I say this with great joy: My Internet is FINALLY Back Up!
So this is Wednesday’s post which I could sadly not get up in time because of the last statement. It is also a happy day for me as this is my twentieth post. That probably seems like very few to you veteran bloggers out there, but to me it has gone obscenely quickly and I have loved every minute of it to the point I wished I had started this sooner.
So I will proceed with writing this post while raising my hot chocolate in a toast to writing the next twenty and thirty and the hundreds after that.
Around two or so weeks ago (Hehe, that rhymed) I went shopping around my small town centre ducking and diving in and out all of the charity shops I could find in search of some great books at an even greater discount. (who doesn’t love a bargain) I bought ten books in total and I only spent £10, which is incredible. I also wanted to make this post because I feel charity shops (at least Scottish ones) are very rarely thought of as places to go book hunting. Almost all of my paperbacks were bought in charity shops and I wanted to spread awareness of the hidden gems you can find there. Is it bad I almost want it to remain bad so I get all the good deals? As I haven’t read any of them yet I have simply stolen Goodreads descriptions as that’s all I had when I bought them.
In the first shop I found a hardback copy of The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight #3.5) by Stephanie Meyer for only 50p! Yes Fifty pence for a hardback. This had a really long description so I cut a bit, but the links above if you wish to read a bit more.
Fans of the Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse, and the darker side of the newborn vampire world she inhabits.
Bree Tanner can barely remember life before she had uncannily powerful senses, superhuman reflexes and unstoppable physical strength. Life before she had a relentless thirst for blood… life before she became a vampire.
All Bree knows is that living with her fellow newborns has few certainties and even fewer rules: watch your back, don’t draw attention to yourself and, above all, make it home by sunrise or die. What she doesn’t know: her time as an immortal is quickly running out.
Then Bree finds an unexpected friend in Diego, a newborn just as curious as Bree about their mysterious creator, whom they know only as her. As they come to realise that the newborns are pawns in a game larger than anything they could have imagined, Bree and Diego must choose sides and decide whom to trust. But when everything you know about vampires is based on a lie, how do you find the truth?
In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.
In the second Shop I purchased All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter. I had enjoyed her Gallagher girls series so when I saw this I picked it up.
Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row
Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.
In the same shop I also picked up Destined (House of night #9) by P.C and Kristen Cast. I have read the first in this series and have been slowing buying the series when I see them in a charity shop.
In Destined, the forces of Light and Dark collide as their epic struggle focuses on Tulsa’s House of Night. Zoey is home where she belongs, safe with her Guardian Warrior, Stark, by her side – and preparing to face off against Neferet. Kalona has released his hold on Rephaim, and, through Nyx’s gift of a human form, he and Stevie Rae are finally able to be together – if Rephaim can truly walk the path of the Goddess and stay free of his father’s shadow.
But is Zoey really safe? Does she truly know those who are closest to her? And will love win when it is tested by the very soul of Darkness?
I bought five books in the next charity shop, they had just had a girl drop them off five minuets before I went so I guess it was my lucky day.
I bought both Star-crossed and Dreamless (Starcorssed #1&2) by Josephine Angelini. Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is – no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it’s getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she’s haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood… and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they’re destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history. As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realises that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together – and trying to tear them apart.
I also bought Torment and Passion (Fallen #2&3) by Lauren Kate. I have read most but not the entirety of the first book but I have seen the movie and it has only spurred my interest in continuing this series. I simply need to get back to it.
What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours?
17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a
gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.
Get ready to fall . . .
The final book I bought in this charity shop was Beautiful Darkness (Beautiful Creatures #2) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. I have also started the first in this series and am yet to finish it.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
The final charity shop I visited I bought two books that I have wanted to read for a while but have never got round to it.
The first was If I Stay (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Foreman.
Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.
I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.
Stay, he says.
Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind? Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it’s the only one that matters.
If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.
The second and final book I bought was Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes. I have seen the movie and I cried so much I just had to get the book.
Louisa Clark is an ordinary young woman living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has never been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair-bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.
Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.
A love story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?
And with that I conclude this post. If you enjoyed this you might like some of my other hauls. My introduction kind of sums up everything I want to say so I don’t really know how I want to end this. I really need another hot chocolate because I have finished the one I made when I first started collating this Haul.
Au revoir mon petit chérubins.
Thanks and Happy Reading,