I am the type of person that usually asks for recommendations before buying books, and also buys one book at a time. However, during my recent summer holiday I felt so inspired to discover new books that I managed to buy seven (!) books in two weeks. Now I have my bookish stock full until Christmas time 🙂

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In this post I share what books I bought, hoping you’ll be inspired to check them out as well!

§ Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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This book joined my bookshelf right before starting my holiday. I picked it up quite randomly, though I must have heard about it, because somehow I knew it was a book worth reading. And so it was. I already read this novel during my holiday and I loved it! The review is coming very very soon on the blog 🙂

§ The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

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After loving so much “Never Let Me Go”, my first impulse was to buy one more book written by Ishiguro. This time I did my homework and conducted a short research about which of his books would fit my preferences, and the winner was “The Remains of the Day”. Can’t wait to read it!

§ A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

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Here come the classics! “A Tale of Two Cities” was on my wish list for quite a long time, as I don’t remember reading any book by Dickens in the recent years. I read “Great Expectations” and “Oliver Twist” when I was younger, too young to actually remember whether I like Dickens or not.

§ Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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This is a book I wanted to read ever since I heard about it during the How to Read a Novel online course, as it was given as example for framed narratives. Even though I have an idea about what the novel is about, I am really interested to read this book that inspired so many other stories. And when you think that it was published when Shelley was only 20!

§ The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

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This is also a book I knew nothing about. For sure I’ve heard of the writer before (most probably on the blogosphere), but it was the synopsis written on the back cover of the book that convinced me on the spot to buy it. And maybe the beautiful cover 🙂 It also won the Booker Prize in 1997.

§ The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

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Every single time I went to Amsterdam there was an impressively long queue at the Anne Frank House, where Anne and other 7 Jewish people hid for 2 years from Nazis during WWII. During this time, Anne recorded her (and their) life in the diary that has been published in more than 60 languages.

§ Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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I’ve never been a keen poetry reader, but “Milk and Honey” is something entirely different than traditional poetry! Poems are complemented by illustrations, the book is composed as a journey from hurting to healing .. and her poems provoke really strong emotions when read.

While this might be the biggest bookish haul I’ve done in a while, I do not regret any single one of them and I am so excited to read ’em all! Reviews are going to be posted as soon as I read them.

Have you read any of these books or authors? I’d like to read your thoughts in the comments section below!

‘Till next time … happy reading!


Images from Goodreads.com | Amazon.com | Penguin.co.au. Cover image by Susan Yin on Unsplash

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