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Sunday, 22 January 2017

January Book Haul

I always find that January is about books; buying new books to give you inspiration for the year ahead; looking over books you were gifted for Christmas, or buying the books you wished you had received. 

This Christmas I didn't receive as many books as I usually do, but those I did get, I absolutely love. Here is a 'haul' of those gifted/bought by me this month.

1. How to tell if your cat is plotting to kill you, by The Oatmeal

This hilarious cartoon-style book was given to me for Christmas by my Husband's younger brother. I was really grateful for this one, as I do always wonder if our cat is secretly plotting... 
But yeah, this book contains a series of cartoons of different scenarios where the cat always comes out on top..naturally. It's published in America and was written by Matthew Inman, who writes at and lives in Seattle. You can buy it on Amazon for £5.99.

2. New York through a Fashion Eye by Megan Hess

This one was also a Christmas gift, bought for me by my Husband. I actually didn't think he would get it for me, as it was just something I said I wanted randomly one day. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it's basically a travel guide to New York, focusing on places that are considered fashionable by the fashion elite. I like it mainly for the beautiful illustrations, and so I can reminisce about our Honeymoon there. Available on Amazon for £10.49. 

3. Middle Class Problems by Benjamin Lee. 

This is one I bought for myself as I'd seen it before Christmas and really wanted it, but stopped myself from buying it! It's actually hilarious as it contains quotes from people collected from Twitter that sound particularly 'middle class', such as: 'I've eaten too many M&S croutons on an empty stomach and now I feel sick' #milddisaster and 'smashed my favourite champagne flute. Nightmare'. 
Basically they're a whole load of first world problems which make me lol! Especially those I can relate to! Available on Amazon for £4.99.

4. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide

This cute little book was bought for me for Christmas by my good friends, Dave and Merethe, who now live in Norway. One of the Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, it should be good. I haven't got around to reading it yet as I'm trying to finish another one, but I can't wait to since it's about a cat! From reading the blurb, I understand that it's based in Tokyo and is about two freelance writers who are a couple, and one day this little cat invites itself into their lives.. I get the idea that I may learn something from this book, or I may end up in tears! I will let you know! Available on Amazon for £6.49.

5. A Summer at Sea by Katie Fforde

My sister bought me this book for Christmas, and I think I know why, because it's set by the sea- reminding me of where I was brought up! It's definitely a romance, and looks perfect to read in the summertime when on holiday. I haven't read it yet, but I will, as every now and then I love a good chic lit! Available on Amazon for £10.49.

6. How to Find Love by Veronica Henry

I bought this one for myself before Christmas and still haven't read it! It was when we were in Stow on the Wold at this cute little bookshop, and I just knew I had to have this title when I saw it. I love books, and I know I have already found the love of my life, but I still like to read romantic books, especially when they're based in bookshops!! A Sunday Times bestseller, its about a girl called Emilia who has returned to live in her hometown village in the Cotswolds (another reason why I wanted to read it since this is where we live too!).. I won't tell you anymore, but I'll let you know if it's any good. Available on Amazon for £3.85.

7. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

I bought this one for myself in Wh Smith one day whilst on the way back from work. The title caught my eye, and a quote on the front by Steven D Levitt says 'A lifetime's worth of wisdom'. I mean, how I could I not? The author is also a winner of the Nobel Prize, so that's also saying something. The book is about how we make the choices we do in life. It's recommended to read slowly as apparently it could change the way you think. I thought this would be a good read for my commute to work. Available on Amazon for £7.69.

8. The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell 

I had seen this book before and thought it had looked good. And when I saw it in The Works in Birmingham during its closing down sale, I went ahead and bought it. I've been getting into all things hygge recently, and so I think this would be a great read to see really how the Danish people are so happy. Available on Amazon for £6.29.

9.  Hello Dubai by Joe Bennett

I really cannot wait to read this one! I also bought this one during The Works closing down sale in Birmingham, and I'm so happy I saw it. Joe Bennett is a hilarious travel writer, one that I'd read when I was 16, and even then I found it funny, despite not really being able to relate to much. He reminds me a bit like Bill Bryson. Also, we're off to Dubai in August, so another reason to be excited to see what he's got to say about the place! Available on Amazon for £7.99.

10. The Campervan Coast by Martin Dorey

Another one from my The Works haul. I love camping, as I always went as a child during the summer holidays. I would really love to buy a VW Camper, and so this just inspires me a little. It not only features recipes to when camping, but also camping tips, VW maintenance tips and places to visit in the UK. I now need an excuse to use it! Available on Amazon for £18.14.

11. India by Pushpesh Pant 

This one was bought by me with my Homesense voucher that was given to me by my lovely Husband. I adore Homesense, especially for it's choice of books priced excellently. I think I picked this extensive recipe book of Indian food up(1000 recipes) for £15. Bargain! I know what I'm going to be eating for a while... Available on Amazon for £20.37.

12. Pornburger by Mathew Ramsey

This is a book that I bought for my Husband for Christmas, as he's a massive burger fan. When we got out to eat, if there's a burger on the menu, he's getting it! Now this book contains some pretty artery-blocking recipes, but you know, once every now and then can't hurt, can it?? Not for the fainthearted.. Available on Amazon for £12.71.

Please comment if you've received any of these titles - what did you think of them? Also if you've done a January book haul, please share as I love reading them!


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