April Book Haul!

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Spring is here, and with it a new will to be more active! Despite the very busy schedule, lately I’ve been trying to make more time for personal time, which means I am trying to get back to my books, be open to new adventures, be more active and do sport, but also to sit down and take time to meditate (or at least try). There have been a few changes in my life that I am slowly getting accustomed to.

To get back to the point of this post, April is the month I return to my love for literature. With so many beautiful finds, I am excited for May’s reads and for any new book discoveries I may come across.

Note that I am including both my boyfriend’s and mine- as we share books! 🙂

First of all, we were lucky to have a little time – an hour to be more precise, to wander around the book fair that took place about a week ago in the central square. I found these two beautiful editions of A room with a view and Foe, but I am new to both authors. It appears that most of the books we got this time are by authors we are not familiar with. But that makes it more fun!

IMG_0055At the same fair, my boyfriend choose the Poe collection, since he loves everything design and the cover caught his eye (we probably already have more Poe books than we should), but he also got Solaris at a local bookstore, a classic that he has been meaning to read for a while now. Continue reading “April Book Haul!”

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August Book Haul!

Hello guys! I’m back from my vacation (which you’ll read about soon) and ready to show you what I bought in the last month of summer (buhuu). I did spend quite some time with my boyfriend in a bookstore in our hometown, but when we arrived in Milan (spoiler alert), we probably spend hours and hours at Feltrinelli (a big bookstore chain in Italy) and other independent bookshops. Therefore, here are all the book I bought on our bookish adventures! P.S.: I sorted them after publisher house, series, or language, so it will be easier to talk about them.

Books I bought at home

J.R.R. Tolkien books. I recently read The Hobbit, so of course I have to keep going discovering the wonderful universe created by Tolkien. I received The Silmarillion from my BF (awesome random gift! #relationshipgoals), but The Fellowship of the Ring I bought myself. I decided that late autumn would be the perfect time to read these books, for some reason, so I’m saving them for that time of the year.

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IMG_0110IMG_0111Signet Classics. My boyfriend and I love the Signet Classics we recently discovered existed! Lately, we’ve been buying more books from them. This month, I bought The Decameron, which I’ve been meaning to get into for a while, and Crime and Punishment, which I read a few years back, but would want to re-read, now that I’m older (and grown up? -maybe). Their covers are simple, but so nice, and the price is really affordable for a couple of crazies who can’t stop buying books and stationary.


Books I bought in Italy (Milan)

Art-related books. We visited a lot of museums and collections in Milan, but the most beautiful was The Brera Gallery (also known as Pinacoteca di Brera). We got a book about the Gallery itself, so we would explore its history a little bit more, and I also got a little book about Hayez, since he is an artist I don’t know anything about.  I also got a beautiful bookmark which depicts a close-up of the famous Hayez painting, The Kiss.

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Penguin books. At Feltrinelli I bought Alice Adventures in Wonderland, to add to the beautiful Penguin English Library Editions I already own (featured here).
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The photo session was going well, until Tilda cat decided to interrupt. She’s such a camera lovers, you can’t stop her!

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Still by Penguin, I got Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down. It’s my first book by Hornby. If you follow my Instagram or Goodreads, you know that I read this book in three days and loved it! (spoiler alert: a review is coming soon, so stay tuned!)

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Collins Classics. I saw the movie Twelve Years a Slave, I liked it, but I am curious to read the book.

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A beautiful Vintage book. I almost bought J from BookDepository a few months ago, but then decided not to, since I was short on money. Now, as soon as I saw it, I decided to get it. P.S.: the Vintage books are so beautiful!

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Books in Italian. These two book have nothing in common, except they’re both in Italian. La Schimia di Hartlepool I got because I loved the cover and the style. Poesia in forma di Rosa caught my eye because I didn’t know Pasolini wrote poetry, and thought I would love to read it.IMG_0095


These are all the books I got in August. For now, I am planning on not buying any more books. My TBR list is long enough, I don’t have that much space left on my bookshelves, and I spent enough money on books this year. Probably I won’t be doing a Book Haul post for a while, but there will be reviews and Wrap Ups, and other (hopefully) interesting posts I am working on.

Questions for you: What books did you get this month? Do you ever feel like you have enough books for the time being, or do you think there is no such thing as too many books?

May Book Haul | 2015

I got a random selection of books in June, but they are all books and/or authors that I’ve been meaning to read for a while. No wrap-up this month either, since I haven’t finished any book in June (oops!). I did, on the other hand, started reading The Hobbit, which I enjoy more than I thought I will, and Diary of a Genious by Dali, which is a total blast and fun/funny read! But, back to the book haul, here’s what I got this month book-wise:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Continue reading “May Book Haul | 2015”

May Book Haul!

May was the month of book presents! I don’t think I ever bought & received so many books in such a short period of time. Not that I’m complaining, though. I was just sad I didn’t have any time to read them immediately. But, as I said, I’m done with university. Well, at least the most difficult part.

For my birthday my awesome friend gave me a bunch of Little Black Classics books. Then, my boyfriend also gave me a bunch of Little Black Classics books for my birthday. They didn’t plan on it, and they still somehow got different books, so I have no doubles! You know how much I love this collection, so to see it grow substantially warmed my little book lover heart.

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On the same occasion, I received from my boyfriend(again), a beautiful copy of Emma by Jane Austen, and the 50th Anniversary Edition of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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I also spoiled myself with some books from Book Depository. When I saw that Amy Poehler’s Yes Please was on sale, I had to get it. I also got a book I don’t know much about, but which sounds interesting, Child of the Holocaust by Jack Kuper. Another book I got was Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. After reading his non-fiction book Underground, which I reviewed here, I decided to buy more of his work.

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Since I didn’t have any time to read once I got into work-mode for university assignments and my thesis, I decided there’s no point in making a separated Monthly Wrap Up blog post. I started reading Kafka on the Shore almost immediately after I bought it, and I was so angry that I had to interrupt my reading because I love it so much. I am picking it up again today. I also tried to re-read To Kill a Mockingbird for the TKAM [re]read which took place between 21st and 31st of May, but about halfway through I had to give up. After spending all day working at the PC, my brain was tired and all I did was fall asleep immediately.

Now that I’m recovering from the workaholic zombie coma, I don’t even know what book to get my hands on. I have a few more pages of TKAM, and I still have to finish Murakami’s book. But more books await on this well deserved two month summer break! I also made a Summer Reading List, if you haven’t seen it, check it out, maybe it will inspire you, or maybe you have some suggestions for me, which I will definately appreciate!

That being said, I’m going back to reading.

Thank you to everyone for sticking around although there was a lack of content this past few weeks. I will do my best to make up for it!

Have a good day,

Jo.

April Book Haul!

I am going to keep this post short, and quickly tell you what I bought this month.

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Since there was a book festival in my hometown, I bought a few books there, but I have to admit that I was dissapointed with this year’s edition. I hoped for more good deals and more books to choose from. Also, there were way too many religious book stands…

First time I went to the book fair I bought two classics, since I’m into classics now apparently.

1. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

IMG_00622. Heart of Darkness and Other Stories by Joseph Conrad

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Both of these two are from Wordworth Classics.

I went to the book fest again another day with my mother and she bought me two books, which I haven’t heard before, but they seem interesting. They are both by Romanian authors. They are not translated in English (to my knowledge) so I won’t name them here (you can see them in the photo).

The last two books are additions to my Little Black Classics collection. It’s slowly growing, guys. If you don’t know what the Penguin Little Black Classic collection is, check more about it here. I bought these two this month:

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  1. Come Close by Sappho
  2. Leonardo da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari

In ebook form I bought:

  1. Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
  2. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly

So that makes eight books this month. Curious to see what May brings 🙂 It’s also my b-day so fingers crossed for a lot of books!

Have you read any of these books? Comment below to share your thoughts!