Books I Forgot to Haul…

Hey everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today, is another haul, and these were books that I simply forgot to include in my recent September ‘20 haul post! There’s been a lot going on in my private life, and with my mental health, so I guess it was natural to forget some things… So without further ado, let’s begin, and fair warning, there may be spoilers.

The only library book I forgot to include was Golden Son by Pierce Brown, which is an adult science-fiction. This is the second book in the Red Rising Saga, which follows Darrow, a low-born Red on Mars, who is on a course for vengeance against the ruling Golden class. I decided to continue the series, so I’m curious to see what happens next!

The first two books I picked up from the website Wordery were the Wordsworth Classics editions of Dracula by Bram Stoker, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. These are both horror classics, and are hugely popular, following the titular creatures… I bought these as I wanted to try reading them again in a different edition to the paperbacks I already own – and hopefully enjoy them more this time around. At the time of purchase, Dracula was £3.72, whereas Frankenstein was £3.44.

The next two books I picked up from Wordery were Girls of Paper and Fire and Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan, which are YA fantasy. These are the first two books in the Girls of Paper and Fire series, which is set in fantastical Asia. Each year, eight young women from the lowest caste (Paper) are selected to be concubines to the King – a high honour for many. This year, there will be nine girls – and things will never be the same again… I read the first book this year on Kindle, absolutely fell in love with it, and knew I had to get a paperback copy. And of course, I had to get the second book too! At the time of purchase, Girls of Paper and Fire was £7.57, and Girls of Storm and Shadow was £7.19.

The next book I picked up was through eBay, and that was a secondhand edition of Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, which is a YA fantasy. This is the first book in The Twilight Saga, which follows Bella Swan as she moves to the small town of Forks, and comes face to face with the existence of vampires and werewolves. Twilight is pretty well known, and I was a fan at the time of its release. When I moved house, I donated my copies to charity, as I had little room and thought I had outgrown them. And now, five years later, I’ve rekindled my love of them! And yes, I’m well aware of the criticisms… At the time of purchase, this was £3.80.

When I was in town, I went into several charity shops. In the first charity shop, I found a secondhand copy of New Moon by Stephanie Meyer, which is a YA fantasy. This is the second book in The Twilight Saga, and in this installment, Bella is heartbroken when vampire Edward abandons her. Trying to get her life back on track, she soon learns the truth about her friend Jacob… As I said before, I’ve rekindled my love of this series, and I was pretty happy to find this! At the time of purchase, this was £1.

In the next charity shop, I picked up a secondhand copy of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, which is a YA dystopian. This is the first book in The Hunger Games series, which follows Katniss Everdeen, a young girl who volunteers to take part in a horrifying battle royale. When I moved house, I donated my paperback copies to charity, and the Kindle editions I had, were removed from my account. I’m definitely interested in picking up the new book, and so I thought I needed a reread! At the time of purchase, this was 50p.

In that same charity shop, I picked up a brand new copy of The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson, which is an adult horror, and is also classed as non-fiction. This is the supposed true story of the Lutz family, who experienced strange things in their home… This has been adapted into various horror films, parodied on TV, and has been covered on a lot of podcasts that I’ve been recently listening to. So seeing this felt like fate – it has never been opened by the looks of it! Weirdly, this is the only book from the charity shop that my dog went wild over – spooky stuff! At the time of purchase, this as 50p.

The final book I picked up was from a secondhand book stall on the local market, and that was Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James, which is an adult romance. This is the first book in the Fifty Shades series, which is an insight into the erotic BDSM relationship of shy college graduate, Anastasia, and young business man, Christian Grey. I’m aware that this began life as Twilight fanfiction, so I’m expecting a lot of similarities there. I’m also very aware of the numerous criticisms from people the world over, including those in the BDSM community. I’ve been pretty anti-Fifty Shades, but I’m determined to read this so I can actually pass judgement – and also see what all the fuss is about. At the time of purchase, this was £1.50.

So that’s it for this forgetful haul – I’m truly sorry I forgot to include them! With everything that’s happening in the world, I just wanted to say, that I appreciate all your support and friendship. Take care of each other.

– ReadWriteZoe.

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