I’ve picked up a few new books that I’d love to share with you today! My birthday was last week and not only was I gifted with some lovely books, I also went on a little shopping spree myself. One of my favorite things in the world to do is shop for used books — at thrift stores, second hand book shops, garage sales, you name it. I love finding book bargains! However, the pandemic hasn’t really allowed for that particular hobby to take place. So, for my birthday I decided to treat myself to a haul from ThriftBooks.com. Here’s what I picked up…
The Night She Died by Dorothy Simpson –
This is a British mystery featuring Detective Inspector Luke Thanet. I thought this would be a fun one to read around Thanksgiving or Christmas time because nothing says cozy to me like a procedural murder mystery!
Brazil by John Updike –
For some reason I’ve never gotten around to picking up this modern classic even though it’s been on my list forever. I think I’m going to pick this one up as soon as I finish my current read. I just can’t resist the 90s charm of this edition’s cover.
Matilda by Roald Dahl –
Just a childhood classic that I couldn’t resist for the price. I love all the illustrations by Quentin Blake and I’m happy to have this in my “formative books from my youth” collection.
The Martian by Andy Weir –
Another book that’s been on my list forever. I’ve of course seen the movie but I hear the book is even better. 😉 (Hard to imagine!) I’ve been craving more sci-fi set in space since reading The Sparrow and giving it a solid 5/5 stars.
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman –
I’ve also seen this movie… I’m not one of those people that feels like they have to read a book first. If anything, seeing film adaptations makes me MORE likely to pick up a book after the fact — usually encouraging me to read something I wouldn’t normally be drawn to. I feel like that’s the case with this one. The movie was so beautiful that I want to be re-transported to that world!
Kate: The Future Queen by Katie Nicholl –
I recently got it in my head that I want to have a little trio of books on my shelf — Diana, Kate, and Meghan — so that’s what this is for. When you’re thrifting your books on the super cheap, I feel like you can indulge in dumb whims. This is one of mine! LOL
Now let’s look at the books I was sweetly gifted…
The Honest Enneagram by Sarajane Case –
My mom sent this one over to me and it was something I had put on my birthday wish list. If you read my recent blog series on mental health practices based on enneagram types, you know I’m currently pretty obsessed. This is a fantastic resource!
This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay –
Another gift from my mom! This one is a memoir by a junior doctor on the NHS front line. My mom knows I’m drawn to any media about medicine and I can’t wait to dive into this one. I hear it is equal parts hilarious and heart wrenching.
Real Life by Brandon Taylor –
Finally, Real Life was a gift from my brother and sister-in-law. This one looks AMAZING and comes very highly recommended by many of my most trusted reviewers.
Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Have you acquired any new books lately?
6 thoughts on “Birthday Book Haul!”
Oh gosh i loved Matilda growing up! I cant wait to read those books to my kiddos!
i love a good book. thank you so much for the recs.
What a great list of books to try! I added Brazil to my list. I’m always needing some new suggestions so this is perfect. Happy Birthday too!
Thank you! 🙂
Eeee! Happy late Birthday! The Martian has been on my TBR list for forever as WELL annnnnd I just finished the Sparrow (and loved it!). Because of this I have to share a recent scifi read of mine that I finished in three sittings (because I could not put it down). I love a book with a good sense of humor and the title didn’t disappoint. It’s called ” The Code: If your AI loses its mind, can it take meds?” by Peter McAllister. In the future, humanity is using nano-bots to mine for resources on the moon. An AI in charge of the operation goes haywire and a top engineer is sent to fix things before it causes the destruction of the moon, and the world! The premise is very classic Sci-Fi, but there is more heart to it than a lot of others I have read. The interaction between that AI and the protagonist is so well thought out and engaging. It deals with very real themes and incorporates lots of tension and humor. I am eagerly awaiting a sequel. You can read more about it on the author’s website – https://www.petermcallisterauthor.com/
If you do end up checking it out I would love to hear what you think. You have great taste!