London Book Haul | Pan Macmillan & Secondhand Gems

As you may know, I spent 2,5 weeks in London at the beginning of August to do a work experience at Pan Macmillan. Obviously, I couldn’t stay there for so long without going book-shopping. So in today’s haul, I’m showing you the books I acquired in London. It’ll be divided into two parts: the first part consists of the books I received from Macmillan and the second part of the ones I bought myself.

Pan Macmillan

Before I get into it, I want to say another thank you. I received all of these books for free, even though they didn’t have to give any to me. The people there were just so kind! THANK YOU. For all of these. Some I’ve already read, others I can’t wait to get into. 


My New Roots by Sarah Britton // A healthy cookbook! I know it may seem like a weird book to get but I actually love to cook. And I’ve been trying to turn my lifestyle into a healthier one. This book is so nice, it’s divided into seasonal recipes!

The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota // Not only did I get a copy of this book, which was longlisted for the Man Booker prize, I got it autographed as well! The author is honestly such a kind person, and I quite enjoyed this book.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // I’m really looking forward to reading The Nightingale. I’ve heard so many people say incredible things about it.

The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne #1) by Brian Staveley // A fantasy read I can’t wait to start.

Empire in Black and Gold (Shadows of the Apt #1) by Adrian Tchaikovsky // I’d never heard of this fantasy series before, but the synopsis sounds great so I’m going to give it a try!

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles #1) by Amanda Hocking // I’ve already read this one and it was INCREDIBLE. I have to get the second one first, but I’ll definitely be continuing the trilogy soon.

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles #3) by Amanda Hocking // I’ll be reading you SOON.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This seems like an interesting read! I’ve heard good things about it as well, so I’m curious to see what I’ll think of it.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell // I’ve already read Fangirl too -even before I started my blog. But I never actually owned a physical copy. NOW I DO!

The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons // At first, I was a bit skeptical about this. I thought the illustrations were amazing but that it reduced stress? But now I’ve actually already coloured in a few of the pages and I have to admit it’s really relaxing.

The Little Book of Calm Colouring by David Sinden // Another gorgeous colouring book but this one has quotes in it as well! It’s so cute.

Secondhand finds


The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger // I found this book at a secondhand market underneath a bridge. Doesn’t that sound incredible? I believe it’s called the Southbank book market. I’ve always wanted to read this, and now I got it for a bargain price. 

Magician (Riftwar Saga #1-2) by Raymond E. Feist // I’d never seen these bind-up versions before but when I saw this at the same secondhand book market, I had to take it. I believe it was €5? 

Sepulchre (Languedoc #2) by Kate Mosse // I have the first book in this trilogy already, so when I saw this cheap copy of it at the market, I just took it with me.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1) by Libba Bray // I’ve already read this book. But just like with Fangirl, I never owned a physical copy of it. Now that Lair of Dreams is out, I want to reread this one and move on. So when I found this in a charity shop for 2£ I grabbed it immediately. Hardcover for 2£? Yes please.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Again, already read this. This is one of my favorite books -and not just of this year. So I wanted a hard copy of it. I found this hardcover copy at the same charity shop for 2,5£. WHAT?

Love, Tanya by Tanya Burr // I’m a curious person. So when all the YouTubers started coming out with their own books, I wanted to take a look. But they aren’t cheap, so I didn’t want to buy them full price. I found this one in a charity shop for 2£ as well.

Warbreaker (Warbreaker #1) by Brandon Sanderson // I got this at Foyles -which is the greatest bookstore ever. 5 floors, a cafe and a jazzband. I wanted to buy one book there, both the remember the trip AND the bookstore. This beautiful copy just had to come home with me. I’ve already read it and all I can say is that Brandon Sanderson is a genius.

Lock In by John Scalzi // I’ve heard great things about John Scalzi. But I’m not usually a science-fiction fan, so it’s a gamble for me. But this copy was also in the charity shop for 2£ so I took the opportunity!

So those are the books I picked up on my London trip. Have you read any of them? Did I miss any of London’s greatest bookish places? Let me know!

A Review Copy Haul | May & June

Hi everyone! As you may have noticed –or not– I didn’t have time to make a May book haul post. So I thought I’d combine it with my June book haul. But then I took a look at all the books I accumulated over the past few months and decided I needed to split it up into categories. So here are all the books I received for review in the months of May & June!


a whole new world because you'll never meet me from italy with love thorn

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell // Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas // From Italy With Love by Jules Wake // Thorn by Intisar Khanani

jesse's girl Uprooted sugar the art of the con

Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally // Uprooted by Naomi Novik // Sugar by Deirdre Riordan Hall // The Art of the Con by Anthonu M. Amore

lying out loud shadow of the raven

Lying Out Loud (The DUFF companion novel) by Kody Keplinger // Shadow of the Raven (Sons of Kings #1) by Millie Thom


the fix

The Fix by Natasha Sinel



Paladin (Paladin #1) by Sally Slater

Have I read any of these already?

YES! I’ve already read the following review copies:

1. A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell // My review here
From Italy With Love by Jules Wake // My review here
3. Jesse’s Girl (Hundred Oaks #6) by Miranda Kenneally // Review to come
4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik // My review here
5. Paladin (Paladin #1) by Sally Slater // Review to come

Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear about it -but only if you promise not to spoil me. Are you excited to see me read or review any of these? Also, let me know what books you received or bought –if you want of course!

A June Book Haul | I Went to the Bookfest

Hi everyone! So in last week’s Friday Reads post, I said I would be going to the bookfest -called boekenfestijn in Dutch- on Sunday. I also mentioned I’d be posting a haul if I bought some books. AND I DID. The point of the boekenfestijn is that all the books are incredibly cheap. I’m talking €0.5-€6 max. It travels around Belgium and the Netherlands and comes to the big cities around the same time every year.  Some might not be in the best condition, but most are! So here’s what I bought this time around.


Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #2) by Laini Taylor // So, I don’t own the first book in physical copy, but I saw this one for like €3 and I couldn’t pass it up!

Gravity by Tess Gerritsen // I love this author! She writes an incredible series called Rizzoli & Isles which was adapted into a TV series -which I also love. But this is a standalone about NASA and a virus on a spaceship, I think.

Rome: The Emperor’s Spy (Rome #1) by M.C. Scott // I had literally never heard of this before but I love Ancient Rome and this sounded like a great read.

Rome:The Coming of the King (Rome #2) by M.C. Scott // Yes, I bought the sequel in a series I had never heard of before. But it sounded good, and they were each €3.50 so I couldn’t really pass it up, couldn’t I?


Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2) by Cassandra Clare // YES. I own the first book in this trilogy already, but someone spoiled me on PART of the ending. So I didn’t feel like paying a lot to buy the next two books if I already know part of how it ends. And then I found these. They were each like €4 and are in perfect condition! Plus, they match my first book. IT IS HEAVEN.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare // See overjoyed story above.


In the Hall of the Dragon King (Dragon King #1) by Stephen R. Lawhead // Also never heard of this series before, but I’ve heard quite a bit about the author in the fantasy genre. So I’m curious.

Emperor: The Gates of Rome (Emperor #1) by Conn Iggulden // Another Ancient Rome historical fiction. I have read something by this author before, years ago, and really enjoyed it. So I’m hoping for a good historical fiction read here!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini // I couldn’t believe it when I saw this one! It’s in great condition and was less than €3. WHAT? I haven’t read it though.

Wars of the Roses: Trinity (Wars of the Roses #2) by Conn Iggulden // I scored the first book in this series at a similar bargain price in January so when I saw the sequel for €4 I couldn’t resist taking it with me. Again, I haven’t even read the first book. But if I love it, I immediately have the second book! (ridiculous reasoning, but oh well)

So I bought all of these books for around €40. WHAT? I’m so pleased! I love going to the boekenfestijn. Have you read any of these books? Tell me all about it!

April Book Haul

It’s time for another book haul. I have to say that I’ve bought so much more books since I started my blog than I did before! I’m guessing the mailman is thinking -what is up with all the packages for this girl? As ever, I’ll be showing you the physical copies I bought, the books I got from the library and the eBooks I received for review.

The titles will take you to their Goodreads pages.

Books I bought


Splintered (Splintered #1) by A.G. Howard
Heir of Novron (Riyria Revelations #5-6) by Michael J. Sullivan
Rise of Empire (Riyria Revelations #3-4) by Michael J. Sullivan
Promise of Blood (Powder Mage #1) by Brian McClellan
Allies & Assassins (Allies & Assassins #1) by Justin Somper
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard #1) by Scott Lynch
Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastard #2) by Scott Lynch
The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastard #3) by Scott Lynch

So I FINALLY bought Splintered. I really need to read this one soon, I’ve heard nothing but great things from pretty much all of you. And since I read Theft of Swords, the first bind-up of the Riyria Revelations, I knew I needed to buy the next two bind-ups soon. AND SO I DID. Allies & Assassins was on sale on the Bookdepository -it only cost me €4- so I had to buy that one too. And I bought physical copies of the Gentleman Bastard books! I really enjoyed The Lies of Locke Lamora, which I read last year. And since buying these, I’ve read Red Seas Under Red Skies too.

I bought all of these books on the Bookdepository -for which I have an affiliate link in the sidebar.

Library books

daredevil vol 1 little women the hobbit the magicians

Daredevil Vol. 1 by Kevin Smith
Little Women (Little Women #1) by Louisa May Alcott
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Magicians (Magicians #1) by Lev Grossman

When I saw that my library had the first volume of Daredevil, I was so excited! I know Netflix has just released the first season of its adaptation but I kind of wanted to check out the graphic novel first. And then I saw this beautiful copy of Little Women, it even has deckled edges! So I needed to try that one too. I’ve never read Little Women but I really want to give it a try. Then there’s The Hobbit. The copy I got is actually very different than that picture. It’s a gorgeous book with thick paper and beautiful ILLUSTRATIONS. It’s like a children’s book of The Hobbit but with the same text… And lastly, I chose The Magicians. I’ve tried to read this before but couldn’t get into it, so I figured it may have been time to give it another go.

Books for review

damage done what you left behind citadel of the sky dark legion fat girl walking

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi
Citadel of the Sky by Chrysoula Tzavelas
Dark Legion (Blood of Blood #1) by Paul Kleynhans
Fat Girl Walking by Brittany Gibbons

I received the first four books via Netgalley and the last one through Edelweiss – thank you for that, publishers! I’m really excited to get to them -please let it be soon- and hopefully I’ll actually enjoy them too. I always find it the worst when I don’t like a book I received for review -am I the only one that has that?

That was my April book haul! Did you buy/receive any books this month?

March Book Haul

Hi everyone! Today, I’ll be showing you the books I got during the month of March. It’s the second time I make a monthly book haul so I’ll quickly tell you what to expect. I’m going to show you all the physical copies I bought, the books I got for review and the ones I lent from the library.

Review copies

100 skills for the end of the world sunbolt the empyrean key hidden huntress

finding audrey the witch hunter

100 Skills for the End of the World As We Know It by Ana Maria Spagna
Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani
The Empyrean Key (Ardentia #1) by Jo Tomlinson
I got an updated version of this from the author, thank you!
Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen
Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
The Witch Hunter (Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker
The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal – no cover of this on Goodreads


 the night circus never let me go station eleven shock of the fall
fables vol 1 unwritten vol 1 unwritten vol 2 pillars of the earth

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer
Fables: Legends in Exile (Fables Vol. 1) by Bill Willingham
Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (Unwritten Vol. 1) by Mike Carey
Unwritten: Inside Man (Unwritten Vol. 2) by Mike Carey
The Pillars of the Earth (Pillars of the Earth #1) by Ken Follett

Have I read any of them?

We’ve come to the shameful part of this post. Have I actually read any of these books? Well, it’s not that shameful since I didn’t actually pay for any of these -unless you count my yearly library fee of €10- so it’s not like I’m wasting a lot of money here. I didn’t buy any physical copies this month -yay for saving money- but I apparently still managed to get a lot! I have read the following:

Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani
Hidden Huntress (Malediction Trilogy #2) by Danielle L. Jensen

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

So I read 2 of the 7 books I received for review, and 1 of the 8 books I got from the library. As for the library books, I’ve had to return the first 4 books -of which 3 were unread- but the other 4 I still have, so I will hopefully read them before they have to be returned!

Have you read any of these books? Which books did you get in March? Feel free to link up your posts on it or tell me in the comments!

February Book Haul

First of all, I know that we are currently in the month of March, not February. BUT these are all of the books I got during the moth of February. I felt like I had to wait until the month was over just to make sure I could include them all. I’m going to try and write a book haul every month so you guys can see what books may be featured on the blog later -in reviews and so on. Okay, let’s get into it!

As always, the titles of the book will take you to their Goodreads page.

Books I bought -and a gift


So I bought the following books:

Murder of Crows (The Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon – FOR THE READ-A-LONG
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
The Silmarillion (Middle Earth Universe) by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon
Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
Theft of Swords (Riyria Revelations #1-2) by Michael J. Sullivan

P.S. Every book I buy, I buy from the Bookdepository. I have a button in the sidebar that will take you to their website -it is an affiliate link though.

And I received the following book:

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

There’s a little story behind this gift! So, as some of you may know I study Business Administration at a university in Brussels and in February we took a little 5 day trip to London to visit some companies and gain some insight in the different industries. My friend and I got the chance to visit Pan Macmillan for an hour and afterwards the incredible woman who showed us around gave us both a free copy of The Miniaturist!

Library books

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
Conversion by Katherine Howe

So it is confession time. I haven’t read any of the library books… I will probably have to return them -unread- and lend them out again another time. Oops.

So I COMPLETELY forgot to keep track of the books I received for review in February! I’m really sorry, there’s obviously room for improvement here. I promise I’ll keep track of everything in March..

Did you buy or receive -for review, maybe?- any books this month? If you’ve made a post about it, go ahead and leave a link to it in the comments, I love to check them out. And if you haven’t, you could always just list them if you want!