Category Archives: Hauls & Purchases



Lately I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers and youtubers have been focused on having happier and healthier surroundings and it’s made me think a lot about my own possessions, particularly my books. I share a bedroom with my sister so I have quite a limited space and don’t want to clog that up with novels that I don’t love. One day I’ll have a room lined with bookcases full of books to choose from but I want those choices to be of quality so I’ve decided to narrow down my current collection.

So from now on I’m going to be posting unhauls as well as hauls (I’m not putting myself on a book buying ban or anything). My unhauls will contain mini reviews of the books I’m getting rid of and will explain why I didn’t like them and who I think may like it better. Some of the books will be ones that I actually love but have bought a prettier edition of so it won’t be all negative.

One of the other reasons I’m doing this is to get through some of the books that have been on my to-read list for years that I own but for some reason or another haven’t picked up yet. I just feel like that’s a bit silly and that I might be missing out on something wonderful that’s only a few feet away from me. Maybe a new favourite will come of this project!

If you’d like to do this too I’d love to hear about it, I’ll be using #projectunhaul on all of my social medias and feel free to link to your posts.


Birthday & Christmas Haul

I know that this up a bit late but I wanted to show you the beautiful books I was given for my birthday and then two weeks later, for Christmas. These are among the prettiest volumes I’ve ever owned and I’m very happy to have them on my shelves. I just need people to coo over them with me and nobody loves a good haul like you guys.

I Heart Christmas by Lindsey Kelk: The I Heart series is about a woman in her twenties called Angela who runs away to New York after the breakup of a relationship. This is the sixth in the series and I’m still lapping them up. Most of the I Heart series are more summer reads and I’ve read most of them on holidays but this one is obviously a bit different. I’ve really enjoyed seeing her New York life develop,

I actually read my sister’s copy last year and when she was given another copy this year she passed it along to me. Aren’t I lucky!

The Hundred and One Dalmatians  & The Town In Bloom by Dodie Smith: I’ve you’ve read this blog before then you’ll know that I’m a massive fan of I, Capture the Castle and so I thought it was about time I explored her other works. The former became the very famous Disney movie and is supposed to be a charming children’s story while the latter is another coming of age tale.

English As She Is Spoke: My boyfriend got me this as I’m an English Language nerd. It’s a quite famous book for being a genuine language guide that is completely useless and wrong. The entries are hilarious for example “Do not might one’s understand to speak.” I feel so bad for anyone who attempted to use this, it would be like if somebody tried to learn English from Google Translate.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery: This edition is part of the Puffin in Bloom series and it is beautiful. I’ve not read Anne before but I adore coming of age stories and I know that it is a lot of people’s favourite book growing up. I can’t wait to read it.

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton: I’d wanted to read it anyway but when Waterstones released this edition after it won their book of the year I needed to have it as soon as possible. It’s gorgeous and as it’s clothbound it’s really nice to the touch. It looks stunning and really stands out next to my other books.

Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and illustrated by Roc Upchurch: This year I would like to read more comics and have heard lots of good things about this so it should be a pretty good place to start. It seems to portray women really well too which is something that’s really important to me.

More Fool Me by Stephen Fry: I’m a big fan of his and have read his previous memoir The Fry Chronicles but not the one before that which is Moab is My Washpot. This volume follows the end of The Fry Chronicles and tells the story of the 80’s-90’s when his career was starting to take off. I’m hoping to read lots of tales of behind the scenes of Blackadder and A Bit of Fry and Laurie. There might even be a bit of QI in there too!


I’m extremely happy with these new additions to by bookcase and can’t wait to get stuck into them throughout the year. I would love to hear what you think of them and what you received under your tree.


Summer Book Haul! | Book Haul No. 1

So last post I said that I don’t have any money to spend on books, or well on anything and that is still true but I may have spent some anyway. (Shh!) In my defence I haven’t bought any books in ages and these were all on sale or from a charity shop.


I paid £14.95 for all of them except for the two on the end which I think is really good. They’re from the clearance sale at W.H Smiths where each of them were either £2 or £1. These are for good quality non-damaged books!! Seriously, how was I supposed to say “no” to that?!

The Snow Child and When God was a Rabbit were also from W.H Smiths but they were a part of a buy-one-book-full-price-get-one-for-£1 deal. Also completely worth it as these have been on my to-read list for ages!


This is one of the books I got from a charity shop. I love A Little Princess by the same author and I also own The Secret Garden which I haven’t read yet. I do adore the ’90’s movie version though. Both charity shop books were 50p which is pretty good.

Also, is it just me or does the Prince look quite a lot like The Zefron?!


I don’t really know too much about this one but I have been wanted to source out books that contain elements of herbology and this one has that combined with the Salem witch trials. Should be interesting…


This was £1 and written by Stephen Fry’s “wife.” I HAD to get it.


I would have preferred to get this in hardback but it doesn’t matter too much. I love David Mitchell and I hope this is full of stories of him as a child dressing up as various knights, kings and lords.


I picked this one up purely because I’ve heard so much praise for it from many booktubers and bloggers. I want to get into science fiction too so its perfect.


This is supposed to be spectacular so I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’m a massive fan of fairy-tale esque folk-lore and this sounds very intriguing.


This has gotten a lot of attention as well. I love books that centre around siblings growing up together and I’ve got a feeling that there’s something magical about this story.


This one actually came from The Works. They have a deal where you can get three for £5 but I only wanted this one. It was only £2.99! The paper that the cover is made of is gorgeous to touch and everything about it is stunning. I’ve wanted to get my hands on this for a while now so I’m really happy that I finally own it.

Its fairy-tale esque and set in Bolshevik Russia. That excites me to no end as I’m a history nut as well as a fairy-tale fan. Yay!


I’m very happy with this haul as they were all cheap and most of them were on my to-read list. Saying that, I don’t think there will be another one for a while!

What do you think of the books I bought? Let me know which books you have bought this summer too and feel free to direct me to your blog posts!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

My Mumma recently visited an Oxfam bookshop and brought back two different editions of The Chamber of Secrets for me. I’m a massive Potterhead and I’ve decided to start collecting different editions, particularly from other countries. This French edition is the first one that I’ve gotten my hands on.


I’d never seen the one on the right before but I really like the sort of ’60’s vibe it gives off. It seems to have been published in 1999 so I believe it may have been part of an early Adult version of the series. Do any of you know?

The French editions have truly terrible covers but it’s funny that the illustrator decided to go for the traditional wizard look with the tall, black and pointy almost puritan looking hats. Here’s a close up:


Poor Hermione has been completely shafted out of the picture!

I have actually attempted to read the first chapter but it is definitely going to be a long and probably slightly frustrating process. For example I knew that Uncle Vernon was having eggs for breakfast but I had to use the other book to find out which kind. (For the record it was fried.) Perhaps this will be a good incentive to prevent my GCSE French skills from getting dusty!


– Kayla x