I went to the local book fair a few days ago, which has been a bi-annual tradition of mine for the last few years. This one was the International version, which meant they featured books of different authors from a lot of different countries, which I would appreciate if I knew any other language. Jokes apart, I saw some coffee-table books and photographic ones that were different and that I loved! This post will be my Book Haul and some stationery bits that I could not refrain from buying.
Another reason why this Haul is extra special is that it includes books that my very thoughtful friend gifted to me, mere days after the Fair. I was so excited because she got me two of the very books that I mentioned in my 2018 Book Bucket List.
Another habit of my mine is to go completely gaga purchasing books. And, don’t even get me started on stationery – Me look-ey, me buy-ey! And, that has resulted in an overflowing bookcase and a not so full bank account. However, this time I was rational about each and every decision, like looking up Goodreads ratings for each book.; and gauging the practical use of each stationery item that I bought. I’ll start with the stationery:
- Owl Hard-Bound Notebook in A5
Okay, yes. I bought another diary, in another print, made of handmade paper that I will save for a rainy day. But, I’m also planning to make doodles, for which this would be perfect, handy and easy-to-carry.
- Paper-Covered Pencils in Soft Graphite
I bought three pencils in different colors, because who doesn’t need more pencils. As I’ve grown I’ve always preferred using a pencil. They are a dream to write with! Also, a really cute bookmark in green, a dangly bookmark with a birdie, and another with a Russian doll. A very expensive, hand made special book-collar sort of bookmark in green (see top right on the notebook).
And now, for the Showstoppers – The Books:
- The Incarnations, by Susan Barker
Goodreads Rating – 3.75
- Sky Lantern, by Mike Mikalatos
Goodreads Rating – 3.82
- Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld
Goodreads Rating – 3.73
- The Silver Star, by Jeanette Walls
Goodreads Rating – 3.69
- I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive, by Steve Earle
Goodreads Rating – 3.64
- Mansfield Park, by Jane Austen
Goodreads Rating – 3.84
- Emma, by Jane Austen
Goodreads Rating – 3.99
And, these are the books that my friend gifted to me for my Birthday. Thank you so so much, Gracy! Book presents are the best 😀
- The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Goodreads Rating – 3.90
- To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Goodreads Rating – 4.26
So, the books happened to be my little reasons for happiness that kept me going in January. I hope this haul was as enjoyable for you guys as it was for me! As always, leave any book recommendations in the comments and I would be sure to read them. Also, find all of my book reviews here.
P.S. I’ve been in a funk for almost the whole of last fortnight. I bought these books, but just haven’t had the energy or motivation to write any post at all. I feel the pangs of a writer’s block coming on, which is never a good thing. So, I made the effort to list down the books yesterday, and have successfully started the post today! I must admit I feel much more inspired now that I have the first few lines composed-boring as they may be. I’d also love to hear your tips for beating the writer’s block too.