Book Haul

I’m going to have to start avoiding Oxfam. I cannot pass their bookshop in Brighton without popping in and seeing what new beauties they may have. There is nothing more exciting that finding an edition of a favourite book you don’t have, or an old edition of something you can’t wait to read. Who am I kidding, it’s not just Oxfam, it’s anywhere I can possibly spend money on literature.

Welcome to the book haul.


Batch One:


(I appear to be a sucker for older books with interesting covers.)

  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (read)
  • Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier
  • Death in the Afternoon by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (read)
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forster (read post haul)
  • Women in Love by D.H. Lawrence

Batch Two:


(I have read 3/5, but they only lived on my Kindle. I adored them so I had to have them in paperback.)

  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (read)
  • The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (read)
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (read)
  • They Do It With Mirrors by Agatha Christie (read post haul)

The book table in my local Co-op:


  • Keats poetry – New Oxford English Series

(I think this may have once been a library or school book.)


  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (read)
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt (currently reading)
  • The Gate of Angels by Penelope Fitzgerald

(I popped into the new Foyles with my friend on it’s opening day, if I’d know they were giving out goodie bags I’d have got there earlier. This haul is further example of my need to buy physical copies of the Kindle books I love.)

Β What books have you bought recently?

12 thoughts on “Book Haul

  1. I’ve finally stopped buying books!
    Mostly because I need to move soon and I have 800 mostly unread books (I’ve only managed to select about 35 to give away) and packing and moving the fills me with dread.


  2. Oh Foyles! I would give anything to go to a Foyles right now. Lovely Foyles. I’ve recently hit up some of the used bookstores in New Orleans, and I have been terribly restrained. I only got the Landmark Herodotus, which I’ve been wanting for years, and a hardback edition of the letters of Bernard Shaw and Lord Alfred Douglas, which is basically just 250 pages of them insulting each other repeatedly. It is the BEST.


  3. I don’t blame you. They look very interesting indeed. Really like the covers of the Hemingway books and the Keats collection. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on them!


    1. I think it may take me a while to get to Hemingway, I’ve found recently I prefer to read about him – fictionally or non-fictionally – but reading beyond The Sun Also Rises and A Moveable Feast is proving difficult.

      I thought you may like the Keats, it feels like something you would own πŸ™‚


  4. The new Foyles looks so awesome. I liked the old one, so many different subject areas, so the potential in the new building is very exciting. I recently came across a cheap copy of a Nemirovsky I hadn’t heard of. It’s a novella, which I like because last time there was almost too much to think about!

    Hope the ones you haven’t read prove to be good πŸ™‚


    1. It’s beautiful inside, lots of lovely airy-spaceyness but rammed with books. Apart from the non-fiction/specialist subject section which is tightly packed, oddly. I think I prefer my bookshops more like Daunt Books – old fashioned and lots of dark wood – but they’ve done well with this new shop.

      I’ve not heard of Nemirovsky, how have you found the novella?


  5. I just can’t seem to stop myself buying books even though I know I will have no time to read them before I leave! I love the new look of your site!


  6. I’m always amazed at the books people find in charity shops in the UK. That is an excellent haul! Where I live in Perth (Aus), there are only two book stores within 35km, and the charity shops mostly sell old Joan Collins and Wilbur Smith novels. It’s a cultural wasteland. However, I have a LOT of to-read books on the shelves so it’s probably a good thing that I can’t buy even more.


    1. It certainly will save you space, but it makes me sad to think you can’t have charity shop fun. If only there was a charity shop website where they all listed their books!


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