Saturday, May 3, 2014

Hauling Books

Alternative Titles:
"Oops, I Bought Some Books"
"Show and Tell: Books Edition"
"Hannah Further Adds to Her Pile of Unread Books"
"I Don't Always Buy Books, But When I Do..."

 I love getting things that I've ordered in the post. It's like getting a present from myself. Especially if it a book. That's the best.

 A while ago, much to my excitement, I found out that I was one of the fourteen winners in a photo contest. The prize was a voucher for 50 euros.What did I spend most of it on? Books! What a surprise...

 I'm a big fan of the "Book Haul" posts and videos that other bookish people do. I thought it would be fun to do one myself! So here we go:

 I bought books from two different places:, and a used bookshop in my town.

 First off, here's what I bought from Book Depository:

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak - 8.00 ($11)
This is one of my favorite books (in the whole world ever), so I was really excited to finally buy my own copy (really, really excited).

The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson - 7.00 ($9.50)
Like I said in a previous post, I've been meaning to read more Christian fiction. This book is a fairy-tale retelling by a Christian author. It sounds really good!

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo - 11.00 ($15)
 I love Les Mis, so I thought I should give the book a try. It's a huge book, but I'm planning on reading it this summer. (Even though the cover art is pretty ugly. Dirty shoes? What?!)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith - 8.00 ($11)
I've heard a lot of good things about this classic. It sounds like a really sweet book, and I think I'm going to like it.

These next books are from the used bookshop in my town. The shop is tiny, but I always find some treasures there!

Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers - 1 ($1.38)
 I've always liked the Disney film version of this book, and after watching Saving Mr. Banks I was interested in reading the book. I was happy to spot this on the shelf!

Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne-
 This is a book of poetry by the author of Winnie-the-Pooh. I love this book, and I couldn't pass by such a pretty copy of it.

The Happy Prince & Other Stories by Oscar Wilde -
I've been wanting to read this for a long time. I've already read the first short story, "The Happy Prince" and really liked it. I'm sure the rest of the stories are just as good.

Horseradish by Lemony Snicket- 2.50 ($3.44)
This is a little book full of sayings and quotes by Lemony Snicket. He's practically the King of Quotes, so I figured this was bound to be brilliant.

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli- 2.50 ($3.44)
I bought this one because I had heard about it for years and it always sounded interesting to me. Plus, the gorgeously pink cover made it hard to pass up. I read it last month, and I absolutely adored it.

Altogether, these books cost 42, which is about 4.60 apiece.

“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
― Desiderius Erasmus

Have you read any of these books?



  1. LOVE book mail! "The Healer's Apprentice" is lovely, so hopefully you'll enjoy it. :-)

    - Grace

  2. I just finished Les Mis and absolutely adore it! I totally recommend it for you. Yes, it's a bit long, but I devoted my evenings to reading it and finished it in three weeks. It can be lengthy at times, but man, Victor Hugo writes so well. <3 If you love the musical, then you'll love the characters even more because they're so much more deep than in the plays/movie. I thought that Marius from the movie was boring since he was just lovesick for Cosette, but I read the book and now he's my favorite literary character. So, enough of my rant, read the book! :) Lovely post!

    1. Oh, that makes me even more excited to read it! I'll definitely have to make it a priority this summer :) Thanks for commenting!

  3. Yay for book hauls! :) And yes, getting things you've ordered through the mail is so awesome. I've read the first two of Melanie Dickerson's books and enjoyed them...I own the third but haven't read it yet. I'm so jealous that you found Horseradish! I had it on my Amazon wishlist for a while but finally took it off because it seems to be out of print. I'm always hoping to find a used copy somewhere. :) And personally, I love the first Mary Poppins book so much more than the movie. It's magical and there are so many lovely scenes that were left out. I hope to read the whole series at some point.

    1. Ah, that's a pity it's out of print! I hope you'll be able to find it. It seems to be a fun little book :) It's good to hear that you liked the Mary Poppins book! Thanks for the comment, Kristin!

  4. *le gasp* I've read a lot of those, but les mis!!!! ITS SO GOOD HANNAH. I loved it to death and then some. Absolutely one of the best books I've ever read.