Books I bought in January and February


How is everyone doing? I know I’ve been gone for ages but it’s the run up to March and I’ve never missed a post in the month of March since I started my blog in 2017, so that gave me the kick in the ass I needed to get back into the blogosphere. I’m also kinda playing catch-up from posts that I meant to do months ago and didn’t so hence the double up on months in the next couple of posts.
I’ve done this for a few months in the past and I really like this system to keep you guys updated on what I add to my shelves but also it helps me remember what I’ve actually bought and for how long its been sitting on my bookshelf doing nothing hahah. All the books on my list are physical cause I’ve not been feeling e-books lately, hopefully they’ll be more of them in the coming months.

January Purchases

The first chunk of books on this list are all for my English courses this term so I won’t say much on them cause bleh…hehe.

  • Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Paradise Lost by John Milton
  • Renaissance Women Poets by Amelia Lanyer
  • The Testament of Cresseid by Seamus Heaney
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G Wells
  • The Quarry Wood by Nan Shepherd
  • Quicksand and Passing by Nella Larsen
  • The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Here are the other books I bought in January but for my own enjoyment:

The Anatomical Shape of the Heart by Jenn Bennett
Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

I got these next two after doing my Friday Finds #4 post: Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen and Tell Me Three Things by Julie Bauxaum. I go into more detail there so you should check out that for more on these two.

Everything I know about Love by Dolly Alderton
When it comes to the trials and triumphs of becoming a grown up, journalist and former Sunday Times dating columnist Dolly Alderton has seen and tried it all. In her memoir, she vividly recounts falling in love, wrestling with self-sabotage, finding a job, throwing a socially disastrous Rod-Stewart themed house party, getting drunk, getting dumped, realising that Ivan from the corner shop is the only man you’ve ever been able to rely on, and finding that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book about bad dates, good friends and – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough. Glittering with wit and insight, heart and humour, Dolly Alderton’s powerful début weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – while making you laugh until you fall over. Everything I know About Love is about the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful uncertainty.

February Purchases

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kuar
Milk and honey’ is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. ‘milk and honey’ takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look. 

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
Ronan Lynch is a dreamer. He can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality.
Jordan Hennessy is a thief. The closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it.
Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter. Her brother was a dreamer . . . and a killer. She has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed. . . . 

A Choosing: Selected Poems by Liz Lochhead
A stunning new collection of selected works from one of Scotland’s most loved writers. During her career Liz Lochhead has been described variously as a poet, feminist playwright, translator and broadcaster but has said that “when somebody asks me what I do I usually say writer. The most precious thing to me is to be a poet. If I were a playwright, I’d like to be a poet in the theatre.” Liz Lochhead has a large and devoted audience and delights audiences where she goes.

That’s it for today’s post. Have you guys read any of these? If so which should I read first? Any I should have avoided? Tell me below cause I always want to know 🙂

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