I asked on Instagram whether you guys wanted to see more hauls from me, and a lot of you said yes! So here we are with my very first book haul. I’m not sure how I’m going to do it, so if you have any constructive criticism, don’t be afraid to leave a comment! 🙂 Let’s go!
a Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
One of my cousins recommended this fantasy book so naturally, I had to try it!
When a creature dies, its spirit can go looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space inside them, perfect for hiding.
Makepeace, a courageous girl with a mysterious past, defends herself nightly from the ghosts which try to possess her. Then a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard for a moment.
And now there’s a ghost inside her.
The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, but it may be her only defence in a time of dark suspicion and fear. As the English Civil War erupts, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.
I already started reading this book and all I can say so far is that it’s interesting. I really love the idea, and I want to keep on reading, but I don’t like the writing. I’m only 50 pages in and the story is picking up, so who knows! Maybe it’ll end up being a 4 star book! 😉
the Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery
I already own a copy of the Secret Garden but it’s too big to take with me to read, so I got this smaller copy of it!
An orphaned girl, a grim moorland manor with hundreds of empty rooms, strange cries in the night, a walled garden, with its door locked and the key buried – and a boy who talks to animals. These are the ingredients of one of the most famous and well-loved of children’s classics. Through her discovery of the secret garden, Mary Lennox is gradually transformed from a spoilt and unhappy child into a healthy, unselfish girl who in turn redeems her neglected cousin and his gloomy, Byronic father.
Anne of the Island is the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I’m really excited to continue with this series! I really love Anne and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Leaving home for college is never easy. Yet being on her own and making new friends is more exciting than Anne Shirley every dreamed possible. Not only does she sell her first story, but she also gets a marriage proposal–from the last person she expects. There’s never a dull moment when she moves into a cozy cottage with her girlfriends, gets adopted by a troublemaker of a cat, and helps her best friend Diana plan the most beautiful wedding Prince Edward Island has ever seen.
a Victorian Lady’s Guide to Life by Elspeth Marr
Frontier Grit by Marianne Monson
Crackin’ Castles by Terry Deary
In case you don’t know, I’m obsessed with Victorian history, I always have been. I don’t know what it is, but I just really love it! This little book by Elspeth Marr seemed right up my alley, it looks adorable and interesting!
In this delightful and engagingly eccentric treasury of life lessons, redoubtable Victorian Elspeth Marr (1871-1947) reflects on the fundamental topics of life as well as the nuts and bolts of everyday living.
Part journal, part commonplace book, among many gems you will find enlightenment and advice on everything from Dreams to Garlic; Patriotism to Wrinkles.
I’m incredibly excited for Frontier Grit! I mean are we surprised? It’s 1800s history, haha. I love me some kickass women, and there certainly are a lot in this book! Also, look at that cover, it’s beautiful.
Discover the stories of twelve women who “heard the call” to settle the west and who came from all points of the globe to begin their journey. As a slave, Clara watched as her husband and children were sold, only to be reunited with her youngest daughter, as a free woman, six decades later. As a young girl, Charlotte hid her gender to escape a life of poverty and became the greatest stagecoach driver that ever lived. As a Native American, Gertrude fought to give her people a voice and to educate leaders about the ways and importance of her culture.
These are gripping miniature dramas of good-hearted women, selfless providers, courageous immigrants and migrants, and women with skills too innumerable to list. Many were crusaders for social justice and women’s rights. All endured hardships, overcame obstacles, broke barriers, and changed the world.
Crackin’ Castles is one of Terry Deary’s books, I only need a handful of them and then I’ve collected them all! I love the Horrible Histories series and totally recommend them to everyone. They are funny, informative and a lot of fun.
From Tintagel Castle in Cornwall to Skibo Castle in the Scottish
highlands, Horrible Histories: Crackin’ Castles covers the history
of Britain from the time of the Romans to the London Blitz. Filled
with adventure, danger, magic, sieges, treachery, spies, revenge
and much more besides – all in the classic Horrible Histories
Sam Wu is not afraid of Ghosts by Katie & Kevin Tsang
Ottoline and the Yellow Cat by Chris Riddell
I was on the hunt for a fun middle grade. I read a lot of it, but I wanted something new and just something funny. The Sam Wu series sounded a lot of fun and I can’t wait to see what happens!
Sam Wu is NOT a scaredy-cat (except he is). When a trip to the Space Museum goes terrifyingly wrong, Sam begins a mission to prove to the school bully, and all of his friends, that he is a fearless space adventurer.
I already finished Ottoline and the Yellow Cat and it was very interesting! I love Chris Riddell’s artwork, and I was curious to see what his writing style would be like. I liked the story, but it was definitely different to other middle grade books I’ve read!
Ottoline lives in a stylish apartment in Big City with a small hairy creature called Mr Munroe. Together they look after the Brown family’s eclectic collections – and dabble in a spot of detective work. So they are the first to the scene of the crime when a string of high society dog-nappings and jewel thefts hits Big City. Ottoline (who luckily has a diploma from the Who-R-U Academy of Disguise) and Mr Munroe go undercover – and expose an ingenious scam masterminded by furry feline crook, the Yellow Cat.
These are all the book I got recently! Did you read any of the books in this list? 🙂