Saturday, 16 September 2017

Stacking the Shelves: August Book Haul Part 2

Stacking the Shelves is co-hosted by Reading Reality and Tynga's Reviews. This is part two of my massive August book haul. I did not have time to post last Saturday because my parents and I decided to visit the Battlefields of the Somme during the weekend and it turned out to be a truly impressive trip. Since I just finished writing my thesis on the First World War, I'm really interested in visiting the sites of remembrances in Belgium and France (I was already familiar with some of them before, though).

After handing in my thesis, I went to Het Paard van Troje in Ghent, a local bookshop and I got a "Let's talk about books, baby" tote bag and the following two books:

1. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

I already read this one and really enjoyed it! I wanted to pick this one up before the Netflix show comes out this autumn.

2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

I actually wanted to get The Bird's Nest by Shirley Jackson but they did not have in stock. So, I went with The Haunting of Hill House. Since reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, I've been wanting to read more of Jackson's work. Any recommendations are welcome!

The next day, I went to Ghent with a friend and I went book shopping again, I just couldn't resist!

3. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

I got this in a second-hand book shop in amazing condition!

Then we went to the Fnac and there was a 2 + 1 deal, so naturally, I got 6 books! :) I did get the feeling my friend thought I was completely nuts and she did not buy any books as she's got a lot at home she still needs to read and still needs to read all of mine as well... what?

4. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

5. #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso 

Because I really liked the Netflix show!

6. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

I've only read Animal Farm by Orwell and I need to change that asap!

7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton 

8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I have yet to read my first Steinbeck novel.

9. The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

Every Sunday morning if the weather is nice, there is a second-hand book fair in Ghent. I got the following books for really cheap there:

10. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Only after I got it, I noticed somebody had written on the pages.

11. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

I got a very beat-up copy of this book.

12. Shirley by Charlotte Brontë

I got this one in a very old penguin classics edition, Jungle Book as well.

13. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

14. The Shadow of the Wind (El cementerio de los libros olvidados #1) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

I know own this book in English, Spanish and Dutch, it's about time I try to read it too!

Which books did you recently get? Have you read any of the ones mentioned above or are you planning to? Leave your thoughts down below!

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  1. Great haul! I still need to watch Girlboss, but I'm never really in the mood for it because I've got so many other series to watch, too. I read 1984 I hope you'll enjoy it, too.

    Happy Reading!

    Here's my Stacking The Shelves.

    xx Yasmine @ Swissbookworm

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed Girlboss and the episodes are quite short, which is something I'm looking for more and more these days. I hope you get the chance to watch it too!

  2. What a relief it must be to have your thesis turned in! I hope everything goes well with it from here. That's cool that you were able to visit the Battlefields of the Somme. I would love to do that someday.

    The Historian was one of my favorite books the year I read it. It's so good. I hope you enjoy it too! I also really liked 1984. And The Outsiders is so good! I read that along with most of S.E. Hinton's books when I was growing up. I couldn't get enough of them.

    I hope you enjoy all of your new books! Looks like you have many good ones there! Have a great weekend.

    1. It's definitely a relief! And I actually just found out I passed my thesis with distinction! I still can't quite believe it!

      You should definitely visit the Somme! My visit was truly amazing!

      I'm so excited to read The Historian! I've heard great things! Hoping to get to 1984 and the Outsiders soon!

      Have a great weekend as well!

    2. Congratulations, Lynn! What awesome news!

    3. Thank you! I think so too!

  3. Wow, you got tons of new stuff! I'd not heard of any of these before. Actually I'd heard of The Jungle Book, but I'd never read it. :D I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Have a great weekend, Lynn. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Thank you! Have a great weekend as well, Alyssa!

  4. I want to read #GirlBoss for the same reason. The show was so awesome. I wish they had renewed it.

    1. Me too! I'm still sad about that, although I'm glad they renewed Sense8 for another episode or two, because that was just heart breaking!

  5. I've only read Animal Farm too and I would love to read 1984 someday!

    Here’s my Stacking the Shelves!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. Congratulations on finishing your thesis! What a huge relief. So happy for you. Enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. :)

  7. You have some great grabs here! I haven't read that Atwood one, but I've seen it around so much lately, it's like everyone's reading it. I hope you'll enjoy it!
    Ooh, and the Historian! Haven't read it yet, but I think mayve I should? I think I should at least definitely recommend it to my mom. Actually, I just did.
    I have to say, I really REALLY did not enjoy The Shadow of the Wind, with a passion almost. But I hope you will :) Have a great reading week!

    1. Thank you, Evelina! I really enjoyed Alias Grace! Hope to read The Historian soon! Have a great reading week as well!

  8. You added some great books, Lynn! I loved The Historian when I read is years ago. I have several more of these on my tbr list. Happy reading!

    1. Thank you! A lot of people seem to love The Historian, so now I'm even more excited it to read it!