Now for the second part of my summer book haul.
I have about three more of these to do. THREE. MORE.
There’s about seven books in each of these posts.
THAT’S LIKE, 21 NEW BOOKS. Is that not awesome or what?
I know what you’re thinking. No, Marie, that’s definitely not awesome. That’s a lot of money! But four of these are paperbacks. That’s cutting back! BE PROUD OF ME. IT NEVER HAPPENS.
1. The Two Towers
First up is The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien. My beautiful best friend (who makes super creative jewelry, by the way!) gave me The Two Towers and The Return of the King for my birthday this year and I am so excited to read them!
I got halfway through the library’s copy of The Two Towers last year, but I had to return it and I haven’t had a chance to get around to it since. Soooo, no excuses now, Marie. NO EXCUSES.
This edition is so pretty…just look at it. (I judge books by their covers, I know, I’m sorry.*) I’ll have to break it out and finish it up really soon! Middle-earth is such a brilliant world to get sucked in to.
*Who am I kidding? I’m totally not sorry.
2. The Return of the King
Again, a huge thanks to my bookish friend for this stunning copy of The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien!
Behold its beauty…
It’s a stunner, what can I say.
Once I finish The Two Towers (which I will eventually do, I PROMISE), I’m going to try to go ahead and burn though The Return of the King right after. I’m very curious to see how the end pans in the book as opposed to the movies!
(Yes, I watched the movies first. No, you may not execute me!)
3. Murder on the Orient Express
Do you remember what I said in the last haul post about returning two books to get the right edition? Well, this is one of them.
I had originally purchased Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie from Book Depository (bless that site) but when it came in, it was really pretty and all, but it didn’t match the other Agatha Christie novel I already had. I HAD BOUGHT THE UK VERSION.
THAT IS A PROBLEM MY FRIENDS. THEY. MUST. MATCH.
So the same awesome friend I’ve been talking about saved the day and bought the UK version from me so I would be free to purchase the matchy US one, and it’s absolutely perfect. (Plus I get to read The Murder on the Orient Express with her now before the new movie comes out, which is totally awesome.)
(The one on the right is the old UK; the one on the left is my new US… It’s not bad, I know, but I’m a snob.)
4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie was actually the first Christie novel I bought, and it’s the one I tried desperately to match my Murder on the Orient Express to. I’ve heard so many great things about it and I cannot wait to start it!
5. The Picture of Dorian Gray
Next up is A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde which is my October read for this year (yes, I’ve been planning it for ages) but I am so tempted to start it now.
I’m forcing myself to wait, though, because it seems like such a perfect book to read over spooky October.
Now we’ve got Heartless by Marissa Meyer. This was a birthday gift from one of my closest friends (she knows me so well) and I am so in love with it.
It was such an enchanting book, and I’m so excited to own my own copy now! I can’t wait to reread it soon.
Because it demands to be reread.
My review is up here!
Lastly we’ve got Illumiane by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
THIS BOOK. WOW.
This was also a gift from a friend, and I had so much fun reading it!
And crying over it…
And being emotionally numb because of it…
My review is up here!
If you made it to the end, thank you so much for reading! It’s so fun to share this with you.
And well, IT ISN’T OVER YET.