Tuesday, 3 January 2012

January Book Haul

I decided that this year I was going to spend some of my Christmas money on books since I never get any for Christmas. I know, poor me. The truth is everyone is afraid to buy me books in case I have read them. I am sure most of you are the same. The good thing is that I get to pick out my own. Most of the books I bought were related to book challenges I had joined. I'm not going to bore you by listing which books belong to which challenge as I have mentioned them already in previous posts. Here is a list of what's in the photograph though.

Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Zoo City - Lauren Beukes
King Solomon's Mines - H. Rider Haggard
The White Road - John Connolly
Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
Dracula - Bram Stoker

Shockingly there is only one book in that pile that doesn't belong to a challenge and that's John Connolly. This is the fourth book in his crime series. I probably could have read them all by now but I am trying to savour them.

The two very pretty books at the bottom are Penguin Clothbounds. The truth is I could have gotten away with not buying them. I have plenty of classics sitting there that I could have read in place of Gaskell. Plus I have an electronic version of Dracula (I was shocked to discover during the clear out I had that I didn't actually have a physical copy of one of my favourite books). I couldn't resist treating myself to two of these beautiful books. I also realised during my clear out that I didn't own any Austen's other than P&P. I forgot it was my mum's copies I had originally read. When I decide which Austen I am going to re-read I have no doubt it will be one of these editions.


  1. Penguin Clothbounds! They are beautiful :). Also, I kind of forgot there was a Penguin Clothbound edition of Dracula, and now I think I need it because my copy is really old and crappy (I'm pretty sure its a Wordsworth Edition) Must not buy, must not buy...

  2. I am going to be the bad one and say BUY IT! It's so pretty!!!!!! If I could I would own them all just about (I did have Dorian Gray but gave it away because I was not a fan of the book).

  3. Oh pretty editions. I'm a sucker for Vintage Classics covers though so I buy them for my favourites (and their spines handily match the colour of my bookcases).

    I got books from secret santas but family gave me money/vouchers so I can choose my own.

  4. I love the Vintage Classics covers too and those are the ones I usually go for. Have a growing collection of them. Having them match your bookcases is handy. Hope you have fun spending your vouchers.

  5. Those Penguin clothbounds are gorgeous. I've had the whole set sitting in my Amazon wishlist for months - I keep adding them to my basket then taking them out again! If only I could win the lottery, I'd buy them all! You should definitely get a couple of the Jane Austens though -the clothbound Sense and Sensibility in particular is really pretty.