twists and turns of a good Thriller every now an again. The Shadow Man sounded great so I hope it’s as creepy and thrilling as the cover, title and tag line indicates it’s going to be!

Update: The Shadow Man is a BRILLIANT Thriller. I read this so quickly – absolutely loved it.

I also mistakenly added Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo to the photos for this post, which actually isn’t a new book, I’ve had it on my shelf for months but just haven’t read it yet. Not sure how it made it’s way into this post – whoops.

So that’s my most recent little haul of books! Have you read any of these? What did you think? Let me know!

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  1. I always love seeing people’s book hauls! Reading is such a good way to pass the time. I’m actually itching to get new books again which I might do oat the end of the year when I reach my reading goal.🙂 It’d be my reward to myself for meeting my challenge.

  2. I love that there is book content turning up on your blog again (like you didn’t guess I’d be all for that!). I’m glad you enjoyed The Shadow Man – I’m like that as well with thrillers at the moment, but at least that rewarded your attempt at giving them another go. Great mix of books here, although sorry not all lived up to your expectations.

  3. I love the sound of that wee Dog Poem book your dad got you. Noy just because it’s a poetry book, but because of the sentiment behind it. How cute of you daddy to think of you! Also can’t wait to read Glittering a Turd!

  4. Yes, I want to read the Vanishing Half cause of Bookstagram, Booktok, and Book Bloggers! They’ve all raved about it, but I still haven’t had the chance to give it a read yet. I hope you like it. I haven’t heard of any of the other books, but they seem really interesting! Great post, I love knowing what people are reading xx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

  5. These books are all new to me and I just love hearing about new books to read. It’s a dangerous thing to love reading as it’s an endless hobby lol. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts on the books! I love the fact that there is a great book out there for new dads. I hear a lot about resources for moms, so it’s awesome there is something out there for dads too 🙂

  6. I have read and really enjoyed The Vanishing Half! Thanks for introducing me to the others – Gilttering a Turd sounds like a must read!

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