I bought more books. I already have so many books to read on my bookshelves, but I still bought more - 9 more to be precise!
So here are the books I purchased during January! Please let me know what you thought of them in the comments below.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I've seen heaps of reviews of this book, and it stands out to me as a book that I'll just love.
Cath & Wren are identical twins and until recently they did absolutely everything together. No they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one of the pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She would rather bury herself in the fanfiction she writers where there's romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.
Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realising that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible...
A tale of fanfiction, family and first love.
Girl Online by Zoe Sugg
I admit, I haven't seen many of Zoella's videos prior to the purchase of this book, but the premise of this book sounds really good and I've seen lots of great reviews for it.
Penny has a secret.
Under the alias Girl Online, Penny blogs her hidden feelings about friendship, boys, her crazy family and the panic attacks that have begun to take over her life. When things go from bad to worse, her family whisks her away to New York, where she meets Noah: a gorgeous, guitar-strumming American. Suddenly Penny is falling in love - and capturing every moment of it on her blog.
Bu Noah has a secret too. One that threatens to ruin Penny's cover - and her closed friendship - forever.
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I am probably literally the last person to read these books (and to be honest, I haven't gotten around to watching the show yet), but I've been wanting to check both the book and TV series out, so thought it was about time to pick up for the first book.
Summers span decades.
Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must... and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.
The old gods have no power in the south, Stark's family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.
The Wit and Wisdom of Tyrion Lannister by George R. R. Martin
This book came free with A Game of Thrones, and I wasn't going to pass up a chance to get a free book. While the book means nothing to me now, not having read the series, I'm sure I'll be able to appreciate it's content in the future.
'I only need half my wits to be a match for you'
Short and to the point. That's Tyrion. Here are the finest, funniest, rudest and wisest sayings of the miniature Machiavelli; the dwarf with a brain the size of a planet and a heart of (tarnished) gold...
'Sleep is good. Books are better'
Mobile Library by David Whitehouse
I admit, I know nothing about this book - it just came up in my Bookworld recommendeds and I preordered it. But, from the blurb alone, it sounds like a great story and I can't wait to read it.
Missing his mother and fearing his father, twelve-year-old Bobby Nusku always thought that the kinds of things that happen in books couldn't happen to him. But then he befriends Val and her daughter Rosa, and finds solace in their mobile library where Val works as a cleaner.
That summer, reading becomes Bobby's escape. And when Val and Rosa find themselves in trouble, their mobile library seems to offer the only way out. Encountering a mysterious stranger on their journey across the country, they form an unlikely family and experience an adventure to rival those in the books that surround them...
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
In doing my 30 book reading challenge and starting this blog, I feel like I should try to read more classics, and A Tale of Two Cities is definitely one I want to read. I hope it will be a good entry book into the works of Charles Dickens
'It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done: it is a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known'
A Tale of Two Cities moves between two great European capitals, London and Paris, before and during the French Revolution. The struggle between the proletariats and the aristocracy in France and how the implacable hatred between the two threatens to destroy the happiness of exiled French nobleman Charles Darnary and his beautiful wife, Lucie Manette, are the twin themes of the story.
When Darnay risks death by returning to Paris, Sydney Carton, a dissolute barrister who several years earlier had promised to 'embrace any sacrifice' for Lucie and those dear to her, sets out to save the young aristocrat, at any price.
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Continuing with my classics, I thought it was time to read the original Dracula, especially since I don't really know what it's about.
Dracula (1897) begins with a young solicitor, Jonathan Harker, on his way to Transylvania to meet Count Dracula, who is buying property in London. Harker endures a nightmarish stay at Dracula's castle, which foreshadows some bizarre events in England.
First, a huge wolf-life creature is seen to leap from the deck of a Russian ship which has run aground on the shores of Whitby, its captain dead at the helm and its crew mysteriously absent; and then Lucy - a friend of Harker's fiancée, Mina - develops a strange wasting disease and red marks on her throat.
Vampire expert Professor Van Helsing convinces Harker and his friends that if Mina is not to share the same fate as poor 'undead' Lucy, Dracula must be caught and ritually killed.
Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Jules Verne
This book has been on my reading list since I saw the movie starring Josh Hutcherson, and it's finally time that I picked it up and read it. There are several other Jules Verne books that I want to read, and I hope this will be a good gateway book.
Professor Otto Lidenbrock's great adventure begins by chance when a scrap of paper drops out of an ancient book he has just bought. The coded inscription reveals the existence of a passageway leading to the centre of the earth and that entrance lies within the crater of an extinct volcano in Iceland.
The professor travels to Iceland accompanied by his nephew Axel, a keen young geologist. Together with a Swiss guide, they descend into the bowels of the earth where an amazing prehistoric world awaits them.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Again, this is another classic that I want to read, considering I know almost nothing about the story. This edition is also extra helpful as it provides an information about the story, characters and Charlotte Bronte herself.
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
So that's all the books I bought in January! As I read my way through them, I will be posting reviews, so look out for them, especially from the newer books.
I will continue to post book hauls every month, so stay tuned for them. February's book haul will possibly be a little boring as I will have my university textbooks (history and literature), but I'm sure you will find it intersting.
If you've read any of these books, please leave your thoughts in the comments below! I would love to see what you have to say.
See you soon!