January Book Haul #2

January Book Haul #2

When you tell a child not to do something there is a chance that they will do it anyway. Curiosity usually gets the better of them and in the end they will learn in their own way. An example of this is my trip yesterday to a second hand bookstore in Belfast. I am the child that needs to learn the hard way. Apparently my decision to decrease the amount of books I buy this year made sense according to my bank statements but as for the little bookworm inside my head, he doesn’t seem to get it. The bookstore was piled high with books in every corner of the shop. There were hidden bookcases and very little organisation in the place. I had to hunt for the majority of the books I was after but the store was so quirky and cosy that it was worth it. Once again I managed to find numerous books on my Amazon wish list and in the end had to strategically decide which ones to take and which ones to put back, it was such a difficult decision. I’m already super excited about visiting this shop again even though I swore I wouldn’t buy many books this year, so I’m going to try my best to avoid it for as long as possible. I definitely have enough books to keep me busy for a while if not the next year! Below there is a list of my bargain buys, keeping in mind it was a second-hand store the most I paid for one book was £2.50!!! I could not have been happier! As before, I have linked the books to goodreads if you want to find out a bit more about them.

The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank

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After reading The Fault in Our Stars where they travel to Amsterdam and see the house of Anne Frank, I have wanted to read this. Then finishing The Book Thief during the week which is set in Nazi Germany has pushed me even further into reading this.

The Shining – Stephen King


I have seen the movie and admired many books by Stephen King from a distance but I noticed not so long ago that he has released a follow up to The Shining called Doctor Sleep 36 years after the original! Doctor Sleep follows the life of Dan Torrence who is now grown up and living with his gift after his experience at the Overlook Hotel when he was a boy. I immediately got hooked but I can’t read the follow up without reading the original.

The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd


This is a book I spotted on a few blogs and book-tubers reviews. It sounds great and mysterious whilst also taking in that South American feel. When I read it and the extract on the racial tension it reminded me so much of The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird so I’m hoping this book is as good as I’m lead to believe.

One Day – David Nicholls


Another book where I have seen the movie and not read the book! I am a great believer in books being better than the movies on most occasions, and I know the movie had me hooked and broke my heart at the end so I’m hoping the book is even better. There is so much more time to get to know the characters and follow the building relationship when you’re reading so I’m being hopeful that it will outshine the movie.

Committed – Elizabeth Gilbert


When I saw this I jumped at the chance to buy it, I reviewed Eat, Pray, Love last week. It was the first book I read this year and I absolutely loved the spiritual journey and the cultural experience the book took you on. Despite finding the main character mildly irritating toward the end I was tempted to read the following book, so when it was in front of me for £2, I would have been silly not to buy it.

Here’s the link to my review on Eat, Pray, Love, it’s definitely worth reading first because I heard it does very much set the scene for Committed.

Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn


I have heard nothing but good things about this author and in particular this book, I couldn’t believe my luck when it was sitting in front of me in the second-hand bookstore. It just sounds like such a good story, I’m super excited to read this. If any of you have read any other books by Gillian Flynn can you recommend any? Everyone talks about Gone Girl but I would be interested to read some others too.

The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul – Deborah Rodriguez


I am so interested in the Middle East and I am determined to read more fiction novels this year that are set in the East, Asia and Africa. When I heard about this book it was immediately added to my radar, I need it in my life. It just sounds so individual, following the lives of five women in Kabul, female characters, everyday life, Middle Eastern setting, I can’t think of another book off the top of my head that has covered this area. It immediately rang bells with Sex and the City, of course minus the sex and the overindulgent details but I am really excited to see how the conversations and lives of these women unfold.

12 thoughts on “January Book Haul #2

  1. thejoshgreesonbachshow says:

    Kudos to you for supporting a small book store.

    There’s one here in Virginia that reminds me of the one that you wrote about. It has lots of books, and I actually picked up several Stephen King books for about fifty cents each!

    Have you finished reading The Shining yet? If so, what did you think?

    • mrsmamfa says:

      I love second hand bookstores, they’re such a great idea because books can be enjoyed by so many people over and over again. Plus you can find some gems for next to nothing. It’s great to hear they have them everywhere!! Definitely support the individual shops, I do enjoy going to some bigger bookstores to find some specific books but if you can support the local shop it’s the best thing to do.

      I haven’t started The Shining just yet, but it is on my to-read list! I can’t believe you managed to get books for 50 cents! That’s amazing! I have seen the movie of The Shining but I think the book will be ten times better and probably a million times creepier!

      Have you read Doctor Sleep, being a Stephen King fan?

      • thejoshgreesonbachshow says:

        I haven’t. I planned to read The Shining and then move directly on to Doctor Sleep, but The Shining was so intense that I need to recover with some YA novels before giving it a shot. 🙂

      • mrsmamfa says:

        I read all sorts of books, in particular in YA I like a good school drama, or romance, really anything light hearted, fun or fast-paced to fill the gap between some intense reads. Could you recommend any? I’m hoping to read the Divergent series this year because I have heard lots about it!

      • thejoshgreesonbachshow says:

        I really enjoyed Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson. If you like Disney World at all, you’d early like it.

        I’m interested in Divergent too. Unlike you, I haven’t heard much at all about it, other than the fact that it’s really popular and good.

      • mrsmamfa says:

        I have heard lots of good reviews about Divergent too so I was hoping to give the series a read. Oh I’ll add Kingdom Keepers to my wish list, I love Disney so already it has me interested!

      • mrsmamfa says:

        Bought the series today and they are next on my TBR list! 🙂 So keep a look out for the reviews some time next month 🙂

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