Book Haul: Come Book Shopping with Me (+OOTD, MOTD and Book Porn)

This is a blog idea I have been dwelling on for a while. What if I combined my love of books, fashion, makeup and taking general pretty pictures into one big post? It would be like taking you all with me in a way. So, lets go book shopping.

Every month I go book shopping after I get paid. It is a heavy duty operation with lots of planning. I set a budget, decide on what secondhand bookshops I will be visiting and write out a list of every book I am looking for, usually I print two copies so if anyone comes with me they can help. A lot of work goes into one book shopping trip.

The Haul


I only bought 6 books on this months book hunt. I usually shop in second hand bookshops so I usually get larger book hauls for my budget.

I bought:

Soulless and Heartless by Gail Carriger

This is a steampunk, Victorian paranormal series. It kept popping up on my recommended lists online so I bought the first two books in the series.

The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson

I have been searching for this book for years. My dad has been harassing me to read it, so I am glad to finally own a copy so I can shut him up.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

All I know about this book is that it contains Dracula and people keep telling me it is good, so naturally I snatched it up when I saw it on a shelf.

The Call by Peadar O’Guilin

An Irish horror written by an Irish person about Irish fairies, sign me the hell up! I have seen books with similar ideas written by Americans and they always miss the mark when it comes to Irish folklore. So as a Irish person this book has me excited. Fairies have proper horror potential.

Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis

This is a slight sequel to American Psycho. This was recommended to me by a friend and she has awesome book taste so I am excited to finally own a copy of this.
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Makeup of the Day and Outfit of the Day

My everyday style is usually described as alternative or “goth”. I wear black 90% of the time and listen to goth bands like The Cure and Souixse and the Banshees, so maybe there is something behind what people label me. I dunno. Anyway, lets talk makeup.

It was a hot day on Saturday so I toned down my usual makeup look. Normally I am a fan of dark lips, contouring and lots of eyeshadow, but on a hot day most of that stuff will run down my face, especially if I am walking around a lot. NYX has only became available in Belfast so I am a little addicted at the moment and a lot of my makeup is from there.

The makeup I wear:

NYX eyeshadow in “Raven”.
NYX eyeshadow in “Diamond Dust”
Collection 2000 liquid eyeliner
Max Factor 3-in-1 foundation in the palest shade possible. (I dont try to look pale, this just matches my corpse coloured skin tone)
Collection 2000 pressed powder in “porcelain”
NXY liquid cream matte lipstick in “Rome”.

The clothes:

Since it was a hot day I went for my current favourite dress which is my new plain black maxi dress. Outside of this blog I write about affording alternative clothing on a budget, so since I planned to snap a photo for those posts I wore an outfit I bought almost entirely from Primark.
Black Maxi dress: Primark
Corset Belt: Primark
Black Lace Shawl: Primark
Boots: New Look.

My entire outfit cost almost £20 since I managed to get my boots for FREE a few months ago.

On Saturday I visited two of my favourite secondhand bookshops: Oxfam Books and Keats and Chapman. The latter I have written a few blog posts about on here. I love both of the shops in their own way. Keats and Chapman is beautiful and a perfect place to go if you want to hunt through lots of books for a long time. Oxfam Books is better at organising their books so things are easier to find and they have recently reduced all of their book prices.

I snapped a few pretty pictures for you while I was out so enjoy some book porn.





So, do you like this type of blog post and would like to see more in the future? This might be a book blog but I don’t see why I can’t include the occasional other interest, especially if it is some way book related. Also let me know if you have read any of the book I bought.

Book Haul


I haven’t treated myself to books in months so I thought my new pile of books deserved a post to celebrate. Some of these books you will already know about because I have reviewed one or two of them and I have mentioned a few others in other posts.

I never buy books at their full price to encourage people of all budgets to read. So I will state where I found them all so you will know some of the best places to save some money.

Oh and I still haven’t unpacked my library so these books are all laying around my house. My life is a mess.

1. Various Goosebumps Books

Since I started a “Rereading Goosebumps” blog series you already know about these books. I found them all in a secondhand book shop for a grand total of 50p each. I plan on going back in the next few weeks and picking up more. Rereading these books is making me feel 9 years old again.

2. The Fireman by Joe Hill

I have been waiting so long for this book! It came out a few months ago but was poorly timed as I was in the process of buying a house so I couldn’t afford new books. I found this copy in Tesco last week for £3.75. Joe Hill is one of my favourite authors so when I saw it on sale I snatched it off the shelf.

What it is about:

“No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin.

But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.”

3. Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Another book I have been after for a long time but had a poorly timed release date. This book was also impossible to find in any of my local bookshops for some reason. I am not normally one for YA fiction but I loved the Lunar Chronicles series and have been dying for Meyer to release more books. I have heard mixed reviews of this one so I am not quite sure what to expect. I picked up this copy from Easons for £5.

What it is about: 

“Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, she wants to open a shop and create delectable pastries. But for her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for a woman who could be a queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the King’s marriage proposal, she meets handsome and mysterious Jest. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into a secret courtship.

Cath is determined to choose her own destiny. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.”

4. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

This book was one of my Waiting for Wednesday books and on my Bout of Books to-read pile so clearly I really want to read it. I love a good mystery novel and Girl on the Train for me was a pretty decent one of those, so of course I want to read Hawkins next book. I am only 16 pages into it but I hope to get properly stuck in soon. I found my copy in Tesco for £7.

What it is about:

“A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.”

5. Stephen King Collection

The black book at the side is a Stephen King collection. It contains Salem’s Lot, Carrie and The Shining in one handy volume. I am currently trying to reread a lot of King books and had been recommended Salem’s Lot but I didn’t own a copy of it. I think it was the only Stephen King book I didn’t own, so naturally I had to fix that. Stephen King books are generally easy to find so I went to my local secondhand bookshop and picked up this bind up for £2.50.

So what did you think of my first book haul? I will not be doing a lot of them but maybe I will share the occasional bundle of books I pick up. I am prone to raiding secondhand bookshops every few months and leaving with an armful or two.

Book Haul!

mI have never done a book haul before and since I went a little mad book shopping this week I thought that if I was ever going to do a haul this week should be the week.

I bought five books, most of which I picked up from Tesco. If you live in the UK I would recommend checking out the book section of your local large Tesco. They usually only have recent popular releases but they always have fantastic offers on them. Lately they have been selling books for £3.75 each or two for £7. I was torn between three books so I bought all three because I could and they were only £3.75, which is a steal.

So the first book I bought this week is a new release and that is Half Wild by Sally Green. This is the second book in the Half Bad trilogy and I have been so curious about how the story was going to pan out that I picked up this book from Waterstones on the day of its release. If you don’t know anything about Half Bad you can check out my review of the first book here.

cvr9781451654981_9781451654981_lgThe next book that I bought is a little unusual and the most expensive book of the lot (£17/$25), and that is Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses by Bess Lovejoy. This is a non-fiction book that tells you about the strange things that happened to the bodies of famous people after they died. It is a little morbid but it has a brilliant sense of humor to the whole thing, and lets face it, sometimes morbid things are interesting. It was the cover that first attracted me to this book because it is a bit strange and the happy skeleton on the back makes me smile. I picked this up in Waterstones but it seems pretty popular so you might find it in most bookshops in the humor section.

The last three books are from my rampage through Tesco. I bought The Vanishing Witch by Karen Maitland, The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton and The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester.

The Vanishing Witch is a historical fantasy novel that is set in the time of Richard II. I know very little about this book other than people start dying unexpectedly and witches start being blamed for it. I love history and I have read a lot about the days of witch hunting so this book sounded really interesting to me.

I bought The Miniaturist for a rather silly reason, and that is that I have felt like this book is haunting me. It is everywhere I go. It is the first thing I see in any book shop or book section, it has been on tons of blogs, even  youtubers who are not even book bloggers have had this book, so apparently this book wasn’t going to go away until I bought it and read it so I gave in. It will keep the book gods happy because they clearly have been wanting me to read it. This book is another historical novel and it is set in the seventeenth century, it is about a girl who goes to live with a miniaturist who has built a life sized replica of their house and all sorts of mysteries start being revealed.

hourglass-factory-9781471139307_hrLast but not least I have The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester. I have been reading a lot about suffragettes lately so when I spotted this book I had to pick it up. Once again this is a historical novel set in 1912 London (I must be on some sort of historical novel binge), it is about a female reporter who is trying to track down a missing suffragette. It drags her into the world of the circus, corset fetishists and suffragettes. This is another book with a gorgeously eye catching cover too. It’s bright yellow! I cant wait to give it a read.

Well that is everything for my first haul. Feel free to let me know how I did because I’m always happy to hear feedback, and if you have read any of these books let me know what you thought of them because I would love to hear your opinions.