4.16.2015

April 2015 Book Haul

So I bought some books this month.  Yup.  I don't usually buy a bunch of books all at once, but this month I had my eye on some classic editions I wanted to start collecting, and then I went to Cincinnati and bought some books, and it just happened.  Anyway, I thought it would be kind of fun to do a post in which I show the books I've gotten recently and what made me pick each one up.  It should be fun.  I'm not sharing these in order of how I purchased them, btw.  Click on title to purchase.
Emma: A Modern Retelling – I had my eye on this book for a few days before we headed to Cincinnati, so when I spotted it in Barnes & Noble, I knew it had to be mine.  I'm wanting to read a wider variety of books right now, and since I've never read a retelling of a classic, I decided to get this one.  And this time I just went for it, basically because it's cute.  Also, this post by Anne over at Modern Mrs. Darcy makes me even more excited to read it. 

The Girl You Left Behind – The Nightingale has been super hyped recently, and I wanted to check it out, mostly because I'd heard lots about it and because it's set during a world war, but then I read this, and it changed my mind.  Based on Anne's recommendation, I decided to pick up Jojo Moyes's book set in WWI.  It's super pretty and I'm excited to read it.  I've heard a lot of good stuff about her.

Fahrenheit 451 – I've been wanting to pick up this classic ever since I heard it described as being something similar to George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984.  I am a big fan of dystopian novels with a profound message, and this one involves book censorship or book burning or something like that.  And I am really super interested in that stuff.  I can't wait to read it.  Also, nice cover!

Persuasion – I ordered this one from Amazon because I found an edition of Austen's books that I absolutely love – it's the Vintage Classics edition from Random House, I think – and since I hadn't read this one, I decided to try it out.  And guys, I am such a fan.  I officially have a really favorite favorite Austen novel.  I plan to do a mini review of it when I get a chance, so I won't say anything else.  Also, this edition is beautiful and I want to get them ALL. 
Bringing Narnia Home – This was the last book I got from Barnes & Noble.  I had heard about this book, and two factors made me pick it up without hesitation.  First of all, it's by Devin Brown, who I absolutely love.  He wrote Hobbit Lessons, which I reviewed last year on the blog and really enjoyed.  Second, it's about Narnia, so duh.  I will read any and every book that takes a deeper look into one of my favorite series of all time.  There is so much to learn from Lewis's series and I have no doubt that Brown will do an excellent job.  Excited to read this one.
And finally, the Penguin English Library Classics I ordered from The Book Depository.  Ever since I laid eyes on this beautiful edition I wanted to get some of them.  Hopefully I'll get around to reviewing these sometime.

Hard Times – When I ordered these classics, I was on the hunt for shorter books, and since it's my goal to get over my Dickens intimidation thing, I thought I'd pick up Hard Times.  It's rather short for a Dickens novel, and it sounds pretty interesting.

North and South – I am the biggest fan of the BBC miniseries based on this book.  I watched it before I knew it was a book, and absolutely adored it.  Definitely among my top period dramas ever.  Anyway, I love the story and have heard a lot of great things about the book, so I am excited to read this one.

A Room With a View – This is a pretty short book, and I've heard awesome things about it, and it's a romance, which I don't read a ton of, and so I'm excited about this one too!

The Moonstone – I haven't read a lot of classic mysteries, except for Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes (all the heart-eyes) and this one is supposed to be the precursor to the mystery novel, and so how could I not?  It sounds absolutely fascinating and right up my street. 

Here are some cover shots because why not?  Click on the collage to enlarge. 
And that wraps my book haul!  Don't expect these every month or anything like that – now I'm kinda stressed out by all the books I want to read!  Seriously, though, I want to read ALL the books.  Like, can I pause real life for a while?  No?  Oh well.  Anyway, I am super excited to get to these in the near future and hopefully I will be able to do reviews or mini reviews of most of them. 

Thanks so much for reading and I will be back tomorrow to talk stuff I've been loving!  xo, Ella

P.S. – Let's all just sit back and marvel at the fact that except for that classic mystery, there are no mysteries in this haul!  What is happening to me? 

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